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JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Bojja Chetan Reddy (100 percentile) (AIR 21) - JEE Main 2019 Result and ranks were announced on April 29 and this time it came with a sort of expected feeling to the Bojja household whose son, Chetan Reddy is one of the 25 students in the country to have scored 100 percentile in NTA conducted JEE Main 2019. The Andhra boy who got an All India rank of 21 and had a hundred percentile score in January also, is a student of Sri Chaitanya. He credits his success to his teachers and his parents who have been thoroughly supportive all the way. His aim of studying Computer Science engineering or Electronics Engineering at IIT Bombay is now a step closer. Sharing his experiences of both the exams, Chetan stressed that his focus after the January session was more towards JEE Advanced than JEE Main. Read on to know how Chetan has prepared for the exam, whether the CBT mode was a good thing, exam day experience and more.
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Careers360: Congratulations for your performance in JEE Main 2019! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank and score?
Chetan Reddy: I am happy about the rank and since I had already scored 100 percentile in January, it was nothing new. My best of the two scores are - 115 marks in Maths, 120 in Chemistry and 115 in Physics. Again, I didn’t bother much about the scores as my focus this time around was JEE Advanced. I have to really do well for that as it is the entry to my dream of studying at IIT Bombay.
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After the January session, Chetan had this to say - "We had matched my answers with the official answer key so it was understood that I would score well but 100 percentile – that I didn’t know as this is the first time NTA is conducting the exam and also the first time a new normalization process is being enforced. JEE Main 2019 has been a good experience and I hope this continuous to JEE Advanced too. My parents are very happy and proud and I am glad I could bring laurels to them".
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Chetan Reddy: I hail from Tadepalli which is in Krishna District. I have studied under the Intermediate Board of Andhra Pradesh and am shortly going to appear for my second year Intermediate exams next month. I have studied from Sri Chaitanya Institute.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Chetan Reddy: I was in class six when my interest was sparked in engineering. It helped with my father being Professor and Head of Department of Electronics at the Lakireddy Bali Reddy College of Engineering. I am interested in Computer Science and Electronics. I think my dream IIT would be IIT Bombay or Delhi and these two branches as my choice. I am fine with getting any one of them.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Main preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Main?
Chetan Reddy: I started preparing for JEE Main 2019 when I was in class 8. I enrolled for a foundation course that continued till I completed my class 10. Then I enrolled for the intensive integrated coaching at Sri Chaitanya with JEE as my prime target. By August 2018, we had completed our syllabus and then on, it was just revision and practice. I think all of that has helped me get a grip on the concepts while the practice made us very much ready for the exam. The daily routine is pretty much the same with classes all day interspersed by requisite breaks. The strategy was to complete the syllabus as early as August and get on with revision as well as ample practice. I just followed that.
Careers360: Did you face any difficulties since the examination was conducted completely in computer based mode?
Chetan Reddy: No, everything was fine. There were no glitches or any such problem. Everything was smooth. The only problem for me were two questions in Physics whose answers seemed ambiguous to me. Otherwise in terms of conduction of the exam, arrangements, it was all fine. We have been coached and prepared for the CBT mode so that was also not a problem in any way.
Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of JEE Main considering that the board exams are also coming up? How did you manage preparation for both?
Chetan Reddy: Not really, our first target is JEE Advanced. JEE Main is a subset of that preparation. Intermediate exams are subjective so that is the major difference but the syllabus is almost same for all of these so I don’t think there is any real difference in preparation strategies. However, we did have classes for Intermediate also and now that JEE Main is out of the way, I shall concentrate on my Intermediate exams which start next month.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Main and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Chetan Reddy: Yes, I have been taking coaching since class 8. From then till class 10, we had this fundamental coaching that allowed us to get ready for something like JEE Main. My Intermediate as mentioned before was at Sri Chaitanya, where the teachers took a lot of care to help us study, understand and prepare us for the exam. I think that coaching is beneficial as there is this dedicated team who filter the topics, syllabus and break them up for us to study. It makes everything easier. The doubts are cleared as soon as we raise them. So yes, I feel coaching was beneficial for me.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practising from the previous year papers help and how?
Chetan Reddy: Actually yes. Mock tests are important. They help with time management, rid you of your exam fear and help you analyse your preparation levels. We had two tests every week and they were all computer based to allow us to get familiar with the mode. We were taught the topics and tested so if we were unclear anywhere, we could ratify that. In the final days before the exam, we had tests everyday but by then we were complete with revision of all topics. The tests at the institute were designed using past year question papers and all kinds of questions.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Main preparation? Are the school text books adequate for preparing for JEE Main and Class XII? Chetan Reddy: The coaching material provided by my institute was very detailed and exam specific. So I really didn’t need to check out any reference books. Our teachers would actually incorporate all the questions, concepts which they felt we needed to know in our curriculum so I really didn’t need to look further than them.
Careers360: Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest in JEE Main? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the JEE Main exam?
Chetan Reddy: Actually, I didn’t find any subject too hard. If you were to ask me to pinpoint, then I felt Chemistry and Maths were relatively easier. Physics- I felt two questions had ambiguous answers; wasn’t sure of them so I kind of think that this may have made me feel that it was tougher. I really didn’t feel the question paper to be hard in any way. If you were strong conceptually, you could do well.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Main?
Chetan Reddy: Hard work and dedication of course would be big factors. I also feel that a major portion of the credit should also go to my teachers and parents. My teachers because they took all the time to clear my doubts, motivated me and ensured that I was ready to tackle the exam well. That kind of dedication makes me feel grateful to them. The second would be my parents. They have ensured that I was in a place where I could study well and supported me in all ways.
Careers360: Will you be appearing for the April session of JEE Main 2019 too?
Chetan Reddy: Yes, I will definitely appear for the April session. Since the better of the two scores will be considered and I think for ranking, the subject wise percentile scores will also be taken into consideration so yes, I plan to appear for the exam. I have nothing to lose considering that I do have 100 percentile now.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Chetan Reddy: Every day we were given a break in the afternoon and in the evening. I like chess so I would play that. Every two weeks we were also given some time off like a day so we could go out. That’s enough I feel for anyone since the monotony of study gets broken with these breaks.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Chetan Reddy: My father is my inspiration, my strongest motivator and my strongest supporter. He has always stood by me and my confidence comes from that. If you have that kind of love, there is nothing else you need to forge forward.
Careers360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the JEE Main exam?
Chetan Reddy: Well, be clear on your goals. Once you are sure of that, start preparing for it. For JEE Main, get your concepts right as you can work the answer out if you know how to and that is by knowing the concepts. Second, it’s just an exam; not a life and death matter. If that stress is not there, you can actually write the exam in a better frame of mind and do well. Don’t give up no matter what.
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