JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Konda Renu (AIR 9) - “Practice makes one perfect”
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JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Konda Renu (100 Percentile) (AIR 9) - The declaration of JEE Main 2019 result on April 29 was a proud moment for Konda Renu who is the only girl within the top ten rankers in the entrance exam. The joyous occasion was cemented with the fact that she had scored a hundred percentile and was one of the two girls in this elite list. The Anantapur girl credits her parents and tutors for her success. With an eye on IIT Madras or IIT Bombay as her dream destination to study, Renu is now focussed on studying for JEE Advanced which is scheduled on May 27 and hopes to qualify and fulfil her dream of becoming a Computer Science Engineer. Careers360 presents JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Konda Renu to know her journey to success. Read on to know how she prepared for JEE Main, her opinion on the two attempts and more.

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Some excerpts from JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Konda Renu

Careers360: Congratulations for your performance in JEE Main 2019! What was your reaction upon knowing your score? What is your AIR?

Konda Renu: Thank you. I am very happy to know all my hard work has paid off. My AIR is 9 and I have scored 100 percentile in Maths and Physics and 99.99 in Chemistry.

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Careers360: Did you also appear in January? What was your score then?

Konda Renu: Yes, I did. Then my overall percentile was 99.99 and I just missed the 100 percentile.

Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school did you study in?

Konda Renu: I belong to Anantapur. My father works for the Rural Development department and my mother works in Grama Panchayat. I joined Sri Chaitanya , Vijayawada when I was in class 9 and I also studied my intermediate from here. I scored 10 CGPA in my Intermediate exams.

Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decid to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?

Konda Renu: My interest area is Artificial Intelligence and so I have to take up Computer Science engineering for this. I am preparing for JEE Advanced 2019 as my goal institution is IIT Madras or Bombay.

Careers360: When did you start your JEE Main preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Main?

Konda Renu: There is no special JEE Main preparation here. It is all integrated in our syllabus and we prepare for both Intermediate and JEE exams at the same time. Having said that, we completed our syllabus in August 2018 and then on it was just revision.

Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of JEE Main? If you have appeared for JEE Main January, was there any difference in your strategy?

Konda Renu: Not really. The institute has devised a strategy that we follow. Except for the last week which was full of intensive test giving, the remaining months were all the same where we were taught, then we revised and finally we had a test every week.

Careers360: What are the benefits of coaching according to you?

Konda Renu: My faculty is pretty supportive. They take one on one counselling if we need it and point out where we could improve and where we could do better. That kind of focussed support is available with coaching only.

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?

Konda Renu: It was part of our schedule. We had weekly tests all year through. Then we had intensive tests only in the last month as I had mentioned earlier. Practice makes one perfect. I think, we lose our exam fear, learn to manage our time and in short we become familiar with the entrance exam system.

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?

Konda Renu: I actually did not need any reference books. My coaching material was very detailed and covered everything required.

Careers360: Did you face any difficulties since the examination was conducted completely in computer based mode?

Konda Renu: Not that I can think of. It went smoothly both the times.

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?

Konda Renu: If you look at my subject scores, you can make out that Chemistry is my least favourite of the three. If I were to choose a favourite, then Maths would come first with Physics a close second. I think there were no issue during the exam. We practised well so we didn’t feel any different from normal exams except for the awareness that this was JEE Main.

Careers360: Do you feel that the new system with two attempts is beneficial? How so?

Konda Renu: I think that this is good. So if I didn’t do well in the first one, I still can put in more effort to attempt the second one in a better manner. So, yes, it’s good for students to have options.

Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Main?

Konda Renu: My parents undoubtedly. They have been solid behind me in everything I have done so far. Then come my faculty at Sri Chaitanya. They helped me stay grounded, focussed such that I could perform well in the exam.

Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?

Konda Renu: We do get outing time as we call it. I would go out to watch movies to relax and distress.

Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?

Konda Renu: APJ Abdul Kalam without a doubt. He is inspiring to every child.

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?

Konda Renu: Well work hard, stay focussed and the rest will follow. For girls, I have a message. We as girls are sort of overly emotional so we take it seriously to heart when we encounter setbacks and such. It is imperative to detach from intense emotions and get going. Success will be yours then.

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I will pass class 12 in 2020, can i drop that year and give jee main and advance in the year 2021

Aditya kumar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019
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Yes , of course you can take a drop and appear for jee mains and jee advance in 2021 as one ca participate in the jee mains entrance exam for 3 consecutive years. So , since you will be passing your 12th in 2020, so you are eligible jee 2020, jee 2021 and jee 2022 as well. For more and detailed information about jee go through the link given below :-


in jee main class 12 Marks details I have given chemistry Marks instead of computer science Marks though I got higher Marks in computer science .will it create any problem?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 22nd Oct, 2019
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Greetings !

To calculate percentage in 12th board for filling jee mains application form you need to consider the marks scored in five subjects - (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) A language and (5) Any subject other than the above four, is taken into account. So, it's good that you don't replaced chemistry marks by cs marks. Also, you don't need to worry at all, you will not face any problem as there's no percentage barrier to be eligible for jee mains. The criteria to be eligible for jee mains is that candidate should have passed class 12 or qualifying the exam in 2018 or 2019 or should be appearing in 2020 for it with Physics,Mathematics, and any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject).

The percentage barrier comes while taking admission in NIT,IIT and GFTI for which candidates should have obtained a minimum of 75% marks in class 12 or equivalent exam or they must be in the top 20 percentile in their class 12 examination. For SC/ ST, the eligibility is to obtain a minimum of 65% marks in class 12 or equivalent.


hi, will it be asked during placement if I am dropping two years for jee mains? i passed in 2018 12th, i am studying in a college 1st year in 2019, and if i give jee mains 2020, will it be considered two years drop? or one year drop? since im doing college as well as preparing.

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019
as you said that you did a partial drop and you had completed your class 12th in 2018 so if you will give JEE mains in 2020 then definitely there will be your two year drop considered, for that you will have to submit the reason for this drop when you will take admission in any college after selection, and if you give JEE mains in 2019 then your one year drop will be considered.
Best of luck.

How to score 90 percentilein JEE mains

Ashish pal Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019

Hello dear aspirant.

I think you will be well aware of the fact that from this year onwards there is slight change in JEE mains examination pattern. Scoring 90 percentile is not very tough still . You have to study regular and solve at least one practice paper daily and join test serieses to evaluate yourself.

It will surely help you.

Good luck


can I exchange chemistry Marks by computer science Marks for class 12 in jee mains?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019

If you have 6 subjects then the aggregate of Marks is done as English + Best of Four and English is compulsory.
But for JEE Main 2020 - Subject Combinations for Admissions
The subjects given below are compulsory for the candidates in order to get admissions through JEE Main 2020 into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. The subject combination for each paper is given below:

B.Tech/B.E - Passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.
B.Arch - Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B.Planning - Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics

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