JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Konda Renu (AIR 9) - “Practice makes one perfect”
Updated on Apr 30, 2019 - 2:50 p.m. IST by Prabha Dhavala
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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.

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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.


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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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