JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Sambit Behera - “Keep faith in your ability, follow your passion ”
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JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Sambit Behera (100 Percentile) (AIR 11)- The dream to pursue one’s passion, faith in one’s ability and remain calm when the going gets tough are some of the key attributes which will help one to crack the toughest engineering exam. JEE Main 2019 topper, Sambit Behera, who scored a hundred percentile in both the sessions, aims to study computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. JEE Main topper 2019, Sambit expresses his delight on cracking the exam, attributes his success to his parents , consistent hard work and the never say die attitude when the chips are down. Despite the stress of the highly competitive exam, Sambit, tried to ease the pressure of JEE Main by pursuing his hobby of listening to music and occasionally watching movies. In an exclusive interview to Careers360, JEE Main 2019 Topper, Sambit Behera spoke extensively about his preparation journey and provides vital tips to the budding engineers.

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JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Sambit Behera (100 Percentile)

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

Sambit : I was thrilled and delighted to know that I had scored a hundred percentile in JEE Main 2019. It is a cherishable experience since finally all the hard work has paid off. I was expecting to score a good percentile after the response sheet was released. I calculated the probable percentile that I would score after I discussed the answers in the response sheet with my teachers. However, scoring a hundred percentile is like a dream come true. Though it is just the first stage and I have to crack JEE Advanced also.

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

Sambit : I hail from Odisha and had relocated to Kota almost three years ago with an aim to crack JEE. I studied at Disha Delphi Public School and will be appearing in CBSE board exam.

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

Sambit: I have a passion for mathematics and science as well as coding. I had learnt basic coding as well. It is my dream to pursue computer science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.

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

Sambit: I started preparing for JEE Main 2019 almost three years ago. When I was in Class XI, I started preparing for JEE Main. I made sure that my concepts are clear. Once, I was confident about the concepts, I shifted my focus to JEE Advanced 2019. It is in the last fifteen to twenty days before the JEE Main 2019 that I shifted gears and concentrated on JEE Main 2019 only.

One should ensure that they revise everyday what is taught to them or else there will be a backlog and it will be difficult for you to revise so much course. If you have any doubts, make you sure that you clear it then and there. Do not wait for it to be answered later on.

As far as my daily routine is concerned, I used to attend coaching classes from 6:30 a.m till the afternoon. In the evening I used to start studying from 4:30 p.m and used to study for at least three to four hours. After that I used to go for jogging for at least half an hour. On returning from jogging, I used to have dinner after which I used to study till 11:00 p.m

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

Sambit: I did not face any problem at the time of JEE Main 2019. I had reached the exam at least an hour before the commencement of the exam.

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?

Sambit: I did not adopt any specific strategy for JEE Main 2019 and followed the regular routine. I also studied the topics that are covered in the board exams. I was simultaneously studying for my board exams while I was preparing for the JEE Main 2019.

Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Main and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?

Sambit: I did take coaching. It was from Allen. One of the biggest advantages of coaching is that your doubts get cleared instantly. The teachers at the coaching institute possess sound knowledge about the subjects and they are able to guide us and show us the right way to solve the problems. Whenever I used to have doubts, I used to get back to the teachers at the coaching institute and they used to solve the problems.

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?

Sambit: I used to appear in all the mock tests which were arranged by the coaching institute as it helps to prepare one for the actual day when the exam will be conducted. I made sure that the conceptual mistakes that I was making at the time of mock tests are rectified so that I did not repeat the mistakes on the day of the exam. In between the exams, I used to solve the sample papers. I solved the previous years question papers and also the computer based entrance test of 2018 as the exam pattern was similar.

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?
Sambit: I used to study from the material provided by the coaching institute.



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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?

Sambit: Since Maths is my strong point i found it easy. Some questions from organic chemistry were tricky but solvable. The most important thing is to remain calm, have faith in your ability. If you panic while taking the exam, then you would not perform well. If any question is difficult and you are not able to solve it, then in such a case, you should move onto the next question.

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

Sambit: Consistent hardwork and the right guidance from my teachers and support from my parents are some of the factors which helped me to perform exceptionally well in JEE Main 2019. Moreover, I practiced hard for JEE Advanced.

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

Sambit: If there was some movie that was being showcased at the movie theatre, I used to watch it on sunday. My hobbies include listening to music. I used to try to squeeze out time and listen to music during the course of my preparation for JEE Main 2019.

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

Sambit: My parents are my biggest ideal and inspiration as they moved with me to Kota while I was preparing for JEE Main 2019. It is a big thing as my hometown is Odisha.

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?

Sambit: The only thing is to have faith in your ability as it will help you sail through any hurdle and will help you accomplish your goal.

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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
Hello there!


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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