JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Samiksha Das (AIR 20) - “Focus on learning and understanding”
Naureen Gurung, 30 Apr 2019, #JEE Main
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JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Samiksha Das (AIR 20)- The National Testing Agency (NTA) declared JEE Main result 2019 on April 29 and brought about much glee among toppers. The result sparked more joy to Samiksha Das from Rajasthan who was expecting a score of 350 but ended up scoring 355. A hardcore Marvel fan, Samiksha curbed her wish to watch Avengers: Endgame to avoid distraction. However, she mentions watching the trailers now and then to keep her going through the strenuous studying hours. Owing to her parents’ unending support and teachers’ guidelines, Samiksha is thrilled about her rank and aims to crack JEE Advance and pursue Computer Science. Careers360 had a little chit-chat session with Samiksha to know her journey to success. Read on to find her tips and tricks for cracking JEE Main.

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Some excerpts from JEE Main 2019 Topper Interview: Samiksha Das

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

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Samiksha Das: Thank you. I had expected a score of 350 but after correction, my score became 355 so I am really happy. My AIR is 20.

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

Samiksha Das: Yes, my score in the January session was 310 which was not very good.

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

Samiksha Das: For 11th and 12th standard, I studied from Disha Delphi Public School, Kota. Up to class 10, I was in DPS, Surat.

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

Samiksha Das: In 8th standard, I became fascinated with math and it was my favourite subject. It’s then that I decided that I want to become an engineer. I’m interested in Computer Science for the same reason.

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

Samiksha Das: I started my JEE Main preparation just after my board exams got over. I did not have any particular strategy since I simply followed what my teachers said and the guidelines they gave.

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

Samiksha Das: In the second attempt, the computer was a bit slow. Also, there was a power cut 2-3 times but there was a backup so we did not face any problems.

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?

Samiksha Das: I had not read my NCERT textbooks thoroughly while preparing for the January session so I could not score well. For the April session, I strengthened my grasp on the basic topics in NCERT.

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

Samiksha Das: I took coaching for JEE Main and JEE Advanced from Allen. The teachers in coaching classes give you enough practice and guidelines for both the exams.

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?

Samiksha Das: I attempted the mock tests conducted in our coaching. Yes, these papers helped a lot in improving my speed and accuracy.

Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Main preparation? Are the school textbooks adequate for preparing for JEE Main and Class XII?

Samiksha Das: For JEE Main, one must start with NCERT and then proceed to higher level books like HC Verma. School textbooks are not enough but you should have a good grasp on the topics mentioned in them. Without that, you cannot score well like me in the January session.

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?

Samiksha Das: Chemistry was the toughest and math was the easiest. There were some topics which we had to rote learn to memorize so that was tough for me.

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

Samiksha Das: My mother’s support, coaching classes and my teachers!

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

Samiksha Das: I am a huge Marvel fan but I haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame till now to avoid distraction. I plan on watching it after appearing for JEE Advanced. During my preparation time, I watched old Marvel movies and the trailers of Endgame to de-stress.

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

Samiksha Das: My mom and dad are my biggest inspiration because I want to be as hard working as them.

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?

Samiksha Das: Do not focus on marks but on learning and understanding. Your marks will gradually improve if you stop mugging up and actually enjoy studying.

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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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