JEE Main 2021 Topper Interview Tamojeet Roychowdhury
Tamojeet Roychowdhury, a Bengali boy based-out of Karnataka has scored 99.994 percentile in NTA JEE Main 2021 in the February attempt. Not only this, he stands third in Karnataka state. Moreover, a full score in Mathematics added cherry on the cake for him. He also represented India in International Astronomy Olympiad and bagged third place. He has also secured AIR 49 in KVPY in his 11th grade.
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From class 9, Tamojeet Roychowdhury has joined Avanti Learning Centres and they really guided me very meticulously in my journey for JEE Main preparation, as well as for other exams like KVPY, NTSE, and the Olympiads. Careers360 Team Caught up with Tamojeet Roychowdhury to know more about his JEE Main success, what keeps him motivated, his preparation strategy, and more.
Careers360: Congratulations on your performance in JEE Main February 2021 exam! What was your reaction upon knowing your score?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: Thank you so much. Since NTA had released the answer key about a week before the actual results, I had a rough idea of my marks from that. I was quite happy to know that I had given the paper well and had scored good marks. I was especially happy to have scored full marks in Maths.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: I am currently studying in class 12 in Jindal Vidya Mandir, in Bellary district, Karnataka under the CBSE board. I have also been studying in Avanti Learning Centres since class 9.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering and when did you decide to pursue a career in the same. Is there any particular branch you are interested in?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: I have not yet decided to study engineering. I am keen on Astronomy and would like to pursue a career in the same field. Once JEE Advanced is over, I will go over the options available, the qualifications needed in the field, and then decide whether to do a BS-MS in Physics (Research), or take a B.Tech in engineering. For the same reasons, I am not interested in any particular branch as of yet. If I take up engineering, I will look over the curriculum and scope of each branch, then make a decision based on which branch will suit my interests the best.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Main preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Main?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: I started reading class 11 textbooks from class 10, and gave a few mock tests by Avanti in the same year based on whatever portion I had covered from the textbooks. Since I was eager to do well in KVPY too (in order to get an opportunity to enroll for a research career in IISc), I tried to complete most of my class 12 syllabus by the end of class 11 itself.
For each chapter, my teachers would first teach me the theory in that chapter, along with important methods of problem-solving. I would then practice as many problems as I could, from various books, and then get the doubts cleared by my teachers. Tests for each chapter were also essential – it helped to get an idea of our speed and accuracy in each chapter during an exam.
My daily routine in class 11 would comprise of school in the morning, Avanti in the afternoon and four to five hours of self-study in the evening. I could not allow equal time to all subjects every day, but I ensured that over the week, I did roughly the same number of practice problems in all three subjects. Class 12 was mostly online, so I got much more time for self-study.
Careers360: Did you face any difficulties since the examination was conducted completely in computer-based mode?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: For me, the computer-based mode was better than the pen-and-paper mode, which was prevalent till a few years back, because, on computers, we have an option to change our answers as many times as we wish, unlike in OMR where a bubble darkened can’t be erased. Avanti conducts a large number of tests for us, all of which are online, and hence I had sufficient practice of the computer-based test mode.
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?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: The syllabus for both is nearly the same, atleast for CBSE. Preparation for board exams only needs us to look over the theory, read NCERT thoroughly (which is anyway essential for JEE too), and solve previous years’ board questions. Since board exams are still two months away, I did not need to start solving previous years’ before JEE. Our school also conducts preboards regularly in the last few months to ensure we have enough practice.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Main and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: Yes, I had joined Avanti Learning Centres in class 9. The first benefit was the numerous exams I was able to get to know of from the teachers – Olympiads, KVPY, NTSE, and so on. Also, their foundation course in classes 9 and 10 helped me to start learning important concepts of higher classes like differentiation, vectors, etc., and make my basics strong.
In classes 11 and 12, Avanti was really helpful in my preparation. Teachers covered all the important topics, explained each concept very clearly and ensured we got enough practice in the form of questions and tests. They also recommended books based on the individual student’s capability, which helped me enormously in solving questions of the right difficulty level. They are also extremely prompt in answering all my doubts, and help me in any questions I get stuck in.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practising from the previous year’s papers helps and how?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: Mock tests and previous years’ papers are absolutely indispensable to anyone who wants to perform well in JEE Main and Advanced. Previous years’ papers and other sample papers (which Avanti provided us with in tests) help me to get an idea of how much I can solve in the exam, and how thorough I am with concepts and theory. These questions are best attempted in a test-like environment – in online mode, and with the three-hour time limit. It was because of these I felt that the real exam was actually just like another Avanti online test, and I had no extra fear.
Since I had completed my syllabus early last year, I used to give mock tests every week, of both Main and Advanced. From September, I began giving three mock tests every week, two of Main and one Advanced. For someone who has finished the syllabus, NTA app is an excellent platform for practicing online tests.
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?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: NCERT textbooks are necessary for the basic theory. In most cases, the additional theory was what my teachers taught in the class, so for that I did not need additional books.
For practicing problems, however, books are needed. For physics, HC Verma for Main and Cengage (BM Sharma) for Advanced were the books I used. For chemistry, I practiced RC Mukherjee for physical, VK Jaiswal for inorganic and DK Singh for organic of the Main level. Apart from that, I used to learn every line of NCERT for all inorganic chapters, especially for Main. In Maths I used Arihant books, which are for Advanced but cover Main adequately too. Also, Avanti used to provide modules for each chapter that had about a hundred problems per chapter for practice.
Careers360: Did you face any problems during the JEE Main examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the JEE Main exam?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: No, the exam was conducted quite smoothly. I have heard of some students facing difficulties with the mouse, sudden power-cuts, but thankfully none of these occurred. All subjects were nearly of equal level, as I had practiced all three throughout the year. Chemistry, though, maybe a bit tough if unexpected questions are asked from the theory which we haven’t learned of, and if calculations are lengthy and prone to mistakes.
Something that is a tough thing to manage is to keep calm and not get stressed, especially if time is running out in the end. For that, extensively practicing online tests helps a lot.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Main?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: All the help I have got from my teachers and the motivation from my parents is the key reason for my success. The right books, online tests, doubt-solving and their active involvement really helped me a lot. Both my school and Avanti teachers were really supportive. They often allowed me to practice something else during class, if I had already learned the topic they were teaching. Also, regular practice and revision helped a lot. Most of all, a student needs to be really interested in the subjects and topics being taught, in order to be able to do well. Studying should not feel like a burden, rather, it should spark interest in their minds.
Careers360: Will you be appearing for any other sessions of JEE Main 2021 too?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: Yes, I will be appearing for the March session. Based on its result I shall decide if I need to write the other sessions or not.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: I never stressed myself with preparation. Avanti never gave me deadlines and nobody pressurized me with my studies, especially my parents who were satisfied with however I perform. They also strictly ensured that I got adequate rest and a healthy diet every day. As for me, I love to watch cartoons whenever I get some free time. From childhood, I love to read and write novels and short stories. Till class 10, I had written a couple of novels and poems. From class 11, as extensive preparation started, I used to get less time, but since online classes began last year, I got some more time as I used to be at home all day. I have started writing a murder mystery, a page or two every day, which is currently acting as my biggest stress-buster.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: My biggest inspiration is Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. His early life struggle, his determination, and his works have really inspired me a lot.
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?
Tamojeet Roychowdhury: My main message would be to keep practicing questions and online tests. They not only help you evaluate your performance and level, and build the confidence needed to tackle the actual exam. Also, we need to keep improving and try to be better than ourselves.
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I got 72.076 percentile in jee mains 2021 and my caste is obc so can I get Datta meghe college in Btech IT ?
hope you are doing well and safe. With reference to your query, I would like to tell you that at your percentile your estimated rank will be around 285826 - 321310 . At your rank you holds very very low chances of getting seat in IT. However , their are chances of getting mechanical seat in your rank , If you can work hard on your coding then surely go for it because at last students of all branches get equal opporunities in placements. Following is the link for reference:-
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number Of attempt for JEE MAINS in 2022
NTA will conduct JEE Main 2022 infour attempts, like in 2021.
JEE Main 2022 Exam will be conducted four times a year, in February, March, April, and May. Candidates can appear for all the four JEE Main Attempts.
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I got 72.076 percentile in jee mains 2021 can i get admission at datta meghe college in Btech IT ?
You mentioned your percentile in JEE Main but didn't mention your caste so now I am assuming that you belong to general caste.according to your percentile your rank lies between 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh.
According to your percentile I think you can not get admission in IT branch
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I got 72.076 percentile in jee mains 2021, can i get admission in Btech IT ?
Hello aspirant !!
Considering you are a general category candidate, the chances of getting IT in any of the NITs or IIITs are very less.
However, you might get IT through any of the other examinations like MHCET or any other state CET. Please mention the details if you have appeared in any.
Meanwhile, you can check the JEE Main College Predictor to get an idea about the colleges and branches you might get.
You can also check out B.Tech Companion for help in admission and counselling process.
All the best !!
What is the requirement of score in JEE Advanced to get a rank between 2500 to 3000 ??
It will be difficult to tell you the marks required to get a rank between 2500 and 3000 in JEE Advanced as the total marks of the JEE Advanced exam vary every year. For example in 2021 the maximum marks was 366 so for getting that decent rank you have to score about 200+.
you can use JEE advanced rank predictor to get a rough guess