Anand George was a contented student with the news that he has secured an All State Rank of 4 in Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical Entrance Examination (KEAM) 2017. The result for KEAM 2017 got declared on June 20 in the morning and since then Anand has been busy receiving wishes for the same. Anand says that it was his single-minded desire to achieve his goal that helped him reach his destination. He aims to study at IIT Madras and wishes to follow his father's footsteps to become a computer science engineer. Anand shares that he has been fascinated with becoming a computer science engineer ever since a very young age. The boy accredits his father for being his motivation throughout his preparation journey. Anand shows maturity when he advises other aspirants that they should completely accept what they are and never to be hard on themselves in life. He speaks of his KEAM preparation and examination journey in an exclusive interview with Careers360. Read the excerpts below:
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in KEAM 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Anand: Thank you. I am happy for sure but not much surprised because when I checked the answer key, I knew I will get a good rank.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Anand: I am 18 years old staying with my family, my mother is a housewife and my father is a computer engineer. I have studied under CBSE board from Chavara CMI Public School Pala, Kottyam.
Careers360: What is your score in KEAM 2017? What is your All State Rank?
Anand: My KEAM 2017 score is 923.96 and my normalised score is 579.5312. I have secured 449.13 in Physics & Chemistry and 474.82 in Mathematics.
My All State Rank is 4.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Which college do you wish to apply for?
Anand: Well, my father is a computer engineer and I have been fascinated by his job from a very young age. I decided in my initial years of studying that I will become a computer engineer. My first preference is IIT Madras as I have a good JEE Advanced 2017 rank of 251.
Careers360: When did you start your KEAM preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for KEAM?
Anand: I started my preparation in class XI but I never had a strategy as such. I studied for long hours whenever I felt like and sometimes I didn't study at all. I had no fixed hours but I was meticulous while preparing and it paid off.
Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of KEAM considering that the board exams also are during this period? How did you manage preparation for both?
Anand: The syllabus for board exams and KEAM was almost the same. I just studied NCERT books thoroughly.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for KEAM and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Anand: Yes, I did go for coaching from Brilliant study centre. I don't know what I would have done without coaching because they provided me with many mock tests that helped me analyse my potential. The faculty at Brilliant is very nice and I owe them a lot. There is no barrier between teachers and students; they were very nice in their approach towards their students.
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?
Anand: Many. I concentrated more on solving questions rather than theory. It is essential to be familiar with the exam pattern. We had many question papers and we practised them daily.
Yes, practising question papers helps a lot because first of all they remove the exam fear. No matter how tough the exam is, you do have that confidence that you can do something about it. You won't be scared and you will not freak out after seeing the question paper, even if it’s tough.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your KEAM preparation? Are the school text books adequate for preparing for KEAM and Class XII?
Anand: In my opinion you don't need any special books for KEAM, just NCERT books of class XI & XII are enough.
For JEE Advanced, though, I referred to some foreign author books for Organic Chemistry like Peter Sykes, it’s an introduction to chemicals involved in Organic Chemistry. There is a book by J.D. LEE for Inorganic Chemistry that helps you build the concept of the subject.
Careers360: Did you face any problem during the KEAM examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest in KEAM? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the KEAM exam?
Anand: There was no problem except that there were one or two strange questions in Chemistry. Mathematics was easy and Chemistry was tough because there were some questions where you had to think extensively. I think the balance of speed and accuracy is important in an exam. However, in KEAM, it is the speed that matters the most.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in KEAM?
Anand: I think the prayers of my parents and teachers helped me. My coaching institute and group studies with my friends are also instrumental in my success.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Anand: I like playing video games but when you are studying for an entrance exam you don't have enough time for your hobbies.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Anand: My father is my biggest inspiration in life because he is the one who inspired me to become an engineer at the first place. His work profile really inspired me to follow his footsteps.
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 KEAM exam?
Anand: My suggestion is that you should avoid being tensed during your preparation and you must be regular with your studies. Accept whatever you have; don't be hard on yourself if you didn’t get through any exam. It’s a part and parcel of life.
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