Vedant Prakash Shenoy was all joyous when he came across the news that he has secured an All State Rank of 2 in Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical Entrance Examination (KEAM) 2017. It was on June 20 morning that Vedant found his friends and neighbours in Kottayam visiting him to congratulate him on his success. The boy from Kuriakose Elias School believes that success is a result of hard work, focus and patience. He holds the opinion that one can always take something good and positive from every person he or she meets. Vedant feels that every individual is different and therefore one should not compare oneself with others. Instead one should focus on self-assessment and improvement. This according to him helps to gain confidence and perform better in life. Vedant shares more such views along with his preparation strategy for KEAM and his future plans with Careers360 in an exclusive interview. Read the excerpts of the conversation below.
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in KEAM 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Vedant: Thank you. I was overjoyed to know my rank.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Vedant: Iam staying with my family in Kottayam. I have studied under Kerala State Board in Kuriakose Elias School, Mannanam.
Careers360: What is your score in KEAM 2017? What is your All State Rank?
Vedant: My KEAM score is 908.6059 out of 960 and my normalised score is 580.8150. I have secured 433.7783 in Physics and Chemistry and 474.8276 in Mathematics.
My All State Rank is 2. I am also the district topper for Kottayam Dist.
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?
Vedant: It was in class X that I decided to study engineering. It was my interest in the subjects that made me want to study engineering.
I haven't yet decided the branch but I would like to go to IIT Bombay.
Careers360: When did you start your KEAM preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for KEAM?
Vedant: I started my preparation in class XI. I did not prepare just for KEAM, I was preparing for many entrance exams especially for JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2017. I practised on a lot of sample papers for KEAM. There is not much preparation required for KEAM in terms of theory because that is mostly covered during JEE exams preparation.
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?
Vedant: No, there was not much difference in the preparation for board exams and KEAM. For the entrance exam, you study all the theory and it’s just a matter of fine-tuning it a week before the boards.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for KEAM and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Vedant: Yes, I did my coaching from Brilliant study centre. I think coaching is beneficial as it gives you more exposure to the competition as in school we have a limited preparation for board exams so you can't go beyond a certain level. However coaching on the other hand helps you break that limitation because that is absolutely necessary if you are appearing for any entrance exam.
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?
Vedant: Few weeks before KEAM, I used to solve about 8-10 papers in a day. I think it helps a lot because you can't compromise on your speed in KEAM. Therefore practising mock papers and sample papers helps you increase your speed.
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?
Vedant: I relied on notes provided by my coaching. I also studied from other books like J.D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry, Arihant for Physical Chemistry and GRB and Chittaranjan Bhakta for Organic Chemistry.
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?
Vedant: Not really. For me, I would say Mathematics was the easiest and Chemistry was the toughest.
I think one has to maintain a balance between speed and accuracy in the exam. I also believe that one has to avoid carelessness because that will not bring good results.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in KEAM?
Vedant: I would accredit my success to my parents and teachers.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Vedant: I used to listen to music, watch a movie once in a while and played light sports sometimes.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Vedant: I try and take whatever good quality the other person has, but I don't follow any individual.
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?
Vedant: I would say that work hard and don't lose hope. Just be focussed on what you want and don't worry about anything else.
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