Panchkula’s Pranav Goyal, JEE Advanced Topper is inspiration to many small town boys to dream big-IITs
A boy from business family background in Panchkula-Pranav topped the JEE Advanced in 2018. Pranav scored 337 marks out of 360 in this exam making him the Best among the lakhs of aspirants looking for the admission into IITs.
According to him, lot of motivation and guidance from my teachers and parents helped in overcoming the challenges in making it to the TOP place. Pranav attributes his success to the strategy that he adopted in balancing “focus and fun”.
Here is a brief interview with the Top Ranker covering some of the crucial aspects relevant for future aspirants.
Congratulations on getting selected in one of the prestigious colleges in India through JEE. How are you feeling after Cracking JEE?
Ans- I was extremely happy when I came to know about my rank. It was unbelievable and I felt as if I have achieved my aim
Tell us something about your background?
I studied at Bhavan Vidyalaya Panchkula
What motivated you to pursue engineering as a career?
Ans- I was always interested in pursuing engineering due to my interest in Physics and Mathematics. I had made up my mind in class 9th itself that I would pursue engineering. I would like to take up Computer Science (CS) in IIT because of my interest in programming
What is your score in JEE Advanced 2018? What is your all India rank and category rank?
Ans- My score in JEE Advanced 2018 is 337. I have got AIR 1.
Which other engineering entrances have you appeared for?
Ans- I appeared for JEE and BITSAT
Which Board Examination you have appeared for?
Ans- I appeared for CBSE board examination.
How did you prepare for JEE 2018 and balanced the studies for boards exam and other engineering entrances with JEE?
Ans- I started preparing for JEE when I was in Class XI. Before that I used to just focus on the National Talent Search Exam after that I started giving time for board preparation too. I adopted an extremely simple preparation strategy wherein initially I focussed on understanding the concepts. As for memorizing formulae and such, I kept for the end. My main focus was on Chemistry.
I used to generally start studying from 9:00 a.m in the morning. In between, I would take short breaks and I followed this routine till 10:00 p.m. After that I would watch television just to relax. Overall, I used to study nine hours a day.
Which factors would you attribute your success in JEE to?
Ans- I adopted a different preparation strategy once JEE Main 2018 was completed. I increased my study hours and I preferred to time the tests so that I could increase my speed. I simply focussed on JEE Advanced syllabus and did not try to go in for too much of extra knowledge
What reference books/guides you have used for JEE preparation?
Do you believe group studies and doubt clarifications with friends will have positive impact on learning?
Ans- It depends on person to person. I usually couldn’t study in groups.
What is the importance of Coaching according to you in JEE Preparation?
I took coaching from Chandigarh. According to me, coaching is extremely essential for any JEE aspirant. The institute helps candidates to study from the right books and they also provide an appropriate atmosphere for preparation.
Our institute also focused on recreation activities in addition to Test series, online tests as well as timing tests are extremely important. Such things can be provided only by coaching institutes. Apart from this, the support of the teachers, guidance and help will aid the students to accomplish their goal
What has not worked that well for you during JEE preparation/final examination?
Ans- One of the problems that I faced during the JEE Advanced 2018 exam was the small screen of the computer as it did not allow me to view the entire question at one go. Otherwise everything went quite well.
Which according to you was the toughest and easiest section?
Ans- In JEE Advanced 2018, Physics was the easiest and Maths was the toughest. The toughest factors of JEE Advanced exam are time management and maintaining accuracy.
What are your hobbies? Did you engage in any other activities like sports/music during the preparations?
Ans- I used to de-stress myself by watching television and used to often check face book and watch you tube. I used to also play cricket with my batch mates as well as table tennis. I love reading mythological books. However, during the two years of my preparation, I could not pursue some of my hobbies.
How active are you in social media (facebook,quora) during your JEE preparation days?
Ans- I used it sometimes but not much. During the last days of preparation, I almost never touched social media.
Message for future JEE aspirants?
Ans- My message to the future aspirants is “if you focus well, your study hours will not matter. The quality of study matter more than quantity. Also remain calm and focused. Your concepts should be strong. Do solve the previous year’s question papers of JEE Advanced”.
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