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Toppers’ tale

Aviral Gupta
1st, AIIMS (2007)

Medicine is what I had always wanted to do. With my father and elder sister in the profession, everyone expected me to follow suit. My goal was to secure a seat at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Topping the MBBS entrance exam, however, was purely incidental.

My family helped me prepare for the task. My sister, a student of Maulana Azad Medical College, boosted my confidence whenever I felt overwhelmed with work.

I took coaching classes thrice a week, through classes XI and XII. Each class was three-and-a-half hours long. I do not believe that studying for long hours help. That’s why I would take a small break after every hour to play computer games or watch television. It is as important to keep your mind fresh as it is to study sincerely. My parents were very supportive; they let me devise my own study routine.

I believe that one needs to be thorough in whatever one does. Therefore, I made sure that I revised the syllabus several times. It is also essential to understand concepts. If your concepts are clear, you can apply them to any problem. My teachers at the coaching centre helped me with chemistry and physics. They showed us different ways of solving a problem. Most importantly, they would always be willing to answer our queries. It’s not that I always stood first in school. But I had decided to give the AIIMS exam my best shot. This helped me top most of the mock examinations.

Arunima Kumar

Vipul Jindal
11th, AIIMS (2007)

I was earlier keen to join the Air Force. Somewhere down the line, however, I changed my mind and decided to try my hand at medicine instead.

After graduating from school in Delhi, I stayed at Jind in Haryana for a while. I followed a rigorous routine for six months. I did not opt for coaching, but studied for around 12 hours every day. Sometimes I would not get up from the study table for five to six hours at a stretch.

I believe that one should set short-term goals. This helps to focus on what one can achieve in a day or a week. And that makes your task easier.

My father was my mentor and helped me maintain a positive frame of mind throughout. I believe that preparing yourself for entrance examinations requires adapting to a higher level of hard work. That exercise is holding me in good stead even now. My advice to aspirants: be ready to work hard and take as many mock tests as you can.


Kamirul Islam
1st, WBJEE (2008)

Coming from a family that has more doctors than engineers, the decision to take up medicine was welcomed by my parents. To become a doctor has been my childhood dream. I left no stone unturned to make my dream come true — there was a time when I studied for almost 16 hours a day.

I do not regret sacrificing adda sessions to read MTG magazines such as Biology Today, Chemistry Today or Physics for You. Last year around this time, my routine was inhuman — I would wake up at the crack of dawn and sit down to study. I would rush for tutorials around 8am. I would relax a bit after returning at 10 and get back to books for another three hours. However, I never compromised on my siesta. At 5pm, I would rush to another tutorial.

I relied on the textbooks of Dutta Pal Chowdhury (physics), V.B. Rastogi (biology) and M.L. Chugh (chemistry). I attended classes at Pathfinder and took their test series. I also enrolled for the mock test series at NICS. Despite having topped WBJEE (medical), I regret having neglected a few areas. Otherwise, I would have scored even more. My advice: take mock tests; they prepare you well for multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Shabina Akhtar

Atri Pal
5th, WBJEE (2007)

Coming from a family of doctors, this was the profession I always wanted to be in. Also, the very idea of serving people appealed to me. I devoted a maximum of eight hours to WBJEE preparation. I was mainly mentored by Aakash Tutorials, but that didn’t prevent me from taking the mock tests offered by Pathfinder and Guidance Academy. Everyday I revised what had been taught in school and at the tutorial — the method turned out to be time saving. Also, I never missed out on co-curricular activities. I failed to get a higher rank as I became nervous on the day of the exam. My advice: study meticulously and intelligently, solve MCQs, take mock tests and don’t lose your cool.


Subhrashish Guha Neogi
2nd, WBJEE (2008)

I was not clear about which stream to choose, so I opted for combined WBJEE. I never followed any routine; I studied as and when I liked. But I made sure that I gave my best for those six hours that I studied. My day would begin around 6am. After reading the newspaper, I would get down to solving problems. I closely followed what was being taught in school and at Pathfinder. Despite my disorganised routine, I made sure I solved a few MCQs from MTG magazines. Aspirants would do well to solve previous years’ papers and take mock tests. Don’t stress yourself, as it will do more harm than good.


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