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Vishal Sanghai sat for JEE Main in the year 2016 and scored 98.4 percentile. He took admission in The LNM Institute of Information Technology for starting his journey as an engineer.
According to Vishal Sanghai, it was only because of his parents, teachers at coaching and friends that he was able to achieve what he has. “Coaching shows you the right path. It gives you directions”, he added.
Read the Interview below where Vishal Sanghai talks about his preparation strategies, share tips for JEE 2017 aspirants and more.
Q 1. Did you take Coaching Classes? If yes, how did they help in your story?
Aakash Institute. I had joined Aakash after Class 10 after deciding it over FITJEE. As Aakash had given better results than FITJEE from Kolkata center. I had got 60% scholarship at Aakash due to my good performance in ANTHE (Aakash National Talent Hunt Exam) in which they select the bright students countrywide to study at their coaching center.
The teachers were very professional and taught very well. The teachers teach every concept from the very basic and then gradually move on to tougher problems. This approach leaves no conceptual doubt in the mind of the student. The main part was that the teachers always shared some shortcuts to do the questions quickly. Also, the teachers always encouraged 1 on 1 doubt clearing session any time in the day except our own class hours. We could even sit the whole day at Aakash Study Center and study there peacefully and approach faculty whenever in doubt.
Also, the student peer group were very competitive and hardworking and always made you work that extra yard. You would start thinking that if he can do it why can't I and that extra push, my friend makes all the difference.
Aakash conducted many tests like Fortnightly, Monthly, Quarterly and the very famous AIATS. These tests gave students like me actual exam like environment to test whether we are working in the right direction or not. The question standard is pretty good and seeing where you stand among so many examines. give you a rough estimate of your preparedness. Further the questions in such exams highly resembled original questions that come in such competitive exams, giving us an edge in our preparation.
Q 2. How did you manage JEE Main Preparation along with your Class 12th exam?
JEE Main syllabus is very much similar to CBSE's unlike the popular belief. JEE Advanced and CBSE syllabus though is very different.
I had studied well for JEE Main and CBSE Board Exam level is lower than JEE level. So, I had JEE in mind all the time and CBSE Exam went well automatically.
Only you should have completed reading NCERT at least once before the boards starts. 80% of the paper is based on NCERT only and rest are applications (of which you would be master if you read well for JEE.
Q 3. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?
I was good in Physical Chemistry, Set Theory, Trigonometry, Calculus, Mechanics and Modern Physics because of my inherent interest in these topics. But at the same time, I dreaded topics like Thermodynamics, Waves, Organic Chemistry Binomial Theorem and Conic Sections.
So, my aim was to devote good amount of time to topics I didn't like because naturally I would ignore those, and study only the topics I liked. Also, I tried to follow multiple books in these topics, as each book explains in different way and you seem to like and understand approach of some books over other.
Q 4. What mock papers did you take?
As I mentioned I studied at Aakash Institute and they automatically register you for their All India Aakash Test Series which is very good and famous test series. Good because the problem standard is quite good and pattern resembles that of the actual exam. And the famous part helps in comparing your result with other students to see where you stand. Further it also gives specially compiled questions for exams like WBJEE to solve at home apart from the test series. These papers have questions which are expected to come in the actual exam.
Q 5. Write some of the Preparation tips for someone who is starting 4 months before the exam?
Ok, so let me get this straight. 4 months is a very short time and you must be aware that most "serious" students have studies for this exam for at least 2 years (not to mention those who have studied for 5+ years). So, you do not have time to waste. You have to utilize your time extremely efficiently and wisely. Firstly, you need to break the syllabus in to parts and assign time frame as to when you are going to study those topics. If you are not confident regarding the theory of some topics you should first clear those from your teacher or refer good books for that topic. Finally, you should attempt to solve as many types of question you can, because finally you need to solve questions in the final exam and don't need to write theory.
Q 6. Physics: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.
Physics is mostly the most logical subject and most students like this subject the most. It has got the least mugging up part and hence can be mastered with good amount of practice. You should read the NCERT very well and thoroughly. People generally say that NCERT is very easy book, but if you read properly you will realize how much depth it has. Next you should start solving the back questions of NCERT. Now you should be able to solve trivial problems, it is the right time to jump into coaching study material/Engineering entrance books like DC Pandey (specially for topics like Mechanics, Waves). Once you have completed all of this you will be very confident about your preparation. One tip while solving problems is that you should give ample time to each problem to think on it before jumping to see the solutions. Also, you should follow standard books like HC Verma, DC Pandey. You needn't get into the complexity of books like IE Irodov if you are aiming for JEE Main.
Q 7. Chemistry: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.
This subject requires a lot of mugging up. But the key is that if you don't understand the key concepts behind it you won’t be able to retain it or apply it to slightly twisted questions. JEE Main paper of Chemistry is highly taken from NCERT so you should go through it thoroughly first (especially Inorganic). For physical chemistry you should first read relevant study material (from coaching material preferably) and then attempt standard books like N.Awasthi, Jaiswal, P. Bahadur etc. (Anyone these though :P). As for organic you need to be know the mechanism behind different reactions and then you can easily solve reactions.
You should also maintain a notepad which have all the formula, important reactions and read it from time to time to keep them fresh in your mind. Finally, after all this preparation you should try attempting questions from previous years’ paper and see whether you can solve them or not.
Q 8. Mathematics: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.
First of all, you should solve a book like RD Sharma, which is very important for board exams, and lays the foundation for competitive examinations Math’s. When you are confident about this level of problems and want to go one level up start solving JEE book by SL Loney. It is quite fat book but don’t take intimidated and start solving chapter by chapter. Remember the more you practice the better your speed and accuracy will become. Also, try not to solve same type of question again and again. There are so many varieties of questions you should practice maximum varieties rather than doing one type over and over.
Learning Mathematics is like learning the art of problem solving and not merely knowing formulas and concepts. So, if you are serious about improving your mathematics, you need to focus more and more on problem solving instead of just reading formulas, theories, and solutions.
Q 9. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?
I would like to do a couple of things. First of all, stop wasting time, and utilize as much as possible. Follow the study timetable and adhere to timelines. Second give more importance to practice solving problems than reading theory from different books. Finally keeping calm in the exam.
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