NCHM JEE Topper Interview: In talk with Bhavya AIR 3
NCHM JEE 2021 was conducted on 10th August. The Result was announced on 10th September. In that Bhavya scored AIR 3. We conducted an interview with her so her words can inspire other NCHM JEE aspirants as well.
In this interview Bhavya talks about her preparation strategies, books and future plans. Her Hobbies are to sing, dance, cook and swimming.
Here are the excerpts from the Interview
Harshita: Congratulations Bhavya on achieving this feat, During the preparation, did NCHM JEE AIR 3 ever came across your mind?
Bhavya: Thank you so much for your wishes.
Honestly speaking, while preparing for NCHMCT JEE, Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, Delhi has always remained on my eye view. It was the Dream College for me. So, I had strived to get a rank under 100 to back a seat at the campus. But obviously, I was not expecting AIR 3 from myself. It is also true that I remained no stone unturned to complete my preparation. After taking the examination, I was quite confident that I gave my best and I will be getting what is best for me. So, when the answer key was released, I calculated my marks and they were around 750 out of 800. I couldn’t wait for the result to be out.It was never possible to secure the rank without the help and support of my family members. We were elated as it was like a dream come true moment for all of us.
There are different fields after 12th, what motivated you to make a career in Hospitality and Hotel administration? I am very much interested in culinary since my childhood. I love trying new recipes for my family during a festive season. I surfed through YouTube. I came across channels such as Your Food Lab and Chef Ranveer Brar hosted by Chef Sanjyot Keer and Chef Ranveer Brar respectively. They teach kitchen basics in a very lucid way. I started cooking Indian dishes, Continentals, Italian and developed a keen interest in the bakery. With me it’s like when I do anything, I try to do it with all my heart in the best way possible. And for the first time, I discovered an opportunity to align my passion with my profession. I got lucky. Then, I decided to become a chef. It will provide me a sense of immense satiation when people taste my food with a grin.
Also, the industry has always remained a booming industry. It will allow me to develop and hone my skills not only professionally but also holistically as a person. I like interaction with people and also the content that comes after serving people, hospitality begins then and there. It’ll is a worthwhile reward to me as a service provider.
So, I aspire to open a restaurant someday and provide them with the delicacies which they crave for.
Harshita: Was this your first attempt at NCHM JEE ? When did you start preparing for the exams and what strategies you used in particular for your preparation?
Bhavya: Yes, this was my first attempt at the NCHM JEE. I started preparing for the examination in mid of March. Till then, I was busy with preparation for other exams. I had five months in my hand. I had panicked a lot before the exams. I was anxious that how will I be able to complete the portion in the given time frame. But I took all my impediments in stride and kept patience, determination, and perseverance. There are five subjects in the paper, viz a viz English Language, Numerical Ability and Analytical Aptitude, Reasoning and Logical Deduction, Aptitude for Service Sector and General Knowledge and Current Affairs. I started preparing from the very basics. I took some topics from a subject and practiced that rigorously. After that, I took sectional tests to boost my confidence. Similarly, I covered each portion thoroughly and revisited them for revision, and also took tests for practice. For General Knowledge, I used to grasp the important content from the editorials and revise it regularly.
I would say revision is the key to success. If you're thorough with the lessons, you will retain them and ultimately score well. I also used to give mocks as it helped me a lot to be precise and sincere with my answers.
Harshita: Choosing the right Books and Preparation material have always been a concern for many students preparing for NCHM JEE . So according to you which are some of the best books for preparation that you recommend for NCHM JEE 2021 for each of the sections and overall preparation?
Bhavya: Books play an important role in shaping the mind of the student. The right book can lead you to success whereas many books can misguide you. I had purchased a book which led me into conundrums. The answers were wrong and it made me diffident to some extent. So, when it comes to books, choose wisely.
I would highly recommend ‘ The Ultimate Guide for Hotel Management NCHMCT-JEE ’ published by Arihant. It provides you with question papers of the past three years and also three Crack Tests (sample Question Papers). It also provides sectional tests at the end of each chapter. I would also recommend reading the magazine called ‘ Pratiyogita Darpan ‘. It is issued every month and provides deep insight into current affairs. Also, reading the editorials in the newspaper will update you about the further happenings in the world and also enrich your vocabulary. Apart from this, I also used to read the book, ‘Word Power’ by Norman Lewis to build my vocabulary.
Harshita: What advice would you like to give the future NCHM JEE aspirants and share with us the strategies you used to stay motivated on your exam day?
Bhavya: I would say, make a timetable and stick to it. Assign yourself with realistic goals. Make a habit to study regularly. Do not procrastinate your lessons. Study well. Never forget to give yourself small breaks. Try to imbibe hospitality skills itself at your home. Make your bed, cook for yourself and your family on the weekends, and help with other household chores. Be active and patient. If you wanna be a hotelier, you’ve to be strong, calm, and composed. I used to practice Yoga and Meditation at home to keep myself concentrated and focused. It will relax your mind and help to grasp your study.
As the Hospitality and Hotel industry is not very popular yet, you won’t find a clear picture on the internet. You might get perplexed by many of the facts given there. It happened to me. People pen down the facts in hyperbole. Do your own research. If you want to seek any kind of advice, contact people who are actually working in the Hotel industry. They will be able to give you a real picture of the industry. Telegram has emerged as a very informative platform. You will find groups for NCHMCT-JEE. The students there are aspirants as well as seniors. So you will have a piece of wide knowledge about the field you’re entering into. Also, you can contact people on LinkedIn. You will find helpful people, belonging to the industry who will motivate you to thrive as Hotel Manager.
Hobbies play a very important role in our lives. They occupy our minds when we are free and also make us happy. Hobbies are our escape from the real world that makes us forget our worries.
In today’s fast and competitive world, we often get time for ourselves. Over time, our schedule gets very dull and monotonous. That is why we need to indulge in something in between to keep our minds fresh and active
Harshita: What is the ideal time to start taking mock Tests? What role do mock tests play in NCHM JEE Preparation? What were your strategies in particular towards mock tests?
Bhavya: Mock tests certainly play a crucial role while prepping for any examination. Complete your syllabus and once you are confident, then only take the Mock Tests. Otherwise, it will be futile. The accuracy you find in your answers will boost your confidence and help you to score better marks in the examination. Before a month of the exam, time yourself, set reminders, sit for three hours, and while attempting a Mock Test, try to simulate the environment as similar as possible to the actual exam. You should try to solve as many mock tests as you can, at least 10-15. Be thorough with General Knowledge. If possible, make your own notes. Take at least two Mocks per day.
Many aspirants struggle with the time frame. So, attempt the sections first you are good at. If you are stuck in a question and it is taking more than five minutes. This will help you to save as much time as possible with securing maximum marks. Attempt the section you find the most difficult at last. Otherwise, you might waste a lot of time there.
Initially, you might lapse with the time. But eventually, you will get accustomed to that and will score better.
Harshita Nandal has worked as a Creative head in Mitrakshar, University of Delhi. She has done her Graduation from the University of Delhi in English Honours. In her free time, she prefers to play the guitar, take short walks in between work and loves to watch Korean dramas. Currently, she is an author at Educere India to fulfil the desire of her passion for writing.
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