NEET Topper Interview 2021: Meet Shubham Aggarwal AIR 5

# Nov 19, 2021 by Harshita Nandal

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NEET Topper Interview 2021: Meet Shubham Aggarwal AIR 5

The NEET 2021 was held on 12th September 2021 in 3855 exam centers across 202 cities in India &  the result was declared on 1st November 2021. Shubham secured an All India Rank (AIR) 5

Here are the excerpts from the Interview:

Harshita: Congratulations Shubham on achieving this feat, During the preparation did NEET AIR 5 ever came across your mind ?

Shubham: No I have never imagined that I could secure AIR 5.Ya i was confident that I could get under 500 rank through the marks I was getting in tests but never thought of such accomplishment

Harshita: Did the COVID pandemic affect your exam preparation in any way? How did you manage your study during the lockdown ?

Shubham: Yes covid definitely affected my studies and moral. Intially when lockdown was imposed it's like that this time whole year will be wasted. U can't replicate the environment of physical teaching and there are some topics in chemistry and physics which are understood better in offline only. Moreover neet is a pen paper test and due to lockdown only online tests could be conducted and we could get the environment of actual paper. But my coaching really did great work and teachers also worked hard to get best of them. I also become accomated with this methods slowly and fr neet environment replication I arranged omr and printed test paper and tried to attend them with same situation in time frame of 2-5.

Harshita: After accomplishing such a great achievement , what next big things you dream to achieve in your life?

Shubham: Its just one single step towards a successful journey. I dream to become a neurosurgeon in life and do a brain surgery which is quite impossible at this time but God knows maybe with my hardwork I could achieve it

Harshita: What motivated you to choose medicine as a career? When did you decide to become a doctor?

Shubham: I was interested in human body since childhood. I always wondered how we humans who don't have any special quality like other animals rules the entire animal kingdom just because of brain.

Moreover my parents also wanted me to pursue this field as they themselves are realted to it. The feeling of serving my country and humanity also motivated me to choose it as we alll have seen the value of doctors in this pandemic

Harshita: Was this your first attempt at NEET ? When did you start preparing for the  entrance exam and what strategies you used in particular for your preparation?

Shubham: Yes I is my first attempt in neet. I started preparing for it from class 11th. There is no special strategy to clear neet. The guru Mantra for it is that u should reamin continuous in studies. No of questions doesn't matter much but doing them everyday is must. U should keep on revising chapter as much possible but never let ur current suffer because of revisions. Listen to ur teacher and most importantly never losse backlog. Backlog is most dreaded thing for a neet aspirant. Try harder if u got backlog and finish it at earliest and try not to do so again

Harshita: Choosing the right Books and Preparation material have always been a concern for many students preparing for NEET.  So according to you which are some of the best books for preparation that you recommend for NEET  for each of the 3 sections and overall preparation ?

Shubham: The best books for neet preparation are ncert.

For biology NCERT is god. Just follow ncert and learn it by heart. For inorganic chemistry just ncert never do more than that. For organic and physical chemistry pratice is important. For physical chemistry n awasthi is good and for organic I only used my coaching modules they were enough.

For physics also u need pratice and I relied on coaching Material only. As the famous books available fr physics like Hcv etc are not par with neet u have not to do so much.


Overall don't leave ncert of any subject. Even of physics (just read it some times). Plus the notes of ur teacher are also very important. First become through with ur notes then go for pratice

Harshita: What advice would you like to give the future NEET aspirants & share with us the strategies you used to stay motivated in your exam days.

Shubham : My advice would be that just stay consistent in studies, never lose backlog and listen to ur teacher advice. U should study whenever u want but remember when u study at that time u should do study only. When Playing just play. I. Short do with full heart whatever u are doing.

The proud feeling of mine and my parents after becoming a doctor is the biggest motivation for me. I always motivated myself by saying that I have to taste the fruit of after neet and it always pushed me to work harder

Harshita: What is the ideal time to start taking mock Tests & What role do  mock tests play in NEET Preparation? What was your strategies in particular towards mock tests?

Shubham: Mock tests are very crucial to build up your confidence and tell u where u stand and how much u have to work more. They help to strengthen ur concepts and pinpoint ur weakness. Mock test prepare u mentally for the situation u have to face In actual exam.

The best time to start mock tests is 2 months prior neet when u have completed ur syallabus and is revising.

I always tried my best never to lose any mock test as every test teaches u something. I used to give mock test at 2-5pm and with mask and all situations similar to actual neet condition.

After result I used to access whether I did a silly mistake, don't know the fact, forget it etc.

So mock tests plays a very important role for neet prepation


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Harshita Nandal
Harshita Nandal

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.