NEET Topper Interview 2022: Meet Hrishikesh AIR 3
The NEET 2021 was held on 17th July & the result was declared on 7th September. Hrishikesh has topped NEET 2022 by securing an All India Rank (AIR) 3 out of 1764571 appeared candidates.
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Here are the excerpts from the Interview:
Harshita: Congratulations Hrishikesh on achieving this feat, During the preparation did NEET AIR 3 ever came across your mind?
Hrishikesh :Yes ma'am at certain times I did find myself insistent on getting top marks only and I prepared with the mindset of getting 720/720 but during the last month of preparation I found that it was just putting additional pressure on me so the goal shifted to securing a seat in AIIMS Delhi.
Harshita: After accomplishing such a great achievement , what next big things you dream to achieve in your life?
Hrishikesh : I have always dreamt of pursuing MBBS from AIIMS Delhi and I am glad that my dream has come true. I am thinking of pursuing cardiology right now since it is a cause of public concern but I think I will be able to decide the specialisation after getting to know all fields better during the course of MBBS.
Harshita:What motivated you to choose medicine as a career? When did you decide to become a doctor?
Hrishikesh :I have nurtured the dream of becoming a doctor since the age of 9 or 10. I feel that a doctor can directly influence both his family and the society, positively. I had spoken to some of my relatives who were doctors or aspiring doctors and felt inspired listening to them. I have worked towards making this dream a reality ever since.
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?
Hrishikesh :Yes ma'am this was my first attempt. Till Class 10 I was interested in maths and science and tried to prepare these subjects at a higher level and also gave competitive examinations like NTSE to gain exposure. I began dedicated NEET preparation in Class 11. I attended classes, revised the concepts immediately, solved problems with emphasis on previous year questions and gave as many mock tests as possible. I also cleared any doubts immediately with my teachers.
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 ?
Hrishikesh :NEET is a highly syllabus oriented exam, more so in the last 3 years so the main book which has to be read over and over again is NCERT. All graphs, trends from tables and diagrams are to be gone through. A higher number of readings is required for Inorganic Chemistry and biology. For physics, Physical and Organic Chemistry, besides NCERT, question practice is of the essence. I used HC Verma for Mechanics, Electrostatics and Modern Physics. For Organic Chemistry I used GRB Organic Chemistry by Himanshu Pandey.
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.
Hrishikesh :A few pieces of advice I would like to give future aspirants are as follows:
• -Firstly be clear of your goal and once you start working in that direction, prepare a to-do task list for each day after you know the amount of time you take for each task.
• -Do not procrastinate, solve problems immediately after learning the concept and get your doubts cleared immediately.
• -Attempt as many mock tests as possible. Do not be afraid of mistakes, instead just learn from them and try not to repeat them. All of us make mistakes, even I made mistakes till my last test.
• - Lastly, be prepared for unpredictable circumstances in the final exam by simulating them in mock tests. For instance, take 20 mins less than the time allotted as per rules and avoid ticking on the question paper, do everything in the rough space provided. I had to face the above mentioned situations during the actual examination.
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?
Hrishikesh :Giving mock tests is the most important pillar of preparation and should be done throughout preparation at regular intervals. More than anything else, they help one find out his/her weak topics and the type of errors he/she may commit in the actual exam. One can then work on these and avoid them in the future. When it comes to full syllabus mock tests, these should be started around 100 days before the examination and one should preferably take one mock test a day. One should ensure that he/she gives mock tests in conditions similar to those which one will face in the actual exam hall and once in a while, slightly harsher conditions so as to be prepared for unforseen circumstances. One should not be afraid of errors but should just learn from them. He/she should analyse the reason behind the error and work on avoiding such an error in the future.
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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