A simple boy from Patiala, who loves playing table tennis and spending time with his family, Rachit Bansal from Bhupindra International Public School, secured AIR 9 with 327 marks in JEE Advanced 2017. His success plan was simple; be sincere, have conceptual understanding and do no let social media be an obstacle. He studied for 6-7 hours per day but he didn’t stop playing his favourite games with his friends. He believes, to ease the mind it is important to take some time off from studies. Overwhelmed with his success, Rachit thanked his family and his teachers for being such an incredible support.
Here, we bring you an exclusive interview with JEE Advanced topper (AIR 9) Rachit Bansal in which he shares about his preparation strategy, future plans and much more. Scroll down to read the complete interview with the boy who turned his dream of studying Computer Science at IIT Bombay into a reality.
Entrance Corner– Hearty congratulations to you for carving your name into the top 10 list of JEE Advanced qualifiers. How did you celebrate your success?
Rachit– Thank you so much. I celebrated my success with my parents and my teachers.
Entrance Corner– Tell us something about your family and School.
Rachit– My father’s name is Bharat Bhushan Bansal and he is a chief engineer and my mother Ritu Bansal is a homemaker. My elder brother just passed out from BITS Pilani. I attended Bhupindra International Public School, Patiala.
Entrance Corner– What is your JEE Advanced score and rank? How much did you secure in JEE Main 2017?
Rachit– In JEE Advanced 2017, I secured AIR 9 with a score of 327. My JEE Main 2017 AIR was 95 with a score of 320.
Entrance Corner– Did you take any coaching for JEE and if yes from where? Do you think coaching is necessary to crack such exams?
Rachit– In Class XI, I took coaching from I QUEST, Patiala. In class XII, I enrolled in Allen Kota, Chandigarh. According to me, coaching institutes are really helpful as they provide concise information about the concepts. Also, the mock test conducted at the institutes makes us aware of our shortcoming.
Entrance Corner– What was your strategy while preparing for JEE Advanced 2017?
Rachit– I attended coaching classes for 5 hours. I also took mock test and practiced sums with my friends. At home, I devoted 6-7 hours in self study.
Entrance Corner– What do you think was the key factor behind your spectacular performance in JEE Advanced 2017?
Rachit– One of the major factors that helped me achieve this rank was the fact that I was very particular about conceptual understanding. The mock test which I took at my institute also helped me a lot.
Entrance Corner– Since when were you preparing for JEE?
Rachit– I was preparing for JEE since the last two years, i.e. from class XI. Apart from my Boards exam, my focus was to crack JEE Main and Advanced 2017
Entrance Corner– As it might have been a very hectic schedule for you, could you find time to connect with your friends while preparing for the entrance exams?
Rachit– Yes, I never stopped playing and hanging out with my friends.
Entrance Corner– Which is you preferred IIT and engineering Branch?
Rachit– I am planning to take admission at IIT Bombay in Computer Science
Entrance Corner– Did you use social media platform like Facebook while preparing for the entrance exam?
Rachit- I was not active on any social networking site and I believe its better to take some time off from Facebook and other such sites as it diverts our mind. However, I never stopped playing. I think we should not avoid extra curricular activities during this period. I used to go out and play football and table tennis with my friends.
Entrance Corner– Tell us about your hobbies and interest.
Rachit– I like to play with my friends, I love to talk and hang around with them. I also love to play table tennis. Sometimes I watch movies but mainly I prefer sports.
Entrance Corner– Who is your biggest role model?
Rachit– My parents are my biggest role model and my brother too. They really inspire me.
Entrance Corner– What are your future plans after completing your studies at IIT?
Rachit– I want to do some research work in Physics.
Entrance Corner– You are now an inspiration to all the future JEE aspirants. So, would you like to convey any message to them?
Rachit– I would suggest the future aspirants to have clear understanding of all the concepts. It becomes easy to solve question if the concepts are clear. Also, aspirants must start preparing for JEE from class XI itself to strengthen the foundation.