AIIMS MBBS 2016 Topper Interview: NCERT text books laid strong foundation to my concept building, says AIR 1 Sathvik Reddy
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Sathvik Reddy Erla bagged AIR 1 in AIIMS MBBS 2016 entrance examination in his very first attempt, besides securing AIR 20 in JIPMER MBBS 2016 exam. The Hyderabad champ, in this interview with Careers360 shares that conceptual clarity of subjects, besides a routine study of 10 hours, helped him in cracking the most competitive entrance exams.

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He also talks on how his clear basic concepts laid a strong foundation for his ‘next-level’ preparation. In this interview, the avid fan of Mahesh Babu (South Indian actor) also talks about his hobbies, favourite author and much more…

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Careers360: Congratulations on grabbing AIR 1 in AIIMS MBBS 2016 examination. How was your first reaction to the result?
Sathvik Reddy: I am overjoyed and don’t have words to express my feelings upon securing AIR 1 in the medical exam. All I can say that I feel extraordinarily blessed. I am celebrating my success with my family now and also plan to go out with my friends.

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Careers360: Were you expecting such a result in AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam?
Sathvik Reddy: Not at all! When I saw the results of AIIMS MBBS 2016, I could not believe on my eyes. I was expecting good marks but never expected an All India Rank 1.


Careers360: Tell us about your family? How did your family support during the preparation days?
Sathvik Reddy: My mother is a software engineer and father, an advocate practicing at Hyderabad High Court. My family supported me all through my preparation stages and kept me motivated.


Careers360: None of your parents are doctors. What motivated you to choose a career in medicine?
Sathvik Reddy: My parents did never force their opinion on me regarding my career options. In fact, they encouraged me to go by my own interest. Once I identified my interest for MBBS courses, they trusted me and supported me with all possible means. Further, their moral support boosted my preparations.


Careers360: What’s your success mantra behind cracking AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam?
Sathvik Reddy: My success mantra behind cracking AIIMS MBBS 2016 examination was to clarify the basic concepts in each subject and then move onto repeatedly solving as many questions as possible from the previous years’ papers. I would also solve a number of mock tests in the last months of the medical exam preparation.


Careers360: How was your study schedule during preparation?
Sathvik Reddy: I would study regularly for around 5-6 hours a day after attending my regular school classes. However after my classes ended, I started utilising that time also in self-study. If there were no classes during the day, I would spend around 9-10 hours on my studies at home.


Careers360: How was your AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam experience?
Sathvik Reddy: Firstly, I was quite confident of my preparations. Secondly, the paper was an easy one in comparison to the other medical entrance examinations. The questions were mainly from NCERT text books in each subject-Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Thus, I didn’t find any trouble while solving the paper. Overall, I was satisfied with my performance.


Careers360: Among the three subjects, which was the easiest vis-à-vis toughest subject for you?
Sathvik Reddy: I had a good command in Physics but Biology was my weak area. I would find biological terms and diagrams a bit difficult to memorise. However, I put in consistent effort to overcome this. I actually did repeated revision in biology.  I also used to highlight difficult terms and important points in my text books which would help me to find emphasis areas during revision work.

Careers360: Please share your academic background. What was your score in AIIMS MBBS 2016 examination?
Sathvik Reddy: I scored 10 CGPA in Class 10 (DPS Hyderabad) and 98.8 per cent in Class 12th (Andhra Pradesh Board). In the AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam, I had attempted a total of 191 questions of which 166 were correct and 25 incorrect. I scored a total of 157.66 marks in AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam.

Careers360: How did you balance between preparation for your state board exam and medical entrance exams?
Sathvik Reddy: It was not much of a trouble for me. I was mainly focussing on medical entrance examinations and accordingly devoted much of my study hours towards the same. Since, the syllabus of the two is the same, I actually didn’t make any special efforts for class XII board examination. I believe that it requires applying the same knowledge in both but the only difference is that the two exams needed a slightly different approach.

I used to study through NCERT text books which covered syllabi of both the exams - medical entrances as well as class 12th state board.


Careers360: Your schedule would have been quite hectic during preparations. What did you do to keep yourself refreshed? What are you hobbies?
Sathvik Reddy: When tired, I would watch regional movies. I also used to play Table Tennis and also read fictional books authored by Christopher Collins. My hobbies include playing video games, watching television soaps and solving rubik’s-cube puzzle.


Careers360: So, who is your favourite actor?
Sathvik Reddy: I am a fan of Mahesh Babu.


Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary for cracking medical entrances like AIIMS?
Sathvik Reddy: No. I don’t think that coaching is necessary to crack medical entrances. However, I would say that coaching guides you in knowing important topics for the exam. The coaching also helps you in clarifying your doubts and improving on weaker areas during the exam preparations.


Careers360: Where do you see yourself in next 10 years down the line in your medical career?
Sathvik Reddy: As of now, I have thought of becoming a neurosurgeon. However, I may change my mind, once I complete my five-year MBBS programme.


Careers360: What suggestions would you like to share with the MBBS aspirants?
Sathvik Reddy: I would like to suggest them a few pointers–

  1. Believe in your hard work

  2. First, master basic concepts through NCERT text-books and then go for serious preparations

  3. Solve question papers of previous years entrance tests and take as many mock tests as possible

  4. Keep calm and don’t take stress. Consistent efforts will take you closer to your dream institution

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What will be eligibility criteria for aiims after being combined with neet?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 16th Oct, 2019
Hello there!
Since , there will be no more aiims ug now  and admission in aiims will be on the basis of neet , so now students need to check their eligibility for neet exam , to be eligible for Neet, candidates  need to have completed  10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board with percentage;UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% ; percentage here is for pcb aggregate and there's no maximum age limit but minimum age limit is 17 years. For more and detailed information go through

now for all medical entrance neet is the only exam so are they going to give evn assertion reasoning in the paper like aiims or Will they increase the standard of asking questions how should I prepare ! for 2020

VIPIN KUMAR 16th Oct, 2019

Dear Sucherita, now NEET will be the only entrance exam even for admission to AIIMS and JIPMER, . The general exam pattern will continue. NEET will have 180 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 45 questions each from Physics and Chemistry and 90 questions each from Biology. here is the some tips you can follow to prepare for neet

Proper Study Plan: If you plan to self-study for the competitive exam, first thing

you should do is to make a proper study plan. A proper time table according to which you

will study is essential and make sure the plan includes time for revision too.

Quality Study Material: Second most important thing to be considered is the best quality

study material. NCERT Booksare considered to be the best books for the preparation of the

Mock Tests: Mock tests are considered an important tool for cracking any competitive

exam because such mock tests provide you the real feel of the actual examination.

You should at least attempt one mock test daily as it will help you in analysing your

performance and you will be able to check your preparations also.

exam, so you must complete your NCERT syllabus first. Once you are done with it, you can

refer to other books which are easily available in the market.

Neet Previous Year Papers: Along with the study material and mock tests, you should also solve

previous year exam papers as it gives you an idea about the type of questions asked in i'm attaching a link you can see paper

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Be Disciplined: The most important thing to be followed during your preparations is that

you should be disciplined and strict towards your preparations.

Relax: One more thing to be kept in mind during your preparations is to keep your mind relaxed.

You should involve in some recreational activity to relieve stress and keep yourselves relaxed.

Take care of all the above-mentioned points and you’ll definitely crack MBBS NEET without coaching.

You may also tend to be one of the inspirations for others. Remember to keep yourselves

positive and do not get irritated in between your preparations by seeing your performance in

the mock tests.

Along with this you should stay consistent in your preparations and remember

that “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”


how many marks to i get to become admission in AIIMS MBBS New Delhi.

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


Now that admission in Aiims is going to be on the basis of marks obtained in neet , it's really tough to predict what marks will get you a seat in Aiims Delhi,  but it's for sure that there's going to be huge competition for a seat in Aiims Delhi,  by huge I mean really huge  , so nothing less than 620 marks will get you a seat in AIIMS Delhi,  so try to keep your target at least 650+ marks in neet to get a seat in Aiims Delhi.  But yes , cut off may vary depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks scored by students, toughness level of exam etc. So , prepare well for neet.



will Aiims conducts its own MBBS exam in 2020?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


No , Aiims will not conduct any entrance exam of its own , admission in all the 15 aiims will be based on marks obtained in neet and not only admission in aiims but admission in all the medical colleges of India Indian including Jipmer will be based on neet now,  now neet is the single gateway to all the medical colleges including aiims and Jipmer. So there , will be no separate aiims entrance exam.  So, you need not prepare well for neet.



is it really true that neet and aiims also jipmer will be at one track

Payal 14th Oct, 2019

Hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt

yes this is true that frim now on onwards aiims and jipmer has been merged with neet and there will be single entrance exam for medicine and that is neet exam.

this has bern done to decreased the burden of student for giving different types of exam with different pattern.

I hope my answer will help you out

Good luck

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