AIIMS MBBS 2016 topper: Consistency is key to my success, says Het Shah, AIR 4
Tenzin pema, 17 Jun 2016, #NEET

A small town boy with big dream in his eyes, Het Shah started chasing his dreams from 8th class which he believes has helped him achieve the success. Het’s consistent hard work help him secured All India Rank 4 in AIIMS MBBS 2016. After consistently working hard for about 2 years with the help of coaching classes, Het plans to pursue Neurosurgery from Nimhans Bangalore. Unlike others, Het did not believe in the marathon studies where students prepare nonstop for 12-13 hours. He emphasised on 6 hours of diligent study schedule.

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Het suggests aspirants to start early and join a good coaching institute that will help them prepare for the medical entrance. Visualisation method was the trick to not lose his cool during the entrance exam. Het had earlier appeared for JIPMER as well, where he secured all India rank 93.  Read the complete interview below to learn about his preparation strategy:

Careers360: Congratulations on your success. How are you celebrating this success?

Het Shah: Thank you so much. As of now the celebrations have not begun, just friends and family members have been calling since the results were declared. I am overwhelmed with so much love from my near ones. It really feels good to have so many people appreciate your hard work. I feel blessed at the moment.

Careers360: Tell us something about yourself?

Het Shah: I am a very simple and down to earth guy who comes from a small town Nadiad in Gujarat. Securing a rank was never the ultimate goal but to give my best by putting in every ounce of efforts and hard work. Back in 2015, I had secured AIR 6 in Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KYPY) a scholarship program by the Department of Science and Technology. Then I cleared the first stage of Biology and Physics Olympiad. In class 12th CBSE board, I scored 94.2%.

Careers360: How about your family, how have they supported you throughout the preparation period?

Het Shah: My father, Sanjay Shah, is a businessman, whereas my mother Swati Shah is a home maker. They have been with me through thick and thin just like any other parents. My dad inspired me to give my best and not worry about the result just like any stern father, but my mom the soft one on the other hand was there as an emotional support.

My family and friends played a vital role in my success, as you know success cannot be produced by the student alone. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, anything goes missing the puzzle is incomplete.


Careers360: Can you tell us about your preparation methods that you would like to share with future aspirants?

Het Shah: I started with strengthening my basic concepts with the help of NCERT core books, which I went over and over again, until I could visualise each and every page in my mind. I would like to emphasise on NCERT biology book, which is really helpful. Personally, I don’t believe in marathon studies if not done with regularity. You need to be consistent with the number of hours you put in every day. I followed a 6 hours schedule every day as I believe regularity in my studies was the key to my success.

Also, for pre medical, I took 2 years coaching which is one of the reasons for my success. I would like to tell aspirants that a good coaching institute plays an important role; it acts as a helping hand polishing your knowledge and of course it gives you an edge.

Careers360: What is the one most important technique that you think helped you secure the rank?

Het Shah: I was just about to say that, one of the most important techniques that I religiously followed was the visualisation method. I visualised myself sitting in the exam hall, taking the AIIMS entrance repeatedly. To be honest, I had dreams of appearing for AIIMS, so it was like before the actual exam I had taken the exam over 100 times. So this method really helped me keep my calm during the medical entrance exam.


I would also like to share the subject wise analysis for the future aspirants,

  1. For Physics- I would suggest aspirants to lay more importance on numericals, but if you are someone who is good with quickly solving questions then MCQs will be easy for you. Many students feel Physics is the most difficult, but trust me if you get the logic right then it is the easiest one. Also, I would request students not to neglect the assertion questions that come from the theory part.
  2. Whereas for Biology section, for me extensive reading was the key, one should prepare for the subject in such a way that the answers should be floating in your mind. This will save your time in the exam.
  3. For Chemistry, organic’s chapter on general organic chemistry is very important, whereas physical chemistry is easy as it has all logical concepts. Try making sensible mnemonics wherever you find difficulty remembering that will help you a lot.

Careers360: After an amazing success, what are your future goals?

Het Shah: Nimhans Bangalore is my target as of now, as I want to enter Neurosurgery. So let’s hope for the best. One of the main ingredients for my success was setting goal at a very early age and following it. I set my goals when I was in 8th standard after which I started collecting resources to pull things together. An early start will definitely help one win the race.

Careers360: Any word of advice for future aspirants?

Het Shah: Of course, first I would tell all aspirants not only aim for the rank but strive to achieve the best i.e. to get your concepts right. The syllabus may seem overwhelming for newbie’s, just like it did to me a few years back. But I assure you once you are into it, it will be so much easier for you. Just get your basic right, so right that even in your sleep you are able to answer them.

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