AIIMS MBBS 2017 Topper Interview: Consistent efforts play a major role, says AIR 5 Harsh Agarwal
Nancy Johri, 22 Jun 2017, #AIIMS MBBS
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AIIMS MBBS 2017 topper Harsh Agarwal, who secured AIR 5, kept himself motivated by regularly reminding himself a popular quote of Joel Brown- “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” He has shown that if you are passionate to achieve something big in your life, then no matter how challenging the path is, it is possible to achieve victory at the end.

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In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Harsh reveals his preparation strategy that led him to crack this coveted medical entrance exam with 99.9986132 percentile. The topper from West Bengal came to Kota with the dream of securing a coveted seat in his dream college- AIIMS Delhi. Read here success mantras that he unveils for the benefit of aspirants, who will be appearing for the exam next year.

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Careers360: Congratulations on grabbing AIR 5 in AIIMS MBBS 2017examination. What was your first reaction to the result?

Harsh: I was pleasantly surprised when I checked the result. I expected a good rank but securing AIR 5 made me extremely thrilled and content.  


Careers360: Were you expecting such a result in AIIMS MBBS 2017 exam?

Harsh: I had an idea that I would be securing a good rank, but being among top five candidates in AIIMS MBBS 2017 came as a total surprise to me.


Careers360: Tell us about your family. How did your family support you during the preparation days?

Harsh: My father and mother are alumni of NIT Durgapur and IIT Kharagpur, respectively. He is working as a Senior Manager at Indian Oil Corporation, while she is a happy homemaker.


Careers360: None of your parents are doctors. What motivated you to choose a career in medicine?

Harsh: Medicine is truly a noble profession. I have always wanted to be part of this field so that I can help the needy. Hence, when it came to choosing my career, I focused towards medicine.


Careers360: What’s your success mantra behind cracking AIIMS MBBS 2017 exam?

Harsh: I would say that ‘Consistency’ is what kept me going. The stability in my hard work as well as in my thoughts made it possible for me to crack the exam with flying colours. 


Careers360: How was your study schedule during preparation?

Harsh: I used to study for 10-11 hours daily during the preparation phase. Also, I didn’t sacrifice social media. I used to clear my doubts with seniors on WhatsApp. 


Careers360: How was your AIIMS MBBS 2017 exam experience?

Harsh: Not good actually. I left a total of 11 questions from Physics section. 


Careers360: Among the three subjects, which was the easiest vis-à-vis toughest subject for you?

Harsh: I found Biology the easiest subject, while Physics was the most difficult for me.


Careers360: Please share your academic background.

Harsh: In class 10, I got 10 CGPA and in 12th, I secured 95 per cent.


Careers360: How did you balance between preparation for your state board exam and medical entrance exams?

Harsh: I used to devote my time equally for board exam as well as medicine entrance exams. I was in habit of giving five hours to each exam preparation. 


Careers360: Your schedule would have been quite hectic during preparations. What did you do to keep yourself refreshed?

Harsh: To keep myself energetic and rejuvenated, I used to watch movies, play football, jog and swim. All these activities helped me in getting rid of my stress.


Careers360: Do you watch movies? Do you have any favorite actor?

Harsh: I love watching movies. Recently, I watched Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, and I really liked it.

My favorite actor is John Abraham.


Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary for cracking medical entrances like AIIMS MBBS?

Harsh: Yes, absolutely. I think that coaching classes are very helpful for the students. The study material provided to us during preparation period proves to be highly beneficial. Practicing from the question bank given by professors helps a lot in having a fair idea about the actual exam. I myself took classes from ALLEN Career Institute.


Careers360: Where do you see yourself 10 years down the line in your medical career?

Harsh: I will be pursuing MS in Cardiology after the completion of MBBS.


Careers360: How was your result in JIPMER MBBS? What are your expectations from NEET result?

Harsh: I was not happy with my JIPMER MBBS result. I secured AIR 119 in the entrance exam. As far as NEET is concerned, I expect to secure a rank in the top 15.   


Careers360: What suggestions would you like to share with the MBBS aspirants?

Harsh: Rigorous and sincere efforts are what you should focus on. Consistent attempts in the right direction will keep your spirits high. Try not to take much pressure of studies on yourself. It will do no good to you. Keep calm and focus on giving your best shot. All the best.   


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aiims paper is cancelled or not

Rehan Alam Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Yes AIIMS and JIPMER are cancelled and merged with the NEET and from 2020 there will no separate exam for AIIMS or JIPMER but rather admission into them and various other medical colleges will be through the marks and rank of NEET.

Hope this helps. Thank you.



Rehan Alam Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

As per the latest announcements, AIIMS and JIPMER are merged with the NEET from 2020. So in the NEET 2020, there is inclusion of both of these exams and there will be no separate exam for AIIMS and JIPMER. Admission to both of these colleges and other medical college will be through NEET rank.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


What will be the difficulty level of neet 2020 as Aiims and Jipmer included under neet?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019
Hello there!
No , difficulty level of level of neet will not be increased , it is just that admission in all the aiims and Jipmer will be based on the marks obtained by you in neet examination as well in addition to all the other medical colleges of India  but when it comes to neet then everything thing is pretty same i.e. eligible criteria, question paper pattern, difficulty level etc is still the same so you do not need to worry about it at all . Just focus on your preparation, prepare well , good luck.

is AIIMS 2020 is there or mixed with NEET

Vinnie Vas 12th Nov, 2019

no it is not mixed. it will be mixed from neet of the year2021. the minister mentioned that fromacademic year neet 2020-2021 woll be mixed.

AIIMS official website has already declared exams dates to be 30-31st may 2020.


How much i have to score in NEET for mbbs college or aiims college.

Apoorva Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
Hello dear student,
I understand your query dear student but as you have not mentioned your category and I hope you are aware that JIPMER, AIIMS like exams have been scraped off from the shelves that is they won't be conducted separately instead NTA will conduct Neet in 3rd may 2020 . And seats of AIIMS and JIPMER will be merged in neet only . So you can expect slight increase in the competition as need will be the only exam that is going to be conducted nationally for the students who are appearing in medical field. Try to keep your marks above 580 if you are belonging from general category and if from reserved category keep it above 520 to 540 because likewise you will be  on a safer side to gain a seat in any government medical colleges. I hope this was helpful to you.
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