AIIMS MBBS 2017 Topper Interview: Didn’t need to sacrifice social media or friends during preparation, says AIR 7 Harshit Anand
Nancy Johri, 16 Jun 2017, #AIIMS MBBS
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A popular quote, “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice”, attributed to the famous short fiction writer Anton Chekhov, holds completely true for Harshit Anand. Hailing from West Bengal, the AIIMS MBBS 2017 AIR Rank 7 has proven that nothing can beat the combination of strong will and adherence.

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In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Harshit reveals about his desire to excel in the medical field and set an example for the world. The movie buff and sports enthusiast, who has always considered AIIMS Delhi as his dream college, also shares about how he used WhatsApp for his benefit in doubt clearance and other success mantras that defined his achievement.

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Careers360: Congratulations on grabbing AIR 7 in AIIMS MBBS 2017 examination. What was your first reaction to the result?

Harshit Anand: My seniors informed me about my result, but I couldn’t believe them as I was nervous and confused. I became satisfied only after checking it myself. After knowing my rank, I was very surprised and obviously happy. I immediately met my friends and went out to celebrate.

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

Harshit Anand: I had an idea that I would be securing a good rank, but securing AIR 7 came as a total surprise to me. 


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

Harshit Anand: My father and mother hold the positions of Gastroenterologist and Gynaecologist respectively, in our own hospital - Sai Hospital, Siliguri. My brother is currently pursuing his MBBS from Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Pune. So basically everyone is from the medical background and thus they understood clearly whenever I was low on morale and needed support from them.


During the preparation days, my father was the biggest source of motivation for me. He used to cheer me up by telling me that everything that I am doing is going according to plan. He believed in me completely and this was enough for me to get going during my sad moments.     


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

Harshit Anand: The only key to success, according to me, is sincerity and dedication towards studies. It’s not like I stopped having fun during the preparation phase by sacrificing social media or friends, but I made sure I stuck to my study plan. I attended coaching classes and did rigorous self-study as well. Moreover, I never hesitated to ask my seniors whenever I had any doubt. Sheer perseverance made it possible for me to achieve this victory.   


Careers360: How was your study schedule during preparation?

Harshit Anand: I didn’t have any fixed schedule, but on an average I used to study for 4-6 hours daily. Moreover, I never studied for more than 8 hours a day during the preparation phase.


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

Harshit Anand: I found Physics the easiest subject, while Biology was the toughest for me.


Careers360: Please share your academic background.

Harshit Anand: In Class 10, I got 10 CGPA and in 12th, I secured 91.3 percentile in best of five subjects.


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

Harshit Anand: There was not much difference between the preparation strategy for Board exam and Entrance exams. For Class 12 exam, I had to focus on NCERT books more, which was also required for AIIMS, JIPMER and NEET preparation also. So, I was able to study for both side by side.  


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

Harshit Anand: In order to get rid of stress, I regularly indulged in various sports including Cricket, Football, Table Tennis and Badminton. I also used to hang out with my friends and was quite active on social media as well.


Careers360: Do you watch movies? If yes, which are your favourites?

Harshit Anand: I am quite fond of movies. I like 3 Idiots and Forrest Gump a lot.


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

Harshit Anand: I think that coaching proves to be very beneficial for students in the preparation. The teachers guide you and provide highly relevant study material. They tell you what to do and what not do do during the exam. Practicing from the question bank provided by the coaching professors benefits a lot. I myself took classes from ALLEN Career Institute.


But that doesn’t mean students depending solely on self-studies don’t perform well. I know students who performed well in the entrance exam without attending any coaching.        


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

Harshit Anand: In the next 10 years, I see myself being an expert in the areas of my interest - Cardiology, Neurology and Radiology. 


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

Harshit Anand: I secured AIR 128 in JIPMER MBBS. Speaking of NEET, I expect to secure a rank in the top 20.   


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

Harshit Anand: The most important piece of advise is to not take tension at any point of time. Give your best and do not fear anything. Practice is the key, always remember that.


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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.
Thank you

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