AIIMS MBBS 2019 Topper Interview: June 12 will be imprinted in the mind of Akshat Kaushik for a long time to come, as on this day his dream of studying in AIIMS New Delhi, the premier medical institution in the country, has finally come true. In the recently declared AIIMS MBBS 2019 results, Akshat came a stunning third scoring a clean 100 percentile. The son of a surgeon father and gynecologist mother, it is not surprising that Akshat was drawn to the medical profession from a young age; not to be outdone, his brother is also pursuing MBBS!
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What really captured Akshat’s imagination about the profession was its humanitarian leanings and diagnostic possibilities. Interestingly, Akshat has many other interests outside of medicine, as he loves going to the gym, playing chess, and catching up on TV shows. Go through the full interview to learn about his AIIMS MBBS preparation strategy, family background, and his hobbies.
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Careers360: Congratulations on securing AIR 3 in AIIMS MBBS 2019. How are you feeling about your result?
Akshat Kaushik: I am extremely happy now that I have achieved the college which I aspired for as I begun my preparation journey. I am pretty overwhelmed and am looking forward to all the experiences ahead.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
Akshat Kaushik: I am from Varanasi, UP. Both of my parents are doctors (surgeon father and gynecologist mother) and my brother is currently studying MBBS. I was born and brought up in Varanasi only and I have done my schooling from DPS Varanasi
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue medicine as a career?
Akshat Kaushik: Since I have been brought up in a "medical" family, I have grown up learning the twists and turns around this profession and medicine really attracts me as a profession because it gives me the chance to help people while not losing the touch of interest and suspense one gets in tough diagnoses.
Careers360: How did your family support you in this journey?
Akshat Kaushik: My family has been one of the most important pillars supporting my success, especially my parents who kept me going in this journey while giving me my space. My brother also guided me in my journey. It is really important for a student to have his family's support in order to succeed and I am proud to say that I did.
Careers360: What is your percentile in AIIMS MBBS 2019?
Akshat Kaushik: My percentile in AIIMS 2019 is 100. I share this percentile with the other Top 4 rankers.
Careers360: Which other medical entrances did you appear in? How was your performance in those?
Akshat Kaushik: I also gave NEET 2019 and JIPMER 2019, I achieved AIR 3 in NEET and AIR 14 in JIPMER
Careers360: How different AIIMS exam was compared to the other entrance exams?
Akshat Kaushik: AIIMS was definitely the most challenging medical paper that I gave. It was the paper that made me believe that the extra efforts that I put in, including studying up on out of syllabus topics, was worth it. It was very innovative, of a higher difficulty than NEET and also required proper time management skills during the exam. Overall, it judged different characters than NEET and was a brilliant experience.
Careers360: How did you prepare for AIIMS 2019 while balancing your preparations for the other entrances?
Akshat Kaushik: Since my goal was AIIMS Delhi since the start, I didn't forget to see the chapters from an AIIMS point of view as well when everyone else was preparing for NEET and the most intensive study for AIIMS was done by me in the break between NEET and AIIMS. AIIMS MBBS exam definitely requires extra attention due to its different exam pattern and syllabi and I advise every aspirant to make a note of this if they are serious about AIIMS exam as well.
Careers360: Did you take any coaching or help? How beneficial did it prove?
Akshat Kaushik: I did my coaching from Aakash Institute Varanasi. It was definitely very beneficial for my competitive exams because the platform and infrastructure it provides to a student is indispensable in his preparation. I was able to set a routine and follow a strict schedule regulated by external reasons and hence I was forced to push my boundaries and I know that I received benefit from it.
Careers360: How much time did you devote to self-study vs. coaching?
Akshat Kaushik: Most of my time went into solving papers as that was my primary way of revision and study after I had read a chapter once or twice. I believe every student chooses this accordingly and personally, I devoted as much time to self study as I really needed; the rest of it went to coaching and solving papers.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy for various sections?
Akshat Kaushik: For AIIMS, I expected physics to be difficult so I decided to begin with Biology and Chemistry. I didn't hesitate to mark a question for review and hence marked at least 40-50 questions out of 200 for review and solved most of them later. I gave a hefty 2 hours to physics but only when I knew I could afford that without missing out on question from other subjects.
Careers360: Which according to you was the toughest and easiest section in the AIIMS entrance?
Akshat Kaushik: Well, physics was definitely the toughest and Chemistry was the easiest because physics had a few questions that were either too difficult to solve or were a little out of syllabus theory wise. While chemistry was mostly NCERT based with a few tricky questions.
Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Akshat Kaushik: I was honest with myself in my journey and always accepted if I had any weak areas, I solved extra questions on my weak topics until I was satisfied with my knowledge and speed. I used my strengths as my allies and devoted extra time to plug weak areas.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? Did you engage in them during the preparations?
Akshat Kaushik: I love to play chess, to go to the gym. I also love watching TV shows and listening to music. I did engage in them during my prep but I obviously had to reduce all of them a little but I knew that it would be counterproductive to leave them all. I was also mildly active on social media.
Careers360: Which factors would you attribute this success to?
Akshat Kaushik: Definitely there are a lot of factors contributing to my success. My own hard work, the guidance provided to me by my coaching faculty and family and the emotional support I received from my family, friends and teachers were definitely the most crucial ones.
Careers360: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Akshat Kaushik: I currently have my mind set on choosing endocrinology as my specialty although I am flexible about it so I see myself practicing endocrinology in a great hospital and hopefully raising the standard of living of a lot of people.
Careers360: Any message or advice for future medical aspirants?
Akshat Kaushik: I would like to advise everyone taking the exam after me to don’t take stress and instead divert their time and energy into their studies as this will have double benefits for them. I would also advise them to not get demotivated if they don't know a particular question during their exam and not to let that affect how they will give the rest of their paper. Seeing the bigger picture is always beneficial. Work Hard! Best of luck!
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