"If you would have one shot or one opportunity to seize everything, would you capture it or just slip it? ”, asks Parv Mehta, a diehard Eminem fan and gadget geek who has scored an incredible 671 to bag the seventh All India Rank in AIPMT 2015.
Incidentally, Parv, whose both parents are Doctors, has already got admission in AIIMS Bhopal. But a firm believer in ‘seizing the right opportunity’, Parv set his eyes on Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and went ahead to appear for the retest of AIPMT.
In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Parv shares his study routine, preparation strategy and how he busted the myth of a gizmo freak cracking one of the top medical entrance exams.
Careers360: Congratulations on being a Topper? How is the moment for you?
Parv: Thank you. It feels great to be one of the toppers. There are celebrations going on and friends and families are sending their good wishes. The journey was difficult though. But, now that I have achieved it, I am really very happy and relieved.
Careers360: What was the strategy you followed during the preparation days? Which books did you refer?
Parv: I adopted a simple strategy. I prepared from NCERT Books and practiced every new concept and topic being taught to me in my school and coaching classes. It is very important for a medical aspirant to cover the entire syllabus on time and revise it thoroughly. I used to practice sample papers on weekly basis to check my preparation level. Another thing that I followed and made me a topper was solving last year question papers, as they provide a lot of understanding about what to study, how to study and how to tackle difficult questions. If you practice this way, you are half through. Rest is all hard work, determination and passion towards studies.
Careers360: Tell us what made you select Medicine as your profession?
Parv: My parents are doctors. I was very keen and passionate of following my parent’s footsteps. Moreover, I wanted to mingle with different kind of people and serve humanity.
In fact, this is like a family business. So, you see I grew up in this environment and this is what I have always liked. There is nothing else in this world, I wanted to become.
Careers360: This is great? Did you face any obstacle during preparation? How did your family help you?
Parv: My family was absolutely helpful during my preparation days. They have always been behind me throughout this journey. There were days, when I have felt low and demotivated. I used to call my elder sister, who is working as an engineer in Bangalore. She used to motivate and encourage me in giving my best. She used to boost me up in whatever difficulty I faced during the preparation days. My family is proud of me, so that makes you happy.
Careers360: Were you involved in any recreational activity during preparation?
Parv: Whenever I used to get tired of studies, I would listen to my favorite American singer and rapper, Eminem. His song, ‘Loose Yourself’ is my favourite and I used to get motivated through its lyrics.
I love gadgets. I used to play games on my play station to get relaxed and stress-free. Recreational activities have played a major role in breaking the monotony of studies. But, I had always made it sure to spend more and more time on studies on less time on other activities.
Careers360: What message would you like to give to medical aspirants?
Parv: I would like to share a simple message which I have always believed in. Whatever the situation may arise, always believe in yourself and your hard work. Only your determination, passion and focus will lead to towards your goal. Do not opt for any short cut to success as hard work is the only key. Always remember, dream don’t work unless you do!
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