Bathinda twins, Sahil Bansal and Rahul Bansal cracked the AIPMT 2015 with 4th and 6th rank respectively. The Bansal brothers aspired to be doctors since their childhood and hit the first milestone by cracking the competitive medical entrance exam AIPMT 2015.
Careers360 interviewed both Sahil Bansal and Rahul Bansal together.
Like ideal twins, Sahil and Rahul have always been with each other whether it was studying for exam or playing badminton, their favourite sport. Not only did they follow the same strategy, they also came to each other’s aid by solving doubts and queries of one another. They believe that regular and self-study with sincerity is the key to their success. Nonetheless, what equally important, according to them, is a fit body with fresh mind. So apart from their daily study routine, they never missed sports activities that included a game of their favourite sport, badminton.
In this interview with Careers360, Sahil and Rahul share their preparation strategy, twin factors that helped their preparation, and common interests that they share.
Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congrats to you both on securing top ranks in AIPMT 2015 retest. Were you expecting it?
Sahil: Thank you! Based on my performance, I was sure about clearing the paper but being among the top 5 was beyond my expectation. I am really happy with the success, especially because I and my brother Rahul both are among the top 10.
Careers360: How was your performance in AIPMT 2015 retest as compared to the original AIPMT?
Sahil: Although initially I was fretting about the retest, later I took it as an opportunity to excel my performance. I did not let the decision dampen my spirit and worked hard towards achieving my goal.
Rahul: Since we were already prepared, cracking the retest was not that tedious a task. I was happy with the decision of retest and revised the syllabus extensively. I feel that I had performed better in the retest compared to the original AIPMT 2015.
Careers360: Which other medical entrance exams did you appear and what were your ranks in them?
Rahul: Apart from AIPMT, we appeared for AIIMS MBBS and Punjab Pre Medical Test. In AIIMS MBBS, I obtained 23rd rank and Sahil secured 40th rank. In Punjab PMT, our ranks are 4th and 12th. On the basis of my AIIMS MBBS rank, I have taken admission in AIIMS Delhi.
Careers360: Tell us something about your family.
Sahil: We belong to a close-knit family of 4 including parents and my twin brother, Rahul. My father is an advocate and my mother is a home maker. Me and Rahul have always been together, be it for studying or engaging in any other activities. Even our likes and dislikes are also similar.
Rahul: Me and Sahil have always shared everything, be it our ambition, preparation strategy or interests. We followed the same study regimen and as you can see, we have obtained similar result as well. If one of us fell sick and did not study, the other one would not study as well.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for AIPMT?
Sahil: Our preparation included regular and systematic study. Although we had taken guidance from coaching institute, still we provided equal emphasis on self-study. We ensured to complete the syllabus from NCERT text book. We also solved past years’ question papers and took several mock tests which kept us prepared for the test. Moreover, we studied together for every exam and discussed and solved the problems and queries amongst ourselves.
Rahul: Here we must mention that our mother has been our greatest teacher and we owe our success to her. With her unique teaching style, she helped us strengthen our concepts and tame our weak areas.
Careers360: How did mock tests help you in your preparation?
Sahil: Solving mock tests and previous years’ papers was immensely helpful. It not only helped me identify the strong and weak areas, but also defined the test taking strategy. After completing the basic preparation of the AIPMT syllabus, we started taking mock tests regularly.
Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack AIPMT?
Sahil: Although it is not impossible to crack the test without coaching, but a regular and systematic guidance always helps you. For us, coaching helped as we not only got guidance from our mentors, but were also able to take regular mock tests followed by expert analysis. This helped us to further improve on our weak areas and prepare accordingly.
Careers360: Apart from your preparation schedule, how did you spend your time?
Sahil: Every evening we played badminton. We never missed this as it helped us stay fit and concentrate on our studies. Apart from that, we would watch TV for some time at night.
Careers360: Were you active in any social media?
Rahul: No, we are not active in any of the social media platforms. Since we were already in touch with our friends from school and coaching institute, we never really felt the need to be a part of the social media websites. Also, we wanted to focus fully on preparation and avoid unnecessary distractions.
Careers360: Which medical college are you aiming to take admission in?
Sahil: I aim to take admission in either Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi or Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjung, New Delhi.
Rahul: I have already taken admission in AIIMS Delhi through my AIIMS MBBS 2015 exam and want to retain the seat.
Careers360: What is your advice for the AIPMT 2016 aspirants?
Sahil: All I want to say is, if you are really passionate about something, give your 100% to achieve it. Have the right approach towards your goal and don’t let any factor hamper your morale.
Rahul: Hard work and right orientation is necessary to crack any exam. Be confident about yourself. Don’t be fully dependent on your coaching institute. Self-study is equally important.
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