AIPMT 2015 Topper Interview: How Varad Puntambekar achieved AIR 3
Nancy Johri, 19 Aug 2015, #NEET
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With an incredible score of 683 out of 720, Varad Puntambekar has bagged 3rd position to become one of the toppers of AIPMT 2015. The topper from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh believes that enjoying his studies gave him an edge during preparation phase. Not having any medical background in family, Varad, a national level Badminton player, decided at a very early age that he wanted to become one of the top doctors in the world.

Varad took re-test of AIPMT 2015 as an opportunity and gave his 100% to give outstanding performance. In this interview with Nancy Johri of Careers360, he shares that he enjoyed last two years of intense studies and this is the reason for his victory. Read complete interview with the topper below.

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Excerpts from interview:

Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in AIPMT 2015! How did you celebrate your success?

Varad: Thanks a lot. Well, I have not been able to celebrate this happiness with my family yet as I have taken admission at AIIMS Delhi. So, I have planned to rejoice with my parents later when I go back home.

Careers360: Were you sure of cracking the coveted medical entrance exam? How did you make it possible?

Varad: I was not so confident that I will crack this exam with such great score. Rather, I was afraid. But when the results were announced, I was very much surprised. I had never thought that I will crack this exam with such an amazing AIR. All this has been possible with my hard work and guidance from my mentors.  

Careers360: Tell us something about your family.

Varad: I don’t have a medical family background. None of my parents is doctor. My father is a businessman and my mother is an Associate Professor at School of Planning & Architecture.

Careers360: What is your score in AIPMT 2015? Please also share section wise score.

Varad: My overall score in AIPMT is 683 out of 720. I have secured 156, 76 and 351 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology respectively.

Careers360: What is your rank in other medical entrance exams apart from AIPMT 2015?

Varad: I appeared in a total of eight medical entrance exams. I bagged AIR 1 in AMU MBBS, AIR 3 in AIPMT, AIR 15 in MU OET and AIR 23 in JIPMER.

Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for AIPMT 2015?

Varad: My consistent hard work and 100% seriousness to crack this exam is the key factor behind my success. To achieve a good rank in AIPMT, I studied thoroughly for two years by following a strict and strategic routine. I used to study rigorously for 12-14 hours daily. The guidance of my mentors during coaching classes worked wonders for me. I don’t think it would have been possible without support from my coaching teachers.

Careers360: Did you take mock test and did it help you in AIPMT preparation?

Varad: Yes of course, I practiced a lot from mock tests during the preparation period. It is very important to get an idea of the actual question paper before appearing for the exam, and these mock tests help a lot with that.

Careers360: Now that you have bagged AIR 3 in AIPMT, what do you think was the key factor behind your spectacular performance?

Varad: I believe that the key factor behind my success is vigorous and determined effort that I put while preparing for this coveted exam. Apart from that, guidance from my coaching institute mentors helped me a lot in achieving this victory.

Careers360: Which subject was the easiest according to you during the preparation period? 

Varad: During the preparation period, I found Physics comparatively easier than Chemistry and Biology. 

Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack AIPMT or other medical entrance exams?

Varad: I think that coaching classes are very helpful in motivating you and guiding you in the right direction. I am very thankful to my mentors for helping me in preparation with well-structured study material.

Careers360: It would have been quite a busy preparation schedule for you. Could you find time to connect with your friends during your preparation?

Varad: Yes, it was a very hectic preparation schedule for me. I could not find much time to hang out with my friends. I stayed away from any kind of distraction and focused completely on my study timetable.

Careers360: Are you active on Facebook or any other social media platform?

Varad: I was active on Facebook till class 10th. After that, I got busy with the AIPMT preparation. I did not want any kind of interruption in my dream of cracking this coveted exam with a good score.

Careers360: Did you turn to any recreational activity before appearing for AIPMT?

Varad: Listening to soothing music was the biggest stress buster for me. During the preparation phase and right before appearing for the exam, I listened to some good melodious songs for keeping myself calm.

Careers360: Which is your favorite sport? Do you play any sport?

Varad: I have been a national level Badminton player. But during my busy study schedule, I could not devote much time to this passion.  I loved playing and watching it a lot.

Careers360: Please share your message for AIPMT aspirants, who will be appearing for the entrance exam next year.

Varad: It is very important for you to give your 100% during the preparation phase. Moreover, you should remain neutral to all successes and failures. Never get demotivated by failure at any point of time. You should not get so much stressed because of pressure from studies. Moreover, appear with a calm and free mind for the exam.

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