AIPMT 2015 Topper Interview: Sanchit Gupta bags AIR 10 with 669 marks
"There was a situation when I felt too much pressurized after Supreme Court’s order of retest, but it was my family who guided me and assured that whatever is happening will be good for me," says Sanchit Gupta who bagged AIR 10 in AIPMT 2015. The AIPMT 2015 topper hailing from Chandigarh had scored 93% in 10+2 examination and said that he was sure about cracking the coveted medical entrance exam.
Sanchit, who has created Facebook and WhatsApp account recently, shared that he managed to relax during the rigorous preparation phase by playing with his sister and listening to music.
Careers360 brings you a candid chat with AIPMT 2015 topper, Sanchit Gupta who shares his preparation strategy and books he referred for cracking AIPMT 2015. He also considers self study as the key to crack the test.
Careers360: Congratulations Sanchit on bagging AIR 10! How are you celebrating your success?
Sanchit Gupta: Thank you. I am on cloud 9 and celebrating the moment of success with my family.
Careers360: Were you expecting the rank? Whom do you credit your achievement?
Sanchit Gupta: I was pretty sure about cracking AIPMT but never imagined for bagging AIR 10. It has been a pleasant surprise to me. When I heard about my rank, I felt as if I was dreaming but was delighted to know that it was true!
My parents and grandparents always stood beside me, whenever I needed them. I owe my success to them.
Careers360: Tell us something us about your family. Who is your ideal?
Sanchit Gupta: I live in a joint family where my grandparents play the significant role in guiding and encouraging us at times of crisis. My father is a Doctor and mother a home maker. I have a younger sister.
My father who is a BAMS is my ideal, who motivated me to become one.
Careers360: What is your score in AIPMT 2015?
Sanchit Gupta: My overall score in AIPMT 2015 is 669, including 171 of Physics, 165 of Chemistry and 333 of Biology. The score helped me in becoming AIR 10.
Careers360: Which other exams did you appear apart from AIPMT? How was your score in those?
Sanchit Gupta: Apart from AIPMT 2015, I appeared for AIIMS MBBS 2015 where I was able to secure AIR 224 and got a seat in AIIMS Rishikesh.
Careers360: What specific strategy did you follow for scoring 669 and bagging AIR 10 in AIPMT 2015?
Sanchit Gupta: To be honest, there is no such secret as I followed what my parents and teachers guided me all through and now it has been paid off.
I believe in three pillars which led me to the success – dedication towards my passion of becoming a doctor, concentration on studies with non-interference of other time taking activities and taking out time for self-study.
Careers360: There must be some preparation strategy for medical entrance exams. Share the same.
Sanchit Gupta: My preparation strategy for the medical entrance exams were specifically based on daily goals. I used to set my goals daily and tried to achieve them in the stipulated time.
I didn’t adhere to any hourly-study pattern, say as I have to study strictly for six hours or seven, rather chose the topics to be completed each day. If any topic was completed in a few hours, it was all for the day. Afterwards, I used to revise them and solve questions related to the topic.
I believe that counting hours would have deviated me from understanding concepts. Moreover, I used to take as much practice tests as possible. The tests helped me in analyzing my preparation level and strengthened my confidence.
Careers360: Which subject was easiest vis-Ã -vis toughest for you?
Sanchit Gupta: Biology being my favourite subject was the easiest of the three, followed by Chemistry and Physics was somewhat tough.
Even on the exam day, Physics came out to be a lengthy paper for me, whereas Biology and Chemistry were good.
Careers360: When the Supreme Court ordered for AIPMT 2015 re-test, what did you feel?
Sanchit Gupta: There was a situation when I felt too much pressurized after Supreme Court’s order of retest, but it was my family who guided me and assured that whatever is happening will be good for me. Today I feel they were right and I did my best.
Careers360: Did you have any problems in any subject, during your preparing phase?
Sanchit Gupta: Yes, I came across a number of problems which mostly included understanding of concepts in each of the three subjects. I used to consult my teachers.
Careers360: Did you take coaching guidance? Is coaching guidance necessary for a medical aspirant to crack the coveted medical entrances like AIPMT?
Sanchit Gupta: Yes, I took coaching guidance. A coaching guides you in clearing the concepts and understanding any subject matter. However, it is a candidate who has to walk on the guided path.
Careers360: Are you active on social media websites? How did you manage all of those during your preparation phase?
Sanchit Gupta: It’ll be hard to believe but I created Facebook and WhatsApp accounts recently. All through the preparation phase, I was dedicated to my exam only and avoided all sorts of distractions.
Careers360: In between the busy schedule, what recreational activities did you turn to?
Sanchit Gupta: Whenever I felt stressed, I used to play with my younger sister a number of indoor games including ludo and snake-ladder.
Careers360: Which was the last movie you saw? Do you enjoy listening to musics?
Sanchit Gupta: During my preparation phase, I didn’t see any movie. Baahubali is the latest movie that I saw. I like all songs, irrespective of their genre. Music is a great way to entertain and relieve pressure.
Careers360: What role NCERT Books do play while preparing for the coveted medical entrance exams like AIPMT?
Sanchit Gupta: NCERT Books are the building blocks for the entrance exams. These books helped me in building the basic concepts and understanding the topics in details.
Honestly, I didn’t depend on NCERT Books completely, however, solved every question of the books and memorized the ‘important topics’ section of the chapters in them.
Careers360: What finger-tip points you would like to advise to your juniors?
Sanchit Gupta: My success came from hard-work, dedication and concentration. I would like to point out the following tips –
One needs to take out time for self-study, as mere coaching guidance or school classes won’t suffice
Don’t take your studies as pressure elements; rather enjoy every bit of it. Science is a subject worth enjoying. Study as to learn something from it
NCERT Books are the basic; one needs to miss not a single topic from them. You can memorize the ‘important topics’ section given at the end of every chapter
After completion of every topic, try to solve as many questions as possible related to it
Take as much as mock tests while you are done with the preparations
Last but not he least, always believe in your hard work and build confidence
AIPMT is the most sought after medical entrance exam conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for as many as 3500 medical and dental seats.
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