JIPMER-AIIMS MBBS 2016 topper interview: How Kushagra Pandey chased his dream with focus and passion
A double delight was in store for Kushagra Pandey of Mumbai, who exceeded his own expectations to secure top All India Ranks in both AIIMS and JIPMER- two of the toughest medical entrance tests in India. While he bagged AIR 1 in JIPMER MBBS, his performance in AIIMS MBBS pushed him into the group of top 10 rank holders.
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The topper, who aspires to be the first doctor in his family, attributes this feat to his systematic preparation, passion for perfection and a lot of support from his parents. When routine study became tedious, the Saina Nehwal fan would play a game of badminton to calm his stressed mind.
In this interview with Career360, Kushagra advises future medical aspirants to follow NCERT syllabus for their preparations and to smartly utilise their time by ensuring that there they are not distracted by social media or gadgetry temptations.
Read the full interview below:
Careers360: Congratulations! You have not only topped JIPMER but also rank among the best 10 in AIIMS? How are you celebrating?
Kushagra Pandey: Thank you so much. I am very happy. Based on my preparations, I was expecting a good result but this is beyond my expectations. I am planning a family outing to Lonavala to celebrate my success.
Careers360: Single digit ranks in both the tests is an incredible feat. Where you expecting such high rankings?
Kushagra Pandey: My AIIMS paper was really good. I was expecting to get a good rank. However, a single digit rank even exceeded my expectations. The JIPMER result was again very surprising. I was definitely not expecting to get the first rank!
Careers360: What about your family? How are they reacting to your results?
Kushagra Pandey: They are very happy. They have supported my throughout my preparations and I am glad that my results have brought smiles to their faces. This is actually my biggest achievement. My dad is a scientist and my mother a home maker. I am an only child. They put in all their efforts to help me succeed. Even when I would stay up at night to study, my parents would stay awake with me. It was a huge moral boost for me.
Careers360: Tell us how you prepared for the tests? Did you follow any special strategy?
Kushagra Pandey: I strictly followed my coaching expert’s guidance and advice. I used to revise every topic being taught to be in school and the centre. I prepared thoroughly from NCERT books. I think it is important for every medical aspirant to be thorough with the NCERT syllabus as it helps in the long run. In fact, most of the questions in AIIMS and JIPMER were directly from NCERT books. Solving MCQs and past years question papers also helped me a lot. Rest was all focus and passion towards my dream.
Careers360: How did you manage you time? Did you have any fixed schedule for your studies?
Kushagra Pandey: To be honest, I used to study for 10 to 11 hours every day. I have always focused on completing the syllabus and then revising the concepts. I never decided for how many hours I had to study, but I used to decide what topics I had to prepare and revise. For me, revision is the key to success.
Careers360: Tell us what made you choose medicine as your profession?
Kushagra Pandey: Since my childhood,I have been very keen and passionate about being a doctor. I always wanted to learn medicine and Biology is my favorite subject too. Also, it’s a profession which is highly respected and noble. Besides, there is nothing else I want to be in this world!
Careers360: Now we know why you want to become a doctor, but tell us what do you enjoy beyond the world of medicine?
Kushagra Pandey: Yes, I am very much active in extracurricular activities as they support in maintaining a study discipline and also keep your mind relaxed. Even back in school, I used to play badminton. I am huge fan of Saina Nehwal!
Besides, whenever I would get bored during my preparation period, I would watch TV or read newspapers. In fact, as JIPMER and AIIMS also consisted of questions on General Knowledge, I used to convert my free time learning about current affairs.
Careers360: Did you also appear for NEET Phase 1? Many students were left confused after the Supreme Court’s order on NEET. What kind of impact did the decision have on your preparation?
Kushagra Pandey: Yes. I appeared for NEET 1. I was a little bothered as I was also preparing for the state level medical exam. My main focus, however, was AIIMS and JIPMER. Therefore, I concentrated on these two examinations without caring much about what was going on. I knew that it was the time to put on efforts which would lead me towards my goal and bothering about those would lead me nowhere.
Careers360: Will you also appear for NEET Phase 2?
Kushagra Pandey: I will not appear in NEET 2 as I have achieved my dream of getting admission in AIIMS, New Delhi.
Careers360: Do you want share anything from your experience with future medical aspirants?
Kushagra Pandey: What made me a topper is my hard work coupled with sharp focus and passionate approach. Whatever you study put in your 100% efforts to understand the concepts. Don’t’ cram anything ever. Many students think that only staying at hostels will help them in their preparations as there will be no family distractions and as such. That is absolutely not true. What you should keep in mind is that the time which we keep for studies must be fruitfully utilised, ensuring that there are no distractions of social media or electronic gadgets. Remember, this is no short cut to success.
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in neet if a student getting less marks in chemistry 49 and 89 in additional subject physical education pcb-65 total will they replace my main subject chemistry by physical education will that make me un eligible for neet exam
the basic eligibility criteria to appear for NEET exam is candidate must have passed or appearing their 10+2 from recognized board with science stream subject having physics, chemistry and biology and candidate must have secured a minimum aggregate of 50 percent marks in PCB subjects altogether , for OBC/SC/ST it is 40 percent and for PWD it is 45 percent.
you cannot replace any subject with any other non considerable subject.
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I have scored marks as listed in serial no. in isc 12 board eng-65 hindi-86 physics-56 chemistry-49 biology-90 physical education-89 I am getting very less marks in chemistry then my additional subject physics education. will I face any problem in neet
Abhishek, your 12th marks are only considered for calculating your eligibility to appear for NEET. And to be eligible for NEET, you should have completed your 12th, passed in all subjects and secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is 50% for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This 50% is inclusive of the Theory and Practical marks scored in Physics, Chemistry and Biology collectively. You needn't score 50% in Physics, 50% in Chemistry and 50% in Biology separately. You need an aggregate of 50% or 40% depending on your Category as an aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And along with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you should also have studied English as one of the core subjects in your 12th. Apart from this, your 12th marks are not required for admission to Medical Colleges. With your marks, you are eligible for NEET because you have an aggregate of 63% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology alone. There should be no problem in NEET for you.
A very good evening sir\mam. I had recently passed my 10+2 with 89.8% (jkbose) can i get the bvsc course seat through the pmsss. And is Neet required for the bvsc through pmsss?
PMSSS is a Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme. This is not an entrance examination or an alternative for NEET. If you want to study B.V.Sc NEET is a mandatory entrance examination. PMSSS only gives Scholarship for pursuing Education. And NEET is a National Level Entrance examination for admission to MBBS, BDS, Ayush and Veterinary Courses across India. So for studying B.V.Sc, you should appear for NEET. And to be eligible for NEET, you should have completed your 12th, passed in all subjects and secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is 50% for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This 50% is inclusive of the Theory and Practical marks scored in Physics, Chemistry and Biology collectively. You needn't score 50% in Physics, 50% in Chemistry and 50% in Biology separately. You need an aggregate of 50% or 40% depending on your Category as an aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And along with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you should also have studied English as one of the core subjects in your 12th.
What Neet preparation strateg?
You haven't mentioned whether you are appearing for NEET 2020 or NEET 2021. If it is for NEET 2021, you need to stick to NCERT books atleast for now because NEET syllabus is going to be reduced to fit in the reduced Academic year due to Corona. But if this is regarding NEET 20200, you hardly have 37 days.
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Is there any changes in neet 2021 syllabus?
NEET 2021 syllabus will be reduced and revised. The MHRD did mention that owing to the reduced Academic year, the syllabus will be reduced and revised. As of now, there is no official update as to what might be the topics that might be removed and what might be the topics that will be retained. So though it is true that NEET 2021 syllabus will be changing, we do not have the updated syllabus yet. So we would suggest you to stick to NCERT books as of now until MHRD officially announce the syllabus for NEET 2021. And if you are appearing for NEET 2021, to be eligible for NEET, you should have completed your 12th, passed in all subjects and secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is 50% for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST. Now if you belong to OBC Category, the Category you belong to should be also listed in the Central OBC list. Or else you will be considered as General Category and so you have to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This 50% is inclusive of the Theory and Practical marks scored in Physics, Chemistry and Biology collectively. You needn't score 50% in Physics, 50% in Chemistry and 50% in Biology separately. You need an aggregate of 50% or 40% depending on your Category as an aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And along with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, you should also have studied English as one of the core subjects in your 12th.