JIPMER and AIIMS Topper Interview 2019 - With the announcement of AIIMS result, the season for medical entrances for this year is almost over. Careers360 approached Amritesh Singh Grewal who secured the sixth rank in JIPMER and a rank 12 in AIIMS MBBS. Both JIPMER and AIIMS are considered to be among the toughest entrance examinations in India. In the JIPMER and AIIMS Topper Interview 2019 with us, Amritesh Singh Grewal shared some valuable tips to prepare for the medical entrance tests in general. Amritesh also shared with us the preparation strategy for AIIMS 2019 and JIPMER 2019. The boy from Mohali excelled in two of the most difficult exams in India. Candidates who wish to take up medicine as a career can draw inspiration for his journey and use the tips and tricks suggested by Amritesh. Read the complete article to know what Amritesh has to say.
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Careers360 - Congratulations! How does it feel to be in the top 20 list of India’s most prestigious medical entrance examinations?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I am very happy. I was expecting a good rank but was not expecting a rank 6 and rank 12! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
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Careers360 - How are you celebrating your success?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I am celebrating with my parents and my friends.
Careers360 - What factors do you attribute your success to?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - My family, my friends and my coaching institute.
Careers360 - Which other examinations have you taken apart from JIPMER 2019? How was your performance in those?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I had taken AIIMS 2019 and NEET 2019. I scored an AIR 12 in AIIMS and AIR 459 in NEET.
Careers360 - What is your total in JIPMER and what are the subject-wise marks?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - JIPMER only tell you the number of incorrect responses. I had 22 incorrect responses in JIPMER and I had left 8 questions. Thats around 658 marks out of 800.
Careers360 - What motivated you to take up a career in medicine?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - It’s mainly because I have an interest in biology. I was inclined towards medicine as a profession. I have been curious about how our body functions and what goes on inside it, thus the interest in biology.
Careers360 - Tell us about your family and your school.
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I am from Mohali. Both my parents are doctors, Dr. Amrit Kaur and Dr. Devender Singh. I have done my schooling, upto class 10 from Saint Kabir Public School and class XI and class XII from Shri Guru Harkrishan Model School.
Careers360 - What role has your family played in your success?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - My family motivated me when I was down. They inspired me and they always believed in me.
Careers360 - Is this your first attempt at JIPMER and AIIMS?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - Yes, this was my first attempt.
Careers360 - So, how did you balance your boards and your preparation?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I didn’t have to study that much for boards because the boards are relatively easy as compared to the entrance examinations. And the preparation is also not that different. If you want to get a good score in AIIMS or JIPMER, you have to study from a subjective perspective also. You have to know everything clearly in your mind if you want to score well. This is also required for the boards.
Careers360 - Tell us about your preparation strategy.
Amritesh Singh Grewal - It varied for each examination. For AIIMS, I focused on physics, because this portion is relatively difficult in AIIMS and is at par with the JEE level.
For NEET I focused on Biology because its has more weightage and is essential for getting a good rank in NEET. The physics and chemistry portion are relatively easy in NEET. You have to get good marks in Biology to get a good score in NEET.
Start with NCERT for the biology section. It is the only thing that you need to do for Biology, after which you can refer to the coaching material. NCERT is enough from NEET point of view. In JIPMER and AIIMS, major portion is from NCERT but some questions may be from outside its syllabus. There are very limited things that you can do for these questions, like reading the coaching material, but those are very vast. You can go the extra mile but in the end, you might have to leave a few questions. The cost to benefit ratio is not good. You will have to invest a lot of time to be able to attempt these 2-3 questions, so it's better to focus on those that you can solve using NCERT. Remember that no one can solve everything in these examinations.
Careers360 - Did you take any coaching?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - Yes. It was helpful and the study material that they provide was good. The teachers guided me but in the end you have to rely on self study.
Careers360 - What was your exam day strategy?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - For AIIMS my strategy was to save as much time as I could for physics. I had about 100 mins for physics, but it wasn’t enough. The chemistry section was very difficult and hence took a lot of my time.
For JIPMER my strategy was to solve the questions as fast as possible. It was the only way I could complete the question paper. In other examinations I could look at the question paper in the end and analyse my performance, but in JIPMER there was no time.
Careers360 - Compare JIPMER 2019, AIIMS 2019 and NEET 2019?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - NEET 2019 was the easiest. Many students scored above me in NEET, because it was very easy and scoring. I made 2-3 mistakes which could have been avoided, and became the reason for my low rank in NEET.
JIPMER was relatively difficult, mainly because the time pressure was high. They give you 2 hours 30 mins to attempt 200 questions, which gives you less than a minute for each question. That makes JIPMER difficult, even though the questions are moderate. The biology portion in JIPMER was the most difficult, physics and chemistry was easy.
In AIIMS, physics was the toughest, chemistry was also difficult. The biology section was easy but it had some questions which were out of the syllabus. The questions of physics section were not difficult but were lengthy, so if you had enough time left for physics, you could score well.
Careers360 - What are your hobbies?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - My hobbies are playing badminton and listening to music. I also like watching movies but I couldn’t find time for movies these past two years.
Careers360 - What did you do to de-stress yourself and stay motivated?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I used to play badminton with my friends and I listened to music. Sometimes, I watched a movie or two, but that was seldom.
Careers360 - How active were you on social media?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I was only on whatsapp, because it was a necessity. To communicate the class schedule, the study material, etc it was convenient. But I was not on facebook or instagram.
Careers360 - Do you have any particular college in mind?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I would want to take AIIMS Delhi.
Careers360 - Do you think coaching is essential to clear medical entrance?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - Coaching is not necessary for NEET. AIIMS and JIPMER also can be prepared for with self study. Coaching is helpful, but it’s impact may vary from individual to individual.
Careers360 - Lastly, what advice would you give to the future medical aspirants?
Amritesh Singh Grewal - I would advise you to study according to your goal. You should be focused on what you need to do and you have to study smartly. You can’t just work hard and expect good results, you have to be smart in your approach.
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