JIPMER MBBS 2017 Topper Interview: Regular revision key to success, says AIR 1 Nipun Chandra

JIPMER-NipunThe result of JIPMER MBBS 2017, the prestigious medical entrance examination conducted by the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, was declared by the institute on June 9. Nipun Chandra, a student of DAV Public School, Chandrasekharpur in Odisha, topped the exam securing 99.9987 percentile.

With more than 1.5 lakh candidates appearing for JIPMER MBBS 2017, securing the AIR 1 position is no mean feat. Nipun, in an exclusive interview with Careers360, shares his preparation strategy for the exam and his thoughts on what helped him achieve such an outstanding result. An aspiring researcher who aims to become one of the best in the medical profession, Nipun’s academic record speaks for itself. A National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) and Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KYPY) scholar, Nipun also cleared his Class XII examination with 95% marks.

While he may have topped the coveted JIPMER MBBS exam, Nipun hopes to achieve a similar result in the AIIMS MBBS 2017 Entrance Exam and join his dream institution, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

UpdateThis JIPMER MBBS Topper interview was conducted before the AIIMS MBBS 2017 Results were published on June 15. Nipun Chandra has also secured the 4th Rank in AIIMS MBBS 2017 (Score: 99.9992884) out of more than 2 lakh candidates who appeared for the exam on May 28. 

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Read Nipun’s success story below:




Careers360: Congratulations for topping the JIPMER MBBS 2017 Entrance Examination! What was your initial reaction on seeing the result? How did your family react?

Nipun: Thank you. I was actually quite surprised when I checked the JIPMER result. Securing AIR 1 is indeed a pleasant surprise for me as my focus was never on results. Everybody in my family is very happy. They have supported me a lot throughout my preparations.


Careers360: Were you not expecting such a high ranking?

Nipun: Based on my preparations, I was expecting to get under AIR 20, but AIR 1 is beyond my expectations. I was definitely not expecting to get the first rank.


Careers360: How did you prepare for the exam? Did you follow any specific strategy?

Nipun: Solving previous years’ question papers helped me a lot. I also participated in many All India Test series provided in my coaching classes at Aakash Institute. I took help of guide books published by Dinesh to solve Objective problems. I believe it is important for every medical aspirant to be thorough with the syllabus of NCERT books as it helps in the long run. My main aim was to clear all my concepts of NCERT. I used to revise each subject twice and devoted my maximum time to studies.


Careers360: How did you manage your time? Did you have any fixed schedule for studies?

Nipun: I used to study for 10 hours every day. My focus was on completing the syllabus and then revising the concepts. I used to set weekly targets and I made sure that I stuck to them. My daily targets were flexible, as I never used to decide beforehand what topics I had to prepare. I used to attend Aakash Institute’s coaching classes on the weekends.


Careers360: What made you choose medicine as your profession?

Nipun: I always wanted to do something challenging and harbored a keen interest in Biology. I also want to be a researcher, so I opted for MBBS, prepared for the entrance exam and here I am as a JIPMER topper.


Careers360: What do you enjoy beyond the world of medicine?

Nipun: I like to play table tennis and read newspapers. I am usually unable to spend much time with my friends as I am more focused towards my studies, especially during the exam preparation time. I don’t take studies as a burden and instead, try and look at it as one of my hobbies. This helps me not to feel tired while studying. To relax my mind during the preparation, I either used to take a walk or read a newspaper.


Careers360: Did you appear for NEET or AIIMS? If yes, how were those exams for you?

Nipun: Yes, I did appear for NEET and AIIMS medical entrance exams. Both of them went well and I am keeping my fingers crossed as the AIIMS 2017 result will be announced today on June 14. I am expecting to secure a rank below AIR 50 in both the exams. If I can get a decent rank in AIIMS entrance exam, then my first preference would be to join AIIMS New Delhi (Nipun secured the 4th Rank in AIIMS MBBS 2017, the results of which were published after this interview was conducted).


Careers360: Based on your experience, do you have any tips you would like share with future medical aspirants?

Nipun: I would advise them not to waste time thinking about results. Your results are usually inversely proportionate to the time you spend thinking about them. Aspirants should also know or focus on how to combat stress. They should try and keep themselves busy in studies. Being familiar with NCERT material is a must for all medical aspirants. Revision at regular intervals is the master key to success.


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First Published On : 14 Jun 2017 05:25 PM IST

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