NEET 2016 Topper Interview: Single-minded devotion mantra to my success, says AIR 9 Amit Kumar
Nothing compares to the sweet taste of success that comes after years of toil, dedication and unwavering focus. Just ask Amit Kumar, who has an outstanding result in NEET 2016. Hailing from a middle class family, the Hisar boy, who loves to experiment with the latest software accessories in town in his spare time, has clinched AIR 9 rank in NEET 2016. But it is not the first time Amit has tasted success, because he is already pursuing MBBS from AIIMS, Delhi, one of the most prestigious medical colleges in the country. Also to his credit, he is one of those few individuals who have cracked both NEET and AIIMS exams, that too in their first attempt.
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In this interview with Careers360, Amit Kumar shares his joy at the result as well his preparation strategies and what he used to do to let off steam, especially when the pressure got too much to handle!
Read below the full interview:
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Careers360: Congratulations on your outstanding performance in NEET 2016! Are you surprised?
Amit: Thanks. I was expecting a good rank, probably in the top 20, so it was not a big surprise. But I am happy, nonetheless.
Careers360: What are the key factors behind your spectacular success in NEET?
Amit: There is no short-cut to success and so I worked hard and prepared smartly to succeed. I studied rigorously and regularly, and worked at the problems meticulously. I used NCERT books to prepare for Biology, Physics and Chemistry sections; for physics section, I also followed books by P.C. Pandey which added more edge to my preparation.
I also believe that in today’s day and age, one needs to get some form of expert guidance; in my case I got it from my coaching institute. But that said the student must also take care not to depend entirely on coaching manuals and institutes to carry him through the challenging screening process of exams like NEET. Ultimately whether a candidate succeeds or not depends on his motivation levels, the sacrifices he is willing to make and efforts he puts in, and not so much in the coaching institute he chooses. I also believe one shouldn’t be too fussy about which coaching institute to choose, because most of them are decent enough.
I would also like to thank my family for helping me to chase my dreams. They all have been very supportive of my studies and choices I have made and have been a pillar of strength.
Careers360: What made you choose medicine as a career?
Amit: It started with mom, who wanted to see her son become a doctor! And with mom’s encouragement, I also began to gradually like the prospect of becoming a doctor and see myself as a part of this noble profession.
Careers360: Would you like to share a little about your family? How supportive were your family members in your preparation phase?
Amit: I am the youngest in the family and have an elder brother who runs a private business. My mom is a housewife while dad is also into business. They were very supportive and helped me in every way they could so that I could have the best resources and facilities.
Careers360: Which field of medicine would you like to pursue your career in after MBBS?
Amit: It is still too early to decide which field is best suited to me. Also, I am not from a family of doctors that I can fall back upon for advice. So, I have to take one step at a time and cross the bridge when I come to it.
Careers360: Did you appear for NEET 1 or NEET 2 or both?
Amit: I appeared for NEET 1
Careers360: According to you, what was the overall difficulty level of the exam? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest?
Amit: Overall the paper was easy, though I found the chemistry section a little tricky.
Careers360: This year, there has been lot of confusion surrounding AIPMT and NEET. Did the ongoing NEET row affect your preparation?
Amit: I was completely unaffected by all that was happening around me as I was completely engrossed in my preparations.
Careers360: From next year onwards, only NEET will be held for UG medical admissions. What’s your take on that?
Amit: I think it is a good decision because students will now be able to focus on one single exam instead of hopping from one exam to another; earlier it was very taxing as your syllabus changed from one exam to the next and there were also many non-academic activities, like filling forms, which ate into your preparation time. Multiple exams also created confusion like sometimes you didn’t even know which exam is better and which is not worth your time.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Amit: In my spare time I like to watch movies, especially I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series. Singing is another passion and so is trying out new and popular applications that are a rage in town.
Since I am in the medicine profession, spare time is limited, but still I make the most of it whenever I get some downtime.
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But if you are enquiring about NEET 2021, it is usually conducted on the first Sunday of May. But this year due to Corona Pandemic, as NEET 2020 has been pushed to September, it is yet to be seen as to how would NEET 2021 be scheduled. Usually the NEET online applications are released during the month of December but as the Academic session in most of the States hasn't started, it needs to be seen as to how things unfold. But if you are planning on appearing for NEET 2021, you need to be 17 years atleast by December 31st of 2021 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. If you are preparing for NEET 2021, please stick to NCERT books as MHRD did announce that NEET 2021 will be conducted with reduced and revised syllabus. But the syllabus hasn't been officially released. So sticking to NCERT books is a better idea rather than buying any books from the market for preparation.
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The MHRD has come up with a new schedule for JEE Mains, JEE Advanced and NEET 2020. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. And because this is still July and we are still 2 months away from the schedule, we cannot predict anything at this point in time. Until NTA or MHRD make an official announcement, we have to consider NEET to happen as per the schedule. So please prepare with that in mind and do not fall any prey to fake social media news. And if you are preparing for NEET, you may as well try our NEET Knockout package: https://learn.careers360.com/knockout-neet-may/ . And because you have 2 more months to prepare for NEET, you may as well use this opportunity.
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Your neet 2020 examination has not been cancelled also cancelling Neet 2020 examination is not a practical solution as it is the only Gateway into medical college for MBBS, BDS etc and around 15 lakh student appear in Neet examination so their future depends directly on Neet.
Due to corona virus outbreak neet 2020 examination has been postponed again, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on 3rd july announced the decision to postpone NEET examination considering the safety of students and released new schedule for the same.
Now your neet examination will be conducted on 13th September 2020.
So, now you can prepare for your neet 2020 examination even in a more better way utilising the extra time you have got. Good luck for your preparation :)