NEET 2018 Topper Interview - Delhi boy Aarosh Dhamija secured the fourth rank in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 with a score of 686 out of 720. He believes in putting equal effort in all subjects and not discriminate between strong or weak areas. Aarosh mentions that he did not have a strong or weak area in NEET but Physics was his favourite subject.
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Careers360 brings to you the interview of Aarosh Dhamija, where he shares his preparation strategy and success mantras for the next year’s NEET aspirants.
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Son of a businessman father and home-maker mother, Aarosh credits his success in NEET 2018 to his parents and mentors for their support and guidance. A believer in all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, he took regular breaks between studies and went for cycling. Read the full NEET 2018 topper interview of AIR 4 Aarosh Dhamija here.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on making it to top four! Were you expecting this result?
Aarosh: Thank you for your wish! Although I had calculated my score based on the official answer key, I was not sure about the rank. Needless to say, I am very much elated upon knowing that I am among the top five.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family members. What role did they play in your success?
Aarosh: I belong to Delhi. My father is a businessman and my mother is a house wife. My parents have stood by my side like a rock. They helped me in every possible way to carry on with my preparation and succeed.
Careers360: What is your overall and subject wise score of NEET 2018?
Aarosh: My total score is 686. My subject wise scores are 175 in Physics, 160 in Chemistry and 351 in Biology.
Careers360: Apart from NEET, did you take other medical entrance exams?
Aarosh: Yes, I appeared for AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER Medical entrance exams as well.
Careers360: When and how did you start your NEET preparation?
Aarosh: I had started the preparation in Class 11. I enrolled in coaching. My strategy was to prepare the topics from all three subjects fully and then approach towards mock tests.
Careers360: How did you prepare for NEET 2018 and balanced the studies for board exams?
Aarosh: I had completed the board exam syllabus within the first few months of Class 12. After that, I focused entirely on the NEET syllabus. In the last 1.5 months before the Board exam, I brushed up the syllabus. Since I was preparing simultaneously for both exams, I did not find it hard to focus on one.
Careers360: You said that you had joined coaching. How beneficial was it for your success?
Aarosh: I was a full-time student at Aakash Institute. In the first year, the classes were held twice in a week and in the second and final year, I attended classes for three days in a week. Right from clearing the basics to developing exam taking strategy through regular mock tests, my mentors at the coaching were very helpful. The credit for my success definitely goes to my mentors.
Careers360: What were the toughest and easiest subjects for you? How did you tackle your weak areas?
Aarosh: I personally did not discriminate between subjects in terms of toughness. For me, all the subjects were equal and I maintained a balanced and equal preparation strategy of studying theory followed by practice for all the subjects. Personally, Physics is my favourite subject followed by Organic Chemistry.
Careers360: Please share your exam day strategy for NEET 2018.
Aarosh: I was feeling very nervous before the exam but upon receiving the question paper I felt confident. The question paper was balanced. I started with Biology as this subject carries maximum weightage of the paper hence wanted to get done with at first, followed by Chemistry and attempted Physics at the end.
Careers360: Amidst your rigorous preparation session, were you able to pursue any hobby? What was your pastime?
Aarosh: I believe in taking breaks between study schedule. That not only refreshes your mind but helps improve your concentration for the next study session. I used to go for cycling every day. Apart from that I met my friends, watched TV, and was also active on social media during the preparation phase.
Careers360: What is your message for the future NEET aspirants?
Aarosh: Focus on your studies and maintain a balanced preparation strategy. Taking regular mock tests will improve your speed and help develop test taking and time management skills. Along with studies, it is important to enjoy yourself as well. Don’t pressurise yourself much and just follow your set study routine.
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The cut-offs vary every year on state as well as all India quota level for NEET. You need to mention the state in the question, in which you are interested to take admissions in the medical colleges. Talking about the general cutoff all over India, you need to score 650+ marks out of 720 to be able to get a seat in government medical College or to increase the probability to get a seat. The cutoff trend is shown in the link given below which will help you analyse the situation and decide well -
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Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may have decent chances in Santosh Medical College for MS Opthamology.Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor
Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may have decent chances in Orthopaedics in Medical Colleges like:
BabaRaghav Das Medical College
Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College
Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College
Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor
Kerala is one of the States with higher cut offs. EWS resrvation was started from 2019 and we do not have 2019 data yet. But considering the fact that EWS reservation takes its slice from General Category, you will need anything between 550-575 for a seat in any of the GMCs in Kerala. Now cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. For guidance in counselling and admission, you can use our MBBS Comapnion:
Most of the private medical institutions across India require candidates to get admission via their NEET scores. However, the registration to the college takes a separate route other than the NEET registration.
Here are some of the top private medical colleges in India:
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
St.John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai
SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry
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Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!
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