NEET 2018 Topper Interview: I focussed on NCERT text books as the base for preparation, says Ritwik Kumar Sahoo, AIR 13
NEET 2018 Topper Interview - Ritwik Kumar Sahoo is not only basking in the glory of being the topper of NEET 2018 with an All India Rank of 13, but also in finishing as the state topper from West Bengal. Hailing from Tamluk, West Bengal, he enrolled himself in the distance coaching mode from both Allen Kota and Aakash Institute. Ritwik, whose dream is to become a Cardiac Surgeon, concentrated more on the NCERT textbooks as they form the base for NEET preperations.
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In this NEET 2018 topper interview with Careers360, Ritwik talks about his preparation strategy and the factors which motivated him to study and achieve AIR 13 in NEET 2018. A fan of cricket and literature, he managed to eke out time to follow his hobbies during the preparation phase. Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and Calcutta Medical College are his dream institutes.
Excerpts from the Interview -
Careers360: Congratulations on making it to the top 20 list. How are you feeling about your NEET results?
Ritwik: Thank you! I am very happy with the results. I believe my hard work has paid off.
Careers360: Tell us something about your schooling and family background.
Ritwik: I did my schooling from Tamluk Hamilton High School, East Midnapore, West Bengal. My father is a teacher and my mother is a home maker.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue medicine as a career?
Ritwik: I have always dreamt of becoming a doctor which also proved to be my motivation to crack NEET.
Careers360: How did your family support you in this journey?
Ritwik: My mother was my biggest support system. She supported me whenever I needed her. Also, my teachers played a very important role in giving me the advise and confidence I needed.
Careers360: What is your overall and subject-wise score in NEET 2018?
Ritwik: The overall score was 676. Subject-wise, I scored 161 in Physics, 175 in Chemistry and 340 in Biology.
Careers360: Which other medical entrances have you appeared for?
Careers360: How did you prepare for NEET 2018 and balance the studies for Board exams and other medical entrances with NEET?
Ritwik: I strictly followed the NCERT textbooks. Along with these, I made it a point to solve as many objective questions as possible. I took up online tests as well from Allen Kota and enrolled for the Distance Learning Programme (DLP) from Aakash Institute.
Careers360: Tell us about your NEET preparation routine?
Ritwik: I revised the NCERT texts thoroughly, solved a lot of objective questions and studied the notes provided to me.
Careers360: How much time did you devote in self-study vs coaching?
Ritwik: I spent around seven to eight hours daily as part of self-study. In the last few days before the exam, I spent upto 12 hours in self study. Overall, I tried to concentrate more on self study over coaching.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy for all three subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology and how did you tackle your strengths and weaknesses?
Ritwik: Since Chemistry was my strong point, I concentrated more on completing Biology as much as I could and made sure to attempt as many questions as possible from Physics as it was my weak area.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? Did you engage in them during the preparations?
Ritwik: I am a sports person. I love cricket and also take out time to read whenever I can. During the exams however, I concentrated more on my studies and spent less time on sports and reading.
Careers360: Which factors would you attribute this success to?
Ritwik: From the beginning itself I had a clear goal and I made it a point to concentrate 100 percent on it. I took up the NCERT texts as my guide which led me through the examination preparation phase.
Careers360: Any college you have in mind for admission?
Ritwik: Yes, I will either look at MAMC, New Delhi, or Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata.
Careers360: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Ritwik: In the next ten years, I see myself preparing for my MS. I want to be a Cardiac Surgeon.
Careers360: Any message or advice for future medical aspirants?
Ritwik: Concentrate on your goal from the very beginning. Thoroughly go through the NCERT texts which form the base for everything. Try your maximum to solve as many questions as possible, take up online tests and mock tests. Also follow the models from your coaching institute as they will guide you to your success.
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Questions related to NEET
is there any chance to postpone the neet exam ??
Your Neet examination has already been postponed and delayed a lot due to coronavirus outbreak and lock down caused by it from its scheduled date
The HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank conducted a webinar on 5th May at 12 noon, and announced neet examination date on 26th July
So Your NEET examination is going to be conducted on 26th July .
Considering the present situation your Neet examination is not expected to be delayed more so you need to prepare well for NEET examination date considering 26th July as your neet examination date
Inorganic Upto ncert level is it enough for neet ? I am little worried about it!
Hello student student NCERT book is good for inorganic chemistry its recommended by most of the teachers but as number of questions are very less in ncert its preferable to do one more practice book along with NCERT. Make sure you do each and every example and exercise questions of Ncert before jumping to a reference book after completing ncert thoroughly refer to your coaching material or any reference book as mentioned below :-
Practice book by VK jaiswal
OP TONDON Chemistry.
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Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
how to concentrate in studies for neet 2020
You must follow these simple steps:-
1. Check out the syllabus and structure your preparation, made a plan on how you're going to cover the syllabus.
The best thing to help you in this is coaching material from some good institute. They have their material prepared according to the need of the Exam.
2. When the plan is ready,make a schedule. Remember timetable matters a lot for this one year. Be ready to give at least 6 hours per day for the preparation.
3. Solve the questions from question banks and previous year NEET papers.
4. Repeat these steps. Follow --> Learn --> practice.
5. Also keep on revising the stuff every third week. It is also a very crucial step in your preparation.
Here are few links for you:-
Comment if you have any doubts.
can i crack neet in one and half a month
1.Time Management – Daily Routine :- you should take care of the time. Make a chart for your daily routine and give maximum time atleast 14 hours to your study.
2.Having Good Food and Drinking More Water Will Help
3. Doing Meditation For 30 Min Per Will Increase Memory Power: Meditation will help you to focus on your study.
4. Take A Nap & Sleep Well: You should take a proper nap in between long time study.
Don’t study continuously for more than 2 hours Take 5 to 10 minutes break between your study
5. Challenge Yourself: You have to challenge yourself to get better score in future. Increase your performance day by day and this will only happen when you will regularly study.
6. Find Your Weakness: You should practice the mock test and try to find your weakness and work on it.
7.Plan Your Study : You should prepare timetable and follow the proper time table so that will help you manage your time as well as attain the target.
8. Solving Sample Papers And Previous Years Papers: Sample Papers give you the idea about the type of questions that you will get in the exams and also it would really boast up your confidence and make you write the exam in a better way.
NCERT is must. Go through the NCERT to clear understanding of your topics
Hope this will help you!
what should be the strategy in last one and half a month for neet
In the last 1 and half months follow the given below strategy for Neet examination:-
- If you still have some pending syllabus or chapters to cover then complete them in the first half month
- Follow a routine and try to give at least 8 hours or more to study , your routine should revolve around things i.e study, revise and practice , give 4 to 5 hours for practicing MCQs and numericals each day in your routine
- Revise again and again with special focus to NCERT as round 90 % questions in neet are based on ncert , also focus on diagrams while going through NCERT Biology and go through all the solved and unsolved questions of NCERT in Physics and Chemistry
In the last 1 month focus only on practicing previous year question papers and mock test papers and revision
- Solve previous year questions , it will let you know the examination pattern and your weak areas so that you can work on them
- once you are done with the complete neet syllabus go through mock test papers