NEET 2019 Topper Interview - ‘Study to Learn’ says Hardik Gupta, AIR 22
Shruti.garg, 08 Jun 2019, #NEET
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NEET 2019 Topper Interview - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted on May 5 by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission into BDS/MBBS courses. The NEET results were declared on June 5. Delhi boy, Hardik Gupta bagged AIR 22 in NEET 2019 with a total score of 690 out of 720. He aspires to become a super specialist and believes that his determination and the constant support from his family helped him being a topper of NEET 2019. Hardik didn’t take coaching and consider that NCERT books were enough to crack the most sought-after medical entrance exam. Hardik yearns to get a seat in AIIMS Delhi. In an exclusive NEET 2019 topper Interview with Careers360, he shares how self-study helped him achieve this success.

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NEET 2019 Topper Interview

Careers360: Congratulations on emerging as a NEET 2019 topper! How are you feeling about your NEET results?

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Hardik Gupta: Thank you so much. I am very happy. Scoring 22nd rank is a good feeling.


Careers360: Was this your first attempt?

Hardik Gupta: Yes, this was my first attempt.


Careers360: Tell us something about your background.

Hardik Gupta: Till 10th I did my schooling from Delhi Public School and later I shifted to Navjeevan Adarsh Public School. My parents are doctors. Since childhood, I was determined to become a doctor. Moreover, I was more inclined towards Biology as a subject that oriented me towards the medical line.


Careers360: What motivated you to pursue medicine as a career?

Hardik Gupta: Since Biology was my favorite subject and for me to be a doctor is a feeling of satisfaction, these two factors motivated me to pursue medicine as a career.


Careers360: How did your family support you in your journey?

Hardik Gupta: My parents have been always supporting me. Without them, no work or success would have been possible.


Careers360: Could you share with us your overall and subject-wise score in NEET 2019?

Hardik Gupta: Yes, My overall score was 690. In Physics and Chemistry, I scored 175 and in Biology, I scored 340.


Careers360: Which other medical entrances have you appeared for?

Hardik Gupta: Other medical entrance that I have appeared for is AIIMS, for which the result is to be announced by June 12. In the AIIMS exam, I have attempted 188 questions and I am not sure about the score as answer keys have not been released yet. Therefore, it’s difficult to make an estimation.


Careers360: How did you prepare for NEET 2019 while balancing your preparations for the Board exam and other medical entrances?

Hardik Gupta: The concepts of both exams were similar. For NEET, I prepared through NCERT books for two years. The only thing that changes is the answer formation. However, the rest remained the same. Only subjects that were different were English and Physical Education.


Careers360: Tell us about your NEET preparation routine.

Hardik Gupta: I never had a fixed routine. Sometimes I used to wake up at 5 in the morning and used to give 5-6 hours in school and then 5-6 hours in self-study. According to me, the time has to be balanced by having a good sleep for 7-8 hours. I used to divide my time according to my preference. I used to study whenever I felt comfortable.


Careers360: Did you take any coaching or help? How beneficial did it prove?

Hardik Gupta: No I did not take any coaching. I did complete self-study for 5-6 hours a day. All questions appeared from the NCERT textbook. The paper was very simple it didn’t require any coaching. At times, solving guide books helped me.


Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for all three subjects, namely Physics, Chemistry, and Biology?

Hardik Gupta: For Biology, I used to maintain a diary in which I noted all the important points and used to revise them before the exam. For Chemistry, I studied the reaction mechanism in Organic, as I believe once you understand reactions organic it becomes easy to attempt. Lastly, for Physics I made my concept more strong by solving NCERT examples and HC Verma. However, for all three I used to make notes of whatever I used to study and it helped me allot in revision.


Careers360: Which according to you was the toughest and easiest section?

Hardik Gupta: According to me, all the sections were easy. Though I scored less in Biology, still it was easy.


Careers360: What are your hobbies? Did you engage in them during the preparations?

Hardik Gupta: My hobbies are painting, reading novels and watching cricket. Though during the preparations, I was not unable to devote my time to my hobbies.


Careers360: What factors would you attribute this success to?

Hardik Gupta: I would dedicate my success to my parents and grandparents who supported me throughout my life.


Careers360: Any particular college you have in mind for admission?

Hardik Gupta: Yes, AIIMS Delhi.


Careers360: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Hardik Gupta: In the next 10 years I see myself engaged in the super specialty branch or maybe in research work.


Careers360: Any message or advice for future medical aspirants?

Hardik Gupta: When you do your preparation don’t just focus on the NEET exam but study to learn. When you study to learn in two years you will learn so much that it would cause no problem for the NEET exam.

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