NEET 2019 Topper Interview: “NCERT books are enough to crack NEET”, says Lalit Agarwal AIR 24 - The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test if one of the toughest examinations in India. Nearly 15 lakh candidates appeared for NEET 2019. To beat this number and emerge as a topper is no less than winning a battle of a lifetime. Lalit Agarwal managed to score 690 and bag the 24th place for himself in the examination. Curious to know more about Lalit Agarwal and his secret to success, Careers360 conducted a NEET 2019 topper interview with him. The boy from Jaipur also gave a few pointers for the future medical aspirants during the NEET 2019 topper interview. Lalit Agarwal studied for nearly 10 hours each day apart from the 6 hours that he spent in his school. To know how Lalit managed to make it to the NEET toppers 2019 list, read the complete article.
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NEET 2019 Topper Interview -
Careers360 - Congratulations on emerging as a NEET 2019 topper! How are you feeling about your NEET result?Lalit Agarwal - Very happy! When you have worked hard for 2 years and it yields good results, it feels amazing!
Careers360 - Was this your first attempt at NEET?Lalit Agarwal - Yes, this was my first attempt. I cleared it with my 12th boards.
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Careers360 - Tell us something about your background.Lalit Agarwal - I am from Jaipur. I belong to a middle-class family. My father is an accountant and my mother is a housewife. I have a younger sister, she is class 12 now and has chosen commerce.
Careers360 - What inspired you to take up a career in medicine?Lalit Agarwal - I decided to make a career in medicine in the last 6 months of class 10. I was in a dilemma and did not know which direction to choose between engineering and medicine. Then I consulted my teachers and spoke to my parents, discussed my career options. I checked both Mathematics and Biology and I found Biology interesting. I feel that being a doctor is considered an elite profession.
Careers360 - How did your family support you in your journey?Lalit Agarwal - I cannot express in words the role my family has played in my success. They created a study environment at home and focused only on me for 2 years. They kept me away from all the family matters so that I could focus on my studies.
Careers360 - Which other medical entrances have you taken apart from NEET? How was your performance in those?Lalit Agarwal - I have appeared for AIIMS 2019 and I could attempt 161 questions. The result has not been declared yet so I can just hope for the best.
Careers360 - Can you tell us how did you prepare for both, boards and NEET in the same year?Lalit Agarwal - There is no difference in preparation for both these examinations as the syllabus for both these examinations is the same. The only difference is the type of questions asked. In Board examinations, you have subjective type questions and in the entrance examination, you have MCQ questions. If you have prepared well for NEET 2019, you will definitely score well in boards.
Careers360 - Tell us about your NEET preparation routine.Lalit Agarwal - I woke up early and went to school. I did not compromise my attendance in school for NEET preparation and spent around 6 hours in school. I tried to refrain from all the extracurricular activities in school so as to get more time for self-study. Then I used to attend my coaching where I spent another 4 to 5 hours. I came back home at 9 p.m. During my class 11, I used to study till 11:30 pm, but I increased the duration from Class 12 and studied till 1.30 am.
Careers360 - Do you think coaching is beneficial for NEET preparation? Do you think it is necessary to clear NEET?Lalit Agarwal - I think if your goal is to merely qualify the examination, it is not necessary. If you focus on self-study and maintain regularity you can clear NEET. But if you want a good rank or you want to be among the toppers then coaching would definitely help.
Careers360 -What was your preparation strategy for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology?Lalit Agarwal - For Biology, I referred to NCERT books and my coaching material. These were the only two sources for me. For Chemistry, I focused on NCERT, my class notes, and Conceptual Problems in Organic Chemistry by D.K.Singh. This book was suggested to me by my teachers. For Physics, I stuck with the NCERT books, coaching material, and the notes. I practiced physical chemistry and organic chemistry a lot. I also solved questions related to Physics on a regular basis. It is important to grasp the complete NCERT book and I feel the board exams play a very important role in this. For the numerical part of Physics and physical chemistry, I solved at least 15 to 20 questions each day.
Careers360 - How much time did you devote to self-study and how much time did you spend in coaching?Lalit Agarwal - As I have mentioned earlier, my coaching used to take up about 5 hours in a day. I could spare another 5 hours for self-study. I was studying for a minimum of 10 hours a day.
Careers360 - Which according to you were the toughest and the easiest sections of NEET 2019?Lalit Agarwal - I think Biology was the toughest because many questions had confusing options. I found Physics and Chemistry easy. You could solve the Physics portion if you read the question properly and were careful with the unit measurements given to you. The chemistry section was very easy and was directly from the NCERT books. I could solve them on the basis of my study material.
Careers360 - What are your hobbies?Lalit Agarwal - I like sketching and reading. I used to read novels up to class 10, but I left all these things during my preparation for NEET.
Careers360 - So you did not engage in any of your hobbies during your preparation period?Lalit Agarwal - Being a regular school-going student I could not find much time for both studies and hobbies.
Careers360 - What did you do to de-stress yourself?Lalit Agarwal - If I felt sad or monotonous, I would just call my friends or my teachers. They helped me a lot and elevated my mood.
Careers360 - What factors would you attribute the success to?Lalit Agarwal - The credit of my success will go to my teachers and my parents.
Careers360 - Any particular college that you have in mind for admission?Lalit Agarwal - I want to study in AIIMS, Delhi. If I do not get admission to AIIMS Delhi then I would like to study at Maulana Azad Medical College.
Careers360 - Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?Lalit Agarwal - I haven't decided yet. I want to read and experience the subjects that are taught in MBBS and then decide what to do next.
Careers360 - What will you advice the future medical aspirants?Lalit Agarwal - Stay calm and composed, build your self-confidence. NEET is an easy examination and can be cracked by anyone who has worked hard and is confident about his/her preparation. Good hold on the NCERT books is also essential. I think NEET has memory based questions, so you must know each and everything that is given in the NCERT book. All this is enough to crack NEET.
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