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JEE Advanced 2017: A balance of study and fun worked for Jharkhand topper Amal Prasad

What kept Amal Prasad going through his intensive JEE prep? A game or two of badminton and a movie once in a while .

education Updated: Jun 11, 2017 22:19 IST
Saurav Roy
Jharkhand topper of JEE(Advanced) and All India rank 49, Amal Prasad along with his parents Dr Amresh Prasad and Diksha Prasad after the declaration of result at their Doranda residence in Ranchi, India, on June 11, 2017.
Jharkhand topper of JEE(Advanced) and All India rank 49, Amal Prasad along with his parents Dr Amresh Prasad and Diksha Prasad after the declaration of result at their Doranda residence in Ranchi, India, on June 11, 2017. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Ranchi’s Amal Prasad believes in striking the right balance and that is how he grabbed the All India Rank (AIR) of 49 to emerge as the Jharkhand topper in the tough Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2017.

Students often forgo sports, movies and other recreational activities to slug it out while preparing for competitive exams as the race for a seat in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) in India gets tougher every year.

However, for this state topper, a game or two of badminton and a movie once in a while was enough to re-energise him for his goal— a seat in IIT-Delhi.

“I fail to understand how people measure their efforts on the basis of the hours they study. I instead set targets and completed one particular target in a day, irrespective of whether it is achieved in an hour or the entire day,” the 18-year-old, who wants to study computer science, said.

Prasad completed his Class 12 from Ranchi’s Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali this year with 96.4% marks.

His elder brother Anagh Prasad, who secured an AIR 66 in 2013, has been the greatest support and inspiration. “My brother was my inspiration and guide. My teachers, especially school principal AK Singh, chemistry teacher Shantanu Sir, and Rajesh Karn Sir from FIIT JEE were very supportive,” the resident of the Forest Officer’s Colony in the Jharkhand capital said.

JVM Shyamali’s principal AK Singh said Prasad was always a bright student and all the teachers were expecting him to secure a rank in the top 100.

“He knew when to study and how much to study. There was no pressure from our side,” his father Amresh Prasad, a doctor with the Central Coalfield Limited Hospital in Ranchi, said. His mother Diksha Prasad is an Indian Forest Service officer and the chief forest conservator in Ranchi.

He started coaching for the JEE (Advanced) at FIIT JEE in Ranchi while he was in Class 11. He, however, made sure that he didn’t neglect his CBSE syllabi while preparing for the competitive exam. “The syllabus is the same for CBSE and JEE, however, for JEE, one has to have in-depth knowledge of everything. Only theoretical knowledge won’t help,” Prasad said.

Sarvesh Mehtani from Haryana’s Panchkula secured the All India Rank (AIR) 1 in JEE (Advanced) 2017, the results of which were declared on Sunday.

At least 1.7 lakh candidates appeared in the JEE (Advanced), the second of the two-phase exam held in May for over 11,000 seats available in the 23 IITs across the country. The performance of a candidate in JEE (Advanced) forms the basis for admission to the IITs and the Indian School of Mines (ISM) in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad.