Anupam Kanodia of Saint Xavier’s, Jaipur had much to celebrate this June 24 as news trickled out that he had topped the entrance exam for the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC). And everyone around him knew it was thanks to his own dedication that this had come about.
“Anupam is not actually such an extraordinary boy but like the turtle in the fable, he was steady and kept at it. He was firm in his preparation and wasn’t like others who focus only in the last month and get overwhelmed,” says Yashaswi Kaushal, zoology teacher, St Xavier’s Senior Secondary, who was one of the people Kanodia says he counted on for guidance and support.
Coming from a family of doctors – his father, Dr Vimal Kumar Kanodia, and mother, Dr Anita Kanodia, both practise in Jaipur – it might seem natural to many that he would choose this stream. In fact, his mother says that it was his own will to enter the medical field. Dr Kanodia adds that Anupam’s temperament is suited to the profession because he is patient, soft spoken and sincere.
The topper, sharing some of his keys to success, says, “I started preparing for medical exams seriously towards the end of my eleventh standard. As such, there was no special focus on AFMC, but I prepared for medical entrance exams as a whole.”
Kanodia adds that he joined tuitions in twelfth standard to boost his preparation for the entrance exams, as well as board examinations. He says the tuitions helped him by giving him guidance regarding the patterns and schemes of various exams and resolving any doubts he had.
Kanodia sounds very casual about his routine. “I don’t believe in following any timetables. I do what I feel like. So, whenever I felt like studying, I was with my books,” he says.
However, a small chat with his teachers reveals that a lot has gone into him scaling the heights. Kaushal says, “His sincerity and dedication are exemplary. Just for example, I remember that he had to go for a family function during his Diwali vacations. One day, he came to ask me for guidance on whether he should go. It was for three days, I think. I asked him to decide on the basis of his targets. He spent the next few days studying almost 24 hours straight and met his targets. Only then did he go with his parents for the vacation.”
Anupam has simple guidelines for aspiring toppers. “Take interest in the subjects that you are studying and be curious about the daily occurrences. If you are a science student and want to crack the entrance exams, this sense of curiosity is a must,” he says.
Anupam says that if you’ve put in consistent effort throughout the time that you prepare for the entrance exams, all one needs to do as the date of the exam nears is to revise the whole syllabus, especially biology, in the last one week. On the day of the exam, you should take adequate rest to prepare for the exam, he adds.
As told to Pankaj Mullick