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The ‘W’ factor

Will power and the watch, both help you crack the toughest of tests. Here’s how two students tasted success

education Updated: Jun 15, 2011 09:36 IST

Raghav seth
95.2% in aggregate and 20th rank in DUMET

1 I believe in consistent studies throughout the year and not in last-minute work. For the Class 12 CBSE examination, I paid special attention to conceptual questions and thorough understanding of the subjects.

2 I devoted adequate time to studies and tried to finish all my work in the targeted time in order to manage my time and studies effectively.

3 I had a fixed goal and channelised all my energies to achieve that.

4 I studied for four to five hours daily during working days and 10 to 12 hours during preparatory holidays for the exams.

5 My father, a paediatrician, and my mother, a radiologist, are my role models. Continuous motivation from my parents and my faith in God helped me a lot. My firm belief in myself and a strong desire to excel in spite of all odds gave me the strength.

6 Except for examination days, I took enough time for entertainment and extra-curricular activities.

7 Though I relish non-vegetarian food, during my preparation days I stuck to light vegetarian food with loads of fruits and vegetables to keep me refreshed. I took small regular meals instead of heavy ones.

8 I go for jogging and enjoy playing games on my iPad. I also take a keen interest in photography and have a good collection of stills and videos.

9 I aspire to become a cardiovascular surgeon and prove an asset to my country. Last but not the least, I want to become a good human being.

10 There is no need to join coaching institutes. It is better to give your full energy and concentration to self-study.

As told to Mithilesh Kumar Yadav

Adit rustagi
609th rank, IIT JEE

1 I prepared for the IIT- Joint Entrance Examination under the guidance of teachers at a private coaching institute. They are very good and highly supportive. I give full credit to them for my result. My school DPS, Mathura Road, helped me cope with CBSE studies.

2 Time management is very important. If one wants to do something worthy, one has to sacrifice some things. For the last two years, I have tried to use my computer as little as possible. I had also cut down on my TV time. These distractions must be removed to improve your focus and concentration towards your goal.

3 The inspiration from my parents and my teachers helped me remain focused. My schoolteachers were very supportive in all my endeavours. Weekly tests helped point out my weaknesses and strengthen my weak areas.

4 I used to study for three to four hours every day during the first year and six to eight hours daily in the second year. This much is necessary as almost five lakh students appear for the IIT test and you have to be among those lucky few.

5 My parents were my main source of motivation. They always tried to encourage me.

6 I hardly watch movies even now. I don't like to watch movies in theatres very often. Once in four months is fine; not more than that. I love to play badminton and play every day with my brother. This is a great stressbuster for me. I also played football with my friends.

7 Any special diet? No! Just simple homemade food like dal, rice, roti etc works best for me. I don’t take any special diet prior to my exams.

8 I go for a walks with my friends. Fighting with my younger brother fills me with energy! So, even he played a key role in my success as he was the source of all my energy!

9 As of now, I am just thinking of doing my BTech from one of the IITs. After graduation, I may opt for an MBA programme at an IIM.

10 My only message to aspiring IITians is, avoid careless mistakes in the paper. The tension there can lead to disastrous results. Keep your cool during the test and during the two years of preparation. Minor defeats must not dishearten you but only strengthen your resolve to excel in the final paper. Also remember, “Hard work always pays”.

As told to Mithilesh Kumar Yadav