Faridabad boy tops IIT-JEE
The IIT-JEE top rank was written in Nitin Jain’s stars. And the budding astronomer seems to have read his success well in advance.
“The result was expected, as I toiled hard,” said the 17-year-old student of Modern Vidhya Niketan, Faridabad, who won the top prize at the International Astronomy Olympiad in Indonesia last year.
“Although I studied hard, I found plenty of time to play table tennis and computer games. Proper time management was the key,” Jain said.
To prepare for the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), Jain took coaching classes at FIIT JEE. However, he did not neglect his school curriculum.
Jain said he attended his school classes regularly, and scored 95 per cent in the CBSE board exams. “I knew I could not neglect my regular studies,” he said.
After his win at the Astronomy Olympiad, Jain is now looking forward to participating in the International Physics Olympiad in Mexico.
“My participation in the Olympiad caused me to miss a month of preparation for the IIT-JEE exam. However, with the support of my parents and teachers, I made up for it,” he said.
Now that he has realised his dream of joining the IIT, Jain wants to take up computer science at either IIT-Delhi or IIT-Mumbai. “I have not decided. There is still time,” Jain said.
Jain also had some tips to offer future IIT aspirants. He stressed on quality — as opposed to quantity — use of time. “Plan out your studies, create a schedule and stick to it. Do not leave out any topic thinking that it will not be included in the test,” he said.