IIT JEE Advanced: Pune topper, No 2 overall Akshay Chugh quit gaming (but not cricket) to win here

A cricket and video game lover, Chugh had to give up a lot of stuff... though he always game back to cricket. The student of Delhi Public School, Pune, secured second position in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced 2017, announced on Sunday, June 11. He placed seventh in IIT JEE Main by scoring 345 out of 366.

pune Updated: Jun 12, 2017 11:13 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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IIT JEE topper from Pune Akshay Chugh celebrates with friends.(Pratham Gokhale)

It is a dream come true for cricket enthusiast, Akshay Chugh, to secure the second rank in All India IIT JEE (Advanced).

Restless to know the scores of ICC Champions Trophy India-South Africa match, Akshay said, “I had to give up on a lot of things, video games was one of them, to concentrate on my studies and dedicate most of the hours of my day there. But, cricket, that I would go back to every now and then.”

Akshay Chugh, a student of Delhi Public School, Pune, secured the second position in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced 2017, announced on Sunday, June 11. He bagged the seventh position in IIT JEE Main by scoring 345 out of 366.

“Making sacrifices for to realise your dream is totally fine. Now after the results, I will catch up with all that I had left,” he added.

But it is the sacrifices of his parents that he feels are beyond measure. “While preparing for an exam like the IIT, we often lose out many things, health being one of them. It’s my advise to never overdo. Devoid of sleep and overburdened with tension, reaching a point of exhaustion is likely to happen. But it is then the parents who come to rescue,” Akshay shared.

Agreeing to the same, father Vikas Chugh attributed all the parental hard work and support to his mother Ritu Chugh. “I have done all that I could, from financial help to being a guide wherever I could, but the amount of hard work that my wife has put onto him, cannot be explained in words. ”

As a father, he says all he tried to do is to be accommodative and let Akshay follow his dreams. Incidentally, he has realised his father’s dream by taking up engineering. “My son has always been exceptional, especially in Maths. But, with age he grew more focused and made up his mind to crack IIT.Now, when I look at him, it feels like he has actually realised my dream,” Vikas said.

His teacher Vaibhav Bakliwal from IIT tutorials Bakliwal Tutorials, had similar thoughts to share, “When he was in class 9, he had organised a puzzle contest which included students from higher classes. Still, he was the won to win it. Even during classes, and on whatsapp group discussions, to solve queries he would always be upfront to solve the problems for other students.”

This attribute to help one’s friends, Akshay said, has helped him a lot to revise his concepts. Group studies with friends, and proper time management is what he suggests for other aspirants. “There’s no point in wearing yourself out. Everyone has a different strategy to study, and so one should understand their unique way and work hard to perfect it. A right balance of everything, and sometimes more focus on studies is what I feel students should aim for. Rest friends, family and teachers are there to help,” he advised.

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 11:13 IST