Sarvesh Mehtani, who bagged AIR 1 in JEE Advanced 2017, believes hard work and sincere effort are the keys to success. It was a 'dream come true' moment for Sarvesh Mehtani when he found that he left behind nearly 12 lakh JEE aspirants and topped the exam by securing 339 marks out of 366. Coming from a middle class family where his father is income tax officer and mother a placement officer in Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Panchkula, Sarvesh wants to pursue Software Engineering from Indian Institute Technology, Mumbai. The dream of studying in IIT was something that motivated him to prepare well and get a high rank in JEE Advanced 2017.
This small town boy from Panchkula, with AIR 1 in JEE Advanced 2017, credits his incredible success to his systematic preparation strategy, hard work, parental support and mentor guidance.
During preparation, Sarvesh overpowered the monotony by playing Badminton and reading novels. His role model is Narayana Murthy and he draws inspiration from his life, whenever he feels demotivated.
In this exclusive interview with Entrance Corner, Sarvesh, who was also among the high scorers in JEE Main and Class XII with 95.4%, shares his success story. In this interview, he talks about his preparation, hobbies, favorite sports and more.
Entrance Corner: Congratulations on your success in JEE Advanced 2017. How are you planning to celebrate your success?
Sarvesh Mehtani: Thank you! This is a pleasant surprise for me. I am celebrating this success with my family and friends. AIR 1 in JEE Advanced was beyond my expectation though I performed well in the exam. I was hoping to get good rank, but to be AIR 1 is like a dream come true and currently I am enjoying this moment to the fullest.
Entrance Corner: Which school have you studied in?
Sarvesh Mehtani: The name of the school which I attended is Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Panchkula and it is affliated to CBSE.
Entrance Corner: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I scored 339 out of 366 in JEE Advanced.
Entrance Corner: How was your performance in JEE Main and in which mode did you take it?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I took the JEE Main 2017 exam in offline mode. In JEE Main my score was 325 out of 360 and my AIR was 55.
Entrance Corner: What was your preparation strategy for JEE Advanced?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I believe in self-study and developing firm command over concepts. I focused in-depth study of prescribed syllabus so that I could hold over fundamentals of each topic. Along with regular revision, I focused on taking mock tests and solving test papers to evaluate my performance. With each mock test I came to know about my weaknesses and accordingly I planned my preparation strategy. This eventually helped in gaining an edge during the exam and scoring high marks. On an average, I used to spend 7 to 8 hours every day for studying along with my school and coaching. I used to do target-based studies and if I felt that I was falling behind I stretched the study hours to 9 to 10 hours. In a nutshell, my JEE advanced preparation was very disciplined and based on hard work, revision, mock test and routine study. Few days before the exam, I focused more on revision and mock test in order to develop temperament for performing well in the exam. At last, I did not lose my momentum of scoring high till the exam day.
Entrance Corner: What was the key factor behind your outstanding performance in the JEE Advanced 2017?
Sarvesh Mehtani: A constant endeavor to improve my performance based on the feedback of my mentors and peers is one of the biggest factors behind my success. My mentors and guides at my coaching institute helped me develop concept clarity. They also clarified my doubts and taught me the ways to avoid errors. All this really helped me improve my performance. The interactive sessions with my faculties on concepts and doubts were also very useful. Also, routine tests at coaching centre made it easier for me to assess my performance.
Entrance Corner: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack JEE Advanced exam?
Sarvesh Mehtani: JEE Main and JEE Advanced are counted among the toughest exams in India and to crack them one needs the right guidance and study materials. I feel coaching is necessary because it provides a better understanding of the exam and its changing pattern. They guide you with what to study, what not to study and how to study. They also create a competitive spirit amongst candidates which finally improves their performance.
Entrance Corner: Tell us something about your family. How was support from your parents?
Sarvesh Mehtani: My family consists of my parents and elder sister. My father is an officer in income tax department and mother a placement officer in Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Panchkula. Currently my elder sister is pursuing engineering. I owe my success to my family members as they were very supportive and motivated me throughout the preparation phase. Also, my parents provided me the most conducive atmosphere for preparation. There was no pressure from my parents for high score or rank. They talked to me about my preparation and challenges and guided me wherever I was confused.
Entrance Corner: What is your preferred IIT and engineering branch?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I am planning to take admission in IIT Bombay in Computer Science Engineering.
Entrance Corner: Did you use social media platform like Facebook while preparing? If not how did you connect with your friends?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I did not use Facebook or any other social media platforms while preparing for JEE Advanced 2017. I used my phone to connect with my friends.
Entrance Corner: What are your hobbies and interests?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I love playing badminton. I even played it regularly during the exam preparation phase. It helped me break the monotony. My hobbies also include reading novels.
Entrance Corner: Who is your biggest role model in life?
Sarvesh Mehtani: Narayana Murthy, an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, is a role model for me. I drew my inspiration from him and regularly read his articles and columns which kept me motivated towards my ambition.
Entrance Corner: Do you have any message for future JEE Advanced aspirants who will be appearing for the entrance exam next year?
Sarvesh Mehtani: My message for the aspirants is to do hard work as it is the only key to success. I would advise that candidates must cover the entire syllabus as each and every topic is important for the exam. Also, aspirants must have command over topics and concepts. At the time of preparation, candidates must do regular revision and take mock tests to evaluate their performance and strategize their preparation accordingly.
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