In our recent interview with R Sharann, we got to know how important it is to have ‘conceptual clarity’ rather than mugging up the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana or KVPY 2021 syllabus. Sharann, who cleared the KVPY exam in his first attempt with a whopping 338 AIR (All India Rank), says that cracking the exam is not difficult if one has conceptual clarity in Mathematics and Science. Sharann further credits BYJU’S for his success and adds that the app’s video lessons, clubbed with his studying method, helped him crack not just KVPY but also JEE Mains with 98.96%. Read his story and find out his preparation strategies to crack competitive exams.
“I am not a person who will make a timetable for each day,” says this 17-year-old. “I would rather make a study strategy and work accordingly.” We asked him to elaborate. He says, “I plan the portion that needs to be covered a month in advance and then I strictly follow it. Even while preparing for exams, I never had to memorise concepts or study at the last minute. For example, if I had an exam this month, I would have prepared for it two months in advance. This method has been quite helpful for me in preparing for my school exams as well as competitive exams like KVPY and JEE Mains.”
“The competition was never between me and the first rank holder in my school. I was always my own competitor, and that’s what kept me pushing to do better.”
– R Sharann on cracking KVPY
For Sharann, it doesn’t matter for how many hours he studies in a day until and unless he finishes that day’s portion. “There have been days where I have studied for 10-12 hours, and then there have been days where I had studied for four hours only. For me, it doesn’t matter how much time I invest in learning a topic until I understand the concept behind it. For me, effective learning and understanding the topics is more important than following a scheduled study time and not being able to concentrate completely,” he says.
Hailing from ‘India’s Little France’ – Puducherry, R Sharann is in love with the world of Science and aspires to become a doctor one day. We asked from whom he draws this inspiration and he straightaway credits his parents and his sister. He says, “With my father being an engineer and my mother a technical officer at JIPMER Puducherry, I have been privileged to grow up in an environment where Science and reasoning played an important part. Along with that, I have closely seen my sister prepare for NEET and then MBBS. She has been a very strong motivating factor in my decision to pursue a career in medicine,” he signs off.
We wish Sharann all the best for his upcoming NEET exam and we are sure that he will crack this exam too with great marks.
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