NEET toppers reveal knowing answers not enough, must manage time

Hyderabad: Bora Varun Chakravarthi who scored a perfect 720/720 in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2023, revealed that he customised his preparation. The boy from Srikakulam's Thotada village, Polaki mandal, was expecting 715 marks, but was pleasantly surprised when he got 99.99 percentile. He aims to pursue MBBS at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and is using his time before college for preparations, alongside shopping, packing, and celebrations.

Varun found problem-solving with formulas easier than relying on memory for Biology questions. “When it comes to tackling the exam, I find it much easier to solve problems using formulas rather than trying to remember specific answers in Botany and Zoology. These subjects rely more on testing one's memory skills,” Varun said. Time management and careful bubbling on the OMR sheet posed challenges, but multiple mock tests helped him understand the importance of more than just knowing the right answers. “The immense pressure during the test can lead to careless marking and hasty decisions. These were two concerns that occupied my mind while taking the exam. Engaging in multiple mock tests made me realise that simply knowing the correct answer was not sufficient,” he added.

Kanchani Geyanth Raghu Ram Reddy, from Telangana, a native of Anantapur's Tadipatri village, who secured the 15th rank, celebrated his family's first achievement of this kind. “This victory is not only mine, but it also represents a triumph for my entire family, surpassing anything I could have ever asked for or dreamed of. The pride and support from my family, relatives, and friends have surpassed my expectations and will be cherished in my heart for a long time,” the 17-year-old said. He also aspires to join AIIMS and plans to explore specialisations after six years of thorough study.

S. Varun, who secured the ninth rank, is from Tamil Nadu and proficient in Telugu. He reflected on being just five marks short of his goal and emphasised the need for focused study. I was truly taken aback by this outcome. I had occasionally questioned myself, thinking, "Perhaps I'm getting distracted by various things, like spending too much time away from my books," and in response, I would study a few extra hours to compensate. However, this result was completely unexpected. He hopes to secure a seat at JIPMER in Pondicherry, possibly leaning towards cardiology or neurology. His advice to aspiring students is to take numerous tests, read carefully without rushing, and pay attention to the smallest details, treating mistakes in practice papers seriously.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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