Year 2016, month March. I just finished the most over hyped examination, which apparently decides the next 50 years of my life, 12th standard boards. I am Amith Anand studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Koramangala, Bangalore. Just like any other aspiring science student of this country I too decided to do engineering and IITs being the pinnacle of engineering colleges, started preparations towards getting a seat in one of the most prestigious IITs. A top Engineering College in India, if not any of the IITs was the goal and i knew JEE Mains was the exam to crack.
Summer holidays right after my 10th exams, in which most other students planned their vacations or visits to their house gods, i started my JEE preparations. First step was to join an extensively marketed IIT-JEE study institute which boasted about their students who made it to top 10 ranks in JEE exam.
My choice of the institute was Fiitjee (foundation IIT JEE ), which was decided by my dad only because of it was close to my house and it would be an easy commute. The classes had started and the durations were so long it made everyone in the classroom feel that they were doing something really ground breaking and were much superior to the ones who did not join to one of such institutes.
As the classes progressed and as every teacher narrated all the success stories of the previous batch students, my hopes of getting into one of the top IIT colleges increased. But the difficulty of the problems that we solved in class told a different story all together, but never lost hope of cracking JEE Main.
We knew the exam had two parts, 1. JEE Mains and 2. JEE Advanced, both out of 360 marks and had negative marking.
The other options if we didn’t make it to IITs were NITs which were just below the IIT standards ( some of them being equally good ) and also other Top Engineering colleges which took admissions based on your JEE mains and Advanced exam scores.
Exams dates neared and my preparations on each of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics increased exponentially day after day. NCERT books and books of authors like H C Verma had become holy books. I concentrated on all topics i thought was not so confident about and the ones that all my friends assumed that were going to come for sure.
In those little study breaks that i took, i would list the cutoffs for all the Top Engineering colleges starting from IIT Madras ( which was my dream college ) and then would try to clear cutoff marks in all the mock tests that they conducted in Fiitjee.
JEE Mains had just gotten over and i was pretty confident of clearing the cutoff, required in order to appear for the JEE Advanced exams. The results came and I did clear the cutoff for JEE Advanced exam. Now the time between the two exams ( JEE MAINS AND ADVANCED ) was very crucial and i had to utilise it wisely.
I knew that only the top 30% would be appearing for the advanced exam and i had to double the efforts that i had put in for JEE Mains, if i had to get a good rank. Good Rank equals a seat in IITs, if not had to settle for the other Top colleges. The long hours i spent in front of the books got me frustrated at times, but i knew the hard work would pay off one day.
I was very nervous on the day of JEE Advanced exam and somehow finished the exam with lot of butterflies in my stomach which didn’t go away until the day of results. I was not so confident of getting top ranks, as those calculus problems had troubled me in the math section and the organic chemistry which wasn’t that nice to me.
With the approximate marks that i assumed i would get, i checked for my rank with online rank predictors. Looking at the 4 digit numbers that i got i lost my hopes on IIT madras or any other IITs for that matter, but had little hope that all those predictors weren’t accurate. Like it was predicted, it was a 4 digit result and i was pretty sure IIT Madras was not in my realm even if i compromised in the selection of branch.
I went through a number of websites to see which Top Engineering College i would get if Not IITs. After all rounds of counselling, I somehow got into Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of BIT Mesra. And presently as of 2017 June, i have successfully finished two semesters of engineering and feels nothing short of great.
My little advice to all those who are preparing to write JEE MAINS and ADVANCED, is not to get stressed out with the fat books and really complicated physics problems, but try to be curious as how it works and learn it with a cool ahead, after all no one knows where one would end up. Best wishes to all of them and wish you get a seat in one of Top Engineering colleges.