KVPY 2018 Topper Interview - Harshil Vagadia, a resident from Rajkot, Gujarat, became the topper by securing the All India Rank (AIR) 3. He belongs to General Category and appeared under SX stream. In an interview with KVPY topper Harshil Vagadia, we come to know students must have conceptual clarity rather than just mugging up the KVPY syllabus. He talks about his preparation strategies and need of time management during the exam. He told previous year question are the key tool for success. Harshil says in this KVPY topper interview that cracking the KVPY exam is not a challenge if one is already preparing for JEE or AIIMS as the syllabus is almost similar. KVPY Scholarship Exam was conducted on November 4, 2018.
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Careers360: Congratulations on emerging as a KVPY 2018 topper! How are you feeling about your KVPY results?
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Harshil Vagadia: I feel very delighted that I achieved a great rank in KVPY. It is good to see that all the hard work is paid off.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.
Harshil Vagadia: I am from Rajkot, Gujarat. I studied for 2 years at Kota where I was preparing for JEE. I have completed my 12th grade this year. Apart from studies, I like Computer programming. I also like reading novels. My father is a businessman and my mother is in the educational field.
Careers360: Are you a PCM student? If yes, how did you prepare for Biology?
Harshil Vagadia: Yes, I am a PCM student. In KVPY SX there is an option to choose maths or biology. So I attempted the maths section and left biology.
Careers360: How did you come to know about KVPY?
Harshil Vagadia: I came to know about KVPY from discussions among students. I heard that it is a national level exam and decided to attempt it. I gave KVPY in both 11th and 12th grade.
Careers360: When did you start your KVPY preparation? Did you join any Coaching Institute?
Harshil Vagadia: I did not explicitly prepare for KVPY. I continued my JEE preparation and gave KVPY along the way. The syllabus for both exams is almost similar. I had joined Allen Career Institute, Kota
Careers360: Which books you preferred to prepare for KVPY and which is your Favorite subject?
Harshil Vagadia: I solved the KVPY module provided by my coaching classes (Allen Institute). My favorite subject is Physics.
Careers360: Did you practice the previous year KVPY question papers? How did it help you?
Harshil Vagadia: I solved the question papers of the past 3 years for practice. They helped me tremendously as they gave an idea about exam pattern and time management.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy? How did you prepare for it on a daily basis?
Harshil Vagadia: I decided to attempt section 1 first then section 2. I attempted PCM in section 1 and PC in section 2. The number of questions is more so one needs to be fast and accurate. Also, the computers can be slow during online exams so one needs to be prepared for that. The best way to practice this is to solve the past years papers.
Careers360: Share your experience of the interview process. How many members were there in the panel? What kind of questions did they ask you?
Harshil Vagadia: The interview panel generally consists of 7-8 members. They asked conceptual questions which usually don’t involve much calculation. The topics were the ones I had written in the self-appraisal form. All the subjects were given equal weightage. The interview lasted for 20 minutes. All the questions were academic and no personal questions were asked.
Careers360: Share some KVPY exam preparation tips for future aspirants?
Harshil Vagadia: In KVPY, a lot of conceptual questions are asked so students must practice them instead of rot learning. During the KVPY interview, it is important to be confident. Major weightage is of aptitude test so students must focus on that. Best of Luck to all future KVPY aspirants.
Reading success stories of others might be fascinating but following the same path shown is challenging. If a student is determined to achieve a goal then every challenge becomes temporary. Hard work always pays off, remember that. Also, read KVPY preparation tips.
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