KVPY 2018 Topper Interview: Careers360 interacted with Kartikey Gupta, KVPY 2018 topper with AIR 6 to know about his KVPY journey making his parents proud. He really deserves a pat. In an interview with KVPY topper Kartikey Gupta, we come to know that NCERT syllabus plays a key role in the preparation of KVPY exam. Kartikey secured 93.75 marks in the stage 1 theory exam and 76 marks in stage 2 i.e. interview under SX category. A firm determination in the right direction and proper guidance by his parents and teachers helped Kartikey to climb the ladder of success. Here, he talks to Careers360 about his success mantras, preparation strategy, and resources that he used during his preparation.
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.
Kartikey Gupta: I am from Maharashtra. I was preparing for JEE from Allen Mumbai along with KVPY. I appeared for KVPY in both class 11th and 12th and managed to clear both the times. In SA stream I had AIR 129 and in SX stream my rank was AIR 6. respectively.
Careers360: Congratulations on your KVPY 2018 result. How do you feel?
Kartikey Gupta: I am feeling great as KVPY was challenging exam but I managed to clear it with good scores
Careers360: Are you a PCM student? If yes, how did you prepare for Biology?
Kartikey Gupta: Yes, I am a PCM student. In KVPY SX, there is an option to choose maths or biology. But in SA stream, Biology syllabus is from class 10th, so not much efforts are required.
Careers360: How did you come to know about KVPY? What made you apply for it?
Kartikey Gupta: I came to know about KVPY through Allen Career Institute. Teachers at Allen encouraged me to take part in KVPY.
Careers360: When did you start your KVPY preparation?
Kartikey Gupta: I started my preparation in class 11th. I had joined Allen Career Institute, Mumbai for JEE exam preparation so along with that I prepared for KVPY. It was easy to prepare for KVPY as the syllabus for both exams is almost the same.
Careers360: Which books you preferred to prepare for KVPY and which is your favorite subject?
Kartikey Gupta: I used the study material provided by my coaching classes (Allen Institute). Along with that, I referred a few standard textbooks like HC Verma for Physics and NCERT books for Chemistry. My favorite subject is Maths.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practice with the help of these? Do you think to practice from the KVPY question papers help and how?
Kartikey Gupta: I practiced the question papers of the past 3-4 years for practice. They helped me a lot as I got to know the level of the questions and time required for each subject.
Careers360: What was your exam day strategy? How did you prepare for it on a daily basis?
Kartikey Gupta: I started writing without reading the question paper and without getting stressed. I decided to attempt section 1 first then section 2. I attempted PCM in section 1 and CM in the second section. I attempted Chemistry first as it takes less time then I attempted PM.
Careers360: How much time did you devote to self-study vs. coaching?
Kartikey Gupta: I use to attend 5 hours of coaching classes daily. A total of 6-7 hours per day I use to devote to self-study.
Careers360: Give us your views on the interview process. How many members were there in the panel? What kind of questions did they ask you?
Kartikey Gupta: Around 7-8 teachers were there in the panel. They asked the questions related to the answers which I had written in a self -appraisal form. More conceptual questions were asked. The questions of Organic Chemistry were a bit tough. In Mathematics question from the topics which were neither part of JEE syllabus nor part of NCERT but were in Olympiad( like Number theory, the principle of Mathematical Induction, the Modulation index) were asked.
Careers360: Share some KVPY exam preparation tips for future aspirants?
Kartikey Gupta: For KVPY conceptual clarity is required. The candidates preparing for JEE and Medical exam can easily qualify KVPY exam. I would suggest future aspirants prepare for the topics mentioned above along with NCERT syllabus.
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