Dhruv Shetty mhcet topper

1.Congratulations on achieving such an amazing feat.   Tell  us  a  bit  about  yourself. Please  also  tell  us  your individual  marks  in  each subject.

1.Hi I’m Dhruv Shetty, I got 198 in my MHCET exam and came 11th in the state. I studied at I.E.S college. I’m now studying at Seth G.S.M.C medical college. I got 100 in Biology, 48 in Physics and 50 in Chemistry and therefore 198 out of 200.

2.So, when all of  this  is  new  and the  rest  of  us  are  still  busy  figuring the  head and tail  of  the  subject,  how  did you tackle  and master  the  syllabus?

2.So yes mcqs are going to be the new hurdle to cross just remember that you will get used to the new syllabus,test schedules and the format in time just don’t fret. I personally ensured that I was always finishing the portion for all the major part tests or weekly tests so that I had no backlog and would be able to continue understanding anything further in the topic. Ensure that you do regular studies from the eleventh itself and approach your teachers as soon as possible for everything you don’t understand cause there will be a lot that you won’t. Solve a good amount of the recommended book for the exam you are giving it really helps to solve mcqs within the stipulated time and also give you a greater exposure and shows you how much you actually know.

3.Did you have  a  set  schedule, a time  table  that  you stuck to?  What  were  the  daily  hours  that  you put in self study  ?

3.I didn’t have a daily schedule per se but I just ensured I kept up with the topic that was going on and that I was understanding what was done in the class on that particular day. I had weekly tests so I kept up by reading the portion two to three times before the test and solved at least one mcq book on that chapter. Keep an aim in mind it helps to do the portion in time. The daily hours you put in changes from person to person and individually you need to find the right balance between enjoying and studying throughout the day.

4.Did you have  a  different  methodology  of  tackling  the  subjects?  Any  special  notes  that  you prepared? 

4.I had one simple method while studying I would first just read the chapter like a story book so I could get a grasp of what concepts are we going to deal with. Then I’d try to sit and understand the concepts after which the last reading would be for rote memory to kick in. Notes again may or may not be required as per individual preference.

5.Do you have any  special  pointers  for  specific  subjects?  The  do’s  and don’ts  of  it?

5.Please don’t mug physics in any way and don’t neglect calculus. Learn the formulas and understand them. Solve a lot of mcqs for physics as it is a thorn in everyone’s side. Ask questions always even if they are stupid. For biology ensure that you just read up a lot because it’s a lot of rote memory. Chemistry is an easy subject if you understand why the reagent is being used and just see the mechanism of the reaction at least once so u won’t ever forget how the chemical reaction proceeds.

6.Was there  any  help  that  you acquired while  exam  preparation?  Like  any  visual  aids  any  professional guidance?  Or  those  little  tit  bits  that  the  professors  tell  us  but  none  other than the  toppers  pay  attention to? Please  share  with us. 

6.There’s not much to do other than your natural way of studying. Stick to what you are comfortable with and don’t run behind the marks in the class test run behind the feeling of satisfaction of doing the best you could. And just relax.

7.How vital  is  the  Question bank during  exams?  Does  it  come  highly  recommended  or  you advice  thorough reading  of  the  text  and having confound knowledge  of  the  subject?

7.See there’s no argument when it comes to theory paper question banks help a lot but I prefer reading question banks only after I’ve read the topic two to three times. In mcqs just ensure you have a thorough knowledge about everything. Read question banks only in dire need otherwise just stick to the texts.

8.How do you propose  the  students study and what kind  of  discipline  should be  followed during  exam  time?

8.During exam time DO NOT try new notes or texts that u have never done before. Stay in your comfort zone. Ensure you don’t get distracted a lot by electronics so sit in a quiet place. Some people can pull off all-nighters and some can identify which group you are in and try to ensure your sleep patterns are like that during exam weeks. Don’t eat anything heavy ever during exam week it makes you lazy and you don’t want that. RELAX and doesn’t stress ever because no exam can define how smart you are just see to it that u have done the best you could.

9.Could you give  some  important  pointers  on  Exam  writing skills?  And also  how  should  one  prepare  for  a practical  exam?

9.Exam writing requires a cool head and just see that you first show the examiners the important points first and then add all the accessory on that increase the size of it. Write In points always. If you can write it in the order of your most well written to your not so well written answer. For practicals read the practical books well and keep a calm mind and ensure that during your normal practicals you do it seriously.

10.Any special  tricks  and tacts  for  the  students  of  your  college  who  would be  reading this?

10.Just ensure you read well in time and get to read the chapters a lot of times. Don’t give the small exams that much importance and respect the teachers always as they always help you later on.

11.So, do you have  any  parting thoughts?  Like  disclosing that  secret  mantra  that  you  chanted  or  that  special brand of  energy  drink  you savored?  Just  seriously  though..anything at  all?

11.Enjoy studies, even though it’s paradoxical see the beauty of the science behind it and also enjoy responsibly. Be happy always and keep a cheerful attitude. Make new friend who will always help you. Help those who need it and see that you support your parents at times too by listening to them(most of the time) because in the end it becomes their exam too. Best of luck and do well!


INTERVIEWER: Ananya Mathur

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