It is not a coincidence that Jankidas Kapur Public School, Sonipat (Haryana) prepares to pride itself for the honor in giving the state its topper in JEE Mains this year in a row after its student Manan Agarwal in 2019. In fact, after Manan, it is turn of his young brother Harshvardhan studying in the same school, who has been declared state topper (AIR 3) this year in JEE Mains, the results of which were declared on September 11.
Harshvardhan is now looking forward to take JEE Advanced slated for last week of September to complete the circuit and is determined to join his brother at IIT Bombay in computer science if all goes as per plan.
So, how did he prepare? “Hard work and regular studies,” is his cryptic reply. “I didn’t care much about board exams as I did for JEE and that helped me in both, I suppose,” he adds. Harshvardhan Agarwal also gives credit to his weekend coaching to FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh where he enrolled in class 9 and coached for next three years. He also talks about his teachers particularly in class 9th and 10th. “The study material, mentoring and concept clarity is that came from my teachers at both places but I added my seriousness and devoted 12 hours a day towards study,” he adds.
Harshvardhan as expected didn’t go out as often as his age students would go, but used daily gym practice to keep in shape. If the pandemic stress was indeed a stress or advantage, he feels it was boredom as he has prepared well in time and the uncertainly only dampened his spirit a bit. Sharing his unique mantra of success, he says apart from clearing concepts early, one should mark portions and questions that needs more attention and uses these markings in the final revision to become doubly sure about best attempt.
Partha Halder, Center Head FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh centre Delhi said he is extremely proud of his students as well as the teaching faculty at FIITJEE who ensure repeated success. “This year we faced unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic but eventually we were able to overcome it and helped children by delivering LIVE online classes from 3rd week of March, and this has certainly borne fruit.
It may be mentioned that after being postpone twice due to Covid lockdown, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) was conducted between 1st & 6th September 2020, the results were declared late night on 11th September 2020. Top 2.5 lakh selected through JEE Main will fight it out in the JEE Advanced 2020 which is scheduled in the last week of September for entry into elite engineering colleges that include IITs.