AIIMS, 2016 AIR 1 rank holder — Satvik Reddy says “NCERT text books laid strong foundation to my concept building”

Sathvik Reddy Erla bagged AIR 1 in AIIMS MBBS 2016 entrance examination in his very first attempt, besides securing AIR 20 in JIPMER MBBS 2016 exam. According to Satvik that conceptual clarity of subjects, besides a routine study of 10 hours, helped him in cracking the most competitive entrance exams. He also talks on how his clear basic concepts laid a strong foundation for his ‘next-level’ preparation. Satvik scored 98.8 per cent in Class 12th(Andhra Pradesh Board) and a total of 157.66 marks in AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam.

1. Congratulations on grabbing AIR 1 in AIIMS MBBS 2016 examination. How was your first reaction to the result?

I am overjoyed and don’t have words to express my feelings upon securing AIR 1 in the medical exam. All I can say that I feel extraordinarily blessed. I am celebrating my success with my family now and also plan to go out with my friends.

2. Were you expecting such a result in AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam?

Not at all! When I saw the results of AIIMS MBBS 2016, I could not believe my eyes. I was expecting good marks but never expected an All India Rank 1. It has been a thrilling experience for me.

3. Tell us about your family? How did your family support during the preparation days?

My mother is a software engineer and father, an advocate practicing at Hyderabad High Court. My family supported me all through my preparation stages and kept me motivated.

4. None of your parents are doctors. What motivated you to choose a career in medicine?

My parents did never force their opinion on me regarding my career options. In fact, they encouraged me to go with my own interest. Once I identified my interest for MBBS courses, they trusted me and supported me with all possible means. Further, their moral support boosted my preparations.

5. What’s your success mantra behind cracking AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam?

My success mantra behind cracking AIIMS MBBS 2016 examination was to clarify the basic concepts in each subject and then move onto repeatedly solving as many questions as possible from the previous years’ papers. I would also solve a number of mock tests in the last months of the medical exam preparation.

6. How was your study schedule during preparation?

I would study regularly for around 5–6 hours a day after attending my regular school classes. However, after my classes ended, I started utilizing that time also in self-study. If there were no classes during the day, I would spend around 9–10 hours on my studies at home.

7. How was your AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam experience?

Firstly, I was quite confident of my preparations. Secondly, the paper was an easy one in comparison to the other medical entrance examinations. The questions were mainly from NCERT textbooks in each subject-Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Thus, I didn’t find any trouble while solving the paper. Overall, I was satisfied with my performance.

8. Among the three subjects, which was the easiest vis-à-vis toughest subject for you?

I had a good command in Physics but Biology was my weak area. I would find biological terms and diagrams a bit difficult to memorize. However, I put in consistent effort to overcome this. I actually did repeated revisions in biology. I also used to highlight difficult terms and important points in my text books which would help me to find emphasis areas during revision work.

9. How did you balance between preparation for your state board exam and medical entrance exams?

It was not much of a trouble for me. I was mainly focussing on medical entrance examinations and accordingly devoted much of my study hours towards the same. Since the syllabus of the two is the same, I actually didn’t make any special efforts for class XII board examination. I believe that it requires applying the same knowledge in both but the only difference is that the two exams needed a slightly different approach.

10. Do you think coaching is necessary for cracking medical entrances like AIIMS?

No. I don’t think that coaching is necessary to crack medical entrances. However, I would say that coaching guides you in knowing important topics for the exam. The coaching also helps you in clarifying your doubts and improving on weaker areas during the exam preparations.

Also read ‘Nikhil Bajiya, AIR 2 AIIMS Topper calls on “Systematic preparation and focus” for success.’

11. What suggestions would you like to share with the MBBS aspirants?

I would like to suggest them that Believe in your hard work. First, master basic concepts through NCERT textbooks and then go for serious preparations. Solve question papers of previous years entrance tests and take as many mock tests as possible. Keep calm and don’t take the stress. Consistent efforts will take you closer to your dream institution.

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