Stress is permanent, learn to cope : IIT topper

Aman Bansal, the IIT topper of 2016 is from Jaipur’s Triveni Nagar. He has made the city and the state proud, prompting Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to tweet her congratulations to them. Aman, who failed to clear the National Science Talent Search Examination in class X, never takes his failures to heart. His spirits may be down for a while but he always tries to learn from his mistakes. Minimal distractions, maximum time utilisation, regular study and taking failures upfront are his strong features in this stressful environment of competition. He tells that stress is uneneding in life, so just face it.

What is your mantra for success?
I always followed my teachers’ instructions and avoided any kind of distractions in the last two years. Regular studies, practicing the test papers, study material regularly, analysing my mistakes and constantly discussing with my friends, teachers helped me to remain motivated throughout the two years. I fully utilise whatever free time was available.

How many hours did you study regularly?
Initially it was seven to eight hours, later it increased to nine to 10 hours. Apart from coaching, self study is important, which helps you realise where you actually stand.

How much have scored in your XII board exams? Is it difficult to study for both XII boards and IIT?
I scored 96.2% in XII CBSE Boards. I had completed my XII board syllabus long back and then studied for my IIT. But two months prior to the Boards, I studied again, revised the entire syllabus. I studied not less than nine to 10 hours before the boards.

How much is Xth and XII studies different?
Getting a 10 CGPA in Xth Board is actually not of great significance beacuse the course of XI and XII is vast, difficult and much different from what we do till class X. So In XIth standard, one has to be doubly studious and for those attempting for IIT, these two are the most crucial year’s in a student’s life, so giving up something for a greater goal in life is important.

Did you ever feel stressed out anytime during your preparations for IIT?
Yes , many a times. Stress can never be less. It is permanent at all stages of life. I have learnt to tackle stress in a positive manner, learned from the mistakes, never felt down even if I scored less in any of my mock tests, never gave up hope and had the belief that I would be able to do it. Of course topping IIT was never on my list. Yes, I knew I could get a rank withing the first 100. Even my parents thought so. They alwasy motivated me whenever I scored low. When I wanted to relax, my sister was always beside my side. She in class VIII but my best pal. I also swim and remain aloof from facebook or Twitter. But our IIT coaching classmates had a Whatspp group where we discussed out course problems. My friends were my anchor in times of distress and vice-versa.

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