In conversation with Alumni
1) Who was your source of Inspiration?
For me the biggest inspiration were the two posters in my room on which I wrote: “I am going to be an IITian.” Also Shishir Sir’s small motivational lectures, all the activities we have done in Conceptum and the dream itself to study in an IIT kept me going.
-Shubhankar Rajpoot, IIT Roorkee
Shishir sir’s presence at the center is an un-ending supply of inspiration. His inspiring speeches can boost up morale of any student. I am still to decide whether his maths classes were better or physics or motivational classes. Also, Shubhankar Bhaiya was the first one from ABN school to reach IIT in last decade. His discipline and ability to sit for long hours inspired me.
-Priyanshu, IIIT Amethi
2) One mistake that you would advise your juniors to avoid?
Don’t stop. Keep moving ahead. When I was preparing, there were a lot of times when I wanted to quit. Sometimes I felt it was a lot to do while sometimes I thought it’s not for me. School would put pressure sometimes while sometimes things did not make sense. In all of those times, the only thing that kept me moving was a sentence a friend said to me before I started preparing, “Just keep moving”; and I think that made all the difference.
-Nikhil Panwar, IIT Kanpur
3) What do you admire Conceptum for?
Competing with your own self, using capture tool to measure progress, celebrating the hard work, being truthful and honest with our work, living with problems longer, supporting our fellow students to do well…and the list is really long.
– Diwakar, IIT Bombay
You know, home is a place which gives you space to be whichever way you want to be. There are people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself, there is belongingness, fun, compassion and an experience of being loved. And in that space, you not only grow but shine. That’s what I admire CE for. For being that space which nurtured the thoughts of a young man when I thought I was just a boy. Even after 6 years of graduating from CE, it still stands as my strongest support, from getting my first job to my job in Google now. Like home is, it’s my place to come back to.
– Archit Goyal, Hansraj College, Delhi
4) What could you have done better to secure better rank?
On my part I could’ve done better if I realized the power of time management. I only realized to have schedules when I was left with not much time. And also the ones I made were at times so occupied that I had to struggle to be on schedule. So yes I would definitely advise to realize the power of time before it’s too late.
-Deepika Saini, NIT Delhi
5) One thing that really made a big difference.
My mom always forced me to study. In the beginning I thought that there was no need for that. But her efforts were the only thing due to which I worked hard. Her efforts for me made a big difference. According to me, Key to Success in IIT exam is, a committed Mother and a dedicated Coach.
-Abhay Tomar, IIT Bombay
Regularity, Believe me that’s most needed element for preparation. I used to study and practice regularly. I was always with the class. In 2 years I missed only 4 classes and missed no test.
-Abhishek Kumar, IIT Bombay
6) Your favourite Quote:
शक्ति के विद्युत्कण विन्यस्त,
विकल जो बिखरे हैं निरुपाय!
समन्वय उनका करे समस्त,
विजयिनी मानवता हो जाय !!
-Jayshankar Prasad … in Kamayani
-Lalit Rana, BITS Pilani
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
– Swami Vivekananda
-Ashish Dhyani, IIT Roorkee
7) Three habits that 11th students need to change:
- Limit to social networking.
- Change your mindset, ‘abhi to 2 saal hein paper ko, kar lenge aaram se!’
- Learn to follow the instruction of a coach wholeheartedly
-Vatsal Goel, NIT Kurukshetra
8) According to you, Key to Success in IIT exam is:
It’s practice and patience. When you start practicing you might not get the results in a jiffy but if you’re patient enough and work hard and regularly then surely you’ll start seeing improvements. So give your best and don’t give up on yourself. You’ll start getting the results sooner or later.
-Aayushi Khanduri, BIT, Mesra
9) What structures did you create to help you deal with failure?
“Failure is just an attempt which empowers success”. I accepted it, learned from it and then started moving towards my goal without losing any time.
-Varnika Saini, IIT Kharagpur
Capture tool. I would make checklist of things to study and actions to take everyday and keep ticking them off the list. Also, I would go to Stuti ma’am for counselling.
-Prachi Gupta. IISER Bhopal
10) What did you do, whenever you scored less marks in Conceptum Test Series?
Never get discouraged. I believe that the test series are to analyze you. If I scored less I never felt that I’m less competitive. I always thought of it as an opportunity to improvise. I identified my areas of weakness and worked on them a bit harder than the other topics and that always gave me better results.
-Ankit Jha, NIT Trichy
11) What is the importance of friends and friendship in JEE preparation?
“Ab maa’m ki daat se jyada dosto ki laat se dar lagta hai” is a dialogue from our conceptum movie which can be found on youtube. With good friends, a friend who is really interested in your welfare, studies are a joyous experience. Especially doubt discussion with a friend is the time when you learn the most. Identify and avoid selfish friends.
-Vipul Singh, DTU Delhi
It’s the team who wins. It was always been a combined effort of my family my friends my coaches & my own-self. Choosing friends is as important as choosing a Right coaching institution. They help in every situation whenever I was stuck there was always one of them to help me out, to drive me to right path, it was not me it was my team which successfully cleared a goal, I just gave Exam.
-Madhur Garg, IIIT Hyderabad
12) What should be the criteria of selecting books and study material according to you?
The mistake which children commit is that they gather too many books and do not complete either of them. This is dangerous. Pick up one book and do it completely. You do not have to make a library at home. Focus on clearing the exam, do the variety of good questions and do discuss each and every doubt.
-Vishal Tyagi, UICET Chandigarh
12) Do you think, you would have done better if you would have studied in BIGGER institution?
I wouldn’t have been able to perform even near to what I performed after joining Conceptum. The friendliness and positivity I got in Conceptum could never have been provided by any bigger institute. In fact I have a lot of friends from other institutes but I’ve never heard them speaking about their experience in a coaching institute the way I do. They always felt pressure to perform good on the other hand I always felt the urge to get better both for myself and the people who believed in me There’s a lot of positive energy in Conceptum and it is definitely the best institute ever!!
-Himanshu Singh, NIT Allahabad
NO, your own efforts matter the most in preparation and I got everything at Conceptum that is needed for preparation plus my stay at home was an advantage over studying in a BIGGER institution in Kota/Delhi.
-Shivam Garg, DTU Delhi
13) What is your opinion of choosing individual tutors for Physics Chemistry Mathematics?
It only increases the burden on the already overworked prep life. Going for individual tutors wastes more of your time and energy in terms of managing class timings amongst the teachers, creating your own support structures, testing yourself on jee pattern tests etc. Coaching institutes help you in these areas and more, and free your time and energy to concentrate on the chief aspect if your preparation, practice.
– Soumya Gupta, St. Xaviers Bombay
Depending upon student learning capacity, independent tutoring can be of significant help. However, selection of tutor is very critical and must be based on sound proven data. Also, Individual tutors cannot be the complete solution anyway. Just syllabus coverage is only 10% of the entire process.
-Ashish Abhinit, IIT Delhi
12) Anything else that you would want to say?
For once in life, surrender yourself to someone who thinks you can do it; even if you are sure you can’t. Allow yourself to be shared, allow them to make a difference to you and I promise you, your life will never be the same. I stand for Conceptum, and we, as CEians stand for you.
-Aakriti, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus