“For all the aspirants out there, 1 more month to go. Give your best”: Arindam Roy Choudhury
It was probably a dream come true for Arindam Roy Choudhury, when he bagged the second rank in the Assam Combined Entrance Examination (CEE), ‘14. Hailing from Barpeta, Arindam completed his +2 from Cotton College, Guwahati and is currently pursuing his MBBS from Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati. In an interview, he shared with us his views and preparation strategies for the medical entrance exams. Here are some excerpts of the same:
Q. Congratulations on securing 2nd rank in Assam CEE,’14. What were some of the other exams you sat for, apart from CEE?
Arindam: Ah, thank you! But that was a long time ago (laughs). Apart from CEE, I appeared for AIPMT and AIIMS and secured AIR 2078 in AIPMT
Q. When did you decide to become a doctor?
Arindam: In this competitive world, getting into professional courses has been the dream of many teens. In our state Assam, the journey begins from the moment you pass your HSLC exam. Being a doctor was my dream and cracking the CEE was the first hurdle to overcome.
Q. Did you take any coaching? How does it help?
Arindam: I was baffled by the enthusiasm of the local students, who had already taken admission in the premium coaching institutes of Guwahati. I initially started my classes in a Board level coaching centre but later, realized that I should also get into the ‘race’ and start preparing for entrances. It was then, that I ordered the DLP package of Aakash Institute and joined Lalan Sir’s Chemistry Classes.
Yes, it does help a lot, you know. If you sincerely attend Lalan Sir’s classes, you can easily master the basic concepts of Chemistry. Not to forget his Daily Practice Papers, which proved really helpful. Moreover, unlike other coaching institutes, sir is very approachable; you can clear all your doubts, no matter how silly they are.
Q. Which books did you follow?
Arindam: Well, this question has been asked by a lot of people (laughs). You don't have to buy half a dozen of references. Instead, follow one but go through all the chapters in it. I used to read NCERT text books and solve questions of the corresponding chapter from the Aakash books. Following the NCERT course is very important as it is the basis of all exam papers. So don't go on with your coaching books only, keep the NCERT books by your side and by doing so, you can maintain a balance between your boards and entrance exams.
Q. It is often seen that students face some problem managing their time. Would you like to give them any advice?
Arindam: Managing time for your classes and your own study is the most difficult part. A daily study of 2-3 hrs is enough. And by daily I mean ‘DAILY’, you just can't miss a single day!
Q. What would be your advice to other aspirants?
Arindam: For all the aspirants out there, 1 more month to go. Give your best. Keep revising your chapters. And dedicate 60% of your study time in solving objectives. This will boost your confidence and speed.
Some smart tricks for exams- Be calm and composed. Do not invest more than a minute in a question. If a question is not solved, move on to the next. Answer an easy or a hard question, either will fetch you same mark. And do answer all the questions in CEE, as there is no negative marking. If you are left with 40 questions unsolved, and you need to put on a blind guess; answer the same option for all the 40.
My best wishes to all of you!