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JEE Advanced 2019 topper idolises mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019

Maharashtra boy Kartikey Gupta had refrained from movies and outdoor games in order to focus on JEE preparation, reports Sheetal Banchariya

For small-town boy Kartikey Gupta, who hails from Ballarpur town near Nagpur, the inherent love for Mathematics prompted him to pursue the dream of joining an IIT. After securing 18th position in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main, he emerged as the all India topper with 346 marks in JEE Advanced 2019. “Since my childhood, Math as a subject has always been my favourite and I idolise Srinivas Ramanujan. My decision to start preparing for IIT entrance exam was based solely on my love for the subject. It was much later that I got interested in other subjects such as Physics and Chemistry,” says the 17-year-old.

Despite being a movie buff, he had to give up on films and web series for almost two years of his JEE preparations. “I used to enjoy watching movies and series on the internet, but I have not watched many in the last two years because of the rigorous preparation schedule,” says Kartikey, who devoted around seven hours to self-studies every day.
 
Speaking about the change in preparation strategy after the result of JEE Main, he says, “Though I was not among the top scorers, I did not pay much heed to the Main result as I was preparing for the Advanced exam since the beginning. Also, the test pattern and question types are different in both the exams.”
He credits four months of intense hard work after the Main result for his success in JEE Advanced. During his time off , he enjoyed playing indoor games with his group of friends and often went for long walks to disconnect from the constant stress of preparations. “I have my eyes set on a BTech degree in Computer Science Engineering and IIT Bombay would be my first preference majorly because of the weather,” says Kartikey, who has been preparing for JEE in Mumbai for the last two years and has been in love with the “Bombay-vibe”.

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