Every year many candidates appear in IIT JAM Exam but only a few candidates qualify it. Arpan Parichha is one of those, who got all India rank 6th in JAM 2016 and AIR 3 JAM Biotechnology in 2017 without any coaching.
He is such an inspiration for all the candidates who want to qualify JAM IIT. To bring the insuperable talent in front of JAM Aspirants, we present you the Interview of an exceptional IIT JAM Ranker Mr. Arpan Parichha.
With Eduncle, Arpan discusses his preparation strategy, challenges faced, books chosen, exam day strategy and many more interesting details. So, read the blog completely. Hope you enjoy reading it.
Q) A little detail about your academic journey and whereabouts. (where are you from, where did you studied).
I did my B.Sc. in Life Science from Presidency University, Kolkata and my specialization were in Molecular Biology. I am from Kolkata but currently staying in Mumbai. I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research).
Q) How many hours did you give for JAM Biotechnology Preparation? What preparation strategy works the best?
I studied less but studied daily. I studied roughly 3-4 hours a day. Also, I kept a separate time of the day preferably in the morning for practicing MCQ type questions.
Apart from brushing up my basic concepts, I also made short notes and flashcards to remember the information better. As the IIT JAM Biotechnology paper requires a lot of practicing, I noted down the informative details every day using flash cards.
Q) Why did you choose IIT JAM Biotechnology? Is this a good choice for the career?
For people who want to go for research or industry M.Sc., Biotech courses in IIT are very good for the both aspirants. Now among IIT JAM Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, I think preparing for Biotechnology is beneficial. The reason of preparing for Biotechnology is that the possibility of getting seats in Biotechnology is higher as compared to Biological Sciences. Getting good rank in IIT JAM Biotechnology Exam would open the doors for both IISc and IITs.
Q) Did you plan for JAM from the starting only? Who inspired you for the JAM Preparation? How did you motivate yourself?
I didn’t prepare specifically for IIT JAM only, there was no real preparation strategy but yes, I studied the IIT JAM Syllabus well and practiced of all the sample papers/ previous year question papers. My strength is group study. I have a group of like-minded friends and group study works for us. Most of us have cleared JAM with high scores. You need a strong conceptual base in your chosen subject and your college syllabus is sufficient to score well in JAM. I came to know about JAM from few of my seniors. I try to learn the basic concepts and share it with friends - this keeps me motivated.
Q) Do you want to give any tips for students who are preparing for IIT JAM 2020? How should one make a study plan?
Yes, my suggestion would be study less but study smart. Most important is to practice Maths daily. Instead of studying blindly, one should focus on those topics which were frequently asked in previous years. Practicing MCQs daily is the key to success.
Q) Do you believe in self-study or getting enrolled in coaching is necessary for JAM? Which books did you studied for JAM biotechnology?
I believe in self-study and I did not take any coaching for IIT JAM Preparation. I don’t think anyone requires it, if they study their graduation subjects well. Most of the students tend to forget those concepts learned at the graduation level. Here’s my suggested list of books:
Lehninger Biochemistry - Nelson and cox
Molecular Biology - James Watson
Cell Biology - H. Lodish
Bios insta notes series from Garland Science.
Pathfinder Academy MCQ book was pretty helpful.
Q) How important are the mock tests for JAM preparation? Does it really help students?
I think yes. Several books are available for model test paper. Practicing of IIT JAM Mock Test increases the ability of time management.
Q) What was your examination hall experience? Had you already taken JAM online exam?
I have appeared in JAM in 2016 and my exam hall experience was quite good. I personally feel that the computer-based examination is better than pen paper-based examination.
Q) What intrigues you the most about biotechnology?
I like to call myself a science enthusiast and I am passionate about exploring the mysteries of Biology.
Q) Any resources or helpful notes that you'd like to share with JAM aspirants? How do you keep yourself motivated to help students?
I have shared some important question-solving tricks on my YouTube Channel. In order to help people and spread education, I made this YouTube channel which contains videos about basic concepts of biology. My idea is to share concepts that I acquired during my course so that other people could get the benefits. Helping other people gives me motivation.
Keeping yourself motivated is always important if you want to get your goal. We hope that you have got enough inspiration from the Arpan Parichha. There is definitely a lot to learn from him.
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