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Joint Entrance Exam – JEE Main, the most coveted engineering entrance exam, was conducted by CBSE. Among the 11 lakh students who attempted JEE Main 2016, making it to the Top is a mammoth task. Meet Pratyush Maini, a boy from Gurugram (Gurgaon), who has bagged AIR 2 in IIT JEE Main 2016. We had a brief discussion with Pratyush on his success, strategy and future plans. Read on and get useful JEE Tips & insights from the Topper himself.

Personal Information JEE Main Marks
Name Pratyush Maini Chemistry 110
School D.A.V Sec – 14 Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon) Physics 105
Stream Science Maths 105
CBSE Percentage 98.20% Total 320
JEE Main Rank 2

About Pratyush

JEE Main 2016 Topper Pratyush has ‘engineering’ in his DNA as his father, Mr Kapil Maini, is a Mechanical Engineer. His elder sister has done English Hons from LSR College, Delhi. He thanked his family for the support, saying

My parents gave me moral support. My mother Mrs Charu Maini is a Chemistry teacher in DAV Gurgaon, taught me chemistry during my preparation and my Father Mr Kapil Maini is also a Mechanical Engineer in Nokia they both were supportive during my entrance exam preparation. My elder sister also played an important role during my preparations.

Absent on most of the Social platforms, Pratyush prefers to use Quora.

Pratyush is fond of Table tennis, Lawn tennis and Cricket as well. He believes playing them helps him de-stress after hours of study.

Pratyush Maini JEE Main Rank 2 Topper Interview Image Aglasem

How he prepared for JEE Main 2016?

They say ‘What you sow is what you reap’. The efforts put while preparation reflects clearly in the Result. JEE Main 2016 Topper Pratyush had a well-planned preparation strategy which he shared with us.

My preparation strategy was first to clear the basic concepts and then practiced questions based on them. I also took a lot of mock tests and practiced from sample papers as well as last year’s question papers. This way I recognised my weak areas and converted them into my strengths by focusing more on learning concepts.

I was focused on solving more and more questions and took help from my Teachers for any doubts.

Long study hours and continuously skimming the books can prove to be hectic, Pratyush agrees to this fact. He believes one must study sincerely and effectively, no matter if it is only for few hours. He justified his study hours saying,

On an average, I would study for 4 to 5 hours in a day. However, a month before the JEE Main exam, I studied for around 8 hours daily. 

Success Mantra

Enjoy your studies and give your 100% in everything.

~ Pratyush Maini, JEE Main 2016 Topper

Is Coaching necessary?

Most of us have conflicting views on the importance of Coaching for competitive exams like JEE. On one hand, it provides helpful mentors to vanish the doubts while on the other hand, it takes away a lot of time decreasing the self-study hours. Pratyush has attended coaching from FITJEE Gurgaon and stands in favour of coachings. He explained his point,

Yes it is quite important to join coaching classes as there is a tough level of competition where everyone wants to score high. My mentors helped a lot in clearing my basic concepts.

Books for JEE Main Preparation

Subject Author
Physics H.C. Verma
Maths S.K. Goel
Chemistry N.Awasthi & Himanshu Pandey

How does it feel to Top the JEE Main?

On top of the world, one must say. Pratyush also had a similar story to tell. He was surprised to enter the top three as he was expecting his in rank close to 50. He recalled the joy of success saying,

I was very happy after seeing my result. I was not expecting to be the second highest scorer. I thought I would be among 50. My hard work has been paid off well.

Key Takeaways

  • Do not take too much stress.
  • Make sure that you put in your 100 per cent.
  • Never hesitate in clarifying your doubts with teachers
  • Focus on solving more & more questions.
  • Take mock tests & practice sample papers / previous year’s paper.

Future Plans

After getting into the Top 3 in IIT JEE Main 2016, Pratyush is looking forward to take admission to IIT Bombay or Delhi in Electrical Stream. We hope he cruise to more heights in his career and life. Aglasem wishes Pratyush the very best for his future.

This interview has been compiled by Aglasem correspondent Pranjali Rastogi and edited by Lalit Sharma.

This is a part of a series of interviews with toppers of exams and boards – Toppers Speak – bringing to the fore bright young minds who will go a long way — the kind who play a crucial role in the changing world. This interview has been edited and condensed. If you are a topper (or know one), please be in touch: pranjali@aglasem.com.

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