An elated Pradeep Kumar Kushwaha– school topper and 6th rank holder in Uttrakhand Board Class 12 exams –says that it was because of his consistent hard work and dedication that he was able to perform well in his exams. He tips the school kids on how to prepare for Board exams.
Q. How did you prepare for the exam?
Pradeep Kushwaha: As per the suggestion of my school maths teacher, I set a target for myself and worked hard to achieve it.
Q. How many hours a day did you devote for studying?
Pradeep Kushwaha: Initially I used to study daily for 4 hours after school besides doing the homework given. During board exams, I studied for 12- 14 hours but not continuously, with 15 mins break in every 1.15 hours.
Q. Did you pursue your hobby while preparing for the exam?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I like playing cricket with friends but had to refrain from it during exams as a cricket match would demand a lot of time.
Q. How many hours did you sleep during exams?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I used to sleep in the evening for 4 to 5 hours and then study till late at night– 3 am in the morning– and then would go off to sleep again. This helped me with better concentration.
Q. What time of the day did you find best for preparation?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I think any time of the day is good for studying if one really wants to study. Since I wanted to score better in exams, my motto was to work hard.
Q. Is coaching necessary to gain command on the subject?
Pradeep Kushwaha: Coaching is not nearly necessary to gain command on the subject. However I had to take Chemistry tuition to clear the doubts.
Q. Were you scared of any particular subject?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I was really scared of Physics as a subject but my maths teacher helped me overcome this fear. He guided me to go step by step with the subject like learning derivation first followed by solving numericals and then question and answer, etc.
Q. Did you suffer from ‘Board Exam Fever’? How did you cope with the stress?
Pradeep Kushwaha: No I never let any stress overcome my self confidence and since I was studying from the start, it never haunted me.
Q. Any particular strategy for your preparation?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I used to study important topics first as told by teachers and then prepare notes from other relevant topics.
Q. Is there any subject that you really hated?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I really hated Physics and never wanted it to be a part of Science stream.
Q. How active were you in extra-curricular activities?
Pradeep Kushwaha: There were not many options available in my school for extra-curricular activities but I used to participate in essay writing competition.
Q. What are your plans for future?
Pradeep Kushwaha: I want to pursue IIT coaching for their B Tech program in chemical engineering and would then go for IAS exams.