NCHM JEE 2014 Topper - Anoovrat Singh, who secured 10th All India Rank in the NCHM JEE 2014, had full conviction and confidence on his strong area- aptitude to solve questions based on “Logical and Numerical Ability”. His conviction coupled with his smart exam strategy enabled him to enjoy the status of being among top ten toppers NCHM JEE 2014.
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The tenth rank holder of NCHM JEE 2014 also has an impressive academic/extracurricular record. Anoovrat has bagged the state rank of 24 in the International English Olympiad (SOF). The topper, who passed high school from St. Francis’ College, Lucknow, likes to indulge in activities like playing football, watching Formula1, and chatting with friends on social media in his spare time.
Anoovrat’s aptitude for had not also disappointed him. Talking to Careers360, the NCHM JEE 2014 topper shares that he attempted all the questions belonging to his favourite domain featured in two section - Logical and Numerical Ability of NCHM JEE 2014 question paper.
The topper prefers to pursue B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel administration from IHM Pusa, Delhi. Read the full interview to know on reasons for preferring IHM Pusa and a few other interesting replies.
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in NCHM JEE 2014! How did you make it possible?
Anoovrat Singh: Thank you! I will be frank with you. It just happened. I always knew that I am someone with a decent aptitude for Logical and Numerical ability questions. So, it was possible because of the belief that I had in myself and in my ability to crack the exam.
Careers360: Now that you are the topper of NCHM JEE, what do you think was the key factor behind your spectacular performance in this most competitive exam?
Anoovrat Singh: The key factor behind my success was my slightly over-confident attitude in dealing with the NHCM JEE written exam. I have already explained in the above question about how my strong points accentuated my exam preparation.
Other 'factor' could be fairly adequate sleep that I managed to get the day before my exam.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy and routine study period for the exam?
Anoovrat Singh: I had not formulated any specific ‘preparation strategy’. I focused on enhancing my strong area so that during the exam I could attempt and solve the questions from my favorite domain first, to prevent time wastage.
I used to spend a minimum of hour and a half with my books on daily basis. I was very obedient with the said activity and during my studies my concentration is not diverted to any other activities. The thing with me was that while I had the book open in front of me I would study and only study. Hence, an hour and a half was enough for me.
Reading newspapers also helped me in a couple of ways. It made me aware about the current happenings around the world and also enhanced my English vocabulary.
Careers360: Which section was easiest and which was the toughest?
Anoovrat Singh: To me the easiest was the 'Aptitude in service sector' section because of the fact that the questions were easy and I would not have lost anything even if I had got them wrong. General Language and Current Affairs sections were toughest for me because majority of questions were based on Hotels, Owners of Hotels, Location of Hotels etc.
Careers360: Which IHM would you like to opt to pursue B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel administration course?
Anoovrat Singh: I would like to pursue my course from IHM Pusa, Delhi. It not only has excellent infrastructure but is also one of the most reputed Hotel Management Institutes of India. Besides, I have friends as seniors there.
Careers360:What was your time management strategy during the exam day? How did you mange it among the different sections of the paper?
Anoovrat Singh: I tried to keep myself as calm as possible and reaching the examination centre slightly before the reporting time helped me to stay calm. As far as the paper is concerned, I made sure that I had gone through the paper once before attempting it. I started with the section that I was most confident at (Logical and Numerical ability). I then switched over to G.K just to relax a bit since in this section you do not have to apply much of your brain. Then, I switched amongst the remaining sections in order of my comfort level in them.
Careers360: Reasons for choosing to establish your career in hotel management sector?
Anoovrat Singh: I haven't really zeroed in on my career choice. But yes, if I choose the Hotel Management sector, it has to be for the glamour and grandeur that the industry offers and also for the reason that I love to cook.
Careers360: How important is coaching for the NCHM JEE preparation? If some aspirant can’t afford to take coaching, in what way he must prepare for the NCHM JEE Exam?
Anoovrat Singh: According to me, coaching for NCHM JEE is not required on high priority as the examination is not very difficult and the paper pattern does not change every year. Aspirants need to have a good idea about the types and difficulty level of questions asked in last couple of years. Once acquainted with types and difficulty level of questions, aspirants have to do decent amount practice. For practice, aspirants can consult books by Arihant Publishers.
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