Chaitanya Bhat has secured the third slot among the NCHM JEE 2014 toppers list. To be declared as third NCHM JEE All India Rank holder was news loaded with surprise element for him. Though he was pretty sure of cracking the NCHM JEE 2014 exam but securing NCHM JEE AIR 3 was something beyond his expectation.
Appearing only for NCHM JEE exam and discarding other hotel management exams was a deliberate plan devised by Chaitanya in order to keep him focused.
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In a telephonic interview with Careers360, the NCHM JEE 2014 topper talks on his not so rigorous examination preparation strategy and his fondness to learn traditional Japanese art of paper folding, ‘Origami’. Read the full interview to know the topper’s inclination towards cooking and other interesting aspects of his personalities -
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in NCHM JEE 2014! What was your reaction on hearing your NCHM JEE rank?
Chaitanya Bhat:Thanks for the best wishes. Honestly, the moment I heard that I secured NCHM JEE All India Rank 3, I was very surprised as I was not expecting to be among top three NCHM JEE 2014 toppers. So, to be declared as the third topper of NCHM JEE 2014 was a moment of happiness, joy, and surprise for me.
I was satisfied with my performance in the written examination and was expecting to secure somewhere between 50-80 NCHM JEE All India Rank.
Careers360: What were the factors responsible for your remarkable success?
Chaitanya Bhat:There were three factors which made me excel in the exam.First, I would like to thank my parents for their support to chase my dream of cracking NCHM JEE entrance examination. They were not apprehensive for my career prospects on choosing the hospitality sector as my future career plan.
Second, undertaking frequent online mock tests helped me improve my examination preparation. Solving mock test papers aids a person to attempt and solve questions in time efficient manner. The mock test activity was a boon as it made me realize the importance of time management while attempting an exam.
Third, my decision to appear only for NCHM JEE 2014 entrance exam and to discard other hotel management entrance examinations played an important role in building my focus on NCHM JEE. I believe that it is always a safe bet to appear in one exam and secure excellent marks rather than appearing in many exams and obtaining mediocre marks in all of them.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for NCHM JEE 2014 exam?
Chaitanya Bhat:It was not a rigorouspreparation strategy in terms of time schedule and subject wise studies. Time period of my studies were very random. I used to study for 4 to 5 hours and at times it ranged for 2 to 3 hours only. However, on an average, I used to study for 4 hours daily.
My strategy was to have clarity on basic concepts of Mathematics, English, and Science subjects. For the same, I referred books from Arihant Publications. Besides, attempting 2-3 online mock tests in a week was also a part of NCHM JEE examination preparation strategy.
As I have already mentioned that my study hours were not rigorous, I always used to manage time for outdoor activities such as hanging out with friends, trying different cuisines at restaurants, and taking a stroll at nearby park.
I feel that after long hours of serious studies our mind gets saturated. So, it is always better to have short breaks of fun activities after each 2 to 3 hours of regular studies.
Careers360: Which section was easiest and which was the toughest in NCHM-JEE?
Chaitanya Bhat: Easiest section was English Language and the toughest was Numerical Ability and Scientific Aptitude. I attempted all questions from the former section within the time frame of 60-7o minutes and skipped a few question from the later section.
Careers360: How inclined are you towards cooking?
Chaitanya Bhat: I am fond of delicious and tasty food. I love cooking. I had tried some recipes shared in cookery shows and was appreciated by my mother for taste and presentation of the dish.
Recently, I baked a chocolate cake for my friend on his birthday. This was an act of expressing my love for our friendship through my cooking skills.
Careers360: What was your time management strategy for different sections of the exam?
Chaitanya Bhat: I attempted the questions in the order of question paper. I did not prioritize any specific section to attempt in any structured way. I attempted questions on which I was less confident in last hour of the exam time period.
Careers360: What is your idea for perfect leisure time?
Chaitanya Bhat:I always look for avenues to boost creativity. Reading novels, watching movies and listening to Indo-western fusion music are activities which make me happy.
Careers360: How do you feed your creative mind?
Chaitanya Bhat: It is necessary to learn at least one kind of art form to feed your creative mind. With the help of online tutorial, I learned Origami, traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The art deals with making variety of models such as flower, hats and boats through just folding the paper sheet. Using a knife or pair of scissors to divide the paper into two or more pieces is not allowed while making the model. This challenging part of the art actually oozes creativity. You have to use your brain and apply out of the box ideas to prepare the paper model.
Careers360: What are the reasons to opt for a career in Hospitality sector?
Chaitanya Bhat: The reason behind opting for a career in hospitality sector was to make my interest in cooking my profession. My decision was a preplanned step. As a first step, after passing my high school examination in the year 2012, I researched for career options in the hospitality industry.
Second step was to know route to get admission at IHM Mumbai. Third step was to appear for NCHM JEE 2014 entrance exam and to score a decent NCHM JEE All India Rank.
Careers360: How important is coaching for the NCHM JEE preparation?
Chaitanya Bhat: Enrolling with a coaching institute is not mandatory as the entrance exam is not so tough. Questions based on basic concepts of elementary subjects- English, Maths and Science are covered in the exam. The syllabus is not so vast. So, self study aligned with the syllabus is a best substitute for coaching classes.
Careers360: Which IHM is preferred by you to pursue B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel administration course?
Chaitanya Bhat: I want to pursue undergraduate hotel management course from the reputedIHM Mumbai.
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