AIR 1, IIT HSEE 2015

SRIRAM ACADEMY interacted with R. AVINAASH, who secured All India 1st Rank in IIT HSEE 2015.

Here’s the interview:

1. You have achieved a top rank in IIT HSEE 2015.  How does it feel?
It feels great. Honestly I didn't expect this. I was pretty sure that I did the exam well, but never thought that I would end up topping the exam. The feeling is yet to sink in.

2. What / Who inspired you to consider ‘humanities” as a career option?

I wasn't particular about Humanities. But when I went

through the subjects on offer, I felt that this is the one I should join. I was good at quizzing and even finished third overall at the Hindu Young World Quiz. So, my interests lie in general knowledge, current affairs etc. And MA in Developmental Studies at IIT Madras was the most ideal course.

3. Describe the role played by Sriram Academy in your success.
I owe my success to Sriram. Their courses are the best for HSEE. I managed to clear the exam only using Sriram Study Material and going through newspapers. If you want to get into Humanities at IIT, Sriram is the only option.

4. Given that the syllabus is very vast, how did you go about tackling the various areas?
I didn't study too much for the exam. I just went through Sriram materials for all subjects. Apart from that I was a science student, so that helped me crack Maths and Logical Reasoning with ease.

5. Essay writing is the key to success in this exam.  How did you hone your essay writing skills?
I recommend reading The Hindu. I had a habit of doing it daily. The essay questions that are asked in the HSEE are based on current events (atleast one or two out of five). The Hindu Op-Ed pages have a lot of good essays dedicated to current events. They will help you form opinions, which is very important. Also, you need to have a good command over English and essay writing skills.

6. Would you like to share some tips with our students who are gearing up for the 2016 examination?

Practice Sriram tests regularly. Go through the study material sincerely. It will be quite sufficient to crack the exam. 

R. Avinaash hails from Pondicherry. He was a student of SRIRAM TARGET 2015. He secured AIR 1 in IIT HSEE 2015.