AIR 1 [IIT HSEE 2016]

SRIRAM ACADEMY interacted with SANJANA ACHARYA who secured All India First Rank in IIT HSEE 2016.

Here’s the interview:

SLA: You have achieved a top rank in IIT HSEE 2016.  How does it feel?
SANJANA: My first reaction was disbelief and it took a really long time to sink in that I had not only got into IIT but had secured first rank.

SLA: What / Who inspired you to consider ‘humanities” as a career option?
SANJANA:    Ever since I was little I have always leant  towards Social sciences and English. I've always been concerned with the issues of the society, and wanted to take up humanities in hopes of making a difference and positively influencing change in society. 
SLA: Describe the role played by Sriram Academy in your success.
SANJANA:I took up the Sriram Target Plus course as well as attended the Sriram Intensive Course.

The material provided by Sriram was instrumental in getting a grasp on static GK and the weekly tests helped me get an idea of how the questions will be. GK Times was also a vital source for current affairs. The intensive course really geared us up for the exam. The many mock tests, math tricks taught by Nakul Sir and essay tips by Geeta ma’am were especially helpful in improving speed and confidence.

SLA: Given that the syllabus is very vast, how did you go about tackling the various areas?
SANJANA: I figured out my strengths and weaknesses. I was pretty confident with English and Maths, and had taken Economics in school, so I decided to focus more on History, Current Affairs, Ecology and Static GK. The best way to study GK for me was to divide the vast subject into subtopics and become thorough with each. By the time it was close to the exams I realised which topics were important in the different subjects and concentrated mostly on that.

SLA: Essay writing is the key to success in this exam.  How did you hone your essay writing skills?
SANJANA:I made it a point to stay updated on important national and international issues. I read newspaper editorials and also practised writing some essays based on the topics list given by Sriram.

The essay writing sessions in the Sriram intensive course were excellent, and gave me a model of how I should structure my essay.

SLA: Would you like to share some tips with our students who are gearing up for the 2017 examination?
SANJANA: GK is extremely important. Make it a point to study (and revise) GK regularly, and stay updated with current affairs. You should go through the Sriram material and

Sriram GK times, as well as read the newspaper and yearbooks like Manorama. Find out your strengths and weaknesses and work on improving your weak areas. The task at hand might seem daunting, but don't lose heart and work hard persistently which will definitely show in the results. All the best! 


Sanjana B Acharya hails from Bangalore. She was a student of SRIRAM TARGETPLUS and INTENSIVE COURSE. She secured All India 1st Rank in IIT HSEE 2016.