AIR 1 [IIT HSEE 2017]

SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY interacted with SWATHI S BABU who secured All India First Rank in IIT HSEE 2017.

Here’s the interview:

SLA: You have achieved a top rank in IIT HSEE 2017. How does it feel?
Swathi: It feels great to be part of India's most prestigious institution and learn from the country's most distinguished faculty. I expected to secure a seat in IIT after the HSEE but my AIR 1 came as a sweet surprise.. 

SLA: What / Who inspired you to consider 'humanities" as a career option?
Swathi: From my high school days, I loved reading about the history and culture of the Indian society. While I was in Class 11, I happened to read about this course in the newspaper and I felt that this course had the right mix of social sciences and languages. My parents wholeheartedly supported my decision to appear for HSEE and pursue a career in Humanities and social sciences.

SLA: Describe the role played by Sriram Academy in your success.
Swathi: Being a science student, I had no idea on where to begin and how to start my preparation. SRIRAM ACADEMY's study material was crisp and easy to digest and they followed it up with a number of test papers. The online mock tests also gave me a real-time experience of HSEE and helped me manage my time accordingly. I sincerely and whole-heartedly thank this institution for setting me on the right track.
SLA: Given that the syllabus is very vast, how did you go about tackling the various areas?

Swathi: Firstly, I went through the syllabus of HSEE and the previous year question papers. Then I divided my time accordingly and gave more time for weaker subjects. I also practiced the Maths and Logical Reasoning from SRIRAM materials and test papers. For General Knowledge, I depended on SRIRAM NEWSLETTER and current affairs magazines.

SLA: Essay writing is the key to success in this exam. How did you hone your essay writing skills?
Swathi: For tackling the essay part, I read the editorials in The Hindu, jotting down important points and information related to current events of national and international importance.

I also practiced some essays before the exams to manage my speed and to plan the contents to be included. During the actual exam, I gave 2-3 minutes to plan the Intro, body and conclusion of the essay.

SLA: Would you like to share some tips with our students who are gearing up for the 2017 examination?

Swathi: I firmly believe that passion coupled with hard-work will definitely help us scale the summit of success.                 With consistent practice, perseverance, unending passion and the right guidance, we can easily crack this exam. Try to make your HSEE preparation a joyous learning experience rather than a cumbersome task. And most importantly, try not to freak out and keep your cool during the exam.
Wishing you all the best
Swathi S Babu


Swathi S Babu hails from Alappuzha, Kerala. She was a student of SRIRAM GOAL POST 2017. She secured All India 1st Rank in IIT HSEE 2017.