VARSHA GOPAL
AIR 10 [IIT HSEE 2017]

SRIRAM ACADEMY interacted with VARSHA GOPAL who secured All India 10th Rank in IIT HSEE 2017.

Here’s the interview:

SLA: You have achieved a top rank in IIT HSEE 2017.  How does it feel?
My first reaction was that of shock. It was an unbelievable feeling, seeing two years of hard work finally pay off. It is a very special feeling, especially for my parents and brother. 

SLA: What / Who inspired you to consider ‘humanities” as a career option?

My mother is my inspiration behind every good decision in life. Though I chose science after tenth and did well, I never really felt any closer to the worldly affairs and the world in itself. Humanities, in my opinion, is the best way to nurture one's thoughts and be free-thinking in every aspect. 

SLA: Describe the role played by Sriram Academy in your success.

Sriram Academy has played an intangible yet undeniably strong part in this success of mine. The materials, online support and weekly tests proved to be extremely helpful. I extend my thanks separately to the GK Times, the newsletter by Sriram Academy. It is the most enriching experience one can get in a short span of time.

SLA: Given that the syllabus is very vast, how did you go about tackling the various areas?

I gave importance to the topics in which I lacked knowledge. I was comfortable with English, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. I studied Economics and World Affairs more since those were my weakest areas. 

SLA: Essay writing is the key to success in this exam.  How did you hone your essay writing skills?

I used to write essays whenever I got the time and got them checked by my teachers. The list of essay topics suggested by Sriram Academy proved to be useful. It also helped in time management since we're

supposed write an essay in 30 minutes. It can be tedious if one isn't prepared enough. 

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

It doesn't matter which stream you chose in 11th, as long as you're willing to work hard. Start early is something I'd suggest and more importantly, revise at necessary intervals. All the best to all of you. 

Varsha Gopal

Varsha Gopal hails from Kerala. She was a student of SRIRAM TARGETPLUS 2017. She secured All India 10th Rank in IIT HSEE 2017.