JEE Main 2023 Result: Traumatised by living alone in Kota, Session 2 topper returned home to prepare for JEE

JEE Main 2023 Result: Kota is the hub for IIT aspirants, however, living in the city alone turned out to be a terrible experience for 17-year-old Malay Kedia who topped the JEE Main 2023 Session 2. A resident of Uttar Pradesh, Malay prepared for the Joint Entrance Examination while attending regular classes at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Ghaziabad and his coachings. 

“I went to study at Kota in the initial days of March 2020 and just after a few weeks, a country-wide lockdown was imposed due to Covid-19. I was young and couldn’t handle the depressing experience of living away from my family as well as managing my studies in between a pandemic. Living in Kota was a scarring ordeal and I decided to return to my home as soon as restrictions were lifted,” shared Kedia who joined coaching at Kota in Class 9. 

However, even after returning back, Kedia’s family tried convincing him to shift to Kota. “My parents believed that the only way to crack JEE is by living in Kota and competing with other aspirants. But I was adamant and took the call of managing school and studies and devoted all my efforts to justify my decision. Thankfully, it did go as planned,” the topper said.

Malay studies for at least 12 hours a day and also prepared for CBSE Class 12 board exams along with JEE Main.

“The syllabus for Physics, Chemistry and Maths is overlapping between the two exams hence preparing for them wasn’t difficult. For English and Graphics, I only prepared during the pre-board exams. I am expecting to score around 98 or 99 per cent in CBSE Class 12 exam,” he said.

The topper also appeared in JEE Main Session 1 and scored 99.99 percentile. However, he decided to re-appear only for better preparation for JEE Advanced. 

Sharing about his preparation strategy for JEE Advanced 2023, Malay said, “I am mainly focusing on the NCERTs as they are crucial for better conceptual understanding. Notes from coaching sessions and mock papers also help in better preparation. It’s important to solve as many mock questions as possible to not make silly mistakes in the exam.”

Kedia wants to join IIT Bombay to study Computer Science Engineering post which he will move towards research opportunities in Physics. 


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