Living in a hostel turned to be a winning strategy for Telangana’s Likhith Reddy, Yeshash Chanda, and Shiva Krishna Sagi — all of them have scored 100 percentile in the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Main. Out of over 10.23 lakh students who appeared in both January and April/ September sessions, only 24 students could obtain 100 percentile.

As reported by The Indian Express the trio informed that staying at the hostel in Telangana with like-minded friends had made them adopt a schedule where classes begin at 6 in the morning and concluded at 10 pm. While over a dozen of students studied at the Narayanan hostels, the trio could make it through the exam. All of them are aspiring for a seat in IIT and claim to have turned to each other after their weekly mock tests to discuss doubts, and exam attempting strategy.

Reddy had got 99.9978 percentile in his January attempt which was not a satisfying score for him and hence he appeared for the exam again in September to score a 100 percentile. He also got 95 per cent marks in class 12. 

Shiva Krishna who has attained rank 8, highest among his friends, believes that NCERTs are enough to crack JEE Main but making self notes based on readings of several help books is needed for JEE Advanced. 

Yeshash Chanda, however, informed that the hostel life was a mix of being supportive of each other while remaining competitive. “We were all competitive with each other when it comes to academics but in a healthy way. Seeing our peers’ study used to motivate one another but we also used to lift each other in case of doubt or any problem,” he said.

He had appeared for a January attempt where he scored 99.79 percentile which he believes was a terrible score. “All my friends had 99.9 percentile and above while I had 99.79 percentile. This had motivated me to study harder. Lockdown had given extra time to everyone to prepare better. To ensure an edge over others mocks play an important role as they help in self-analysis,” he said.

Inputs from the report by The Indian Expres.

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