JEE Advanced 2017 Topper Sarvesh Mehtani’s Interview

As JEE Advanced 2017 result got declared on June 11, 2017, Sarvesh Mehtani & his family became speechless because of his AIR rank 1. Sarvesh in an interview said that he was expecting to secure a rank in top 5 once the answer key was released but didn’t expect to secure AIR 1. Sarvesh has done schooling from Bhavan Vidyalaya School, and secured 339 marks in JEE advanced. Here you will get the Sarvesh Mehtani’s Interview Details, preparation strategy and other important tips for up-comers.

JEE Main result was also a surprise for him and his family as he secured AIR 55 in the same.


Sarvesh Mehtani Interview


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He took coaching from Lakshaya Coaching institute and recommended that all students join coaching class if they wish to clear JEE Main, as the difficulty level of JEE is more than NCERT.


Sarvesh’s father works for Income Tax Department and his mother works in an Industrial Training Institute (ITI).  His sister is already pursuing B.Tech degree program from Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology and is in the third year of her studies doing B.Tech in CS.


Sarvesh loves playing badminton and reading novels and is also fond of watching cartoons and movies.


Now since he has cleared the JEE advanced exam, he wishes to apply for B.Tech in CS from IIT Bombay. In addition to JEE Exam, he applied for BITSAT exam in which he scored 430 out of 486.


With the emphasis on regular revision, Sarvesh appeared for JEE advanced exam in offline mode and secured AIR 55 in JEE Main Exam.

Sarvesh Mehtani Interview

Preparation strategy:

When asked about his personal preparation strategy Sarvesh said that he decided to become an engineer, when he was in class 7th. The inspiration came from the movie 3 idiot’s. He said that you need at least 2-3 years to cover the JEE Main syllabus, including the revision time.


In class 11th he used to go to school regularly but as class 12th started he joined Lakshya coaching institute. There he used to study for 5-6 hours a day and once the syllabus was covered fully, he devised a revision plan which included long revision hours.


Everyday study time would come around 10- 12 hours, which included 3 hours of evening revision from 8 pm- 11 pm. Although he when asked about whether there is a minimum preparation time he said “I don’t think there is a minimum time frame to prepare for JEE. But, I guess two years are enough. Three years is better if you want to score the best. “


For weak areas, he often used to take guidance from his teachers and used to revise a topic several times from his notes.

Preparation tips for future aspirants:

When asked if any advice is there for future aspirants Sarvesh said that it would be best if you just follow the advice given by your teachers blindly.  He also added that “Don’t do anything that you don’t feel like doing.”


Hard work always pays, so he suggested that a student must work hard and do what he/she likes.  And always be organised in your work.

Which books they prefer and why?

When it comes to the choice of study manuals for preparation Sarvesh said that apart from the practice he has been doing from the study material he received from the institute he had worked with the following books:

  • For Physical Chemistry, one should go through books by N Awasthi,
  • For Organic Chemistry – books by Himanshu Pandey and for Inorganic Chemistry – books by K Kumar.
  • For Mathematics, one should refer to a series of books by Vinay Kumar.

Apart from this, there were plenty of mock tests that were done periodically in order to understand the question pattern in a better way.

Is NCERT good for JEE Main & Advance Preparation?

Sarvesh found that the difficulty level of JEE Exam is higher than the NCERT level. Thus, he recommends all JEE aspirants to join coaching classes.


Specific to the preparation, he said that he used to solve a lot of previous year papers and they helped him a lot. The question papers help you determine what kind of questions are asked and give you an idea about the important questions.


He added that “Generally, what happens is that when we are preparing, we are unaware what IITs want. We prepare till a basic level. But IITs want us to think to a tough level rather than learn to a tough level.”


Although he also said that personally he recommends coaching for JEE advanced paper, but still he knows some students who cleared the JEE Main without coaching.


Also he pointed out following differences in the JEE advanced and JEE Main preparation strategy:

  1. The paper pattern of both the exams is different.
  2. The level of difficulty is higher in JEE Advanced as compared to JEE Main.
  3. There are some questions which are not given importance in JEE Main but are given weightage in JEE Advanced and vice-versa.


In the end giving special emphasis to revision he said “Revision is an important part of revision”.