Covid helped me prepare well: JEE (Advanced) topper

BENGALURU: When the results of yay (Advanced) were announced Sunday morning, a middle class house in Sahakaranagar in northern Bengaluru erupted in joy. Shishir RKson of Krishna Kumar RV, a production manager at TOI-Bengaluru for over 20 years, had the country at the top. His mother V Krupa Rani is a housewife.
Shishir, from Narayana e-techno school, Vidyaranyapura, has scored 314 out of 360 points. “My goal was to get a place in first-class IITs and Covid-19 didn’t affect me anyway. It even helped me prepare well,” says Shishir, who wants to study computer engineering at IIT-Bombay.
“I’m excited about IIT-B because of its startup culture and also because it has spawned some great entrepreneurs. Computers have always fascinated me, so it became a natural choice for me. But I want to do something with startups,” he added.
For the 18-year-old who at times suffered from sheer exhaustion and endless months of preparation for the big entrance exam, Sunday was a successful culmination of his efforts. Within a few hours of the results being announced, shishiro and his family were flown to Hyderabad by the Narayana group for celebrations at the school headquarters.
Shishir said he expected to be in the top five. “I used to study every day from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm, including school hours. Eight hours of sleep was important to me, because only then could I concentrate on the lectures the next day. After 8pm, I played games or watched YouTube videos or educational videos because of my love for math,” he said.
The boy, who was fourth in the Karnataka CET, is with Narayana School since grade 6. His preparations for JEE started when he was in grade 8. He scored 90.6% in class 10 and 96.2% in class 12 exams. The real preparations, he said, started when he was in grade 11.

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