Uttar Pradesh state topper Pal Aggarwal is not satisfied with her score of 99.98 percentile and would attempt for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main again with an aim to score 100 percentile. The 17-year-old has not only topped in her state but is also fourth among female candidates. Over 6.20 lakh students appeared for the JEE Main February exam, of which 1.87 lakh were women. None of the female students could secure 100 percentile scorers and Aggarwal wishes to change that.
Aggarwal said she would now start “targeted preparations” and focus only on her “weak points”. She would also increase focus on mock tests to increase her “test-taking” skills and go through her notes for revising the concepts. She would be skipping the March attempt and appear in the April attempt for JEE Main 2021, Aggarwal told news18.com.
Scoring 100 percentile in Mains is not her only aim, she also wishes to crack JEE Advanced – IIT entrance test. She has already got admission into IISc Bangalore by clearing the KVPY entrance.
“I liked gazing at the stars as a child. I want to pursue my higher education in space sciences. I love to pursue research and IISc Bangalore would be a good option for that since I am a KVPY fellow, I am eligible for admission but I am also considering studying aeronautical engineering from IIT-Bombay and am aiming to crack JEE Advanced with a good rank for that,” she said.
Pal, a student of Seth Anandram Japuria school, Vasundhra, Ghaziabad has been a studious child throughout her scholastic life. She had got an All India Rank 1 in French Olympiad in class 6 and was invited on an education trip by France Embassy. She is also learning aerial dance since class 5.
For her JEE preparations, Pal said that she used to dedicate 6-7 hours of self-study after school and coaching classes. She started preparing from class 11. She referred to HC Verma for physics, NCERT for chemistry, and multiple practice books for mathematics.
Being habitual to the physical mode of teaching-learning, moving online was a hiccup, said Aggarwal. “When COVID struck India and schools and coaching classes both were shut, online education was the best mode of learning. Even though it is not as good as face-to-face classes, it was all we had. I know many students who let it affect their studies but I motivated myself by saying that it is a common problem for everyone,” said the JEE UP state topper. “It is the consistent daily practice which can help anyone crack any competitive exam,” she added.
Pal Aggarwal is a resident of Ghaziabad. Her mother is a clinical psychologist and her father is a businessman. She also has a younger brother who is studying in class 10.