In conversation with The Somaiya School topper – Debanjan Bhattacharjee

The Somaiya School is proud that we have scored 100% results. Our students have performed exceeding well and came out with flying colours at the CBSE results exams.

We  spoke with our school topper Debanjan Bhattacharjee, who has topped the school by scoring 98.6%  and attained 493/500 marks in his exams

SVV Blog Team: First of all congratulations Debanjan! Please tell us how do you feel with this achievement?

Debanjan: It feels great! However, I would feel even better, had I attained better marks in English. I was expecting somewhere around 97-98 out of 100 since my English paper went well but I ended up with 95 marks and my overall percentage decreased because of that. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy.

SVV Blog Team: Can you throw some light on how you prepared for the exams? How many hours did you study? How did you prepare for the exams?

Debanjan: I didn’t have a plan in mind as to how many hours to study in a day, but on average, I studied for around 2-3 hours every day. As much as possible I strived to keep a balance between all my subjects. Also, I studied from the first day itself and that’s how I did not allow myself to build unnecessary exam pressure. I started preparing thoroughly right from the start. I think it is this action that helped the most.

SVV Blog Team: What are your hobbies?

Debanjan: I enjoy playing the tabla, and I also enjoy singing. When I want to unwind or take a break from studies I like to play video games. Even during my exams, I did not give up entirely on these recreational activities. I only reduced the time.

 

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Debanjan with his Parents and Principal Parveen Shaikh

SVV Blog Team: Who would you contribute your success to ? in what way did he/she help?
Debanjan: That would most certainly be my teachers, parents, grandparents, the school authorities and my Principal ma’am. The school has helped me a lot. I don’t think it would have been possible without their efforts.

The school teachers were very friendly since the start. I didn’t hesitate to ask any questions or clear my doubts. They were more than willing to answer my queries. They helped me clear all my doubts. They gave us worksheets and practice lessons regularly. And I think that helped me.

 

SVV Blog Team:  Considering that at your age a lot of youngsters succumb to the pressures of being in social media, either by participating or spending too much screen time. Did you give in or did you resist temptations of social media or reduce screen time when preparing for exams?
Debanjan: Fortunately, in my case, I didn’t have to resist any temptations. I used my phone regularly. But after December and January, I took my studies even more seriously.
It is normal that when exams are approaching, most students probably give up their phones and reduce their usage. However, I think I managed to have self-control, as I didn’t give up on my phone, but I didn’t spend a lot of time on it either. I did not let it affect my studies. I was fully aware of the adverse effects of using my phone a lot. Also, I had a fixed time for using my phone. I used it for one hour daily, and that was enough.

 

SVV Blog Team: What is that that you would you like to pursue? Why?

Debanjan: I want to pursue engineering. I am fascinated by planes since childhood, and I am curious about how they fly and how they function so I plan to go for Air space Engineering. So yes I want to pursue Aeronautics.

 

SVV Blog Team:  What are your plans now?

Debanjan: Currently, I’m preparing for JEE Mains. I hope to get into IIT so if I get in then nothing like because that’s my dream college.

 

SVV Blog Team: So how do you plan to celebrate the success?
Debanjan: I haven’t thought about it yet. I’ve got what I wanted. Right now I am overwhelmed.

 

SVV Blog Team: Lastly, What advice would you give to other students, who are preparing for their exams next year?
Debanjan: I want to tell them, that practice is the key to everything. Solve more and more question papers. That is probably the only thing that will make you more confident. I followed the same. I used to solve 2-3 question papers daily and could finish it before time, so I had the time to revise, and that’s an important thing.

I studied for around 2-3 hours every day. As much as possible I strived to keep a balance between all my subjects. Also, I studied from the first day itself and that’s how I did not allow myself to build unnecessary exam pressure. I started preparing thoroughly right from the start. I think it is this action that helped the most.