17-year-old Ishaan Gupta, resident of Gurugram, Haryana, has topped All India in JEE Main exam. He is one of the 23 bright students from across the country to score 100 percentile. Ishaan had gone to Kota to prepare for JEE Main. His mother Meenakshi Gupta left her good corporate job in Gurugram to live with him. He said, ‘We shifted here in April 2022. After that Ishaan fell ill several times. I was there with him at that crucial time and this makes me believe that I took the right step by shifting to Kota.
Ishaan Gupta received a 100 percent scholarship from Allen Institute, allowing him to live on campus with his mother.
This was Ishaan’s first attempt at JEE Main. He was unsure about getting 100 percentile. He said, ‘I had a doubt in Chemistry because of one question. Through my preparation and solved papers I knew that I could have made some silly mistakes in Chemistry. But I am happy that I was successful in getting rid of them.
Ishaan, who became the first person in his family to appear for JEE, has parents who are CS and CA. Ishaan learned about the engineering profession from his friends during 9th class. He said, “I like mathematics and physics, so I chose engineering as my career option.”
Ishaan did not study the way most JEE toppers study. Ishaan did not stick to too tight a discipline during his preparation. He said, ‘There were no fixed hours for my daily studies. In the morning, I attended classes at my coaching centre. Then he would return home and rest for about 30 minutes. After this, I used to revise the notes from my morning classes. If I had some more time and energy left, I would have practiced some previous years’ question papers and sample papers,” he said.
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17-year-old Ishaan faced many ups and downs during his two-year journey in Kota. However, what kept him going was his mother’s support. However, all this was not easy for the mother also. He said, ‘I used to feel very scared when I heard the unfortunate news of suicide of students in Kota. It was tragic because these were teenagers of my son’s age who lost their lives in this preparation. I too had doubts about whether my son was happy or not, but I trusted him and our relationship. We used to discuss every issue daily. I gave him enough time to relax whenever he wanted and never stopped him from watching entertaining shows like Harry Potter or MasterChef Australia. ,
How did you relax yourself?
In his free time, Ishaan makes sure that he spends his time in activities that enhance his skills. He said, ‘I was not on any social media platform except YouTube. I used many other recreational activities to relax. Singing helped to relax my mind. Played Chess for Reasoning Ability. Played badminton to work on physical fitness. Ishaan also wants to appear for the second session of JEE Main to practice for JEE Advanced 2024.