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A student from IISER Pune tops the CAT 2021 with the help of YouTube video lectures

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Chirag Gupta, a 21-year-old Ahmedabad resident, is one of 9 applicants who aced the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 with a perfect score. He is in his last year of the BS-MS programme at the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, and his master’s thesis is on a cross-regional study of water poverty.

“At first, I was researching physics analysis, but a semester project on drinking water poverty hooked me on the subject.” “I read extensively about the drinking water situation and chose to commit my time and energy to study on the subject, which is desperately in need of attention,” he continued.

Chirag’s interest in analysis encouraged him to prefer becoming a member of IISER Pune over an IIT. “I took JEE Highly Developed in 2017 and achieved an all-India rank of 5064.” Despite being qualified to enrol at IIT Kharagpur and BITS Pilani, I opted to pursue a dual degree at IISER because of the research atmosphere,” he explained.

Chirag attended Kendriya Vidyalaya, Shahibaug, from class one to ten, before transferring to the spanking new Tulip Intercontinental School for classes 11 & 12. “Because my university was relatively far from my home, I made the decision to shift educational institutions during the most critical years of university teaching.” Because I was studying for the JEE, I didn’t want to waste time travelling. Despite being an above-average student in school twelve with 83.8 percent marks, I managed to qualify for admission to one of the leading technical institutions by dedicated efforts,” said Chirag, who is an avid chess player who has competed for multiple national-level championships.

His father, Dharmendra Gupta, works as a deputy general manager at SBI Life, while his mother, Anita Gupta, is a housewife. He lived most of his life and young age in Ahmedabad, but he’s now a Bombay boy because his family relocated to Mumbai a few years back.

In contrast to the traditional approach, his CAT 2021 planning process did not include any handwritten notes or volumes of materials. Alternatively, he relied on digital study and was preparing for the examination by using YouTube. He began preparing for the administration entrance exams in March 2021 and obtained a perfect score after just a few months of hard work.

“During my early months of study, I was not very critical of scientific tests and just took one mock test each week.” However, as time went on, I began to have four to five practice tests every week. When I got stuck, I went to YouTube video clips to refresh my conceptual understanding. “I didn’t consult any books or take any notes, and I committed all of my time to self-study,” he stated.

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