Anup Vasudevan had a clear goal from his school days - to study at an IIT. And thanks to meticulous planning and hard work he was able to come out with flying colours in various entrance tests and accomplish his goal with ease. He shares his strategy with The Hindu-Educationplus.
Young achievers find the path connecting their dreams to reality very early in life. Anup Vasudevan also started his attempt to turn his dream to become an IITian right from Class VIII. Hard work combined with systematic planning helped him to attain his goal with ease. While he secured the 739th rank in the IIT entrance test, he stepped up his performance and went on to win first rank in the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Cochin University of Science and Technology. He also won the fourth rank in the State engineering entrance test and the 61st position (national level; and 2nd rank State list) in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). A first semester student of Mechanical Engineering branch at IIT Madras, Anup shared his success formula with The Hindu-Education Plus in a freewheeling chat.
"IIT was a dream for me ever since my Class VIII and I strove hard to make it come true," he says. After the goal was set, Anup worked out a detailed plan for achieving success. "The greatest secret behind my success in these examination was my love of the subjects I learnt. Every student should study what he does with full interest so that learning becomes a pleasant experience for him/her. My early coaching in Heritage was instrumental in setting me in this direction. My teachers at Bhavan's Varuna Vidyalaya (Kochi) also played an important role in my success because they were always ready to answer my queries," he says. The roadmap to success became clear when Anup entered his Plus Two. "I had set a timetable to streamline the preparations. I used to get up early in the morning. Each day was divided specifically for my entrance test preparation and regular studies. The coaching I received at TalentSIndia at Ravipuram was really what got me through," he says. To crack the IIT entrance code, Anup says that one needs to approach a problem in different ways. "The candidate might not be able to get a straight answer to a question asked in the entrance test. We have to master the basics. I used to practise a lot of old question papers. The process helped me to realise my mistakes and correct these before taking the final test." Anup says that the main elements required for success are speed and technique. "And to hone these skills, we have to do a lot of hard work with utmost dedication. It is also necessary to have a proper timetable - an idea of what to study and when - so that we do not lose track of our position. It is especially important to study both the school portions and the entrance portions. The hard work comes in implementing this timetable. For this, I had the constant support of my father T. M. Vasudevan (Deputy General Manager, Engineering, VSNL) and mother, Hema P," he says. Anup has a "cooling technique" to offer to students appearing for various entrance tests. "It is crucial that one remains calm during the examination. Finally, it is also important to have adequate rest so that one does not get tired out too easily. Before examinations, one should have enough sleep," he says.
His extra-curricular interests include reading and listening to music. "I used to read a lot of science fiction," he says. His passion for science encouraged him to select Mechanical Engineering branch in IIT even though he had a liking for the Computer Science course. "While selecting a branch, I always wanted to take a branch having elements of basic science in it," The young achiever has fallen in love with the academic atmosphere in IIT Madras. "It is a different experience. With excellent faculty and library services, I am fully enjoying life in an IIT," he adds.