JEE Advanced topper Pranav Goyal shares his preparations secret

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The much-awaited result of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced reaped sweet fruits for Chandigarh’s boy, Pranav Goyal who secured All India Rank-1 (AIR-1), with a score of 337 out of 360.

A topper throughout Pranav was Tricity topper in JEE mains as well with AIR 4. He was also Tricity topper in class XII non-medical stream with 92.7%. A resident of sector 15 Pranav owes his success to his mentors from school and coaching institute and mainly to his parents.

He scored 117/120 marks in physics, 114/120 in chemistry and 106/120 in mathematics. He said he found inorganic chemistry to be the most difficult.


Name Pranav Goyal
Stream Non-medical
School Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula
Study Hours 7- 10 hours
Success Mantra Believing in your teachers
Inspiration Parents and brother
Aim Computer science from IIT Bombay
Hobbies Watching TV and reading novels
Parents Entrepreneurs

The Tricity topper said he drew inspiration from last year’s JEE (advanced) topper from, tricity Sarvesh Mehtani who is his close friend. Sarvesh had also got AIR 1 and brought city on top in national list. He had scored 339 marks in JEE Advanced.

Son of a businessman, Pranav said one needs to stay focused during preparations and should also indulge in extra-curricular activities and most importantly should follow the teachers blindly as they know the best. Goyal, who studied 7 to 10hours hours a day also made sure he got his 45-minute dose of entertainment before bedtime. He has been preparing for the exam for the last two years.

Pranav said, “If you focus well, your study hours won’t really matter. So, just stay focused and be calm. Have faith in your teachers and their guidance, and always ensure that your knowledge is conceptually sound.”

Solving the previous year papers helped me a lot in getting an insight into the pattern of the examination, he said 

Talking about his aim he said that he is keen to pursue engineering degree in computer science from IIT Bombay.

Pranav’s parents shared that he has been a bright student as in his Class X board exams he had scored 10 CGPA. He had also won the National Talent Search Examination and various scholarship programmes and Olympiads.

Talking about a social issue close to his heart he said, “I am disheartened every time I hear about students committing suicides. I blame the education system for this. There is a lot of pressure being created. Even i used to feel stressed at times but my parents support and teachers support worked well.”

In class 11, he cleared INMO and got AIR 5, then he cleared Physics, Astro and Chemistry Olympiads (AIR 2) in class 12.

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