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17-Year-Old Clears IIT JEE, NEET in First Attempt

Thus far this year, 48248 candidates have passed the JEE Advanced 2024 exam. Among them and among the top achievers in the IIT Guwahati zone is Avik Das. His JEE Advanced 2024 score of 307/360 placed him 69th out of all candidates in India.

The 17-year-old not only aced JEE Advanced but also NEET UG and WBJEE 2024. In the West Bengal JEE, he finished sixth, and in the NEET UG, he scored 705, out of 720.

Avik is interested in becoming an astrophysicist. To do this, he wants to join in the BS-MS in Physics degree at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Since he was a young child, Avik Das claims to have been enthralled with stars, galaxies, black holes, supernovae, and other astronomical objects.

He started reading the writings of famous physicist Stephen Hawking in class five. This inspired him to pursue a career in astrophysics.

Avik said, “I aspire to become an astrophysicist and have secured admission in IISc for a Bachelor of Science. Excelling in both the JEE and NEET was crucial for achieving this goal, and I am happy to have succeeded in both.”

Originating from the little Bengali village of Alipurduar, he went to Alipurduar McWilliam High School, where he received a 99.2% score and ranked first in the WB state board for Class 12. He placed fourth on the WB state board in Class 10. Avik chose online JEE tutoring from Allen Digital since he claims he did not receive any effective coaching for JEE or NEET. He performed extensive self-study in addition to instructing. Approximately ten hours a day used to be spent on his studies. He said, “Preparing for these competitive exams is a marathon, and studying from home ensured that I stayed mentally refreshed. For me, studying is about gaining knowledge, not just securing good marks,” as reported by News18. 

Pradeep Kumar Das, Avik Das’s father, is a maths and science teacher at a public high school. He claims that Avik enjoys reading books far more than the required reading. He constantly brought Avik whichever book he asked for. The individual reports that Avik made the decision to pursue a career in Astrophysics and get admission to IISc during his 10th grade year. Avik’s mum stays at home.
 
Regarding his JEE Advanced and NEET UG preparation, he states that his approach has been to practice often and evaluate his errors. He emphasized that having excellent preparation in maths, chemistry, and physics is essential to getting good grades. He thinks that comprehension of the ideas is more important than memorization. 

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