In Conversation with Darvesh Faiz

All India first ranker in National Level Science Talent Search Exam (NSTSE) Darvesh Faiz shares his success mantra during an interaction with S M Fasiullah. Mr. Faiz is a KVPY Fellow and engineering student at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad. He scored 99.32% in CAT and 99.02% in XAT exams. He also writes for during free hours.

1. What it feels to be a ranker?
Alhamdulillah, it is blessing from Allah (swt). The respect, love and admiration one receives is very rewarding.

2. Who influenced you in your student life?
My parents and my entire family have been a major source of inspiration for me. Alhamdulillah my father’s guidance and my mother’s constant words of encouragement and prayers helped me sail through the toughest exam. I would like to especially mention my sister and grandparents for their motivation and support.

3. How did you plan your study?
Time management plays an important role during the time of exams as well as while during preparation. Set small goals and strive to achieve them in the stipulated time period.  Consider taking small breaks every couple of hour to  capitulate and maintain your level of concentration and focus.

4. Does social networking sites and apps influenced your study?
Social networking sites when used judiciously can in fact be useful tool in your preparation. But as with everything else, moderation is the key word. For those who are aiming for competitive exams like civil services, CAT, XAT, GRE, etc., it is highly recommended to read a lot of books and keep up to date with current affairs.

5. What is your mantra to achieve goals?
First of all do hard work and have faith in Allah. Stick to set principles, no matter what. Choose friends wisely as they play major role in keeping you motivated. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. I always spend some time with the Holy Quran. It has a calming effect on the mind and pumps in me a renewed confidence. Finally, do your best and Allah (swt) will do the rest.

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