What is the typical image of a topper in your mind? A person with big spectacles, holding a pile of books in their hands, walking down the corridor with their head shoved into a book, cooped up in their room all day with no involvement in fun activities. Well, it is now time to throw this stereotype out the window because this year’s NEET Topper Mrinal Kutteri defies it all.
Mrinal Kutteri, a native of Hyderabad, wowed the entire country after scoring a perfect 720/720 in this year’s NEET-UG. He is one of the three students who scored a perfect 720 in the entrance exam for medical colleges.
His father is an HR consultant and his mother a software engineer. He once aspired to be a chemical engineer but veered towards medical in 9th standard.
Someone or the other tops every year, but what’s different about him is the fact that he did not leave pursuing any of his hobbies or things that bring him joy during his preparation.
NEET Topper Did Things Other Than Studying Also
“Following a well-balanced routine marked by focused sessions of study and adequate breaks helped me perform well in the NEET UG exam. I did not leave my hobbies while preparing for NEET. I think that to do so would have been counterproductive,” Mrinal said.
There is a lesson in this statement for everyone. One, it is important to have a well-balanced routine. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, while cracking the exam with good scores should be your utmost priority, it is imperative that you don’t abandon your hobbies during the course.
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He also stressed the importance of relaxing in between your preparation. In an interview with NDTV, he said, ”
Relaxation is of paramount importance during preparation. It is the equivalent of repair and maintenance. If you want your car to run well, you need to give it some Castrol love once in a while. Your computer needs a good cooling system to avoid overheating. ‘Chhota Bheem’ needs his daily fix of laddoos to protect Dholakpur. You get the idea.
If you are a student who’s preparing for any major competitive exam or if you were at some point in your life, then you must remember having off-days. The days when you felt like taking a break but then you used to feel guilty about feeling that way and probably went on to study anyway.
Mrinal did something different, which may be unconventional if we are looking at a stereotypical topper.
I remember there was a day when I did nothing productive the entire day apart from the test that I had scheduled that day, because the rest of the day went by watching 13 episodes of The Office U.S. (it was the last season, I couldn’t help myself). There was another day where I made some lame excuse to skip class because there was a party that I really didn’t want to miss. And you know what? It’s ok to have days like that. We all deserve to have a break from the monotony once in a while.
In fact, these shows kept him motivated at times. He, like many of us, was intimidated when he read interviews of toppers studying for 12 hours a day. Talking about the number of hours, he studied for 4 hours a day, which is pretty reasonable.
If the guy scoring 720/720 in an exam like NEET says it is okay to binge-watch during your preparation, then you can surely watch an episode or two of your favorite series when you feel like it.
Mrinal proved that for clearing an exam, you don’t need to burn midnight lamps or leave everything that brings you joy. Quite unconventional, but indeed possible!
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