How Nivedya, topper among girls in Kerala, cracked JEE Main

Nivedya V Nair with her parents Dr Vineesh V Nair, Sandhya Rani and brother Nithej
Nivedya V Nair with her parents Dr Vineesh V Nair, Sandhya Rani and brother Nithej.

Alappuzha: When the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) were declared the other day, Nivedya V Nair, who belongs to Thiruvanvandoor in Alappuzha district, was busy with the preparations for the next stage of the tough entrance test.

With 99.64 per cent marks, Nivedya emerged topper among the girls in Kerala. Her all-India rank is 3,982.

She is now focussed on scoring good marks in the JEE (Advanced) to be held on October 3. Nivedya aims to pursue B Tech in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

"Google CEO Sundar Pichai has also influenced a lot. I had seen IIT, Delhi once. Ever since that, I have aspired to study at IITs," Nivedya said.

She completed her plus-two from the Placid Vidya Vihar at Chethipuzha in Changanassery and secured 98.2 per cent marks. She underwent coaching for the entrance exam at Brilliant, Pala.

The way to go
Nivedya studied for at least 10 hours every day. But she did not forsake her sleep. Instead of learning by heart, she would try to learn the concept. Even if this takes more time, Nivediya believes it is rewarding.

The teenager listens in rapt attention during class. She made brief notes on formulas and had kept one book just for this purpose. Whenever possible, she tried to clear doubts on her own without asking her teachers. She used to depend on a lot of references for this and it helped her to have an in-depth understanding of the subject topics. Still, if she fails to find the answer on her own, she would seek the help of teachers. She used to contact them over the phone.

Leisure activities too helps
Nivedya likes music and her main leisure activity is to listen to songs. For at least half-an-hour every day, Nivedya engages in some sport activity such as tennis. She does this to avoid looking at the screen continuously. Apart from her academic materials, Nivedya also likes to read, but prefers novels.

Nivedya is the daughter of Dr Vineesh V Nair, a professor with the Civil Engineering Department at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology at Pampady, and Sandhya Rani, a Computer Science teacher at the NSS Higher Secondary School, Kunnamthanam. Her only brother Nithej is in Class 10.

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