Name: Vithya Manoharan (MedBound handle :@Vithya Manoharan)
Birth Place: Tamil Nadu, India
Academic Qualification: MBBS from Government Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India (Admission Batch: 2023)
Languages you speak/write: Tamil and English
Why did you choose this profession?
I don't remember when someone first mentioned "doctor" to me, but it has been my childhood dream. I started working towards it at an early age because I love this profession for the impact it can create in someone's life.
When did you actually start preparing for NEET?
I wanted to start preparing right after the NEET announcement, but I was in 8th grade at that time. My serious preparation began in 11th grade, especially after I shifted to a CBSE school with NEET coaching. However, the real preparation started after my schooling, and I took two drop years to clear NEET.
Did you take any coaching? Do you think coaching is necessary for clearing NEET?
Yes, I took coaching because I didn't find a competitive environment at home. Coaching helps cover the syllabus in time, provides repeated revisions through various part tests, and offers a competitive atmosphere. However, it's a choice, and self-study is possible with proper resources and guidance.
How did you balance your school and NEET preparations? Was it the same, or did you study separately for NEET and school examinations?
Although I didn't prepare for both school exams and NEET simultaneously, I believe understanding the NCERT thoroughly can make the process easier. Physics, for instance, felt easier when I had studied it well in my classes. School exams can help you learn concepts faster for NEET, and you just need a different approach in providing answers.
What were your sources during preparation for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry? -
I relied heavily on MTG publications for MCQs, which cover almost all the concepts asked in NEET. I also watched 'Unacademy' Marathons online, which boosted my preparation.
Are NCERTs sufficient for cracking NEET? What's your opinion on this? - Absolutely! When you can understand and apply every concept in NCERT, it is more than sufficient. You can also refer to NCERT Exemplar.
What are the major challenges that you faced during preparation, and how did you tackle them?
One major challenge was self-comparison with classmates, especially in a coaching environment. Overcoming this and focusing on personal improvement was key. Other challenges included procrastination, self-doubt, and burnout. A strong mindset to adapt and push through these challenges is crucial.
Is it true that when you prepare for this exam, you have to devote longer hours or burn the midnight oil? Did you have time to attend family functions or festivals, or were you always studying? - Dedication and deep work are essential, but it's not necessary to burn the midnight oil. Having a disciplined study routine and enjoying weekends can help. I attended a few functions during my second-year drop, and it's possible to plan and balance your time effectively.
How did you keep yourself motivated during your entire journey? - I used Instagram and YouTube for entertainment and motivation during breaks. Setting timers to track my screen time helped me avoid mindless scrolling.
Nowadays, coaching for NEET has started from an early age (even 6th or 8th grade). What is your opinion on this? - While a basic education is important, subjects like Physics and Chemistry need to be taught step by step. Starting early can be beneficial, but it should be balanced with age-appropriate learning.
What do you think is the right time for starting preparation for NEET?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on an individual's determination. You can start after finishing your boards or even in your 11th grade.
How many attempts should one take at this exam if one does not succeed?
It depends on your determination. Some may choose to change their path after a single failed attempt, while others may continue for multiple attempts. It's about finding what feels right for you.
The cost of pursuing an MBBS degree from a private university in India is very high, and not everyone can afford it. What do you suggest someone do if unable to secure admission in a government institution? Should they take a gap year or seek admission abroad for the same course?
If there are financial constraints and you're determined to pursue Medicine, you can consider another drop year or explore options abroad. It depends on individual circumstances.
Your Mantra for success? -
"Don't give up until it's done."
What advice would you like to give to NEET aspirants?
"Just focus on your goals. You only need one seat, and it's yours when you work for it. Prioritize your mental health, and don't hesitate to seek support when needed."
Do you believe that relationships can hamper your selection? If yes, why? If no, then why not? - Yes, relationships can impact your selection if they cause stress or distractions. It's essential to maintain a healthy balance and prioritize your goals.
What is your spiciest opinion that most people disagree with? - "People can read your energy. Don't pretend when you're not okay. Accept it and open up."
How would your parents describe what you do?
"Her hard work speaks for itself."
What do you hope the world will look like in 10 years?
"More technologically advanced."
Anything you want to share about yourself? -
"I pursued this career when NEET wasn't even expected. Leaving this goal has always been a choice to me, and I'm proud of making it to this point."