Hearing Impaired Boy Leads JEE Main, Says He Struggled During Online Classes, Now Aims For IIT
While online lessons were difficult for most students, for Ojas Maheshwari, 18, who is hard of hearing, online lessons meant no lip reading and therefore difficulty understanding his lectures . This, however, did not stop the teenager from giving his best in the engineering entrance exam. Through hard work, Ojas reached No. 1 in the JEE Main 2022 in the PwD category with a score of 99.994 percentiles.
“I was 7 years old when I was diagnosed with hearing loss. It took me a year or two to decide on the hearing aid. There were still obstacles. I can’t hear the TV, I need subtitles for audiovisual material. This became more pressing when classes moved to online mode. After the pandemic, teachers started using masks, which made it difficult for me to understand what whatever and I had to repeatedly ask them to remove the masks,” the teenager said.
To ensure he is on par with his peers, Ojas has gone the extra mile, devoting 12-13 hours a day to his preparations, including time for self-study and review. “I studied 12 to 13 hours a day on average. I also made sure to sleep 7 hours straight at night to make sure there was no exhaustion. Also, I regularly take quizzes to improve my paper-solving skills,” the topper said.
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It managed to score 99.99404 percentiles overall. As for the subject, it scored a 99.98 percentile in math, a 999.98 percentile in chemistry, and a 99.9 percentile in physics. While Ojas is happy with his score, he says he had aimed for the 100 percentile. He is now channeling his energy towards the IIT – JEE Advanced entrance exam.
Along with preparing for JEE Main, Ojas also prepared for the Olympics. “My parents realized early on that I had a penchant for math and science. My mother is a teacher and started preparing me for the Olympiads,” said Ojas who started preparing for the Olympiads. from class 8 he started preparing for JEE and from class 11 the targeted preparation for IIT started.
“My parents realized early on that I had a penchant for math and science. My mother is a teacher and started preparing me for the Olympiads,” said Ojas who started preparing for the Olympiads.
He claims he enjoys studying applied mathematics, calculus and mechanics as these parts of subjects can be observed in daily life, said Ojas who is ready to be the first engineer in his family. Her father is a financial director of a company and her mother is a teacher. He also has an older brother who is currently working in Canada.
The pattern and topics for Olympiad and JEE Main are similar. “The program is the same but the scheme is different. Olympiads are more subjective and JEE is objective type. I like the main JEE model more, it’s very fast.
He is a student at Narayan School in Mumbai and has a 62% hearing loss. He claims his journey has been made easier thanks to his “mentors”. “To pass the exam, you need a mentor, a burning desire and passion. It’s easy to burn out to make sure you keep going, students need a desire and a mentor to lift their spirits. It is also essential to have like-minded peers.
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