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How to Prepare for IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics (MS) ~ Abhradipta Ghosh

Learn from the Achiever - Abhradipta Ghosh (AIR-1)
Abhradipta Ghosh

Abhradipta Ghosh - IIT JAM MS Success Story

Abhradipta Ghosh has cleared the IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics (MS) 2021 Entrance Examination with a Score of 83 and an All India Rank (AIR) - 1. 

She shared with us how she prepared for the IIT JAM MS in an interview with the Cheenta Statistics and Analytics Department. This interview will take you through the preparation journey of Abhradipta for IIT JAM MS 2021 and can help you with some insights that you can utilize for your IIT JAM MS preparation.

When did you start preparing for IIT JAM MS?

Although the preparation started with the commencement of B.Sc. course, but the most active preparation and revision was done in last 3 months.
What was your plan of preparation? How did you start? 
Initially, I started topic wise preparation to get well accustomed with the syllabus. Then, once completed with the syllabus, I started solving the papers available. The simultaneous mock-tests also played a major role in enhancing my accuracy.
Share your preparation journey in as much detail as you can.
The preparation for this exam starts with the beginning of the course. Since we have a very concrete syllabus, it is enough to build your focus on that confined syllabus only. I took every topic, noted all possible theoretical key points and solved as much problems as available.
Once I got enough confidence on my understanding, I tried to boost up my accuracy. I used to note down every silly mistake made in a paper, and kept those in mind while solving the next paper. This helped a lot in inducing a higher level of accuracy.
What did you do in the last 3 months?
In last 3 months I only solved papers , worked on my weaker concepts, tried to enhance my speed and accuracy. Worked on how to manage time and score as much as possible.
What did you do in the last 1 week?
In last 1 week, I tried to avoid any kind of exam related stress or anxiety since it could have impacted my final performance a lot. I used to solve 1 paper and revise 3 topics each day.

What did you do on the last day?

I solved only a few not-so-complicated sums with as much attention as possible to boost up my confidence. I absolutely did not overwork and took proper rest. All we need is confidence and concentration to perform well under pressure.
There are just too many books out there. But how did you select your optimal combination of books? How did you select the books, that suit you?
My guides and seniors, friends helped me a lot in that case.
What are the important topics for all the subjects for IIT JAM MS?
Sampling Distribution, Random variables, Differential Calculus, Point Estimation ... (depending on prev year papers).

How did you attempt the question paper? How should one attempt the question paper to maximize the marks?

It is good to keep yourself practiced with whatever strategy you choose.. I tried to put more time in solving the easier part of the paper.
How did you manage your time during the exam?
Time can be well managed if you practice with staying calm and concentrate straight for 3 hrs.
How did you manage your exam preparation alongside your college classes and exams?
I used to take 2 hrs everyday alongside sem preparations.
What are the mistakes you made, that you don't want your juniors to make?
I got a little panicked by the end of the exam and made a lot of mistakes unexpectedly. It is good to remain calm and steady till the end of it.
Anything you want to say to the students?
Smart work is always a better way. You always have the time to give your best.. And.. Giving your best does not always mean to get yourself burnt out.

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