The first half of life
Suren received his early education at a CBSE school in his hometown. Both his parents are government employees with an inherent interest in science. “My father has a biological background and my mother has a math background. As such, they both supported and encouraged me in my Olympiad pursuits, ”he says.
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Suren’s mother introduced him to the eighth grade Olympiad. “I have not been able to clear any round without any previous experience or training. However, the type of questions in the exam increased my interest. Thus, in the ninth grade, I joined a four-year weekend classroom program at a Delhi-based coaching institute. Every weekend, I would go to Delhi with my father to attend classes, ”he said.
A mathematician, Suren qualified for the National Olympiad in Mathematics in the ninth grade. However, he could not catch the crack in the test. “Even in the tenth grade, I did not make it to the second level of the regional Olympiad. In the eleventh grade, focusing on the preparation of JEE with the Olympiad, I moved to Delhi and started living with my grandparents, ”he says.
In Class XI, Suren participated in the Mathematics Olympiad and the Senior Science Olympiad, representing three separate experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy. He has cleared national level Olympiads for both mathematics and astronomy. “We could only attend the national camp for an Olympiad, so I chose math. “Unfortunately, because of Kovid, India did not participate in the International Olympiad, so I had to wait,” he said.
This was his fourth attempt at the Twelfth Class Olympiad which eventually paid off. “I have cleared national rounds in physics, astronomy and mathematics. “Because of Kovid, the Olympiad national camps were held online, so that participants could participate in multiple camps. With the difference between the Olympiad and JEE math courses, I chose to participate in the national physics and astronomy camp,” he said.
When Suren was part of the national team participating in the International Astronomy Olympiad, the low rank in the National Physics Olympiad disqualified him from being part of the international test in this regard.
The final stage
The International Olympiad was held in Mumbai. “The Olympiad team consists of five students for each subject. We all had to participate in four separate rounds and one team round throughout the week, ”he said.
On the last day, the names of all the medal winners were announced in the closing ceremony. Suren was proud to hear his name as a gold medalist at the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Advice, way forward
Long-term study may not be as fruitful as full concentration. “I used to study 6-7 hours every day, but during this time my attention was influenced by my studies and course books,” he says.
Holder of JEE-Advanced Rank-19 is admitted to BTech (Computer Science and Engineering) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. “I could pursue a career in mathematics or computer science in the future. So far, I am enjoying the fact that I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of enrolling in the Olympiad.
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