Mumbai’s Ojas Maheshwari, who lives with a hearing impairment, secured an All India Rank of 26 in the JEE Advanced 2022 exam.

He never really considered his hearing loss an impairment. Topper in the PwD category, Ojas shares some tips that worked for him.

Make short notes: Ojas says that one should develop a habit of making short notes. This helps in subjects with big chapters that can’t be revised easily.

Focus on all subjects: He focused on his weak subject, Inorganic Chemistry, as much as he did on his favourite subject Maths.

Have a daily plan: Having a timetable is of paramount importance. He followed a daily plan and took regular tests to check his progress.

Study with your peer group: “When you are around your friends, you face healthy competition. You can also learn different methods of solving problems,” says Ojas.

Never lose hope: “Always have faith in yourself. Know that you are capable enough to do this. The road ahead will be good with a little hope,” he says.

Don’t sacrifice sleep: Despite studying for 12-14 hours a day, he always managed a good night’s sleep. He feels that sleep should not be sacrificed.

Have some stress-buster: He would engage in his favourite activity of playing football for an hour at college, which helped him relax.

Stay motivated: “I have been self-motivated since my childhood. I knew I was going to achieve my dream, come what may,” shares Ojas.