Balancing JEE preparations with sports and extracurricular activities FITTJEE

Many say that a lack of balance between education, play and extracurricular activities can lead to dullness in a student’s personality. This timeless saying emphasizes an essential truth: finding balance is crucial to a fulfilling and prosperous life. For students who want to excel in competitive exams like JEE and NEET, striking a balance between academic rigor and extracurricular activities can be quite a challenge.

When talking about sports and extracurricular activities, it is crucial to distinguish between mindless and conscious leisure activities. While mindless activities like binge-watching TV or incessantly surfing social media can provide brief respite, they provide little in the way of personal development. In contrast, mindful leisure activities, such as exercising, reading or listening to music, not only refresh the mind but also improve general well-being.

However, it is not a matter of choosing one over the other. With proper guidance and management, students can thrive academically while actively participating in sports and other activities. One of the institutions that stands out for its unique approach in which students struggle with this dilemma of having to make compromises is FIITJEE.


Take for example Sriyashas Mohan Kalluri, a remarkable student who embodies the FIITJEE ethos. Starting from the four-year class program of FIITJEE (IX – XII), upgraded to PINNACLE – Two-year integrated program (XI – A national level archer and Khelo India athlete, Sriyashas showed his prowess beyond the academic sphere, culminating in a remarkable performance of 100 NTA score in JEE Main 2024 Session 1.

Take Harshit Singh, a student of FIITJEE’s Four Year Classroom Program (IX-XII), who achieved an impressive All India Rank (AIR) 112 in JEE Advanced 2022. Despite his rigorous academic schedule, Harshit remained deeply involved in basketball and even represented his institute in the inter-IIT Sports meet where he secured the third position in basketball. Harshit credits his success to FIITJEE, which not only honed his academic skills but also enabled his growth as a sportsman.

Harshit, a topper in the state of West Bengal, highlights the importance of FIITJEE’s concept development skills, which, besides the invaluable study material, played an important role in his JEE Main and JEE Advanced preparation.

“I would like to thank FIITJEE for my performance and the study material especially the rank list study material given after completing the syllabus proved to be a very important resource for me with JEE Advanced oriented questions,” said Harshit.

In the same way, Madhav Bansal Journey is an example of the holistic approach promoted by the institute. Starting his educational journey from FIITJEE’s UDAYA: Two-Year Classroom Program (VII – VIII), which extended to the Four-Year Classroom Program (IX-XII), Madhav’s pursuit of excellence extended beyond academics. A Hindustani classical music honoree, Madhav was nurtured alongside his academic endeavours, resulting in another notable achievement – a perfect score of 100 NTA in JEE Main 2024 Session 1.

It’s not just about excelling in academics; it’s about nurturing talents, nurturing a multi-faceted personality and creating a sense of balance that transcends the boundaries of textbooks. FIITJEE’s integrated school programs offer a structured yet flexible approach, giving students ample time for both academic pursuits and extracurricular activities. With a stress-free environment and effective time management strategies, the institute enables students to thrive intellectually while actively participating in a variety of activities.

by Nisarg Chadha Journey is an example of the multifaceted development encouraged by the institute, which works to provide stress relief and better academic strategies. Nisarg achieved notable success in JEE Main 2020, achieving All India Rank (AIR) 2, while also excelling in table tennis and pursuing his passion for music. Nisarg, who also plays the tabla, credits FIITJEE’s stress-free environment and supportive ecosystem for allowing him to manage his academic pursuits alongside extra-curricular interests and competitive exams such as NSEP, NSEC, NSEA, INPhO and INChO. He attributes his ability to navigate these exams to FIITJEE’s computer-based All India Test Series, which familiarized him with test patterns and improved his preparedness.

Ankit Global, an All India Rank (AIR) 172 in JEE Advanced 2021, shares his experience of striking a balance between academics and personal interests during his two-year class program (XI-XII) at FIITJEE. Despite his rigorous study schedule, Ankit devoted his evenings to his passion for painting and actively participated in school activities, maintaining an active social life.

“Following the schedule set by the teachers, along with their advice, helped me deal with stress effectively and focus on everything in life, while aiming big and scoring high,” shares Ankit.

Another student, Jasraj Singhs FIITJEE’s journey emphasizes that a supportive environment and personal guidance are essential to achieve success in academic and extracurricular activities. In addition to his dedication to basketball, Jasraj also excelled academically under the guidance of FIITJEE faculty, who provided additional support during periods of absence due to sports commitments. Jasraj underlined the role of the institute in facilitating his academic preparation as well as increasing awareness about various competitive exams and providing guidance to clear them successfully.

Numerous success stories demonstrate the effectiveness of balanced preparation. Students such as Sriyashas, ​​Madhav, Jasraj, Ankit, Nisarg and Harshit, along with a host of other colleagues, have demonstrated the potential to achieve a harmonious balance between excelling in competitive tests and actively participating in sports and extracurricular activities. These achievers demonstrate that academic brilliance and comprehensive growth are not mutually exclusive.

“Sport should be an integral part of our daily lives. Some people think that sports are only important for physical well-being, I think that sports are important for the overall development of an individual. We are a large and diverse nation, and sports can be a great tool for national integration. From sports we learn the sporting spirit and it acts as a lubricant in our social life. Sports not only help you win, but also learn to deal with defeat. It helps you become a fighter and teaches you not to lose heart after defeats,” Prime Minister Modi said earlier while calling for the promotion of sports in India.

In line with the government’s approach to sports and extracurricular activities, the stories of countless young people underline the effectiveness of FIITJEE’s approach to the structure of sports and music. They demonstrate that academic brilliance and comprehensive growth are not mutually exclusive, but rather complementary facets of a student’s journey.

Published by:

Divya Chopra

Published on:

April 19, 2024