Prakash Gupta (17) again made the city proud by securing all-India rank fifth in the undergraduate (MBBS) entrance exam of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the result of which was declared on Wednesday. Earlier, he scored all-India rank 26th in the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).
Another city lad Sagar Rathee (17) secured all-India rank 12th. Besides, Panchkula student Chitrakshi (17) secured 36th rank.
The entrance test to AIIMS was held on June 1 and more than 1.5 lakh students from across the country sat for it.
“I have no words to express myself,” said elated Prakash, while speaking to HT. He said he was expecting good ranks in AIIMS but getting a place in top five students in India was definitely a dream come true.
He said, “Every medical aspirant has a dream to study in AIIMS, New Delhi. I am happy that my hard work led me to fulfil my dream to get admission to India’s best medical institution.”
Proud of his son Prakash’s achievement, Dr Parmanand Gupta, who is an associate professor of orthopaedics at the GMCH, said AIIMS, New Delhi, was popular among students because of its vast infrastructure and the exposure one gets while studying there.
“Being India’s premier institute, AIIMS, New Delhi, has the history of best doctors in the country. I am happy that my son will start his medical career from there,” he added.
AIIMS, New Delhi, has a total of 70 seats, of which only 37 seats are for general category students. It means that Prakash, Sagar and Chitrakshi are certain of getting admission to AIIMS, New Delhi. Last year, only one student from Chandigarh made it to the premier institute.
Sector 39 resident Sagar Rathee, whose father Sajjan Kumar is a government employee and mother Parmila a homemaker, said, “I cannot believe that I have cleared the AIIMS entrance exam and heading for AIIMS, New Delhi.”
Holding all-India rank 57 in AIPMT, Sagar said consistent hard work of two years paid him finally. “I aim to become a neurologist and ready to put in best of my efforts.”
Chitrakshi Nagpal was little disheartened with her AIIMS rank, but said she was content that she would get admission.
Meanwhile, another student from Chandigarh Anjali Garg secured 46th rank. Besides, Kanav Gupta scored 103rd rank, Dhruv Sarwal 147, Nikita Garg 227, Harshita 269 and Pranshu Sharma 367th rank. They have a chance to get admission to six new AIIMS at Bhopal, Patna, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Raipur and Bhubaneswar, which were started with an intake of 100 students each in August last year.
UT’S RICH LEGACY CONTINUES
In the past too, Chandigarh has produced several students who have secured top positions in the AIIMS undergraduate entrance exam.
Last year, city lad Arnav Aggarwal was the all-India topper in the AIIMS entrance exam. In 2010, Abhinav Dingra had topped the exam, while Anshit Goyal was the all-India topper in 2011.
“Though we missed the top slot by a few ranks, all-India fifth rank in AIIMS test is a respectable position, showing the growing calibre and competency of local students,” said local academician Dr Arvind Goyal.
Director of Lakshya Anand Prakash said four tricity students in top-50 list of the AIIIMS entrance exam was a big achievement. “The benchmark for future medical aspirants is very high now,” he added.