Navsheen Singhal from Hisar topped the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS entrance exam as the results were announced on Thursday. The exam was conducted on June 1, 2015.
In all, 14,417 candidates have been shortlisted, who will be counselled to fill the 672 seats available across seven AIIMS in seven different states.
Singhal told Hindustan Times that staying in the society of medical professionals since his childhood motivated him to opt for challenging profession.
He wants to be a super-specialized surgeon.
Singhal’s father Dr Kailash Singhal is a leading cardiologist and running a private hospital at Model Town locality of Hisar city whereas his mother Deepa Singhal is a chief medical officer at Hisar-based Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) Corporation Hospital.
His elder sister is also pursuing MBBS.
However, his decision to opt for medicine after high school was opposed by his doctor parents. “My parents wanted me to take up any other profession than medicine to lead an easy life. Recounting their personal experience of doctor’s profession requires more academic years and then leading a stressful life with lesser time for the family. But once I showed my firm interest in medicine, they fully supported the decision,” he said.
After passing class 10th from a Hisar school, Singhal took admission at Indraprasth Convent School, New Delhi and started preparing for competitive examinations.
He also appeared for the AIPMT that was cancelled by the Supreme Court after the Rohtak police probed that the question paper was leaked.
Singhal gives credit to his teachers at school and Akash Institute in New Delhi for helping in cracking the most prestigious medical entrance test in the country.
“Since my young age, I saw my parents accorded special privilege in the society for being good doctors. It encouraged me take up this profession,” he said.
“Most of the time in the last two years, I stayed away from my family and home. I even skipped marriage of my three cousin sisters as my family members and relatives thought that the repeated get-togethers will hamper my studies,” he said.
Singhal said that he simply followed the guidelines of his teachers and avoided reading haphazardly.
“Primarily, I got hold of the NCERT books and then concentrated on my subjects. I did not make any extraordinary effort but stayed focused on cracking AIIMS entrance test,” he said.