Seventeen-year-old Nikhil Bajiya from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan secured the second rank in the AIIMS entrance test result which was declared late Tuesday, the second student from the state to top a national exam in less than a week.
Bajiya’s success again has Kota stamp on it. He was coached at Allen Career Institute whose students bagged eight of the 10 places in the prestigious 2016 All India Institute of Medical Sciences test, which was conducted on May 29.
Sathvik Reddy Erla from Hyderabad topped the exam, but has no Kota connection.
Allen Career Institute made headlines a few days ago when its students grabbed the top three places in the joint entrance examination (advanced) for the country’s premier engineering schools, the Indian Institutes of Technology. Jaipur boy Aman Bansal topped the exam.
A neurosurgeon in making
Bajiya, who had to wait a year to sit the exam to meet the age requirement, is delighted with his performance. He plans to pursue neurosurgery at Delhi’s AIIMS, one of the seven colleges that will take in 672 successful students.
He will be the second doctor in the family of government servants - his father is a deputy registrar with the cooperative societies department in Kota and mother a school teacher. His older sister is studying medicine in Bikaner.
“I used to study around six-seven hours daily after my coaching,” says Bajiya, a football fanatic.
His message for aspiring doctors: Don’t be afraid of physics, get the basics right and you are on course.
Making a splash
There is a very good chance that Bajiya will have a classmate in Lajja Ben Patel, ranked third in the exam. The 17-year-old from Surat in neighbouring Gujarat is following the family tradition. Her father is a gynaecologist and mother practices homeopathy.
Patel, who scored 96.6% marks in her Class 12, enrolled in the Allen Career Institute of Kota when she was in Class 9, she told HT over the phone from Surat.
She, too, wants to join Delhi AIIMS and pursue research. The Delhi college, the ‘original’ AIIMS, has 72 seats available. Raipur, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Patna and Bhubaneswar institutes will take in 100 students each.
Patel said her parents and teachers were a constant source of support. When she is not studying she likes to swim, read and try her hand at adventure sports.
Her tip: Read newspapers -- general knowledge is tested in the exam and also go through old question papers.
Kota boy Mridul Sharma expected to do well but the fifth rank was a pleasant surprise. Coached at the Allen Career Institute, the 17-year-old, whose father is a government clerk and mother a teacher, kept a busy schedule. He self-studied for six to seven hours a day after spending time at the coaching centre and school.
He, too, is headed for Delhi. “I want to be involved in research for which I am interested in neurosciences,” he said.
Hard work done, it is time to unwind. “I would now focus on my hobbies which are playing table tennis, cricket, reading novels and watching movies,” he said.
His tip: Work hard and keep your mind open.
A total of 24,333 candidates have been called for AIIMS counselling, which begins July 4. The success of the Kota institute reaffirms its status as the country’s coaching hub, where the business runs into hundreds of crores of rupees.
Every year, more than 150,000 students from across the country enrol in the 40-odd coaching institutes in the town to prepare for various examinations to get into professional courses.