All Abhishek Babel thought while preparing for the prestigious National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was his father and the people from his village.
Abhishek, whose father has a disability in the leg and runs a small grocery store, has bagged an All-India Rank (AIR) of 431 in the exam that determines admission into private and government medical and dental institutions across the country.
And he is the first person from Kadwasa, a small village in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district, to have cleared it.
He can celebrate now but raised in a joint family, the 17-year-old’s life has been full of odds.
His father, Mahaveer Kumar, was left with a disability in his leg when he was 13. His uncle Rajesh Jain is also physically challenged since the age of three. His grandfather died at an early age due to lack of proper healthcare facilities in the village, leaving his father and uncle to manage the family.
But instead of being discouraged, Abhishek took it on himself to become a doctor. He plans to start a private practice in his village once he becomes a doctor to treat all those who cannot afford treatment.
“When I saw my father and uncle struggling with life due to their disability, I decided to become a doctor so that I could treat not only my father and uncle but also all those people who are suffering,” he told HT.
Mahaveer said Abhishek initially studied in the village. Later, they sent him to his aunt’s place at Bigod in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district where he studied till Class 5.
He came to his village and enrolled in a private school to get 85.17% marks in Class 10. He later moved to Kota, where he cleared his Class 12 board exam with 80.2% marks this year.
He also took coaching for the NEET at Allen Career Institute.
Abhishek was ranked 19 in the state merit of Madhya Pradesh for NEET and also got an AIR 831 in AIIMS Examination 2016.
“My father and uncle used to motivate me for studies and now their motivation has paid off,” Abhishek said.
The young student, who is headed to Grant Medical College in Mumbai, has no qualms about his education in Hindi medium. He said a language is not a deterrent to achieving success and asked students from his village to pursue their education in one that they feel comfortable in.