Varad Puntambekar did not just crack the prestigious All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) 2015. He took the third position in what is known as one of the toughest exams in the country.
But Varad did not take the test just to secure a seat in a prestigious medical college. He is already pursuing a course at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), considered the top institute for aspiring doctors.
A student of Bhopal's Delhi Public School, Varad had scored an all India rank of 15 in the AIIMS-2015 entrance exams.
Varad just wanted to test his abilities.
"I never thought I would be able to get a position among the top three of AIPMT. After taking admission in AIIMS Delhi, I didn't really study much for this test," he told Hindustan Times on phone from the national capital.
He said exam patterns of both AIPMT and AIIMS are quite different.
According to Varad's father Ajay Puntambekar, who is a businessman, the MBBS student used to study for 12 hours a day.
"Apart from studying he used to listen to music for better concentration and used to watch football and badminton matches. He himself is a national level badminton player," said Puntambekar.
His father also gave credit to Varad's involvement in sporting activities for his better concentration and motivation to score better in entrance exams. "Sports help a child accept defeat and perform better in the next attempt. I believe sports helped him a lot in scoring good marks in all the entrance exams," he added.
The AIPMT was re-conducted in June following allegations of large-scale irregularities in the original test held in May. In June, the Supreme Court had directed the CBSE to hold the AIPMT afresh and declare the results by August 17.