Navsheen Singhal, a student from Hisar in Haryana, has topped the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS entrance examination, the results of which were declared on Thursday.
AIIMS, Delhi conducted the examination for 672 MBBS seats in Delhi and six other newly set up AIIMS located in Rishikesh, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Raipur, Patna and Bhubaneshwar.
Nearly three lakh students had appeared in the online examination held on June 1.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on phone, 18-year-old Singhal said on Friday staying in the society of medical professionals since his childhood motivated him to opt for this challenging profession. He wants to be a super-specialised surgeon.
Singhal’s father Dr Kailash Singhal is a leading cardiologist and runs a private hospital at Model Town locality of Hisar city and his mother Deepa Singhal is the chief medical officer at the Hisar-based Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) Corporation Hospital.
His elder sister is also pursuing MBBS.
Singhal’s decision to opt for medicine after high school was initially not encouraged by his doctor parents . “My parents wanted me to take up any profession other than medicine, so that I could lead an easy life. On the basis of their personal experience, they said that becoming a doctor requires more academic years and life after that is stressful with little time for the family. But once I showed firm interest in medicine, they fully backed my 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 recently on the grounds of irregularities in the examination.
Singhal gives credit to his teachers at school and Akash Institute in New Delhi for helping him crack the most prestigious medical entrance test in the country.
“Since my young age, I saw my parents getting 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 it will hamper my studies,” he said.
Singhal said 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.