The beleaguered Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) should thank Swetank Anand.
For, the 17-year-old from Natwar village of Bihar’s Rohtas district has salvaged the BSEB’s reputation after the intermediate toppers’ scam that blew up in May.
With a score of 662 out of 720, Swetank has bagged an All-India rank of 18 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) — the common entrance test for medical and dental courses across the country.
For Swetank, it was just a reaffirmation of his academic brilliance for he has already made it to the All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi this year. With an AIR 20 in the AIIMS entrance examination, he was the second topper from the state . Sanjeev Kumar Shukla from Bettiah in West Champaran district secured the AIR 14.
“I will forego my NEET seat because I have already made it to my dream institution,” Swetank told Hindustan Times over the phone from New Delhi.
Swetank belongs to a humble family. His father, Birendra Kumar, is a government school teacher at Rungta in Sasaram. His mother, Sangeeta Devi, is a home-maker. His brother Vaibhav Anand, 15, is studying in Class 11.
“My primary schooling was at Natwar village in Rohtas. After my father was transferred, I joined the DAV Public School in Sasaram, where I got a CGPA 10 in Class 10. From CBSE, I moved to Bihar board and passed my intermediate with 77.2% from the Senior Secondary School, Rameshwarganj in Sasaram,” he said.
Unable to afford full-time coaching in Kota, Swetank attended part-time classes in the Rajasthan town during holidays and studied from course material borrowed from his friends there.
A follower of Swami Vivekanand, Swetank wants to excel in medical research.
When asked about his success mantra, he said, “Do question practice as much as possible and devote less time to theory. Besides, dedication to studies is most important.”