Students from Lucknow have fared well in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2016, the results of which were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday.
Shreya Mittal said two years of hard work helped her get the All India Rank (AIR) of 21 in the prestigious exam, which determines admission into private and government medical and dental institutions across the country.
Shreya, who wants to pursue neurosurgery - a branch of medicine that does not have many practitioners in the state, ‘one goal focus’ was her success mantra.
“I wish to opt for Maulana Azad Medical College (in Delhi) with my rank now. Given a chance, I would pursue neurosurgery at the best possible place in the world, but plan to stay in India for work,” she said.
Shivayan Srivastava, another Lucknow student, was also among the top rankers with the 66th rank. Son of Dr Sudhir Srivastav, the director of Sun Eye Hospital, Shivayan joined JIPMER Puducherry, where he got 24th rank. He also scored 77th rank in the All India Institute Of Medical Science entrance test.
Other rankers from the city expect to get admission into top colleges in India and have already decided the different medical streams they want to pursue.
“I am aiming for Lady Hardinge, Maulana Azad or KGMU. But let us see what college I get with my all-India rank 2,618 and female category rank 1,908. I hope for the best,” Ahubh Laxmi Srivastava said.
She wants to pursue cardiology or nephrology in post graduation, as these branches do not have many specialists.
For Utkarsh, his 1,941 rank could get him a good college. “I thought I would get rank 1,200. But this rank is fairly good enough to get me a college of my choice,” he said.
However, candidates are confused over the selection pattern of colleges through NEET. They are not sure whether the state rank would be considered separately for selection of college in the state or the national rank will do the job for them.
“Let’s see how the counselling goes,” Sandhya Mishra, the 1,877 all-India rank-holder, said.
Het Shah of Allen Career Institute in Kota has topped the examination. The second and third positions were grabbed by students of the same institute as well. Gujarat’s Shah, 18, scored 685 out of 720 marks to grab the AIR 1.
Ekansh Goyal, 18, from Odisha and Nikhil Bajiya, 17, from Rajasthan bagged AIR 2 and 3 respectively.