Mystery books fascinate one, and contemporary Marathi poems charms the other; yet the Pune Nipanikar twins have made their dreams come true together by successfully cracking the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
After the NEET results were declared, on Friday, the twins, who share the same dream of becoming successful doctors, said that they were overwhelmed with joy. Vaishnavi and Sharayu Nipanikar have scored 593 and 619 marks, with an all India rank of 3,530 and 1,391 respectively. Sixteen minutes elder to Sharayu, Vaishnavi had also successfully cracked IIT-JEE (advanced), but wishes to establish a career in medicine.
As ardent readers, both share how they had to pause their hobbies to study for the exams. “I love poems, I read and write them as well. I tried balancing it with my studies but after a point it became overwhelming and so I had to sideline it,” shared Sharayu. Vaishnavi, on the other hand, said, “Music has been an important part and has always calmed me in moments of stress. I was learning classical music for almost four years, but had to give it up for studies.”
Like their conjoined dreams, they both share a passion for badminton. “We do most of the things together and it is what actually defines us,” remarked Vaishnavi.
They feel it is this togetherness that binds them and gives them an edge over the others. “In terms of studies also,we do everything together. We have always studied together, and so we have a completely different comfort zone. She teaches me the things I don’t understand and vise versa,” said Sharayu. “It also enables a healthy competition,” Vaishnavi added.
As a message to all the other aspiring doctors preparing for NEET, both said, “Spending regular time for studies is the only way. We both did that. Also, real education is about understanding the concepts. Rote learning is never the way out.”
This year, out of 11.38 lakhs students across India, 18,000 students appeared for NEET from Pune. It is estimated that about 400 students scored above 360 marks (50%) and almost 75 students crossed the 500 mark.
A score of about 425 marks and above is required to secure admission in MBBS in a government medical college (GMC) whereas a score of 300 marks and above is sufficient to secure admission in BAMS, BHMS and physiotherapy courses.