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CBSE NEET 2017: Only girl in top 10, Nikita, gave up smartphone, social media for 2 years

Elated over success Nikita said that she kept herself away from social media for the past two years and concentrated only on her studies.

education Updated: Jul 14, 2017 11:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
Bathinda,AIR,National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test
Parents of Nikita Goyal (girl in yellow shirt) and her well wishers celebrating in Bathinda after she secured AIR 8 in CBSE NEET 2017, an all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges.(HT Photo)

She was the only girl who managed to make it to the top 10 ranks in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), securing eighth position. For Nikita Goyal from Bathinda, this achievement has not come easy.

Goyal stayed away from the social media for the past two years, concentrating only on her studies. The person who inspired her to give NEET her best shot was brother Nikhil, who secured AIR 142 in the Joint Entrance Examination in 2015. He’s a student of computer science engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

“I worked hard but wasn’t sure about the rank, though teachers told me that they were expecting me to get a single digit rank,” she said.

Nikita wants to enroll at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi and aims to be a neurosurgeon. A student of the city’s Sanawar School, Bathinda, and passed Class XII from Sudesh Vatika School. Her father Suresh Kumar is an agriculture development officer and her mother is senior lecturer in Bathinda Polytechnic College.

“She kept away from social media. I even asked her many times that she should get an android phone but she refused,” said her father.

Proud of his children, he was of the opinion that students would do better to avoid social media during studies atas it was a waste of time and diverted their attention. However, “we never compelled their our children to do something specific. They chose their own paths,” he added.

Rani Devi said that she planned to take her daughter out shopping as she had “made many sacrifices for the sake of her studies in the last two years and now deserves a treat.”

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 19:42 IST