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NEET result 2018: Meet Lucknow’s Arjun Saraswat who secured All India Rank 41

NEET result 2018: The 18-year-old scored 176 out of 180 in physics, 160 out of 180 in chemistry and 333 out of 360 in biology.

education Updated: Jun 04, 2018 16:39 IST
Rajeev Mullick and Nisha Kumari
Rajeev Mullick and Nisha Kumari
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
NEET,NEET result 2018,Lucknow’s Arjun Saraswat
NEET result 2018: The son of Dr Abir Saraswat, dermatologist, and Dr Monica Saraswat, pathologist, Arjun always wanted to become a doctor.(Handout image)

Arjun Saraswat from Lucknow on Monday got the all-India rank 41 in NEET result 2018, a nationwide examination held to select students for undergraduate medical and dental courses.

According to the Central Board of Secondary Education, which conducts the exam for admission to government and private medical and dental colleges, Arjun scored 669 out of 720 in NEET 2018.

The 18-year-old scored 176 out of 180 in physics, 160 out of 180 in chemistry and 333 out of 360 in biology (botany and zoology). This was his second attempt as he did not score well in the first.

“Last year, I got nearly 6500 and got myself enrolled in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. But I was not satisfied and, therefore, quit,” the alumni of City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar branch said.

“I am very happy at the moment. I will now settle for top five colleges in the country such as KGMU, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College and JIPMER,” Arjun, who scored 98.6% in Class 12 in 2017, said.

The son of Dr Abir Saraswat, dermatologist, and Dr Monica Saraswat, pathologist, Arjun always wanted to become a doctor.

“I grew up in a family of two medical practitioners. Playing with the stethoscope and sphygmomanometer was a routine. Also, I was not good at mathematics. So, the medical profession was the only option that was left before me,” Arjun said.

He said he referred to the books published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) “mainly” and “strictly followed the timetable” to clear NEET 2018.

An avid reader, Arjun loves to play the guitar and travel to de-stress himself. He taught the German language to his juniors as a part-time job and earned his pocket money from it.

His mother said Arjun also participated in Junior Youth Empowerment Program where he shared a healthy moral discussion.

Arjun’s younger sister Gauri Saraswat, a student of Class 7 at CMS, said she was happy for her brother.

“We knew that Arjun will do well. Really feeling happy that he scored AIR 41. His achievement will inspire other students to think about making a career in the medical stream as well,” Abha Anant, principal of CMS Gomti Nagar branch, said.

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 16:08 IST