Pune boy is NEET topper from Maharashtra 
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Pune boy is NEET topper from Maharashtra 

Abhishek Dogra secured an all India rank 5 in his first attempt in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and is the only person from Maharashtra in the top 25 list

pune Updated: Jun 24, 2017 14:29 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Abhishek Dogra, NEET 2017 Maharashtra topper with his parents.(HT PHOTO)

Abhishek Dogra, a resident of Kothrud, has emerged as the Maharashtra topper in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) with an all India rank 5. He cracked the entrance examination in his first attempt itself with a score of 691 out of 720 marks.Maharashtra has only one student in the top 25 ranks.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for admission to MBBS and BDS courses and the results were announced on Friday.

Abhishek studied at the New English School and uptill Class 9 he was just like any other student - enjoying, having fun and ranked mostly 5th in class. It was towards the end of Class 9 when he began to seriously think of getting into medicine.

“We shifted to Kota in Rajasthan for his exams as we were told that most of the students give their examinations from here. Abhishek joined Sarvodaya senior secondary school, a CBSE school, since it’s syllabus and exam is similar to NEET,” informs his mother Komal.

Abhishek had no timetable for studying but had a day plan according to the subjects he felt needed more attention. He appeared for AIIMS on May 28 and JIPMER MBBS on June 4. He secured AIR 9 in AIIMS and AIR 2 in JIPMER MBBS 2017. His AIIMS percentile score was 99.9972264. In JIPMER MBBS, he secured 99.9985117 percentile score.

His role model is Dr Vaman Khadilkar, who is a pediatric endocrinologist. “Learning medicine is a never-ending process and I would like to become a doctor or a researcher, Dr Khadilkar changed my life ,” said Abhishek.

Qualifying marks for admissions in the open category is 131 and for students in the reserved category is 107. The test was conducted on May 7. Around 80% students appeared for the test in English. Of the total 6.11 lakh students who qualified, a majority - 3.45 lakh - are girls.

Qualified students will now be participating in a counselling process for admissions to 65,170 MBBS and 25,730 dental seats.Abhishek loves to read novels and plays badminton whenever he can. His ultimate goal is to be a doctor or researcher.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 14:29 IST