With just 672 seats up for grabs, the AIIMS MBBS entrance exam, which sees more than a lakh aspirants competing for admission, is as tough as nails.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) of New Delhi announced the AIIMS MBBS 2016 result on June 15, shortlisting a total of 24,333 candidates for admission counselling across seven institutions in the country.
Sathvik Reddy Erla bagged the 1st rank in the entrance examination, tailed by Nikhil Bajiya and Lajjaben Patel in the second and third place respectively.
Sathvik Erla Reddy is from Hyderabad. His mother is a software engineer and his father an advocate practising at the Hyderabad High Court. They encouraged Sathvik to follow his own interests and once he decided on MBBS, they supported him through every single stage of his preparation. The Hyderabad champ believes studying 10 hours every day, gaining a deep understanding of the concepts in each subject, and doing several mock tests helped him crack one of the most competitive entrance exams. An avid fan of Mahesh Babu (the South Indian actor), Sathvik would watch movies, play table tennis, solve the Rubik’s cube and read Christopher Collins novels to de-stress when he needed a break. He plans to become a neurosurgeon after completing the five-year MBBS programme.
Nikhil Bajiya, ranked 2nd, has dreamt of being a doctor since his childhood and with his determination and perseverance has achieved his dream of securing a top rank in the highly competitive medical entrance exam. Hailing from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Nikhil went to G.B Modi Vidya Mandir and moved to Kota, the hub of coaching institutes for competitive entrance exams. He believes that self-study is equally important, along with the guidance of coaching mentors, so he followed a systematic plan in his preparation. Nikhil, whose father is a government servant and mother a government school teacher, will be the second doctor in his family after his sister who is presently pursuing medicine too. The aspiring neurosurgeon loves to unwind by playing badminton, table tennis or computer games and wants to take admission in AIIMS Delhi.
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Lajjaben Patel, who is ranked 3rd, also grew up in an environment that influenced her to become a doctor – she comes from a family of medical professionals. A resident of Surat, Lajjaben attributes her success to her passion and parents’ support. She believes that while diligent preparation and timely studies can be a great advantage while preparing for the AIIMS entrance test, one must not lose confidence at any stage and work hard consistently to achieve one’s goals. Lajjaben loves reading science books, listening to music and spending time outdoors. Her love for biology is why she wants to pursue research and teach future doctors. Instead of specialisation and practice, she wants to help future doctors bring in new innovations and revolutionise this profession as well as the field of medicine.
While the hard work and success of the top rankers of AIIMS MBBS 2016 is commendable, Pabulal and Surinder Grover, two other students who have cleared this exam, are truly exceptional in other ways.
The son of daily wage agricultural labourers, Pabulal, who secured rank 116 in OBC category of AIIMS MBBS 2016, is from the obscure little village of Chokhla in Barmer. Born and brought up in a mud house with no electricity, Pabulal braved temperatures of nearly 50 degrees Celsius to study during the scorching days; at night, he continued his studies under a lantern hanging from a tree at the village square. The turning point in his life came when his uncle took the responsibility of his education after Class X and Pabulal shifted to Barmer. Pabulal lived in Kota for two years and overcame all odds to bag a position in the AIIMS exam. Having seen that basic medical facilities in rural areas are a rare luxury, he wants to work in rural areas once he has finished studying.
Surinder Grover, the 17-year-old son of a vegetable vendor, secured the top rank in the SC category and ranked 171 in the general category. His father sells vegetables in villages in Jind, where he spent his childhood completing his schooling from Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalaya Khunga Kothi school. He then came to Chandigarh to prepare for the AIIMS exam. While it was not easy being away from his parents, his elder brother, who is a teacher at a government school, kept him motivated. Surinder believes in doing things with all his heart and credits this passion, along with the unconditional support of his family, as the secret to his success. The aspiring neurologist wants people to know about little-known brain diseases and their treatment.