By Srishti Choudhary
Prakash Gupta, a student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, clinched the fifth rank in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance examination for MBBS, results of which were declared on Wednesday.
Four students from the Tricity made it to the top 50, compared to only two last year. Joining the league are two other students, both residents of Sangrur, who had been taking regular coaching in the city.
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Son of Dr Parmanand Gupta, an orthoped at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Indu Gupta, a housewife, Prakash always aspired to become a doctor. He was also the city topper in the recent All-India Pre-Medical Test, with an all-India rank of 26 but had set his eyes on AIIMS.
“There is not much difference in the preparation for both examinations. It is just that one just has to focus more on GK and reasoning for AIIMS,” said Prakash, who enjoys playing football and had secured 91.6 per cent in class XII.
SAGAR RAKHI, Rank 12
Sagar Rakhi, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, got an all-India rank of 12.
The only son of Sajjan Kumar, a Haryana government employee, and Parmila Devi, a housewife, Sagar aspires to become a neurologist. “My cousin has recently completed her MBBS, and I looked to her for inspiration,” said Sagar.
“Hard work and self-study is the key to success, and there is no alternative to it,” said Sagar, who had secured the 57th rank in AlPMT and scored 91.2 per cent in the class XII examinations.
CHITRAKSHI NAGPAL, Rank 36
A student of Sacred Hearts Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, and a resident of Panchkula, Chitrakshi Nagpal was placed 36th.
Daughter of Ashwini Nagpal, a marketing employee, and Sangita Nagpal, a housewife, Chitrakshi aspires to expand her horizons and pursue research in molecular biology. “I will complete my MBBA from AIIMS, and then study further and be a researcher,” said Chitrakshi, who takes break from studies by playing badminton and dancing.
Chitrakshi had scored 96.2 per cent in her class XII examination.
ANJALI GARG, Rank 46
The second girl among the four is Anjali Garg, a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, who got the 46th rank. Though elated over her performance in the entrance examination of one of the premier medical institutions, Anjali said that being a doctor was not the aim of her life. “I aspire to become an IAS officer. I have learnt that being an MBBS helps in the preparation for the IAS examination,” said Anjali, whose father Vinod Garg is a businessman and mother Rajesh Garg is a housewife.
“One has to constantly motivate oneself and work hard, that is what makes you successful,” said Anjali, who had secured 95.2 per cent in her class XII examinations.
Ruchit Singla and Mohil Garg, both from Sangrur, were placed 29th and 31st in the all-India ranking.