NEET 2022 top performer from Karnataka, Hrishikesh Nagbhushan Gangule, has wanted to become a doctor since the age of 9. Aiming to serve society, the youngster passed one of the toughest exams in India – NEET too by an All India Rank of 3. He has scored the highest marks this year with a whopping 715 out of 720 points. He lost the top rank due to the breakthrough policy that considers factors such as age and number of applications.
“Being a doctor makes me feel like I can reach people in all walks of life. I think I can make a big difference because people can reach me directly and I can be of great service. Furthermore, some of my family members were too motivated to become doctors,” the 17-year-old says.
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The son of software engineers, Hrishikesh graduated 10th and 12th at the National Center for Excellence School in Bengaluru. He scored 98.6 percent in grade 10 and 99.4 percent in grade 12. His NEET journey started from grade 11 with a two-year course at Aakash BYJU’s.
Talking about NEET 2022 preparation, the all-India rank 3 holder said, “I believe in regular study, learning the concepts thoroughly. I read NCERT, took notes and modules from teachers and solved problems so that the concepts strengthened Whenever I had doubts, I would contact my teachers and get the same clarification. I tried to finish one topic and move on to the next and do one thing at a time.”
His preparation for medical admission was based not on time, but on goals, the 17-year-old says. “I studied for about 8 hours, but it was not resolved. I used to solve chapters or topics and study depending on that. I always told myself I have to finish a certain topic today and whether it takes 1 or 5 or 8 hours, I have to finish it today,” he explained.
“I had my priorities. If you prepare properly for NEET, class 12 is automatically covered. Class 12 had Physics, Chemistry and Biology which are core subjects along with English and another subject such as Mathematics or Physical Education. So no extra preparation for boards. The syllabus and textbooks are the same for CBSE 12th and NEET, which is NCERT,” he concluded.
Hrishikesh also topped NTSE
For Hrishikesh, although the Covid-19 pandemic played a spoiled sport, it couldn’t break his spirit.
“The exam was supposed to take place in May 2020, but was eventually held in February 2021 due to the pandemic. I continued to prepare until July 2020 but later stopped preparing for some time as there was no sign of the exam and instead turned my attention to NEET. I resumed NTSE preparation sometime in December 2020 after new exam dates were announced. In the end I was selected for the scholarship’, he said.
He not only broke NEET 2022 but also earned a scholarship by passing another difficult exam – NTSE. The National Talent Search exam is a national-level scholarship program conducted by NCERT for 10th grade students. He had been preparing for the NTSE since Class 9 and qualified for Stage 1 with the second rank.
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