Many from Bengaluru in top 100 of AIIMS rank list

Several students from the city made it to the top 100 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS 2017 examination, the results of which were announced on Thursday.

 Sankeerth Sadananda, student of Delhi Public School (South), secured All India Rank (AIR) 27. Sankeerth had been focussed on NEET and was hoping to get into Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, as he thought that AIIMS was out of his reach. “Pursuing studies at a premier institution like AIIMS is everyone’s dream and I’m happy that I have reached one step closer,” he said.

 Anshika Gupta, a student of National Public School, Indiranagar, secured AIR 56. “I was expecting a good rank but not so good. Over everything else, I want to get into AIIMS since it is the best one,” she said. She has dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood and started serious preparation for the examinations in class XI. “I would study for about five hours a day. I made sure that I was really thorough with the material I got from Aakash Institute, where I took classes,” she said.

Sanjana Srikanth, who secured AIR 68, was surprised to see her result. “The AIIMS exam is difficult and there is a lot of competition from students in the North. It’s great that so many of us from here have made it to the top 100,” she said. Sanjana relaxed by playing badminton, doing yoga and meditation. Though Sanjana is not sure if she will get a seat in AIIMS she hopes to get into AIIMS Bhopal or Jodhpur.

 Though Santhosh Rengaraj has secured AIR 73, he may not opt for an AIIMS college. “With my rank, I won’t get a seat in AIIMS. But I hope to get into JIPMER, Pondicherry, which has more opportunity for research,” he said. Santhosh, a student of Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, is inspired by his neurologist father and wants to find cures for diseases which currently don’t have any. He has been preparing for competitive exams since class XI. “We were regularly tested in Aakash and the tough questions helped me. It also helped me gain knowledge from outside the textbook,” he said. ­

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