Kota retained its position as India’s coaching hub with nine students from the city ranked among the top 10 in the AIIMS entrance exams, the results of which were declared on Monday. Interestingly, last year all the top 10 ranking students were from Kota.
As many as 2,649 candidates qualified for the first round of centralised counselling in 2018. The cutoff percentile is 98.83 per cent for the general category, 97.01 per cent for OBC and 93.65 per cent for SC/ST category students. Among the top 50, at least 34 students were coached from Kota.
Eliza Bansal, 17, from Lehragaga town of Punjab’s Sangrur district, who bagged the first position wants to be a cardiologist. She had scored 94.6 per cent in her class XII exams from DAV Lehragaga.
Ramneek Kaur Mahal of Bathinda in Punjab secured the second rank and Mehak Arora from Panchkula in Haryana, the third position in the examination. Ramneek, who wants to be a neurologist, cleared her Class XII with 97.6 per cent from Rose Mary Convent School and is keen to get admission to the Delhi AIIMS.
Third AIIMS topper Mehak said her father’s untimely demise due to alleged medical negligence inspired her to pursue medical studies. “I was in Class VII when I lost my father. My mother tells me he just had a toothache. The doctor gave him some injection and he died after that,” she told TOI.