NEET 2018 Topper Interview: Bihar girl Kalpana Kumari has secured AIR 1 with 99.99 percentile in the country’s biggest medical entrance exam NEET as well as topped the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). She frequently travelled from her hometown to Delhi to take coaching classes and Kalpana studied for 12-13 hours a day.Related Post -NEET 2019NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019NEET Application Form 2019NEET Admit Card 2019
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Following the guidance of her teachers, Kalpana believed in taking as many mock tests as possible to avoid repeating the mistakes. She wanted to be a doctor from a very early age and right now her aim is to pursue MBBS and then an MS in Cardiology. While Kalpana likes playing badminton, during her preparation days, she only concentrated on her studies. With her dream institution being AIIMS, New Delhi, her second preference will be Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
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In this exclusive interview with Careers360 Kalpana shares details about her preparation strategy, the driving force behind her dream and other essential aspects which helped her ace the exam.
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Excerpts from the NEET 2018 Topper Interview.
Careers360: Congratulations on grabbing AIR 1 in NEET and topping the Bihar state board exam. How are you feeling and celebrating your NEET results?
Kalpana: Thank you for your wishes! It was not at all expected. I thought that I will make it to the top 5 but I never expected that I was going to secure AIR 1. After two days of the declaration of NEET result, I got to know that I have also topped the Bihar state board in Class 12 examination. I can't express it in words. It is just an amazing feeling and I am letting the feeling just seep in.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your background?
Kalpana: My father is a lecturer at Mahatma Budha Teachers Training College, Sitamarhi and my mother is a teacher in my home district. My brother is studying at IIT, Guwahati and my sister studied at NIT and now she is serving in the defence services. My parents and siblings were always there to give me moral support and each of them had been a great example for me to look up to and achieve my goal.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue medicine as a career?
Kalpana: I wanted to become a doctor since I was a child. There are a lot of people in the country who cannot even afford medical treatment. This motivated me to become a doctor and for me, it is not just a profession but a service for the society. My family always supported me even if I didn’t perform well in exams.
Careers360: What is your overall and subject-wise score in NEET 2018?
Kalpana: My overall score is 691. In Biology, I have scored 360 out of 360, in Physics and Chemistry I have scored 171 and 160 respectively.
Careers360: Which other medical entrances have you appeared for?
Kalpana: I have appeared for AIIMS and JIPMER. JIPMER was okay but I don’t think AIIMS went that well as the paper was very lengthy. I didn’t realise the time in NEET but for AIIMS I feel I needed more time.
Careers360: How did you prepare for NEET 2018 and balanced the studies for boards exam and other medical entrances with NEET?
Kalpana: I used to follow Aakash study material, teachers’ notes and that’s it. I was living in Bihar but I have been travelling back and forth from Sheohar to Delhi in these past two years. Whenever I had a doubt, I used to come to Delhi and consulted my teachers at Aakash. I never faced a problem in balancing my studies because I believe we kids don’t have much to do apart from studies. Therefore, I made sure that I study 12-13 hours a day at least. I knew my hard work will help me in overcoming failures.
Careers360: Which according to you was the toughest and easiest section?
Kalpana: I won’t say tough but Physics was lengthy so I tried to give more time to this section especially to chapters like Rotation. In Chemistry, I focused more on the Organic section, on the other hand, I never faced a difficulty in Biology but you need to give equal time to this section as well since it carries 360 marks.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? Did you engage in them during the preparations?
Kalpana: I was never into anything in particular apart from studies. The only social media website that I have used was to video call my parents. I like playing Badminton but during my preparation days, I didn’t play it.
Careers360: Which factors would you attribute this success to?
Kalpana: I believe all the credit goes to my parents and family. They have been there with me in each step of my life and never allowed me to doubt myself.
Careers360: Any college you have in mind for admission?
Kalpana: My dream institution is AIIMS, New Delhi, but I am not sure about the AIIMS entrance exam results. With NEET, I would like to join Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
Careers360: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Kalpana: My goal was to score well in NEET. So, I never decided what to do after that besides taking admission in a good college. Although, I believe I will choose MS in Cardiology.
Careers360: Any message or advice for future medical aspirants?
Kalpana: Work hard as much as you can with full dedication and never lose hope.
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The cut-offs vary every year on state as well as all India quota level for NEET. You need to mention the state in the question, in which you are interested to take admissions in the medical colleges. Talking about the general cutoff all over India, you need to score 650+ marks out of 720 to be able to get a seat in government medical College or to increase the probability to get a seat. The cutoff trend is shown in the link given below which will help you analyse the situation and decide well -
Hope this helps.
Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may have decent chances in Santosh Medical College for MS Opthamology.Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor
Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may have decent chances in Orthopaedics in Medical Colleges like:
BabaRaghav Das Medical College
Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College
Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College
Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor
Kerala is one of the States with higher cut offs. EWS resrvation was started from 2019 and we do not have 2019 data yet. But considering the fact that EWS reservation takes its slice from General Category, you will need anything between 550-575 for a seat in any of the GMCs in Kerala. Now cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. For guidance in counselling and admission, you can use our MBBS Comapnion:
Most of the private medical institutions across India require candidates to get admission via their NEET scores. However, the registration to the college takes a separate route other than the NEET registration.
Here are some of the top private medical colleges in India:
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
St.John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai
SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry
You can check out our website for more details on the same, via this link:
Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!
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