NEET 2018 Topper Interview: Being a Doctor is not a profession, it is a service for the society, says AIR 1 Kalpana Kumari
Kritika Tyagi, 06 Jun 2018, #NEET

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.
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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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i have 49.33% aggregate of pcb am i eligible for neet ? does this aggregate marks include marks of english ?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 8th Dec, 2019
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No , your marks in English is not considered to check your eligibility for neet examination, you need to just pass your English examination, it is aggregate marks in pcb i.e Physics, Chemistry and Biology which is considered to check your eligibility. You haven't mentioned your category but in order to be eligible for Neet examination you need to get at least 50 % aggregate in pcb in your class 12th board examination from a recognized board if you belong to general category ; while it's only 40% aggregate in pcb for obc, sc and st categories , 45 % aggregate in pcb for pwd category. So if you belong to general category then you are not eligible for neet examination but if you belong to any other category then you are eligible for neet examination.


Mam i had not mention my name and date on my photo and my ear is also not visible due to short hair. Can i reupload a new photo mentioning above those criteria in correction window.Mam i am very much tensed that if my application get rejected.I cant concentrate on my study. Please mam help me...

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Tulsi, you can upload a photograph in NEET application form only once. The next time you have to upload is when NTA thinks your photograph doesn't meet the guidelines and sends you a notification at your registered email and mobile no# asking you to upload another photograph that falls within the guidelines. I repeat, you cannot upload a photograph for the 2nd time unless you have been asked by NTA. So, if NTA finds it faulty, they themselves will ask you to change the photograph. Or else you can be assured that the photo uploaded was good enough. There is nothing that you can do right now and also nothing to be worried about either. Please focus on the preparation because the fact is that NTA gives chance ti correct images.


sir pls send any photo example for neet exam... students very confused.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 8th Dec, 2019

We do not have the provision of uploading pictures. But follow these guidelines and you will be fine:

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If Ive marked my category as EWS in neet then can I change it back into UR if I didnt get my EWS certificate ready on time?

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NTA will open its correction window from January 15th to January 31st. In case you cannot get your EWS certificate by then, you have the feasibility of changing your category in NEET application form. So you still have approximately 40 days to get a EWS certificate.


Hi I am student of pcmc after 12th and wanted to go for mbbs so I joined b. Pham and completed it so is there any chance for me to write neet and go for mbbs? As I have completed 12th pcmc and b. Pham in biology.

Aditya kumar Student Expert 8th Dec, 2019
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  • No you are not eligible for neet examination as it compulsory to have biology/Biotechnology , Physics Chemistry and English in your 10+2 but as you told you haven't studied Biology at 10+2 level, so unluckily you are not eligible for neet if you have done b pharma.

You can check the neet eligibility criteria provided below :-

  • You need to get at least 50 % aggregate in pcb in your class 12th board examination from a recognized board if you belong to general category ; while it's only 40% aggregate in pcb for obc, sc and st categories , 45 % aggregate in pcb for pwd category.

  • To be eligible for Neet 2020 you need to be at least 17 years old or more by December 31st, 2020 .

  • There's no upper age limit for neet 2020.

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  • Students appearing for Class 12 th boards in 2020 are also eligible for neet 2020.

  • Recognized open boards like Nios etc, private students are also eligible for neet 2020.

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