NEET 2018 Topper Interview: All it takes is right guidance and focus to crack NEET, says Krishna Ashish Agrawal, AIR 7
Kritika Tyagi, 05 Jun 2018, #NEET

With medicine his passion for which he started preparing from Class 8 itself, AIR 7 Krishna Ashish Agrawal is beyond happy for making up to the top 10 list. A state-level badminton and cricket player, Krishna always knew that he was going to score well in the exam. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Krishna is an aspiring radiologist. He believed in clearing his basics and immersed himself in rigorous preparation for two years.
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In his interview with Careers360, he narrates how his consistent efforts resulted in his success.


Careers360: Congratulations on grabbing AIR 7 in NEET 2018. How are you feeling and was it expected?

Krishna Agrawal: Thank you so much. I am elated and that’s exactly what I was expecting because I started medicine foundation course in Class 8 and have prepared for NEET for two years rigorously. My teachers and parents supported me so much and I was hoping that I will make it to the top 10 list and I did so it seems that hard work pays off.

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Careers360: Tell us about yourself and your family. How did they support you during the preparation days?

Krishna Agrawal: I belong to Nanded, Maharashtra and I have studied from Maharashtra state board. My father is a Paediatrician and my mother is a Dentist. My parents have always supported me and because they are doctors it was their guidance in every step that has helped me to secure AIR 7. There were times when I was unable to perform well in exams but they never let me think that I cannot do this. All through my journey, I believe they never allowed me to doubt myself. They have helped me especially with Biology and if you want to clear NEET then Biology is the most important section.


Careers360: What motivated you to pursue medicine as a career?

Krishna Agrawal: Since both of my parents are doctors so they were my biggest motivating factor.  I kept engineering as an option but in Class 11 I decided that medicine is that career option for me where I can see myself 10 years down the line. The faculty in Nanded is really amazing and they helped me a lot in clearing my doubts regarding medicine as a career option.


Careers360: What is your overall and subject-wise score in NEET 2018? Which according to you was the toughest and easiest section?

Krishna Agrawal: My overall NEET score was 685. I have scored 170 in Physics section, 165 in Chemistry and 350 in Biology. Mechanics under Physics section was the toughest topic for me and Biology section was the easiest. Inorganic in Chemistry section requires a lot of learning so I focused a lot more on that part.


Careers360: Which other medical entrances have you appeared for? What are your expectations in these medical entrances?

Krishna Agrawal: I appeared for AIIMS and JIPMER. I am hoping to secure a good rank in AIIMS as the exam went well. For me, JIPMER was slightly difficult as the language medium is only English. My target college is AIIMS, New Delhi, if not then Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi since both of them are the most sought after institutions of the country.


Careers360: How did you prepare for NEET 2018 and balanced the studies for board exams and other medical entrances with NEET?

Krishna Agrawal: Physics was a little tricky for me so I tried to pay more attention to this section. I had a prepared schedule for each section and I tried to closely follow till the last days. I studied for 6-7 hours each day and believed in my teachers whatever knowledge they imparted me I followed it. Although, I had to halt the NEET preparation while taking the board exams for a month. After March, I studied for NEET with more vigour and hard work.


Careers360: Did you take any coaching or help? How beneficial did it prove?

Krishna Agrawal: I took coaching from Ideal Institute of Biology for Biology section and for Physics and Chemistry section I preferred Creative Coaching Classes. They provided me practice papers and corrected my mistakes and it proved to be a lot beneficial for me especially while taking the NEET exam.


Careers360: What are your hobbies? Did you engage in them during the preparations?

Krishna Agrawal: I am a state level player in badminton and cricket. However, while preparing for NEET I didn’t play but now I am doing that.


Careers360: Any message or advice for future medical aspirants?

Krishna Agrawal: Try to study at least 6-7 hours a day, prepare a schedule and stick to it. Believe in yourself, your teachers and in your hard work. You don’t require any outside material if you believe in the guidance of your teachers and success will follow.


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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.

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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.

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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.

  • There's no attempt limit for neet examination.

  • 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.

In case if you still want to do mbbs then you need to first study biology as an additional subject and then you can appear in neet examination next year.

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