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.Related Post -NEET 2019NEET Eligibility Criteria 2019NEET Application Form 2019NEET Admit Card 2019
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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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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 -
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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
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