Why Akanksha Singh was ranked second despite 100% marks in NEET 2020?

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New Delhi : The NTA declared results for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 on October 16 and Akanksha Singh bagged second rank despite scoring 100% marks in the examinations. Soyeb Aftab secured first rank for the same 760 marks. The rank were decided on the basis of candidates age, the older candidate gets preference and better rank.

While Akanksha belongs to Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, however, to achieve a seat in medical college, she used to travel 70 km to her coaching institute at Gorakhpur. “I always wanted to become a doctor and study at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Since there was no big coaching institute in my town, I have to travel for four hours to reach my institute in Gorakhpur. After passing class 10, I shifted to Delhi for plus 2 and joined Aakash institute,” she said.

She also mentioned about how much time she used to devote for her studies daily. "I studied 10 to 12 hours daily and followed my institute’s study material. Apart from it, I also checked online classes of edtech platforms. To feel motivated, I watched public speaker Sandeep Maheshwari’s videos."

Interestingly, while most of the students wanted the examinations to be postponed amid coronavirus lockdown, Akanksha said she was happy with the fact that she got more time to revise her notes before the exam due to pandemic.

Akanksha’s aim is to pursue research on neurosurgery. “After completing MBBS, I plan to take up research and practice medicine later.” Akanksha was also moved by the role of health practitioners during this COVID-19 period. “The way doctors have performed risking their lives is an inspiration for thousands like me. It has made me realise the importance and responsibility of a health worker,” she said.