by Syed Samreen
SRINAGAR: Scores of guests are pouring in at the Allochi Bagh residence of Sharanjeet Singh, who scored 682 marks out of 720 in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020.
Singh originally belongs to Budgam district of Kashmir. His parents Popinder Singh and Sapinter Kaur, both are government teachers.
The NEET 2020 was Singh’s second attempt, as he had scored only 296 points in the previous year exam.
This year, he not only qualified the exam but secured a medical college reservation by a whopping 682 points.
Singh has studied in Tyndale Biscoe school till twelfth grade and pursued further education from Luthra Academy in Jammu. Singh prepared for the entrance exam under the guidance of Aakash Institute, Srinagar.
“I belong to the dropper batch of Aakash Institute. I thank all my teachers there, who helped me achieve this victory,” he said.
Singh is among the toppers and other qualifiers of the key examination from Kashmir, who prepared for it amidst a communication gag and an internet blockade.
However, the coaching institute he was studying in immediately shifted the students to Solan, Himachal Pradesh for uninterrupted coaching.
“After August 5, we moved to Solan facilitated by Aakash institute. We downloaded all the necessary videos and material we would require later and stored it in our memory sticks,” he said.
He added that once they returned to Kashmir, the slow speed internet was also restored soon.
“One month before the exam, I continuously started studying for thirteen hours a day. My parents have been the biggest support,” he sighed.
Singh said that his favourite subject has surprisingly been Physics, which otherwise haunts every entrance exam aspirant.
“I’ve not only worked hard but smart. I increased my score from 296 to 682 in a year. If I can do it, anyone can do it,’ Singh asserted.
Singh also shared an entertaining memory from his last 24 hours of awe and contentment. He smirkingly said: “Even those relatives called to congratulate me, who hadn’t called me or my family in years. This gives me an idea of the magnitude of my success.”
Aakash Institute has congratulated Singh and Liba Aziz (who scored 675). “Both of them in all probability will be amongst the top five J&K state toppers,” an executive of the Institute said. “From our centre, more than 27 students are securing 600 plus marks.”