Odisha student, 18-year-old Soyeb Aftab, who scored 720 out of 720, qualified for a medical degree with 100% marks in the NEET exam.
Giving the exam in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic had its pressures, said Soyeb, but he used the lockdown to study even harder.
“I haven’t gone back to my hometown since 2018. I studied around 10 to 12 hours every day,” said Soyeb. “I stayed in Kota with my mother and younger sister to study,” he added.
Soyeb’s father was in the construction business and he had a younger sister. The family said they now plan to visit the dargah at Ajmer Sharif to give thanks.
Aftab said he wants to become a cardiac surgeon after completing his medical studies and wanted to work for economically weaker sections so that he can motivate youngsters to work hard and be of use to our nation.