If you feel low on motivation while preparing for your exams, then these stories of young achievers should help inspire you to work harder and push your limits.

Although every year, many students from across the country sit for the National Eligibility and Entrance Test, only a few tend to pass with flying colours. What is so different about these toppers? Are they privy to a secret that the others don’t know about? The stories of these three NEET toppers prove that nothing is impossible with hard work and you have to be able to make sacrifices in order to make your dreams come true.


Rupa Yadav secured an all-India rank of 2,612 by scoring 603 marks in 2017’s National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). For most students, the biggest challenges they face is how to manage study and leisure time but the challenges were much bigger for Rupa who was born into a poverty-ridden farmer’s home in Kareri village of Jaipur district.

This young girl was actually married off at the tender age of eight to Shankarlal, who was then only 12 years old. She was fortunate that her husband and brother-in-law were supportive of her dream of becoming a doctor. But chasing her dreams was not easy; she had to deal with a lot of obstacles on a daily basis. She even had to drive an auto to meet the education expenses.

Despite the many challenges, she scored 84 percent marks in the Class X exams. Rupa also scored 84 percent in Class XII exam. To be able to manage such good marks while also managing household chores is commendable.

She then signed up for a B.Sc course and also appeared for the AIPMT examination, securing an all India rank of 23,000. The first time she appeared for NEET, she fell short but she wasn’t the kind to give up. When she made her second attempt, armed with a scholarship from her coaching institute, she passed with flying colours.



Archit Gupta had always been fascinated with doctors and their lifestyles since he was a young boy. Hailing from Indore, Archit secured the All India Rank 2. Besides getting a top rank in AIIMS MBBS 2017 exam, he also secured an AIR 35 in JIMPER 2017. He left no stone unturned during his preparation. He also shared in an interview that there is no set time frame with regards to studying and preparation that would apply to all. He feels that students with high IQ can crack a tough exam more easily than students with lower IQ.

While a lot of students do not take the time to improve their weak areas, Archit referred to various books and solved a lot of objective as well as theoretical questions to ensure that he would never be at a disadvantage.

Archit also believes in the importance of proper coaching because all students need special guidance from experts to crack such national exams. He did his coaching from Allen Career Institute, Kota. He also advised future applicants to work on question papers of the previous years as that can help give them an idea about the kind of questions that will be asked in the exam.


Hailing from Bathinda, Nikita Goyal was the only girl who managed to make it to the top 10 ranks in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), securing the eighth position. She studied in Sanawar School, Bathinda, and passed Class XII from Sudesh Vatika School. Her father, Suresh Kumar, is an agriculture development officer and her mother is senior lecturer in Bathinda Polytechnic College.


Her main inspiration to top NEET was her brother Nikhil. He had secured AIR 142 in the Joint Entrance Examination in 2015. He’s currently a student of computer science engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

Nikita knew that she had to make some compromises in order to achieve her goals, which is why she stayed away from social media for two whole years. She wanted to only focus on her studies and that is what helped her become of the toppers. Nikita wants to be a neurosurgeon in the future and we are certain that this driven young girl will make a fine neurosurgeon indeed.



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