Hyderabad: 12 ranker and state topper in NEET 2017, Lakkimsetti Arnav Thrinath was surprised and elated at his results. He scored a 99.998440 percentile with a score of 685 out of 720. A student from Sri Chaithanya Junior College, the 17-yr-old in on cloud 9 for his result.
Second to secure 24th position in overall nationwide ranking is second topper from the state Mangani Deepika. She has got 681 out of 720 with a percentile of 99.997523. A student of Sri Chaitanya Academy, Raman Bhavan Campus at Kukatpally Housing Board.
Elated Arnav says ‘I am very excited to top the state as I didn’t expect such a good rank. My aim is to focus on medical research. Research careers are not lucrative so I feel youngsters should focus more on research’ and ‘Focus on the exams and don’t stress’.
Deepika who was last year declared ineligible for TS Eamcet for she was three months underage says “Last year I was ranked 54th in Eamcet but now I am happy that I got ranked 24 in Neet. We were worried about whether we had to re-write Neet all the controversies and were very relieved when CBSE announced the results.”
Talking about her dream she said “I have always wanted to become a cardiologist. My inspiration is my grandmother, who was always ill and suffering with a heart ailment. I always wanted to treat her and this thought has made me want to take up medicine,” she said.
The Neet syllabus was new to state students like her “but with the help of my parents, and the teachers’ hard work, I could achieve a good rank,” she said.
Third in the state was Adusumalli Venkata Hemath who secured 30th rank in NEET with 680 marks in total. Young Hemanth wants to do MD in general medicine, he has also applied for AIIMS, DC reported.