Top-100 rank holders include 18 Telugu students
Rohan Purohit, son of a city-based cardiologist, has secured the all-India second rank in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-2018). Another city boy, Muppidi Varun secured the sixth rank while A. Anirudh Babu from Vijayawada was ranked eighth, bringing laurels to the Telugu states.
All the three are from open category and are students of Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutions. Purohit missed the coveted all-India first position by just one mark, but emerged top ranker in South India.
At a press conference here, Sri Chaitanya chairman B.S. Rao and director Sushma said it was a matter of pride that 18 Telugu students bagged ranks within top-100 list and of them, 17 belong to their institutions. It was an achievement par excellence and perhaps the best in the country for any single institution, Mr. Rao said.
Other top rankers from the institutions are O.V.S.H. Reddy (14th) Menda Jaideep (16th), Koduru Sriharsha (19th) Siddarth Ravi (25th), Varada Ravi Kiran (36th) and Lokesh P.M. (37th). Mr. Rao announced ₹ 25 lakh scholarship for Rohan Purohit and ₹10 lakh for Muppidi Varun. Parents of the successful students attributed the results to the teachers’ dedication.
Ms. Sushma said the students were made to practice through 134 tests in a year. In fact, 179 questions out of 180 in NEET were from Sri Chaitanya syllabus, she claimed.
An analysis of the results revealed that students of both Telugu states bagged 16% of the top 50 ranks and Delhi was the only state with a similar share. The Telugu states stood at 5th place registering 70.8% pass rate with 66,644 out of 94,130 candidates clearing the exam. The number of candidates from the ‘top 4’ States — Rajashtan, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh — were far lesser than those from Telugu states.
Narayana Institutions, in a statement, claimed that their students have bagged 11 ranks in top-10 in the open and reserved categories put together.
P. Sharani Narayana and P. Sindhura Narayana, directors of Narayana Group, said their students secured open category ranks of 3rd, 5th, 9th and 10th. They explained that the success of their students lay in the unique educational programme and innovative teaching methodologies designed for medical aspirants.