Kerala: If holding a top position in Kerala medical entrance examination is a matter of pride, then scoring 960/960, that is 100%, is a matter of prestige. Muhammed Munavvir’s experienced this rare moment of achievement after the results were declared. He completed his education from a government school till the Xth standard. He scored 99% in class 12th. He has made an attempt last year also appearing for the state competitive exam. Last year, he held 1,444th rank in the entrance exam. His determination to become a doctor made him reappear for the medical entrance examination this year.
He told to the media that he was driven by his mother’s words that there were not enough doctors in rural Kerala.
After his first attempt last year, he made relentless efforts to secure a better rank this year. He attended classes from 7.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. He also had a personal study regime from 7 pm till midnight. He also has a self training module in which he attempted to answer previous year’s entrance exam questions. He also followed a daily revision schedule.
To crack an entrance exam, you need to devise your own schemes, Munavvir said. He invented something of a code language to remember huge volumes of technicalia. Knowing was not all. To use them at the right place within a short time, you needed short cuts, he said. He had remembered everything from carbon dioxide to water as codes.
He has a mixed view on Neet. He opines that by giving students a chance to appear for only one exam, there is definitely an advantage of doing away with different rank list by managements. On the other hand, is there is any reason a candidate may not be able to appear for Neet on that particular day, he/she faces the risk of losing one year. Also, there is an evident difference in the syllabus, he implied further. While the state exam is straight out of the text book, being more theoretical, Neet may have 5-10% questions from outside text books.
Munavvir dream doesn’t end here. His biggest dream is to study in AIIMS in Delhi. He wants to pursue his studies and be a part of the government service. For him all that matters is your dreams and persuasion, not the medium of instruction in schools.