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NEET 2016 topper Het Shah: A humble guy who studied for just 6 hours a day

Ipsita Sarkar | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

NEET 2016 topper Het Shah was highly motivated by the previous toppers of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). "I would often watch their videos and take tips from them. The toppers were my source of inspiration," he admits while talking to Catch.

Shah is currently a first year student of MBBS at All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) Delhi. He had secured All India Rank (AIR) 4 in AIIMS MBBS 2016 exam (NEET I) held earlier this year.

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"I was expecting a good rank, may be something in the top 10. But to top NEET exam - AIR 1 - was certainly not what I was expecting," admits Shah candidly, further adding, "I am overwhelmed and amazed at the results."

Humble Roots

Based out of Nadiad, a small town in Gujarat, Shah always performed well in academics, scoring 94.2% in CBSE board class 12 examination. An only child, his father Sanjay Shah is a businessman who sells grains and mother is a home maker.

In 2014, like thousands of other engineering and medical aspirants, he shifted base to Kota, for dedicated preparation of medical entrance tests. He took admission in classroom coaching of Allen Kota.

In 2015, he secured AIR 6 in Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KYPY), a scholarship program initiative by the Department of Science and Technology. He went on to clear first stage of Biology and Physics Olympiad. But Shah is not just about course books. A fan of contemporary music, he also loves reading fiction novels.

"Oh, I am so very happy with his results," says his father, his laughter resounding during our telephonic conversation. "He is coming home tomorrow...traveling right now," says Sanjay Shah ecstatically.

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Strong Basics + Hardwork = AIR 1 in NEET 2016

There is no shortcut to hardwork. And Het Shah certainly believes this. "Hardwork is very important. One needs to remain focused while preparing for exams," he says when asked about his NEET preparation strategy. However, unlike several aspirants who would study for 12 hours a days, Shah studied for just six hours a day.

He adds, "It is important to have clear basic concepts. Many candidates expect complex questions in entrance tests. This is not true. Most problems are based on core concepts. Aspirants must read NCERT books thoroughly, before studying anything else."

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Future Goals

"I don't know much about the future right now. But I would like to pursue Neurosurgery later on," says Shah. As of now, he is main focus is to reach home quickly and spend time with his parents.

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First published: 16 August 2016, 10:08 IST
Ipsita Sarkar @piercingharmony

Ipsita writes on education with focus on schools, higher education (engineering, B-Schools), HRD ministry, policies, and startup ecosphere. She's previously worked with Hindustan Times and Shiksha.com.