'Never thought I'd be a topper': Tanmay Gupta becomes first person to top NEET 2021 exam from J&K

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When Tanmay Gupta, now a National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 topper was struggling to check his results on the National Testing Agency (NTA) website on Wednesday, he suddenly got a call from a teacher from his institute who gave him his "life's best news."

"At 5 o'clock, everybody was receiving emails about the result. I didn't receive it for a long time and the official website was also crashing again and again. Later I came to know that I have achieved the All India first rank."

Gupta, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir became the first from UT, to achieve the All India first rank in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday congratulated Gupta for his historic feat as relatives and friends of the 18-year-old boy thronged his Gandhi Nagar residence to celebrate his achievement.

Gupta is one of the three students who scored 720 marks. The other two are Mrinal Kutteri and Karthika G Nair.

The NEET 2021 result for UG candidates was released by NTA on Monday and three candidates have scored full marks of 720 out of 720. More than 16 lakh students had appeared for the NEET UG 2021 exam which had been held on September 12.

When he hung up the phone, he danced and shouted.

"I called my family and told them about the news. I had no idea what was happening. There was too much excitement," he said.

Now the relatives and friends are thronging his residence at Gandhinagar, who are all celebrating his big success.

Gupta has completed his 10th from school in Jammu where he got 100 percent marks, and his family decided to shift him to Delhi in 12th in DPS RK Puram Delhi.

His father, Dr Akshay Gupta, Professor and Head of Orthodontics at Government Dental College said that the family realised that Gupta must join a new environment, where he could get a fresh perspective and exposure. They thought it was better if Gupta would pursue his education in Delhi for more opportunities.

"He got a sense of how he could be able to compete with students who were focussed. I think that's what happens if we support our children and help them study in a place they fit in," he said.

Gupta told Firstpost that he always dreamt of studying in Maulana Azad college in Delhi to study medicine.

"I haven't ever thought I would be a topper. Yes, I would have thought of being among the toppers," he said.

Gupta is now eligible for AIIMS Delhi. AIIMS (New Delhi) was ranked number 1 in South Asia in 2020 in the category of Life Sciences and Medicine by QS WUR.

What has made Gupta among the toppers is not how long he studied but how well he did that.

Gupta told Firstpost that he would not study all day as students have a perception about topping an exam. He had a unique approach to study 4-5 hours a day but had also kept a target in mind to complete his syllabus.

"I read NCERT books and didn't go beyond that," said Gupta.

He said confidence has helped him a lot to achieve this feat.

"I think students rush in terms of spending time on study. We think from the 11th class we have to study 8-9 hours a day. Your time limit should also depend on your ability to see how much you can study and grasp. Also when you're fully prepared but not confident it could make you not do well in exams, " he said.

Gupta who himself has a favourite Hobby of swimming said students also should follow their hobbies and not completely cut off from daily routine

"You can play. You can talk to your friends when you feel like talking. You can watch TV to refresh your mind, and also you can use social media," he said.

But Gupta isn't using social media and has kept himself away from it for these years.

"I don't like it but it also doesn't mean one has to completely avoid it. It's also important but there should be a limit to using it as it could be a great distraction."

Parents support

Gupta's father and mother have been very supportive to him all along his journey

"I think the best way to treat your child is to understand them, support them and have faith in them," said Dr Akshay.

He said that the family had suggested Gupta go into medicine but it also depended on his choice.
"We have never been forceful because I think parents should identify the passion of their child then help him/her follow that," he said.

Gupta said that students of Jammu and Kashmir have less exposure and opportunities than the rest of the country but one must not stop dreaming big.
"Anyone can be a topper but all you've to do is to be consistent and be focussed on your goal," he said.

Gupta along with his family is busy with Diwali preparations now and is happy that he had the best time to celebrate his huge success.

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