Chennai: Dedication, proper coaching and a longing to provide service to the poor was what helped Aadithya Mahesh M.V. of Kanyakumari district, and a student of Carmel Girls' higher secondary school, Vazhuthacaud, Trivandrum, top the MBBS rank list that was released on Friday. The young girl, who wishes to serve the poor as a doctor, hopes to pursue her degree at Madras Medical College.
The list released on Friday saw eight youngsters from different schools in Tamil Nadu, one from Kerala, and one from Andhra Pradesh, feature among the top ten. "Vignesh. V of Erode and E.J. Gnanavel from Andhra Pradesh stood second and third respectively," said Dr. G. Selvarajan, secretary, selection committee.
This year, only three centums were recorded, as against last year's 17," he said.
"Last year, 261 students scored above 199, however, this year, there were only 187," he added, pointing out that the performance has gone down. A unique feature this year was an application received from a transgender. Of the 26,017 applications that were received, 25, 379 were found eligible," he said, adding that 9,017 applicants were boys and 16,361 girls."
According to a notice issued by the Directorate of Medical Education, under the state quota, 2,253 seats are allotted to Government Medical Colleges, 470 for Self Financing Medical Colleges and 130 for ESIC Medical College. It also said that 85 seats are allotted to Government Dental Colleges and 970 for Self Financing Dental Colleges....