M. Sakthivel of Guruvarajapet in Arakkonam taluk, Ranipet district, is elated now. He scored 674 out of 720 on NEET, passing exams with the help of social media and some books, as his father could not pay fees for private training institutes.
Mr. Sakthivel is the youngest son of J. Mani, a worker at a weaving plant, and Nagajothi, a tailor. His sister M. Suchitra and his brother M. Suresh completed engineering. Their parents raised them despite the difficulties.
“Up to class X, I studied at a government school in my neighborhood. As there was no suitable math teacher, I moved to the Vivekananda Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School. I completed my Plus 2 in 2018-19 and took 588 marks, ”he said. After preparing for 45 days, he appeared for NEET, but managed to score only 358 points.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a medical position and my dad couldn’t afford the admission fee to private colleges, so I decided to study hard and attend exams again,” said Sakthivel.
Although some people wanted him to join a private training institute, he refused, considering the family’s financial situation.
“I studied at home and referred to social media whenever I had doubts and sometimes used the National Test Abhyas application for simulation tests,” he said, adding that, after becoming a doctor, he wanted to help other students like him.