Away from home, working as painter to support family, determined Kashmiri youth clears NEET

Umar Ahmad Ganie of Zaggigam village of Pulwama district, he cleared the NEET 2023 with 601 marks. [Photo: Qayoom Khan]

Pulwama: As the National Testing Agency (NTA) announced results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate or NEET UG 2023, on June 13, one among the successful candidates was Umar Ahmad Ganie of Zaggigam village of Pulwama district.

Currently, Umar is away from home and working as a painter to support his family. He secured 601 marks in the test signifying a remarkable achievement and a testament of self-study, hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

What makes his achievement unique is that he has never enrolled in any coaching institute be it a class 11th, 12th or for the NEET.

Umar’s family was informed by locals that their kin has cleared the NEET, which is a single entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS colleges across India. After appearing for the NEET exam, Umar joined a local painter who helped him to give work as he wanted to support his family.

“He is currently outside the village working as painter to help his poor family,” said one of his neighbours, Gulzar Ahmed Naikoo.

Umar had even decided to leave studies as he wasn’t in a condition to afford the registration and other fees for college after the 12th class.

His exceptional performance in the exam is a reflection of his knowledge, skills, and commitment to his studies. He has shown a great determination and focus, and his success is well-deserved, Naikoo said.

Another candidate Abdul Basit from Chewa-Kalam village has bagged first position from Jammu and Kashmir. At All India Ranking (AIR), Basit has secured 113th rank.

Twin sisters from Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district have also qualified the entrance in their first attempt.

Syed Bismah and Syed Sabiya from Watoo village have secured 625 and 570 marks, respectively.

Pertinently, in 2022, the pass percentage of UG NEET qualifiers had increased by nearly 10 percent in Jammu and Kashmir corresponding to the previous year

In NEET-2021, only 42.59 percent students from JK had qualified the exams. But this year, more than 52 percent of students have qualified for the exams.

The official figures revealed by the National Testing Agency showed that in 2022, a total of 38,140 students had registered from JK and of them 36,374 appeared and 20,005 qualified it.

Likewise, in 2021, a total of 34, 615 candidates had registered from JK out of which 31,479 appeared and 14,743 qualified.

Bora Varun Chakravarti of Andhra Pradesh and Prabanjan J of Tamil Nadu energed as toppers of NEET Exams 2023.

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