Anjali Chandran should have been on cloud nine, but her enthusiasm on setting an enviable record of 100 per cent marks in the Plus Two examination is dampened by her failure to secure a seat in a government medical college this year.
On Friday, the topper of this year's State board Plus Two exam played host to Minister for Scheduled Tribes and Youth Affairs P.K. Jayalakshmi. The Minister called on Anjali at her residence at Peroorkada here.
Even though Ms. Anjali, who studied Biology and Mathematics, cleared the higher secondary examination with flying colours, she lost out on a government seat for the professional medical course by a whisker.
She had not appeared for the engineering entrance test as her preparation was focussed on the medical entrance. Her parents said she would have to repeat the medical entrance test next year in the hope of securing a better score.
“Even though she got high marks in her exam, it is sad that she is going to lose a year,” said Ms. Anjali's mother, Priya Chandran, a homemaker. Her father, K. Ramachandran Pillai who works with the Special Armed Police (SAP) in Thiruvananthapuram, said the family could not afford to get her an admission for a professional medicine course in a private college.
Presenting Ms. Anjali a bouquet, the Minister congratulated her on her rare and remarkable achievement. Ms. Anjali's ambition is to join the civil services after taking a degree in medicine. She notched up a perfect hundred in her Plus One exam too but missed the target by one per cent in her Std X State board exam.
She passed her Plus Two exam from Carmel Girls' Higher Secondary School, Vazhuthacaud, and SSLC from Nirmala Bhavan Higher Secondary School, Kowdiar. Her brother Akshay Chandran is studying in Std VII in Kendriya Vidyalaya.