Bangalore girl Subha Ashok topped the test for the medical stream in the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) held by the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK), the results of which were announced here on Monday.

COMEDK released the rank list for the test held on February 3 following the Supreme Court order allowing for examination authorities to do so.

Ms. Ashok, who was travelling, said that the result was a pleasant surprise.

“COMEDK PGET was the easiest. I will wait for the results of State PGET (conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science). Persistent preparation is the key and I concentrated only on entrance tests,” she said.

The daughter of Kalyani Ashok, a special educator, and A.C. Ashok, principal and dean of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Ms. Ashok said that she would like to pursue surgery or radiology, preferably at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, from where she graduated in 2012.

Bangalore got another rank with Harish C., a graduate of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, coming third in the medical stream. His NEET-G rank was 40. He said that he was also hoping for a government quota seat as a COMEDK seat was expensive.

Aiming to pursue orthopaedics in KEM Hospital, Mumbai, he said that he spent six to eight hours everyday studying. “It is better to be consistent than going to coaching centres,” he said.

Santosh Narayanan, who stood second, graduated from A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, with 17 gold medals — the highest given to an individual — in the recent RGUHS convocation. He is a native of Kerala.

Dental exams

Meanwhile, only one student from the State managed to make it to the top 10 in dental. Soumya P.V., a graduate of the 2010 batch of KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, came fifth. A native of Kerala, she has now settled down in Bangalore with her endodontist husband. She is also awaiting the State PGET results. Top ranker Jeswin James is from Kerala, while the second and third ranks went to Vikas Sandilya from Udupi and Srirengalakshmi M. from Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Breakup

Of the 13,681 candidates who wrote the PGET for medical, 9417 became eligible for seat selection. Of these, 2534 candidates are from Karnataka and 6,883 are from other States. As many as 5,032 wrote the dental PGET; 3,963 have become eligible for participating in the counselling process. Of these, 518 are from the State and 3,445 are from outside.

Counselling will begin on May 27. Details are available on www.comedk.org