It’s a pleasant surprise for the family of Gokul G. Nair, a resident of Chemnad village in Kasaragod district. Gokul’s top rank in this year’s Kerala Engineering, Agriculture, Medical (KEAM) Entrance Examinations is a surprise birthday gift for Kasaragod as well, for the 29th anniversary of the formation of the district incidentally falls on Friday.

Gokul stands out first in the exam by scoring 938 out of 960 marks, and he is expecting outstanding achievement in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to pursue higher studies in his choicest medical college in the country.

(The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts NEET and the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Kerala, will conduct a separate centralised allotment process for the MBBS and the BDS courses from the NEET rank list for Kerala.)

No sooner had the results of the examinations, held in April, were declared on Thursday than his father, Gangadharan Nair, started receiving a flurry of telephone calls from prominent persons in the district and outside. Among those who congratulated the family include legislators E. Chandrasekharan, a native of the village, N.A. Nellikunnu, and P.B. Abdul Razak, district panchayat president P.P. Shyamla Devi, and Communist Party of India State secretary Pannian Ravindran. Thrikkarippur legislator K. Kunhiraman and District Collector P. S. Mohammed Sagir visited his residence to express their happiness over the outstanding achievement of the 18-year-old youth.

Gokul had scored 1,998 marks out of 1,200 in the 2012 Plus Two examinations. He would like to attribute his splendid success to hard work and the moral support from his family.