Madurai boy emerges as Tamil Nadu’s NEET topper in maiden attempt

He scored 705 out of 720 marks in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2022

September 08, 2022 11:23 am | Updated 05:52 pm IST - MADURAI

S. Thridev Vinayaka from Madurai who emerged as Tamil Nadu topper in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) securing an All India Rank of 30 is being felicitated at his coaching centre in Narimedu, Madurai on September 8, 2022

S. Thridev Vinayaka from Madurai who emerged as Tamil Nadu topper in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) securing an All India Rank of 30 is being felicitated at his coaching centre in Narimedu, Madurai on September 8, 2022 | Photo Credit: R. Ashok

Thridev Vinayaka S. of Madurai has emerged the State topper securing an All India Rank of 30 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2022, results of which were released on Wednesday night.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Vinayaka said this was his first attempt and was elated with the achievement. “The aspiration of becoming a doctor took root in my 10th standard as my interest in science grew,” he said.

The Madurai boy scored 705 out of 720 marks, has a percentile score of 99.99 and also stood 18th on the list of 20 male toppers, according to official data.

He devoted five hours after school and eight hours on holidays to prepare while his healthy dose of relaxation was painting. He had enrolled at a private NEET coaching centre and the support from teachers at his school helped him fare well in the examination, said Mr. Vinayaka.

“From day one, he was focused and consistent in his preparation which was commendable. He also stands as a testimony that students can clear NEET whilst preparing for their Class XII boards as well,” said James Francis, academic head of ELA-JEN, a two-year integrated competitive classroom programme at Mahatma Global Gateway.

His parents, G. Prabhu and S. K. Sughantthi, credited his success to his hard work. “Come what may, his concentration never wavered. Voracious learning came to him naturally and he achieved the goal he set for himself,” they said.

Mr. Vinayaka said he wants to practice as a surgeon and is hopeful of earning a seat at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER).

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