Three sisters, Shwetha, Swathi and Shruthi cleared NEET 2017 and got admissions not only in the same medical college in Ballari, but also in the very same section of the same batch. It is not just the matter of coincidence, but also the hard work that they put in and secured a robust rank to get the college of their choice.
The sisters worked with all their efforts for clearing NEET exam and claimed three seats for their family at the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) in Ballari in the same batch.
The three sisters belong to the backward community of Savita Samaj. Their father, Mr. Shankar is a practicing house-nurse and given the credit for nurturing his daughters’ dreams of becoming doctors.
Shankar passed a part of his age in silently listening to the criticism from his family, relatives and friends. He, despite being an intelligent scholar during his studies, could not do an MBBS due to financial constraints.
He had to settle for being a nurse. He now says that the loss of one seat at a medical college is compensated with three seats grabbed by her daughters. As a private practitioner, Shankar could not earn much money. However, he used to serve completely bedridden patients as it fetches a little more money as a nurse. With his lifelong savings, he could pay the fee of around INR 2.5 lakhs for his three girls. Even his daughters used to share a single set of books.
Long Way of Struggle
Mr. Shankar told that he was always very hopeful and confident about the capabilities of his daughters. In the previous two attempts, his elder two daughters secured a lower rank in NEET. But they did not lose hope and prepared with more rigor.
Many family members, relatives and friends kept gaggling about their failures. But the girls had set their eyes on success. The only thing that occupied the mind of their father was to see his daughters become successful doctors. Being an educated person, Shankar kept motivating his daughters and supported his them throughout the struggle.
The eldest girl Shwetha, despite passing class 12th with 82% in 2014, could not be admitted to an MBBS course. She then prepared at home and secured a rank of 11,200 in Common Entrance Test (CET) in 2015. With this rank, she was disappointed again as her dream of getting a seat in a medical school was not accomplished. But she did not lose hope and decided to try again.
In 2016, she reappeared for the exam with her sister Swathi, who scored 91% in her class 12th. Shwetha got a rank of 5,200 and Swathi of 6,800. Even these scores were not enough for the two sisters to secure seats at a reputed medical college.
With amendment of government’s rule in 2016 that all medical entrance exams would be conducted under NEET, the sisters were a bit demoralized. Shwetha pointed at how their odds were against them but they decided to not give up.
They felt like they could not crack NEET because this time, it would be at the national level. Once they even thought to leave their dream to become a doctors and prepare for Civil Services in the future.
Moments of Accomplishment
In 2017, the youngest sister, Shruthi scored 91.3% in her class 12th and all three of them joined a coaching institute at Bengaluru to prepare for the upcoming NEET examinations. Finally, in 2017 Shwetha, Swathi and Shruthi scored 1216, 1413 and 750 ranks respectively in NEET.
Since they were from Ballari, they marked VIMS as their first choice of preference. NEET is an all-India level exam, they were not sure of getting all the three seats at VIMS. However, the confirmation of their seats at VIMS was no less than a miracle for them. It was even unbelievable for their entire family.
Since their names begin with the same alphabet ‘S’, they were admitted to the same section. Initially, their colleagues and teachers were not aware that they were real sisters. Some of their knowns in the college thought that they were probably just cousins.
Shwetha and Swathi want to pursue higher education in medicine, and hope to become cardiac surgeons in future. Shruthi also holds a black belt in Karate, and aims to crack the Civil Services post completing her MBBS. The professors at VIMS also got surprised to know about the three sisters at their college.
This is truly an inspiring story of faith and hard work. As the time passes, competition increases and competence levels of students is lowered with repeated failures. But for these sisters, it has just been improving. Kudos!
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