THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ever since the results of the Kerala Medical Entrance Results were announced around 4 pm on Thursday, Nidhin S R has been in a daze. Two hours, several media interviews and countless visits by well-wishers later, the fact was yet to fully sink in.
“I did expect a good rank, possibly even in the first ten, after looking at the answer key, but even so the result still came as a surprise,” said Nidhin, who came fifth in the state in this year’s medical entrance, with a total score of 940.8085.
The steady stream of visitors to his house in Thannimoodu, near Balaramapuram in the district, around 20 km away from the city, left little time for his family to discuss their exciting news among themselves. Nidhin’s mother was busy serving sweets and drinks to the visitors while his father and uncles kept attending phone calls giving news of the result or directions to new visitors.
“This is my second attempt at the entrance,” said Nidhin, who completed his Plus-Two from Government HSS, Neyyantinkara last year. “Last year, my rank was in the 3,000s. The past year I spent in entrance coaching at an institute in Pala,” he said.
It is only medical entrance that he has ever been interested in, he added. “I had a teacher, Wilfred sir, in class 10 at New HSS, Nellimoodu who inspired me to follow the medical dream,” Nidhin said. “Also, I don’t like really like Maths, so no engineering.”
With such a good result, he is sure to get into a good medical college in the state. But he has set his sights farther.
“I’m also attempting the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance exam on June 1. I would love to go there,” said Nidhin, who is also the capital district’s sole representative in the top ten ranks of the medical entrance.
Nidhin is the son of Sobhakumar B S, who runs a provision store, and Ramani of Thannimoodu near Balaramapuram.
He has a younger brother, Midhin, who is a class 10 student.