First position holder for the Science stream of Higher Secondary Examination 2022, Rahul Naorem on Monday said that he was inspired to work harder and studied more after securing third position in the High School Leaving Examination, 2020.
In an interaction with media persons at his residence at Arapti Mayai Leikai, Rahul expressed immense joy over securing the first position in the HSE, 2022 conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur.
Born to Naorem Jibol and Athokpam Shantibala, Rahul said that he wants to serve the people and keep his career options open for the time being.
“I want to serve the public. My first preference is to become a doctor and I’m preparing to appear for NEET yet I will apply for the Common University Entrance Test and study general line if I don’t qualify NEET. I don’t want a year backlog,” he stated.
He further said that his next preference is to apply for the civil services examination after completing graduation.
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Responding to queries by the media over the disastrous impact of COVID not sparring doctors against the backdrop of his desire to become a doctor, he asserted that the doctors’ priority should be to serve the people.
“I’m against the idea of people stepping down when their service is needed the most,” he added.
He maintained that Covid-19, somehow, helped him in his study as he found enough time for self-preparation. However, sitting in front of a screen for several hours for online coaching classes as well as school was extremely taxing, he said.
Rahul went on to say that "hard work plus consistency" is the key to success. Saying that he always believed that he would be among the top three positions, he appealed to students, his juniors, to maintain a specific time schedule for study.
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Meanwhile, Rahul’s father, Naorem Jibol said that Rahul was always a bright student and was the class topper while he was studying at Catholic School, Canchipur from Nursery to Class 10.
“It was not much trouble bringing him up and looking after his education. He won several prizes in state level competitions and got scholarships from time to time,” stated the father with pride.
Interestingly, both Rahul’s parents are school teachers. His father is a lecturer at Lilong Higher Secondary School while his mother is the headmistress of Thambal Leima High School.