NEET UG 2022 Rank 3 decodes NEET paper, says all 200 questions from NCERT, shares prep strategy

The NEET UG 2022 result was declared on Wednesday and Bengaluru boy Hrishikesh Gangule bagged AIR 3 with a score of 715/720. We got talking to him on his preparation strategy and future plans.

The NEET UG 2022 result was declared on Wednesday and Bengaluru boy Hrishikesh Gangule bagged AIR 3 with a score of 715/720. The son of software engineer parents from Karnataka, Hrishikesh knew he wanted to be a doctor since he was a kid.

We got talking to the NEET topper on his preparation strategy and future plans.


Online classes had its pros and cons, but they were quite beneficial for Hrishikesh.

“The transition from offline to online was pretty smooth, and I found that I could clear my doubts in a better way, give more time for self-study, and teachers were always available to me in the online mode because we could always connect with them through Whatsapp and other means,” says Hrishikesh.

“Also, if we missed any class, recorded videos were available for us on iTutor and we could always go through them and we were not worried about missing any topic,” he adds, saying that since iTutor had graphics and videos available as well, that is where he went if he needed to understand any topic better.

Like millions in India, Hrishikesh wasn’t able to keep Covid at bay.


“I contracted Covid in 2021 in the second wave but my symptoms were very mild and so, I didn’t face much of a problem because of it,” he says.

In the initial 2-3 days, I had a fever and body ache and wasn’t able to study but following that time, I studied and attended classes regularly,” adds the NEET topper.


“The NEET UG 2022 paper was as I had expected. All the 200 questions had come from NCERT,” says Hrishikesh.

“I had observed this trend in both the 2020 and the 2021 papers after which I had started to study solely from the NCERT for all three subjects physics, chemistry and biology,” he says.

Initially, he had been focusing on biology more but after scanning the NEET 2021 paper, he started focusing on all three subjects.

“I ensured I learned all the numerical values, data points, tables, graphs, and diagrams in the NCERT textbook,” says the NEET topper.

“The questions this year were all form NCERT. They weren’t direct but they were very much doable if the NCERT was read very thoroughly,” he adds.


“I found that I couldn’t focus on studies after studying for more than 2 hours at a stretch. I found that I couldn’t assimilate whatever I had studied beyond that,” he says.

De-stressing for this NEET topper meant reading PG Wodehouse novel are his favourite, painting, or watching wildlife documentaries.

“I took these periodic breaks for only a short time, around 15 minutes, after which I was able to focus on studies completely once again,” he says.

He said this strategy helped him keep a clear head and understand the concepts much better.


NEET UG isn’t the only major exam Hrishikesh cleared with flying colours. He has also scored a staggering 99.86 percentile in JEE Mains.

A CBSE student through his schooling years, he had scored 98.6% in Class 10 and 99.4% in Class 12.

He had appeared for KVPY and cleared it with AIR 40.

KCET was another feat; Hrishikesh secured the first rank in two streams BNYS and veterinary sciences, and the second rank in pharmacy.


The NEET topper from Bangalore is now all set to fulfil his dreams of studying MBBS from AIIMS Delhi.

“I am thinking of pursuing cardiology as a specilisation but that isn’t a very solid plan. I will decide when I get a better idea about all the streams and specialisations,” he says.

We wish Hrishikesh all the best for his future endeavours.

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