Assam: Tea seller’s son cracks NEET in first attempt, set to study at AIIMS-Delhi

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It was no mean task juggling studies and serving tea to customers at the shop run by his mother. Rahul Das, however, took the challenges in his stride and managed to do both. His hard work has finally paid off as the tea seller’s son from Assam’s Bajali district secured a seat at AIIMS-Delhi, having cleared NEET exam in the first attempt.

The fulfilment that comes from realising a childhood dream is something special. Rahul Das, 24, from Patacharkuchi in lower Assam’s Bajali district, felt this joy when he passed the NEET exam on his first try. Rahul is now preparing to begin his undergraduate studies at AIIMS in New Delhi.

Rahul, who is originally from Patacharkuchi, had a humble beginning. To make a living, he and his mother used to sell tea in a roadside shop. Rahul, who graduated from Patacharkuchi Vidyapith HS School, was raised by his mother after his father died more than a decade ago.

He was admitted to the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology (CIPET) after completing his HS course to pursue a diploma in plastic engineering. Rahul graduated with honours and began working as a ‘quality engineer’ for a multinational corporation in Guwahati in October 2020.

But he was dissatisfied with his job because he had always wanted to be a doctor. Rahul quit his job and decided to take the NEET. Rahul stated that he would study in between serving customers at his mother’s shop.

“I have seen my mother toil hard for us. We couldn’t afford a helper at the shop. Since school, I have made it a point to help her in some way or another… I made tea and sold it, too. And as and when it was possible, I would sit down to study at the shop,” Rahul told a news agency.

During his NEET preparation, he used to study almost all night. Rahul expressed his gratitude to those who assisted him financially during his time of need.

“Maa’s shop sits on land owned by Mantu Kumar Sharma, who has a big hardware shop at Patacharkuchi Chowk. But he never took rent from us. In fact, he has now booked my tickets to Delhi,” he told reporters.

Rahul and his mother live on the campus next to Bajali DC Bharat Bhushan Devchoudhury’s ancestral home. Dev Choudhury has assisted them in a variety of ways and has never charged them rent for their home. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Friday that the state government will cover all of Das’s educational expenses.

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