BENGALURU: Mohammed Mudasir Ahmed, 17, is well on his way to becoming a doctor and he eventually wants to join the Indian Administrative Service. Behind this dream is a story of an undeterred son and his determined mother. After getting the 438th rank in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year, Ahmed hopes to join the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. He’s the lone Muslim from Karnataka to figure in Top 500. “Until I reached II PU, I didn’t know I wanted to be a doctor,” he told TOI. The decision was a conscious one. He hails from a poor family in Gauripete, Kolar, and was brought up by single mother Zeenathunnisa, who suffers from a chronic disease which has affected her kidneys. Zeenathunnisa, an Urdu teacher in a government school, has three children and Ahmed is the youngest. Urdu teacher did everything to educate three children Zeenathunnisa, an Urdu teacher, did everything possible to educate them: Ahmed’s siblings are doing diploma courses in a government college. “My mother always said education makes us more civilised, more useful to society. When I joined Shaheen’s Falcon College in Bengaluru, I struggled with the English language. I was motivated by the faculty and management. Now, I know the language just essential to clear NEET,” he said. He studied in Kannada-medium government schools — Classes 1 to 4 in Kolar, 4 to 8 in Haveri (when his mother was transferred there), and the next two years back in Kolar and was introduced to English only at Falcon College. College managing director Abdul Subhan said, “When we decided to enrol Ahmed without any fees, I didn’t know him at all. I hadn’t met him until he completed three months of the first year. He was admitted because his mother shared her story with me. I sense her concern, the willingness to educate her children and disappointment in her older kids.” He wants to be a doctor Ahmed used an English-to-Kannada dictionary to understand what was taught in class. He’s come a long way since. “My goal is to be able to serve society — as a doctor and an IAS officer. I would’ve never achieved what I did without the help of people. I want to help others some day,” he added.