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Identical twins who get same marks in exam - in same course at same university

By Mirror | August 28th 2015

Cardiff: Identical twins Anuja and Shailja Chalishazar seem to do everything the same without even trying.

Last year they wowed their family by getting exactly the same A-level grades in exactly the same subjects.

They then, without conferring, both applied for the same degree at the same university.

And now 12 months later they have achieved exactly the same mark in their end of year exams.

“We still can’t get over it,” said Shailja. “Even our parents couldn’t believe it.”

The 19-year-olds are studying medicine at Cardiff University after achieving A*s in biology and maths and As in chemistry.

Their family moved to South Wales from India when they were five and say the twins have been “inseparable” ever since.

They each applied to five universities and said it was “a huge coincidence” that they were both accepted to Cardiff.

They were called for interview on the same day and received their offers at the same time, after helping each other prepare for interviews.

There are 300 people in their year group at university, but they have ended up in the same seminar group of 10 students.

“It’s nice being together,” said Shailja. “We walk to lectures together and we revise together – that might be why we get the same marks.”

“People do get us mixed up. I think half of the university has realised we’re twins and the other half hasn’t.”

“Sometimes people come up to me thinking I’m Anuja and vice versa. Sometimes we play along.

“I’ve had someone say to me: ‘You’re twins? I didn’t realise!’ Even our friends get us mixed up.”

The pair both achieved a year average of 68% and have four more years to go - it remains to be seen whether their identical running streak continues.

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