He regrets about not getting the additional two marks which could have made him the India topper in CBSE class 12 exams along with M Gayatri of New Green Field School in New Delhi, who scored 496 marks out of 500. However, Jalandhar-boy Gurwinder Singh Saini, who scored 494 marks, is quite happy bagging the all India third rank along with Poonam Yadav of Mahendragarh (Haryana) and N Nishok Kumar of Chennai.
A student of Police DAV Public School, Gurwinder has topped the state with 98.8% in non medical stream. He has scored 100 marks in physics, chemistry and physical education.
A son of chemical engineer, who works in Ahmedabad, Gurwinder was surprised with his own achievement as he wasn’t sure of scoring 98.8%.
Sharing his joy, Gurwinder said, “I was not expecting such marks. But this is a dream come true for my parents. I also got CGPA 10 in my class 10 examinations. I have been in top three throughout my school.”
Surprisingly, Gurwinder bagged the third rank in the country with self study as he didn’t take any tuition throughout his class 12. “I use to give four to five hours to my studies and have not taken any tuition. I believed in self study. You just need to have a friendly ambience so that you can study peacefully. Nobody in my family used to watch television during my exams days. They cooperated with me till my exams were over,” he said, adding that his success mantra was to work harder and concentrate on studies with full dedication.
However, he admitted that he hasn’t done well in JEE exams. “My JEE advance exam, which was on Sunday, has not gone so well. So I doubt if I will get admission in IIT. But I am expecting to take admission in computer science stream in a reputed college somewhere,” he said, adding that his ultimate goal was to work in a top multinational company.
Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav, who scored 98.8% marks in non-medical stream, too, was ecstatic about her result. “I am happy because my father congratulated me over telephone from Jammu & Kashmir and told me that he has distributed sweets to other armymen of his regiment,” said Poonam, daughter of an Amryman who is posted in J&K.
Crediting her success to her family members, Poonam said she wanted to take admission in BA Honours at St Stephens College in Delhi.
Poonam’s mother Batheri Devi was also overjoyed over the success of her daughter, who has brought laurels to the town and the state, which is facing criticism for the skewed sex ratio and poor literacy rate of women. “I am very much happy over her achievement and I know she will do something for the state and the country,” she added.