Tript Kaur of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, topped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class-12 exams in the tricity this year. She scored a total of 494 (98.8%) marks out of 500 in the humanities stream.
“It came as a surprise for us. It was the first time I realised that such marks can be attained and that too in humanities,” said Jaspreet Singh Mehta, proud father of Tript. “Even I was not expecting that I would top the tricity,” said elated Tript.
Daughter of a surveyor with insurance companies, Tript scored 100 marks each in history and political science while she scored 99 marks each in psychology and physical education and 96 marks in English.
“She has always been a topper from Class 4 onwards,” said her mother Manmeet Kaur, who is a homemaker.
Magazine editor of her school, Tript wants to pursue English honours from Delhi University (DU). “After that, I will go for either research, writing or for civil services,” she said.
She owes her success to her family for supporting her throughout. She draws her inspiration from former president APJ Abdul Kalam and writer Ruskin Bond.
Besides studies, Tript is a good writer. She has won national award in the CBSE expression series on Mahatma Gandhi for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. She also won essay writing contests organised by British Library and the State Legal Services Authority.
“I used to study for two hours daily. No one takes arts seriously, but you have to be passionate about it to get good marks,” said Tript.
COMMERCE TOPPER GETS 97.8%
Another student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, Kanksha Malhotra has topped the tricity in the commerce stream. With an aggregate of 97.8% marks, Kanksha has scored perfect 100 in accounts, 99 in political science, 98 marks in mathematics, 97 marks in business studies and 95 marks in English.
About her future plans, she said: “Right now, I am focusing on pursuing BCom. I hope I will get admission in Delhi University,” said Kanksha. On her success mantra, she said she studied as and when she felt comfortable. Her father Arun Malhotra is businessman and mother Shelly is a homemaker.
Elated at the success of Bhavan Vidyalaya students, principal Vineeta Arora said: “It’s a result of their hard work. We have been producing toppers in the commerce stream for the past five years. The credit goes to teachers. We make students to work hard.” Of the 147 Bhavan Vidyalaya students, 94 scored above 90% marks.
MEDICAL TOPPER GETS 96.6%
Another student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, Ayushi Sood has topped the tricity in the medical stream by scoring 96.6% marks. Though not interested in becoming doctor, Ayushi will pursue BSc and will go for research.
She has scored 99 marks each in English and psychology while in physics, chemistry and biology, she has scored 95 marks each.
Ayushi has been active in extracurricular activities and was the cultural head of her school. She even went for Model United Nations, an educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. “I was also selected for the New York University in the college of arts and sciences, but I am not joining as I do not have sufficient scholarship,” she said.
Her father Ashutosh Sood is regional head of DHFL and mother Manisha Sood is a homemaker.
NON-MEDICAL TOPPER SECURES 98%
Chakshu Goyal of Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, has bagged the first position in the non-medical stream in the tricity by scoring 98% marks. Chakshu, who hails from Ludhiana, aspires to become an engineer. His father is a manager in a national bank at Ludhiana and his mother is a government employee.
“I was always consistent in studies and never lost my focus. I used to study for at least five hours daily which helped me to revise the syllabus on time. I am fortunate enough that my parents and teachers were always there to support me,” said Chakshu.