"I may not be able to afford a degree in engineering, so I will pursue a BSc course instead," says Sushma (uses her first name only), who scored 91.2% marks in the Haryana School Board of Education Class-12 exam, results of which were declared on Tuesday.
Sushma is second topped in the non-medical stream in Panchkula district.
Her father Balwinder Singh is a dailywage labourer and mother Maya Rani is a homemaker. The family resides in Durga Colony in Barwala.
"I used to study five to six hours daily and sometimes even up to eight hours," said Shushma, who never took coaching.
She is a student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Barwala. "Sushma has been outstanding performer since she joined our school in Class 6. Teachers also worked hard and guided her. Whenever she needed any kind of help in form of books or otherwise, teachers were there for her," said Kamlesh Chauhan, principal of GGSSS.
Sushma wants to become an IAS officer.
With 92.6% marks, she had topped in the district in the Class-10 state board exams. "We would support our daughter in whatever field she wants to pursue," said her father Balwinder Singh.
He delayed surgery, topped in arts stream
Abhilash Sharma, a student of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, has stood is first in the arts stream in Panchkula district by scoring 89% marks.
A resident of Chowki village, Abilash had to delay his surgery for exams preparations. "I have problem in blood circulation for which I am taking treatment from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The treatment will now start from June 15," he said.
His father Om Prakash Sharma has retired from government service and mother Madhu Bala Sharma is homemaker.
"I am not satisfied with the result. My first semester results were good, but not that of the second semester's," said Abhilash, who aspires to be an IAS officer.
"He was very hardworking. Being a heart problem, he had to regularly visit PGIMER," said Shalini Gupta, principal of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School.