Darshveer Kaur Kalsi of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, and Saima Rashid of Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Rupnagar, secured 100% marks to top the Class-12 exams of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), the result of which was declared on Monday. This is the first time that the toppers have got 100% marks in the state board’s Class-12 exams. Click here for results
Girls ruled the roost, bagging top five positions. Among the top 100 students on the merit list, only 27 are boys.
The overall pass percentage was 76.24%, about 5% less than last year’s 81.09%. The result was announced by PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, who attributed the marginal fall in the pass percentage to less grace marks (five) being awarded this year compared to previous years.
“A couple of students have set a record by securing 100% marks. Also, the overall number of students on the merit list has improved,” Dhaliwal said. The board released a list of 366 merit holders who have scored 95.11% (the cut-off) or more.
The third position was bagged by Sarika Vinayak of BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, with 99.78%. The fourth rank was shared by Ludhiana students Kajal Tandon of RS Model Senior Secondary School and Nishtha Juneja of BCM Senior Secondary School (both 99.56%).
Ludhiana district performed the best, with 119 students on the merit list, followed by Hoshiarpur (38 merit holders), Muktsar and Sangrur (18 each). Ferozepur and Pathankot districts brought up the rear with with just one student each on the merit list.
For the first time, the Punjab government will give cash awards to highest-ranking students of Class-12: Rs 1 lakh each to both toppers; Rs 50,000 to the third-position holder; and Rs 25,000 each to the two students who finished joint fourth.
Talking to HT, Darshveer said: “I still can’t believe it that I have topped in the state with 100% marks.” She had secured 89% marks in Class 10.
Saima said she was not expecting such a perfect performance. “My calculations told me that I would fall short of the ‘100’ mark by 2-3%,” she told HT. Her ultimate goal is to become an IAS officer, but before that she wants to pursue BTech in computer science from a top engineering college such as the Birla Institute of Science and Technology.
With inputs from Bahadurjeet Singh, Rupnagar
Meet the toppers
Darshveer Kaur Kalsi (Joint first)
Institution: RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana
Success mantra: Being regular in school; motivation by parents, teachers and school principal; self-study
Parents: Father Surinder Singh works as a superviser in a factory; mother Manjit Kaur is a teacher in a govt school
Saima Rashid (Joint first)
Institution: Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Rupnagar
Success mantra: Two-three hours’ study daily; support of parents and school principal
Parents: Father Abdur Rashid Handa and mother Farida Bano are both teachers
Sarika Vinayak (Third)
Institution: BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana
Success mantra: Mother’s encouragement
Parents: Father Surinder Kumar is a labourer in a private company; mother Jyoti runs a boutique
What they have in common: All three are sportspersons (Darshveer is a state-level baseball player; Saima has represented Punjab in table tennis; and Sarika is a national-level baseball and softball player). They all aspire to become IAS officers.
The pass percentage was 81.09% in 2014 and 78.97% in 2013
This time, 5.8% of the students failed, while there are 17.56% compartment cases (A total of 19,772 students failed, about 9,000 more compared to last year)