With 96.8%, Rajat Bir Singh of Little Flower School, Sector 14, Panchkula, emerged the tricity topper as results of ICSE Class 10 were declared on Friday.
Prabhleen Kaur of St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, secured the second position with 96.4%, while the third rank went to Aastha Rajan, again of Panchkula's Little Flower School, with 96.2% in the exams conducted for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).
The toppers' list is based on marks of best of five subjects out of six, and taking English as compulsory.
A resident of Sector 17, Panchkula, Rajat is the head boy of his school and got 100% in mathematics and computer. He wants to purse non-medical stream to become a software engineer, though he likes to paint too. Son of businessman Hartev Singh Bajwa and housewife Manjeet Kaur, he said, "I put in around five hours of studying daily. But I never took tuitions and relied on self-study. The credit of my success goes to my parents and teachers."
Prabhleen was jubilant, and also stressed she did not believe in tuitions: "All I did was day-to-day management of studies." Her father Varinder Singh, employed with the Bhakra Beas Management Board, and advocate mother Ranjit Kaur said they knew her potential all along: "She used to top her class since the sixth standard, but never resorted to cramming." She aims to get into IIT.
Aastha is the head girl of Little Flower School. Daughter of businessman Rajan Jain and housewife Anju Jain, she also gave the credit to her school and teachers. An avid reader, Aastha wants to pursue humanities. "I have already taken admission in Bhavan Vidyalaya. I would like to study economics. As far as career is concerned, I have not decided yet."
Riya scores most in Class 12
As the results of Indian School Certificate (ISC) Class 12 were also declared alongside those of Class 10, commerce student Riya Sharma of St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, got the most marks at 91.25% across the four streams.