It's a twin delight. Two students bagging the top positions jointly and both of them are girls. In fact, toppers of all four streams this year are girls.
Two girls have bagged the top slot in the region in the Class XII examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. While Jalandhar girl Parul Kalia has topped the medical stream, Navya Singla is the commerce topper and the two have worked hard to score 98% each.
Known for producing toppers, Swami Sant Dass Public School, Jalandhar, lived up to its image when Parul Kalia topped the region by securing 98% marks in the medical stream. Daughter of an agricultural engineer, Parul, who aspires to be a radiologist, has scored full marks in English, 99 in biology and chemistry, 95 in physics and 97 in computer science.
"I never expected such a good score but was sure to get merit, as I have always figured among the top five. I am really thankful to my parents, my principal and biology teachers for guiding me," said an elated Parul, who has bagged the 100th rank in PMET.
My experiment was successful: Navya
Monday was an extraordinary day for the other topper from the region, commerce student Navya Singla of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, who also scored 98%. Navya wants to pursue B.Com or Economics honours from St. Stephen's or Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce and aims to be a civil servant. "Regular studies helped a lot and I never missed school. Both my parents are doctors and though I too wanted to pursue medicine, my dad asked me to experiment," she said.
Her parents, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Suresh Singla and Dr Renu Singla, and elder brother, who is studying management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, are proud of her achievement.
Software engineer next: Mehak
The topper in non-medical stream is another girl from Ludhiana. A student of DAV School, BRS Nagar, Mehak Ghai has topped her stream with 97.6% marks.
Aiming to become a software engineer, Mehak says studying honestly and regularly has proved to be her key to success. "Never miss classes and avoid stress. My parents have been my inspiration and it was my mother who was more confident than me that I'll top the exams," says Mehak.
Pallavi wants to be an IAS officer
In Humanities, the region's topper is Pallavi Sharma of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, who scored 96%. "It feels different and great that I could do what I had dreamt of. I studied for only 6-7 hours a day and I really worked hard," she said. Pallavi wants, to pursue psychology honours from Delhi University and aims to become an officer in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).