Delhi Public School (DPS) student Subhashish Bhadra scored 98 percent in his Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 exams to top the Delhi region.
"Subhashish Bhadra is the Delhi region topper," a CBSE official confirmed said.
"I didn't expect to top the region. I was expecting something around 95 percent. Yes, I am excited and elated," Bhadra, a student of DPS R.K. Puram in Delhi, said over phone from his Kolkata residence.
Bhadra and his family shifted to Kolkata in December after his father A.K. Bhadra left his Indian Navy job to join a private firm.
Bhadra has been flooded by calls from his friends, relatives and reporters since Friday morning when the CBSE declared their class 12 results for Delhi, Guwahati and Allahabad.
Earlier, there was news that he was the all-India topper. But later it was confirmed that he topped the Delhi region.
Bhadra said: "I have been told that I have topped my school and the region."
He scored a perfect 100 in Mathematics, followed by 99 in Economics, 98 in both English and Chemistry and 95 in Physics.
"I did not study that much. I started serious preparation for the boards early January and I used to study for seven-eight hours daily. Before that I was involved in extra-curricular activities like music and debating," he said.
Bhadra credits his parents for his success.
"I am very grateful to my parents as they showed their confidence and trusted me through out. They never forced me to study," said Bhadra, confessing that he misses the parties and the fun he used to have with his friends back in Delhi.
What surprised his father was that Bhadra scored cent-per-cent marks in Maths, a subject he hated.
Bhadra's father said: "In middle of his preparation for boards, we had to shift to Kolkata in December as I got a job there."
So the teenager stayed back in Delhi.
As Bhadra loves Economics, he plans to pursue it seriously like his elder brother, who is doing his MBA from Mumbai, his father said.
He wants to pursue Economics honours from Delhi University and is in two minds between Shri Ram College of Commerce and St. Stephens College.
Bhadra has a simple advice for other students. "Stick to your books for chemistry. It's very comprehensive and helpful. For the rest of the subjects, trust yourself and give it your best shot," he said.
So what are the plans for celebrations. "We got no time to plan celebrations. He has been constantly busy since morning - taking calls and besieged by the media for interviews. As he has been whisked away from one television studio to another, we are yet to decide how to celebrate," said Bhadra's father.