Lucknow boy Tathagat Bhatia of Seth MR Jaipuria School and Yashvardhan Tomar of Meerut were ranked second in India in the ICSE Class 10 exams, while two Lucknow girls, Shreya Srivastava and Pragya Mishra of CMS, Mahanagar, took the third position in ISC.
Tathagat and Yashvardhan, who scored 495 out of 500, missed the top spot by just one mark. Similarly, Shreya and Pragya, were jointly ranked third with an overall score of 397: This is just two short of all-India topper Arkya Chatterjee's score of 399 out of 400.
Tathagat Bhatia scored 98 in English and History, Civics, Geography, 99 in Science, and 100 in Maths and Computer. "I didn't believe it initially. It was totally unexpected. I had thought I'd be lucky if I'm even able to cross the 90 spot," he said.
Tathgat wishes to take Humanities for 11th and 12th and wants to work more on his oratory skills as a debater. He resisted taking coaching and worked hard himself. Apart from being good in studies, he is also very active on social media.
Just like he is good in academics, Tathagat is a gifted quizzer, has taken part in many MUNs (Model United Nations), and is passionate about table tennis.
His mother, Dr Sangeeta Bhatia, a pyschologist at Homeopathic Medical College, says she feels truly blessed. "The euphoria of this result is going to last for a few days now." she said.
Shreya and Pragya, who got the third rank in ISC, too, were happy with their marks. Pragya wants to study Commerce from SRCC while Shreya wants to become a civil engineer.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared the Class 10 (ICSE) and Class 12 (ISC) 2015 results on Monday. While the overall pass percentage in ICSE is 98.49%, it is 96.28% in ISC.
Uttar Pradesh Statistics
While UP studdnts have done well to find place in the merit list, the pass percentage of students from the state was poor as compared to the national figure. The pass percentage for ICSE from the state was 97.05% (India 98.49%), and for ISC it was 95.70% (India 96.28%).
Both in ICSE and ISC, girls have done better than boys in the state. In ICSE, girls have registered a pass percentage of 98.07% against boys who have achieved a pass percentage of 96.37%. In ISC too, the pass percentage for girls remained high at 96.96% against boys who have achieved a pass percentage of 94.74%.
A total of 33,274 students from 288 ICSE schools in the state appeared in the exam while 21,574 students from 231 schools appeared in ISC. In ICSE, 19,066 boys and 13,228 girls passed the exam in the state while in ISC, 12,723 boys and 9891 girls passed the exam.