“Badhiya marks aayenge, Maa. Dekh lena,” said a confident 17-year-old Sukriti Gupta to her mother, few hours before Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the result for the Class 12 board examination.
By 12 pm on Saturday, friends and relatives turned out for celebrations at the home of the science student of New Delhi’s Montfort School in Ashok Vihar. Gupta emerged as the topper by scoring 497 out of 500. However after responding to congratulatory phone calls from teachers and talking to media, it was time for her to go back to studies by evening.
Coming from a family of engineers, Gupta will appear for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced on Sunday and BITS Pilani admission test on Tuesday.
Her dream is to study in IIT-Delhi and become an engineer like the rest of her family. Her father is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi. Her mother was a topper in Physics subject of class 12 CBSE board exam. She is an alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering, which is now known as Delhi Technological University (DTU). Shreya Gupta, Sukriti’s elder sister, is a third year B.Tech student in this college.
“I seriously started preparing for Class 12 board exams in January this year. Earlier I was only concentrating on preparing for engineering exams. Though I come from a family of engineers, nobody pressurised me to choose this stream. This was my choice,” she said.
She is preparing for her engineering exams since Class 9 when she enrolled in FIITJEE, a popular coaching institute.
Gupta studied for more than 10 hours daily. Many times she would go to grandpa’s house nearby and studied there till evening. She scored 100 marks in Physics and Chemistry and 99 in Mathematics, English and Computer Science.
Gupta cannot figure out where she lost 1 mark in both mathematics and computer science. “Losing one mark in English is understandable. There is a saying that nobody can get full marks in language papers. But I had expected full marks in maths and computer science. These are my favourite subjects,” she said.
At a time when the unusually tough and lengthy Class 12 mathematics paper had sent millions of students into panic mode, Gupta was confident of getting full marks in this subject.
“Math paper was not tough, but it was lengthy. I had solved last 10 years’ question papers. But it took me more time to solve this year’s mathematics paper,” she said.
Her sister recalls how Sukriti would become annoyed at the slightest sound while studying. “We had to make sure that there was no noise when she studied. The slightest sound of doors or windows creaking open would annoy her,” recalls Shreya.
Gupta was born in Jaipur and brought up in Delhi. Apart from reading novels and magazines in her free time, she likes to swim and cycle. But she complains that since last two years she has not been able to do any of these activities. She got ‘B1’ grade in Physical and Health Education subject.