CBSE exam board toppers: Secrets of their success and their plans for future

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 26, 2015 14:12 IST

Class 12 results have always been the yardstick with which most Indian families measure a person's success. Most people want to be engineers or doctors. But the toppers of this year's exams have something else in mind.

Singing and painting helped me de-stress: All-India topper

All-India topper M Gayathri scored 99.2%

(Saumya Khandelwal/ HT Photos)

While most class 12 students remained glued to their books between March and April, the all-India topper in the CBSE class 12 examination, M Gayathri, continued to pursue her hobbies. “Unlike others, I did not discontinue my hobbies during the exams. In fact, singing and painting helped me de-stress after studies,” she told HT.

A student of New Green Field School in south Delhi’s Saket, Gayathri scored 99.20 per cent in the all-India examination, with a perfect score in three out of the five subjects that she appeared for. She managed to score a 100 each in mathematics, accountancy and business studies, and 98 on 100 in economics and English.

Speaking of her performance, Promita Prabhakar, her school principal said, “We always knew that she will outdo our expectations. We were confident that she would score well and looked up her results first. She is a quiet but focused student.”

Gayathri is a trained Carnatic singer and takes lessons for Thanjavur painting. She wants to become a chartered accountant (CA) and has already started preparing for the entrance exam scheduled in June.

“Everyone wants an admission in the Delhi University. I am sure it is a great place to be in but that’s not my aim. I want to become a CA and I will resume my studies after the celebrations are over,” she said.

Noida girl misses the top rank by a mark

Maithili Mishra missed out on the top spot by one mark (Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photos)

One mark is all that separates the all-India topper from the student who secured all-India rank two in Class 12 examinations conducted by CBSE.

Maithili Mishra, from Amity International School in Noida, scored 495, while all-India topper M Gayathri got 496 out of 500. Gayatri ssecured the top-spot by a margin of 0.20%.

“Mailthli secured 99 per cent marks in humanities. She is among the 150 students who scored more than 90 per cent. Maithli is also a fine painter, who has won several awards for painting,” Renu Singh, Maithili's school principal, said.

She added that students under the differently-abled and economically weaker section (EWS) category enrolled in the school performed outstandingly. “Around seven girl students under EWS category scored more than 85 per cent. Preeti Sharma scored 90.2 percent,” she said.

They braved all odds to make a mark

Nehmat Mongia (Left) overcame dyslexia and Tapas Bharadwaj struggled with visual impairment

Tapas Bhardwaj and Nehmat Mongia are among the few who choose to take on personal challenges and made it big in this year’s Class 12 examination.

Bhardwaj, a visually-challenged student from the Delhi Public School in RK Puram, scored 91.40 per cent against all odds. He used a voice-to-text software to prepare notes and his laptop was the biggest contributor to his success.

The 18-year-old plans to study law and has already cleared the Common Law Admission Test conducted by National Law Universities in India.

Nehmat Mongia, on the other hand, scored 95.80 per cent in the examinations. A student of Modern School, Barakhamba, Nehmat battled dyslexia to bag the top spot under special category in Delhi.

“I was with my friends when the results were declared. I didn’t believe the results initially. I was in a state of shock and slow Internet did not help. But when I finally saw my results, I was blown away,” Nehmat said. She scored 479 marks out of 500, with a 100 in Geography, 99 in Painting, 95 in History and Psychology and 90 in English.

She spent almost 10 hours every day studying. “I used to write and rewrite everything I studied. It wasn’t a matter of studying or remembering before the exams, I wanted to understand things and it was as if only I could teach myself. I did just that and made studying a fun activity,” she added.

Nehmat plans to study fine arts and become an artist. “I want to become a painter someday and pursue my dream. I have short listed few colleges that I want to apply to,” she said.

'I want to join the United Nations': All-India No 2

Saurabh Bhambri will leave to the UK in September

Saurabh Bhambri of KR Mangalam World School in New Delhi, was one the handful of students from across India who secured the second spot in class 12 examinations held by CBDE.

A humanities student, Bhambri scored 495 out of 500 and is among the few who scored 99 percent in the all-India examination.

Bhambri aspires to work for the United Nations and will leave for higher studies in the United Kingdom in September. A resident of Panscheel Park, Bhambri felt that there aren’t any good institutions in India that offer the course of his choice.

Explaining his decision to study in UK, he said, “My parents noticed that it was difficult for my sister to cope with the academic stress in the UK, where she did her post-graduation. So, they asked me to apply at the undergrad level itself. ”

Govt school toppers show the way in the capital

Students of government schools in the Capital performed well in the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) class 12 exams.

Shubham Garg of the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya on Raj Niwas Marg in Central Delhi scored 96.80 percent in the science stream.

Under the commerce stream, Mahima of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Nand Nagri scored 96.80 per cent. The youngest among three sisters, Mahima lost her father when she was four.

Samar Shakeel of the Government co-ed School in RK Puram secured the highest among humanities students in government schools scoring 95.60 percent.

(Reports by Soumya Pillai, Saurabh Trivedi and other HT correspondents)

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