Lucknow girl Anshul Bhadauria proved everyone, who believe that one cannot score high in subjects that are generally offered in humanities, wrong.
Anshul scored 98.6% to top the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 examinations in the Allahabad region, the results of which were declared on Saturday. She obtained 493 marks out of 500.
A student of Manipal Public School, Anshul has scripted history of sorts by scoring a perfect 100 in history, 99 in psychology and physical education, 98 in economics and 97 in English.
“Believe me, it is wrong to say that one cannot score high in arts stream. Stop underestimating students of humanities. Arts stream offers several options today,” Anshul says.
The 18-year-old says if a student loves a particular subject, they are bound to do well and that is a misnomer to say that only students with mathematics and science subjects can score high.
Anshul now wants to pursue economics either from University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) or Benaras Hindu University.
Daughter of a banking sector employee and a homemaker, Anshul wants to become an economist to help the country fight poverty. “My heart bleeds to see poverty all around. Even after several years of Independence, the country is not free from poverty,” she rued.
Anshul credits her teachers and parents, who never put any burden on her to pursue a career in science, for her impressive performance.
“I was one of those lucky ones whose parents never put an undue pressure to study science or mathematics. They allowed me to pick a career of my choice. I love economics and psychology and I decided to make a career in economics,” she says.
Showering a heap of praise for Anshul, school principal Anupama Shukla said that she was a bright child and remained focused in her studies.
Unlike most students of her age who remain hooked to social media, Anshul does not have a Facebook account. “I find it to be wastage of time,” Anshul, who likes reading and listening to music, says.
This is not the first time that a student of Manipal Public School scored high in arts stream. In 2014, Kriti Sapra topped in the Allahabad region by scoring 98.2%.
Kriti managed a perfect score in economics, 99% in history and psychology, 97% in English and 96% in physical education.