Shivam Goel of Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, raised the bar to a new high to emerge as the tricity topper by securing 98.4% marks in the Class 10 examinations conducted by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The results were declared on Friday.
Tarannum Pratap (97.6%) and Sehajpreet Kaur (97.4%) of Strawberry Fields High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, are the second and third tricity toppers.
Son of a businessman, Goel wishes to join the IIT in the aeronautical engineering stream. “After that I will like to pursue research in space science,” he said.
An avid fan of Discovery and History channels, he confessed that he had been participating in the co-curricular activities, but was not among the winners.
“I don’t like tuitions. They do not leave you with anytime for self-study. I relied only on classroom lessons and was regular with my studies at home. Even during the exam days, I was giving only 6-8 hours for preparations daily,” he said. He, however, said he was undergoing coaching for the Joint Entrance Examination. Shivam has got 100 marks each in mathemtics and computer science, 99 each in science and history, civics and geography. In Hindi, he scored 97 marks 94 in English. He was the gold medallist in Mathematics Olympiad in Classes 7 and 8.
For his good show, Shivam gave credit to his school. “My teachers contributed a lot. There used to be counselling sessions before the exams, which were helpful in tackling stress,” he said.
His father Sanjay Goel said that he was confident that his son will be the tricity topper. “He had been a topper throughout. Though I couldn’t give much time to him, but his mother (Kanchan) had a big role in supporting him in every manner,” said the proud father. Second topper, Tarannum believes the key to a good marks is focused approach and taking school classes seriously. On the other hand, Sehajpreet believes consistency was the key to her success, adding that she believed in self-study.
School carries on the tradition
Keeping up with the tradition, Little Flower Convent School again produced the tricity topper. Last year, all the three tricity toppers were from this school. The school had produced also tricity toppers in 2014, 2013 and second topper in 2012.