Riju Srivastava of St Joseph’s Convent in Bhopal topped the state with 98% marks and hopes to one day become the President of India.
“I want to be an IAS officer to serve the people,” said Srivastava, a humanities student. “I really admire and respect the President of India. I don’t want to be an active politician so I want to be nominated for the post.”
She idolises former President APJ Abdul Kalam and also hopes to leave a mark on Indian politics like Arvind Kejriwal, who was an IRS officer before becoming the Delhi chief minister.
Riju said her parents always supported her and never put undue pressure to perform, and that regular studies helped her score high. “I want to graduate either in law or in political honours — both fields will help in knowing law and the Constitution of our country better,” she said.
She has taken the CLAT (common law admission test) and wants to pursue graduation from NLIU, Bangalore. “But I also want to graduate in political science (honours) from Delhi University,” she said.
On a high with her exceptional performance in Class 12, the state topper now hopes to choose between the two within a week.