Shivamogga boy scores 625/625 in Karnataka SSLC exams

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 16:56 IST
BS Ranjan (second from left), a student from Bhadravathi in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district scored 625 out of 625 marks in the Karnataka state board SSLC examinations. (Karthick Sridharan’s Twitter account)

Aim for the moon, they say, and you shall reach the ceiling.

But BS Ranjan, a student from Bhadravathi in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, managed to bag a little more than what he aimed for in the Karnataka state board SSLC examinations – the results for which were declared on Monday. The 16-year-old scored 625 out of 625 marks, a first in the state.

Ranjan, in an interaction with the Times of India , said that his target was a relatively modest 600.

And no, in case you are wondering, Ranjan did not take tuitions or refer to guide books. The key, according to him, lies in time management. “I studied one subject for six hours daily. I studied till I was thorough in every aspect of all the chapters... I solved question papers of previous years, so it supplemented what I studied,” he said.

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So, how did Ranjan feel when he saw his marks card for the first time? “I was shocked. I did not expect to come first in the state. I had expected 620 marks at best. Now, I am happy about the result,” the boy told The New Indian Express .

A student of the Poorna Pragna English Medium School, he wants to become a doctor to “serve the society”. His sister, who also studied in the same school, works as an engineer in Bengaluru.

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While Ranjan’s father BS Shankaranarayan works in the tiles industry, his mother Triveni is a home-maker. “I won’t take credit for what Ranjan has done,” Shankaranarayan told a news agency. “He has achieved it through his own efforts.”

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