This year, it’s the small town children from Madhya Pradesh who have dominated the state toppers’ list in the Class 10 boards. The results declared on Monday had students from Shajapur, Shahdol, Panna, Khandwa, Rajgarh and Umariya, who outshone their counterparts from the bigger cities.
The highest pass percentage was recorded in Mandsaur district (71.78%), while Neemuch recorded 70.20% and Khandwa 69.68%. State capital Bhopal recorded a pass percentage of 56.46% and Indore division scored 61.26%.
This time, students from Shajapur and Jabalpur shared the first place in the state, scoring 98.16%.
Mukesh Chandel, 15 , a small town boy from Kalapipal village of Shajapur district topped the merit list with 589 marks out of 600 (98.16%).
The Class 10 student lived at a rented room to complete his studies from the Sahara Public Higher Secondary School Kalapipal, Shajapur.
“I used to walk eight kilometres to give him food from our village Aalmiya. I gave my son freedom to choose his career options,” said Mukesh’s father Bhagwat Singh Chandel, who is a teacher in a government school.
Beaming with confidence, the boy said: “This is just a small step towards my goal and I would like to repeat this milestone in the Class 12 board exams too.”
Mukesh said he studied for nine to 10 hours at a stretch everyday to achieve the feat. He aims become an IPS officer.
Jitendra Parmar, 16, from Shajapur district, who stood second on the state merit list, scoring 588 out of 600 (98%), had his goals laid straight even before he wrote his Class 10 papers.
“I want to join the Indian Army,” he told HT.
A native of Shujalpur Mandi in Shajapur district, Parmar is passionate about volleyball and cricket. He even attended the NCC national camp held in Vadodara, Gujarat this year.
“Regular study and perfect balance between academic and extra-curricular activities are the key to success,” he said.
Youngest of his five siblings, Parmar’s mother is illiterate, while his father has studied only up to Class 8.
“But their motivation and support at every point of my life helped me achieve this unbelievable success,” he said. Parmar shares the second spot with Ram Prakash Gupta from Shahdol.
Ishwar, a student of Government Higher Secondary School in Shajapur, who scored 585 marks and the fifth rank on the state merit list, also belongs to remote Kaushalpur village.
The boy used to walk seven kilometres everyday to reach school.
Recalling his journey, Ishwar says, “I had to walk through mud, making my way everyday up to 7 km to reach school.”
61.26% students pass in Indore division
More than 61.26% of students from Indore division passed the Class 10 examination. Three students, including two girls and a boy, from the division made it to the merit list.
While Swati, daughter of Rajesh Sharma, a resident of Harsud in Khandwa district, secured the fourth position, Satyam, son of Ashok Gar from Dhar, and Atim, daughter of Bharat Rathore from Khandwa, got the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.
The pass percentage in Indore district was 55.13%, and in the division, it was 61.26% against 53.87% in the state. In Khandwa, 69.68% students, including 72.66% girls and 66.76% were declared successful. More than 1, 20, 778 candidates got themselves registered for the examination this year in the division.
More than 39,710 students took the examination as regular students from Indore district. While 50.42% of students got first division in the district, the percentage of first division in the division was 44.16% against the state’s 46.69%.
Hunny Wadhwani from Tirath Bai Kalachand Higher Secondary School, Indore, stood first in the district by obtaining 579 marks out of 600. Nupoor Bari, Kritika Jain and Ashwini Chouhan of Pink Flower Higher Secondary School secured second and third positions in the district.