For Rishibha Kawatra, the city topper in Class 12 board examination of ICSE, life is full of surprises. The girl, who never managed to clinch the top position in any class, scored the highest marks — 97.5% this time.
"It was the most crucial exam of my life," she said. And in mathematics, the subject which she hates the most, she scored the maximum.
Rishibha, a student of Shri Ram School, didn't have inkling to stand out as the numero uno in Class 12 board exams. "Though I scored 93.4% in Class 10 board exams but never did I score so well as much as I did this time," she said, adding that taking frequent breaks during her study was her "mantra for success". She said: "After studying for two and a half hours, I used to take an hour-long break. I actually pushed myself a lot to study hard but also tried maintaining a balance between academics and non-academics."
The month of February was critical when she used to study for 10-11 hours a day but she would still take out time for a stroll or to watch a movie.
"I used to speak to friends over the phone often and would play tennis at times to feel rejuvenated," she added.
Once the admission process in the University of Delhi starts, she would apply in St Stephen's, Hindu and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) to pursue her BA in economics.
Nehal Garg, who topped in commerce stream with 97.25%, is also from the same school and wish to study economics "at one of best colleges of north campus, possibly SRCC".
"I was speechless when I got to know the results. The reason why I could make it was because of my consistent approach towards studies," she said.
Anshul Kumar Gupta, the Gurgaon topper in Class 10 exams, does not believe in spending the entire day with books. "If one studies three to four hours a day with full concentration than success is never far off," said Anshul who scored 97%.