Two students from Mumbai, Ananya Patwardhan and Tezan Tapan Sahu, could not hide their joy after finding out they had topped the Class 10 Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exams nationally, with 99.2%, on Monday. This is the best score in the past five years. Five other students from the city came in third nationally in the ICSE exams. The results of the Class 12 Indian School Certificate (ISC) exams were also announced on Monday. The city did well in these exams as well, with two students coming in third in the country.
“I was overwhelmed and screamed when I heard the news; it took time for it to sink in,” said Patwardhan, a student of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School, Vile Parle.
Patwardhan, who secured full marks in mathematics, science and technical drawing, wants to pursue a career in law rather engineering or medicine. “My argumentative mind will make me the perfect lawyer,” she said.
The other topper, Sahu, who scored a perfect 100 in social science, mathematics and computer application, aspires to get into the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). “I was expecting a good score, but never thought I would top the exam,” said Sahu, from St Mary’s ICSE School, Navi Mumbai.
The performance of students across the city soared this year; a majority of the schools had 100% results. Two ISC students, Ashutosh Lohana from Smt Lilavatibai Podar High School, Santacruz and Sanjana Amar Ravjiani from St Gregorious School, Chembur, secured 99.25%, emerging third across the country.
“The scores of the exam toppers this year are the highest in the past five years,” said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary at Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the exams.
Once again, girls outperformed the boys across the country. The overall pass percentage for the state was 99.72% in ICSE and 98.80% in ISC – higher than the national average of 98.49% and 96.28%. Students from 210 schools in the state took the exam. Of the 1,58,833 students, 15,120 took the ICSE exam from the state and of the 71,141 students who appeared for the ISC exam, 2,162 were from the state.
* I took a week to mourn for my father, says Pari Dhruva
Achievement is a direct consequence of perseverance. Pari Mihir Dhruva was in Class 10 when she lost her father, who suffered from a heart attack on a trekking and rafting trip to Kargil, Ladakh. But the tragic loss of her father did not prevent her from scoring 92.83% in her ICSE board exams.
The family faced challenging times and suffered much hardship. “I took a week’s holiday to mourn for my father. It was really sad for all of us,” said Pari, a student of Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu. “But it was my father’s dream that I would achieve, that drove me to study for 3-4 hours a day and secure good marks in the exams.”
She is very thankful to her teachers at school and says that they have taken ‘utmost care’ of her. “They stayed back with me to teach me whatever I had missed, and gave me moral support throughout the year.”
(Reported by Vinayak Gupta)
* She showed her ability was stronger than her disability
With acute hearing disability, keeping up with class work was not easy for Ananya Shetty. However, proving that her ability is stronger than her disability, the student of Presentation Convent School, Nerul, scored a whopping 94.6%.
Ananya, who has managed to clinch the second position in her school, is ecstatic. “As a child, she couldn’t hear properly even with a hearing aid. When she was in Class 5, she underwent a cochlear implant surgery, after which she developed partial hearing,” said Shalini Shetty, her mother.
“Learning languages was the biggest challenge for her. We had to struggle really hard to teach her languages. We couldn’t be more happy with her score,” Shalini added.
Ananya, who wants to study at IIT, would put in meticulous hours of study to achieve her dream.
“She has always been very attentive. She used lip-reading to understand her teachers and fellow classmates,” Shalini said.
(Reported by Aishwarya Iyer)
* 6-month-long bone marrow transplant treatment strengthened her resolve
A six-month-long bone marrow transplant procedure was no deterrent for a 15-year-old student of Villa Theresa High School, Peddar Road, who managed to score an impressive 89% in the ICSE exams this year.
Meena N (name changed) was diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder, since birth, and was on medication and undergoing intensive treatment for it since she can remember.
It was only last year that she successfully beat t he disorder after a bone mar row transplant in Chennai. Her younger sister’s marrow turned out to be a perfect match for the transplant.
On her return from surgery, she was readmitted to class 9, having missed a major period of the school work during the procedure.
“By god’s grace, my daughter is fine now and only has to t ake vaccinations. She was always a hard-working student and prepared for her exams well. She took breaks while studying, so that she did not exert too much. The school principal is very kind and was extremely supportive about her condition, which helped her a lot,” said the student’s mother.
The bright young girl wishes to pursue a degree in interior designing and is looking for an option that will allow her to be admitted to such an institution on the basis of her ICSE marks alone.
“If at all there is no such option, I would like to take up commerce under the HSC board and then pursue designing” she said.
(Reported by Apoorva Puranik)
* Dengue didn’t deter this boy from scoring high
A bout of dengue made Kunjal Shah, a student of Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz, miss most of his second semester exam, months before the finals. Even as he recovered from the illness, the prelims approached, leaving him little time to prepare. So, it came as a pleasant surprise that he scored 98.16%.
“Even during the prelims, I was weak and my efforts were not as consistent as my classmates. I was very nervous about the results,” he said.
Shah said he focused on solving the previous years’ question papers for practice and gave them to his school teachers for evaluation.
“I solved almost 25 to 30 papers in preparation for the exam. I feel the more papers you solve, the better you will write in the exam. The illness made me rather weak but I was determined to score well,” he said. Shah is determined to pursue a career in engineering.
(Reported by Aishwarya Iyer)