With an average 98.8 per cent, 15-year-old Janvi Thosani is ICSE’s national topper this year. Her score — she got 100 marks in four out of seven subjects — is the board’s highest ever.
This is the third consecutive year that Mumbai has produced the board’s country topper.
“My friend saw my name on a news channel and called me. It was only then that I realised I had topped the country,” said the Santacruz resident, who is a student at Lilavati Podar School.
Mumbai, with 67 ICSE schools, seems to be faring better every year. “Mumbai schools have very good infrastructure, faculty and well-rounded students, which is why the results have been consistently good,” said Gerry Arathoon, officiating chief
executive and secretary of the ICSE board. “All the best schools in the city are affiliated to the board.”
Last year, Mumbai student Rishi Mehta topped the board with 98.2 per cent. “It is an interesting trend to see Mumbai doing so well. While being a topper is something you will cherish, it is also something that will soon fade,” he said.
Thosani is planning to study chartered accountancy, but for the time being it’s all about partying. “I have to celebrate
with my friends, my parents’ friends. It is whole lot of parties.”
In Mumbai, 6,031 students took the ICSE exam this year. Delhi, where the board is headquartered, has only a handful of ICSE schools.