Ajinkya Kalia, 15, a student of Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz, wasn’t surprised with his Class 10 (ICSE) score of 98.4% on Saturday.
“I planned my study schedule well and did not give up on sports such as cycling and chess, which I love,” said the Andheri resident who wants to pursue science and take up medicine after Class 12.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), which conducts the ICSE exam, announced Thane girl Shalaka Kulkarni (98.8%) as the joint all-India ICSE topper.
Rushil Goradia, 15, who is on a vacation in New York with his grandmother, heard of his 98.3% score after his mother called him at 5am. “It took a little time for my son to react to what I was saying. He was half asleep and when he heard that he scored 98.3 % with the ‘best-of-five’ scheme. He started jumping with joy,” said his mother, Shefali Goradia, who is a chartered accountant.
Most of the city’s ICSE top scorers said they did not give up their extra-curricular activities to prepare for the board exams.