When he as 14, Prathamesh Jain always dreamt of joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai and building an affordable flying car. It is this dream that motivated him to work hard for his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams. Jain now 16, scored a 96% in his SSC exams, the results for which were announced on June 17. His score added up to 100% due to the 25 marks allotted for sports participation. He is among the 10 children who have scored a 100% in the SSC exams in the Mumbai division.
"I did not expect my score to add up to 100%," he said.
A student of Indian Education Society's (IES) Modern English High School in Dadar, Jain says balancing sports and studies helped him concentrate better. He studied for two hours after school and went for classes thrice a week. The rest of the time he played cricket and watched movies. "I was under pressure only while playing cricket when I had to score runs for my team," added Jain.
The high score has not changed anything for Jain. He says that the 100% marks do not mean that he will achieve success. His feet are on the ground.
Jain has always loved playing sports. In class 10, he participated in state level fencing. He also participated in martial arts, chess and throwball.
"When I was studying 30 years ago, marks were not so important. But students are becoming more aware and focused today," said Dr Suresh Jain, radiologist with ESIS hospital, "I had to make sure that he doesn't get stressed out."
Jain has already begun preparing for the IIT-JEE exam.