Tanvi Kulkarni, 16, was enjoying a family vacation in Switzerland on Tuesday when she received a call from her classmate, who couldn’t stop yelling. “At first, I could barely make sense of what she was saying,” said Kulkarni, a Class 10 ICSE student of Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School.
“Within seconds, it started sinking in — I had scored 98.60%, and topped my school,” added Kulkarni, who is one of the city’s high scorers in the ICSE examinations.
A cricket buff, Kulkarni did not miss out on the World Cup, which clashed with her board exams, by adhering to her “restricted TV viewing time”.
Even Nirali Mehta, 16, a student of Jamnabai Narsee School, has been busy answering phone calls and Facebook posts. “I am still in a trance with all the attention and congratulatory messages,” said Mehta, who scored 98.2%. “The nervousness crept in only hours before the results because my relatives and friends started calling me to wish me luck,” added Mehta, who scored 100% in her mathematics paper.
While most students were pretty confident with their performances, Chandrima Shrivastav, 15, exceeded her own expectations. “I am too shocked at this moment,” said Shrivastav, a student of St. Gregorios High School, Chembur, who scored 98 %. “For now, I will spend time with my family till the feeling sinks in,” she beamed.
Raahil Shah, 16, has been having an overdose of cakes and mithai. “This is my moment of fame,” said Shah, who scored 98.66%. “I did not attend any tuitions throughout the year, and focused on mathematics and science,” said the Cathedral and John Connon School student.
‘It was the biggest joy’
Barely a fortnight after writing an “amazing” All India Engineering Entrance Exam, Ankur Mallick, 18, has a new reason to rejoice. Mallick, a Class 12 ISC student of Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School, scored 97.75% in the science stream. “I am extremely happy because only now am I reaping the benefits of having solved past years’ papers and studying for hours together,” said Mallick, who scored 100% in his mathematics paper.
Rehan Shah, 18, a science student of Cathedral and John Connon School, is in a state of disbelief after scoring 96%. “I am grateful to all my teachers for not just giving us tips, but also for being accessible during the exams,” said Shah, who has already secured admission at the University College, London, for mechanical engineering.
Naveen Bhutoria, 18, a commerce student of Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School, can’t thank his favourite mathematics professor, “Pritesh Sir”, enough. “He is my godfather,” said Bhutoria, who scored 97.25%.
“I have appeared for the entrance exam at Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, and I am hoping to do well there too,” he added.
Aakruti Anand, 18, a student of humanities at Lilavatibai Podar Senior Secondary School, is not surprised with the outcome. “I have been very consistent for the last two years, focusing only on academics,” said Anand, who scored 94.3%. “The biggest joy was securing 97% in my psychology paper, which surpassed the score I had expected.”