When the SSC results came out on Thursday, Eshita Govilkar (15) found she had a perfect score in social studies.
On Tuesday, when the SSC announced the subject toppers, Govilkar realised she was the only one in Mumbai region to have scored the unbeatable 100 out of 100 in the subject.
“I was well-prepared although I really did not expect to get 100 in social studies,” said Govilkar, a student of Balmohan Vidya Mandir at Dadar. “History was my favourite subject in school but I have always wanted to do medicine since childhood.”
This is the first year that the state board did not announce toppers for different categories and an overall topper. But as is the annual practice, each of the board’s eight divisions announced its own set of subject toppers on Tuesday.
The Mumbai region division of the board announced 63 prizes, instituted by private donors in the past. “These are established prizes given out every year as per the wishes of the individual donors who instituted these awards,” said V.S. Mhatre, Mumbai region division board secretary. The cash prizes are variously valued at Rs 500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,400.
“I was expecting to do well but I never expected to top,” said Mayuri Kadam, a Marathi (first language) subject topper. She scored 95 per cent in the subject.
The highest scores in some of the other subjects were 95 (out of 100) in English, 150 (out of 150) in Maths and 100 (out of 100) in Science and Social Studies.
“It’s a good feeling, we are very pleased,” said Snigdha Roy, vice-principal of Father Agnel Multipurpose school in Vashi, that had two students win subject prizes. The school plans to felicitate them later.
“I’m very proud of my daughter who worked consistently throughout the year,” said Dr M.S. Kale, whose daughter Shalaka, a Father Agnel student, managed a perfect score in Sanskrit.
On Tuesday SSC students also received their marksheets from their respective schools. The results were announced online on June 17.