The Class 10 Indian Certificate of Secondary Exams (ICSE) results brought cheer to three households in Maharashtra, one from Mumbai and two from Pune. Girls from the three families scored 98.4% in their ICSE board exams, results of which were announced on Friday.
Manasi Arora, 15, of Vile Parle’s Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School emerged as a joint all-India topper. She shared the rank with Anika Agrawal, 15, and Simran Khanuja, 15, from St Mary’s School in Pune.
Arora bagged perfect scores (100 out of 100) in mathematics, social studies and commercial application. With an interest in number crunching, Arora wants to take up commerce to become a chartered accountant like her parents. “I studied by setting targets and did not count the hours put in. I balanced my studies while pursuing other interests, especially dancing and singing,” said Arora.
Pune girl Khanuja believes that there is no substitute for hard work. “I put in my 100% throughout the year,” she said. Khanuja aspires to become an engineer, following in her elder sister’s footsteps. She has already secured admission in the science stream at a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school.
Agrawal, another Pune topper from the same school as Khanuja, could not be reached for comment, but the school principal expressed joy. “The girls have pulled off an amazing feat and made the state proud,” said Sujata Mullic, principal, St Mary’s School.
This year, 1,40,878 students appeared for the exam from 1,762 schools across India. Their percentages were calculated based on the marks scored in English and best four subjects. For the last four years, the topper has been from Mumbai, except for in 2011, when the board did not announce a topper.