“I knew I would get a perfect score, the paper was easy,” said a confident Sonal Sonawane, 16, who was declared as the subject topper for maths in this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam on Monday.
Sonawane scored a full cent in the 150-mark paper. “I’ll use the money I receive to shop and get myself a new wardrobe for college,” she said. She added that she plans to apply for a diploma in engineering.
The SSC results were declared on June 17. On Monday, the SSC board’s Mumbai division announced the subject toppers. This is the second year that the board did not announce overall toppers, but the number of subject prizes it gave out rose from 63 last year to 78 this year. Most subject prizes were given out to the student who topped Marathi (as a first language). “The number of prizes depend on the wishes of the donors who give out the prizes through the board,” said RR Bhise, secretary, Mumbai division of the board.
The total worth of the subject prizes this year was Rs65,000, an increase of more than Rs15,000 compared to last year when the total worth of prizes was Rs49,100.
Prize money amounts vary from Rs500 to Rs1,000. Subject toppers will now receive their prize money through their schools.
Students also got their final SSC mark sheets from their schools on Monday.