Arunima Shukla, a class 12 student of Holy Child School at Nehru Nagar in Ghaziabad scored 98.25% in the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), results of which were declared on Friday. She ranks third in Delhi-NCR.
Shukla said her favourite subject is Biology and she aims to become a doctor. She is a Bharatnatyam dancer and also likes to sing.
“I am inspired by my elder sister (Dr Priyanka Shukla) who is a doctor at Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi and was also a district topper from the same school in 2008. She secured 91% in her class 12 exams. She keeps urging me to work hard and keep persevering. Besides, the principal and teachers of my school also worked hard and helped me achieve a high score,” Shukla said.
“I studied on my own and did not take additional coaching. I took extra classes while preparing for the medical entrance examinations,” she said.
In the class 10 exams, Daman Arora, a student of St Mary’s Convent in Shastri Nagar of Ghaziabad scored 98.25%. The top scorer of class 10 exams in Noida, Vasudha Bedi of the Shriram Millenium School in Sector 135, scored 93%.
Arora, who is a resident of Ravindra Nagar in Delhi, says he was surprised by the results as he did not study very hard and expected a lower score.
“I want to be an engineer and will prepare for entrance exams to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). I plan to shift to Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum as IITs give preference to those students,” 15-year-old Arora said.
In Noida, 100% students belonging to the ICSE board who sat for the examination passed.