Girls outshined boys in Jalandhar district in the Class-12 examination of the Punjab School Education Board, the result of which was declared on Sunday.
Interestingly, only girl students from the district made to the list of 350 toppers in the state. The overall pass percentage of the board in the district is 81.49 as compared to 76 last year.
Kavita Handa, a student of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya (HMV) Collegiate Senior Secondary School, has topped from the district besides bagging the fifth position in the state. Kavita, a student of commerce stream, scored 97.33 per cent marks.
HMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School secured the maximum number of positions in the board merit list. Of the first 350 students in the merit list in Punjab, 19 students are from Jalandhar, including nine students from HMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School.
The majority of students (12) in the merit list in the district are from commerce stream. The first three toppers in the city are also from commerce stream.
Bindia Garg and Gulfam Virdi (commerce), both of HMV Collegiate Senior Secondary School, bagged the second position in the district with 96.44% each and ninth in the state.
Vani Saini, a student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, bagged the third position in the district with 96% marks and the 11th rank in the state.
Ekta Bhagat secured the fourth position in the district with 95.1% marks in commerce stream and Navpreet Kaur bagged the fifth position with 94.89% in the same stream.
Kavita Handa said she never expected that she would make it to the top-five list in the state.
“All credit goes to my family and teachers. I have already taken admission in B.Com (professional) at HMV College. I want to become a company secretary and pursue career in banking,” said Kavita, daughter of a property dealer.
Kavita who is currently in Delhi, said on phone that hard work and listening to what teachers taught she takes it as her mantra to success. “I have worked hard on my own and never got any tuition,” she added.
Gulfam Virdi, daughter of a property dealer, has been a topper in her class throughout.
“I had not expected that I will secure the ninth rank in the state. Revision of everything that teachers taught was my success mantra,” said Gulfam, who aspires to be an IAS officer. She has taken admission at HMV College in B.Com (professional).
“My elder sister also used to be in the merit list. She and a younger sister are commerce students,” she added.
Vani Saini, daughter of a farmer and a non-medical student at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, said, “It is my hard work that paid. I am eying admission to BITS Pilani.”
The private schools had better results as compared to the government schools.
Of the 19 students from Jalandhar who have made to 350 top students list in Punjab only three are from government schools and two are from aided institutions.