"It is like a dream come true," says Daizy Garg on bagging second position by scoring 98.2% marks in the state in Punjab School Education Board's Class 12 (non-medical) examinations, results of which were declared on Sunday.
The eldest daughter of Sangrur resident Suresh Kumar Garg, who runs a 'kariyana' store in the city, Daizy believes that hard work is key to success.
"I studied for 12 hours every day and I think this is the only factor behind my success," Daizy told Hindustan Times, adding that, "Though I am very much happy with my performance, I want to improve on it further to achieve number one position in future exams."
Daizy, a student of Springdales Public Senior Secondary School, Sangrur, wants to carve a niche for herself. Having already cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (Main), now she will appear for the JEE Advanced exam scheduled to be held on May 25, she said.
"After I completed my Class 12 examinations I started preparing for the JEE Advanced as I want to take admission in a big engineering college in Delhi, which I think is very important to become a good engineer," she added.
Daizy's mother Ranjana Rani and father Suresh Garg are also very happy with her daughter's achievement. Her mother says, "I am thankful to God for her success and I feel proud of Daizy. I had earlier told her that she will be among the top three students, now it is a big achievement for me and my husband."
"Though I could not complete my graduation, I am providing all support to my two daughters as I think girls are equal to boys," Daizy said.
Springdales Senior Secondary School principal Jeevan Garg also praised Daizy for her hard work. "From the pre-nursery, Daizy is studying in our school and she has topped in several exams. As she wants to become an engineer I am sure that she will achieve her goal easily and one day she will bring laurels to the country," the principal said.
Besides Daizy six other girls from Sangrur, a district with a skewed sex ratio of 885 and a poor female literacy rate of 62%, have also scored good marks in the exam. Among others, Deepali Gupta managed to get ninth position in the state by securing 94.4% marks, followed by Geetanjali (94.6%), Gagandeep Kaur Kaler (94.2%), Ziniya (94.2%) and Kuldeep Kaur (94.4%).