Students from Dhanbad outperformed their Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bokaro counterparts by securing top positions in the Science and Arts streams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board examinations, results of which were declared on Saturday.
Jharkhand performed a shade better than entire country in terms of pass percentage in the exams.
A total of 33,374 students, including 20,581 boys and 12,793 girls from 250 schools in the state wrote the exams that started on March 1 and concluded on April 26 this year. The total pass percentage in Jharkhand was 85.25, marginally higher than the overall pass percentage in the country, which was 83.05%.
Girls in Jharkhand outperformed boys in the exams by achieving a pass percentage of 90.27 against 82.09% for boys. Besides, state toppers from all the three streams too were girls.
Deeksha Sharma of Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Dhanbad, topped in Science with 98.6% marks, while Mansi Gupta of Dhanbad Public School, secured 97% in Arts, topping the state.
In Commerce, there was a tie between Delhi Public School Ranchi’s Srishti Saraugi and DPS Dhanbad’s Shreya Chaudhary. They both scored 96.8% marks in the exams.
All three toppers from the state want to crack the civil services exams and get administrative jobs. Science topper, Deeksha Sharma wants to complete her engineering before appearing for the civil services exams, while her Arts counterpart, Mansi Gupta wants to pursue her graduation from Delhi University and then sit for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams. Commerce topper Shreya wants to study at Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi and then crack the UPSC exams.
More than 9,000 students wrote the exams from Ranchi alone and more than 80% of students from the state capital passed, said Manohar Lal, CBSE coordinator for Ranchi.
“It is difficult to say the exact pass percentage from Ranchi. However, I can say that the students have done well,” he said.
Garima Sahu, the Ranchi topper in science with 98% marks, aspires to become a doctor. She attributes her success to her parents and sees the result as the outcome of her hard work and sincerity.
“I have been attending coaching for NEET. I always wanted to become a doctor and serve the people. I would say, there is no substitute for hard work,” said Garima, a student of DPS, Ranchi.
The state capital’s arts topper, Apurva Roy of Jawahar Vidya Mandir School, Ranchi, wants to study English in Delhi University. She secured 95.2% marks in the exams.
“The credit goes to my father, who supported my decision of opting for arts despite being a civil engineer himself,” she said.
DAV Public School Bistupur students from Jamshedpur topped the steel city. Animesh Sarkar secured 97.2% in Science, while Rishika Agarwal scored 95.4% in Commerce.