CBSE 12th Board topper Hansika Shukla says, ‘I gave my 100% to studies and that paid off’
Shukla scored a perfect 100 in history, political science, psychology, Hindustani vocal music and 99 in English core subject. Her father Dr Saket Kumar is a deputy secretary at the Rajya Sabha secretariat while her mother Dr Meena Shukla is an associate professor at a Ghaziabad college.Updated: May 03, 2019, 15:24 IST
Regular studies, positive competition and bettering self are what fetched Hansika Shukla of Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (Meerut Road) the top honours in the CBSE class 12 results announced on Thursday. She shared the first place with Karishma Arora from SD Public School, Muzaffarnagar, both of whom secured 499 out of 500 marks.
Shukla scored a perfect 100 in history, political science, psychology, Hindustani vocal music and 99 in English core subject. Her father Dr Saket Kumar is a deputy secretary at the Rajya Sabha secretariat while her mother Dr Meena Shukla is an associate professor at a Ghaziabad college.
“My success manta is belief in self and to never think anything is impossible. I take all competitions positively. Success comes when you better yourself. I now would like to appear for the civil services exams and my aim to join the Indian Foreign Service or become a clinical psychologist. I love psychology as it is a study of the human mind. I regret missing out on perfect 500 score, but English is a subjective matter,” she said.
Shukla said she never aspired to be a country topper was only interested in giving her 100% to studies. She is now aiming to join the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi.
“If I don’t give 100% I will not get 100% back. I would attribute my success to my family and teachers. It is difficult to single out any one person but I would like to name my mother who took special care of me. She remembered everything about my studies and made my study plan. I fights with my brother ended in a ceasefire after he saw me studying and preparing for my exams,” she added.
Her mother Dr Meena Shukla is proud of her daughter’s achievement.
“She is a goal oriented person. I took leave from work for one and half months before her examinations. I ensured that we played badminton at least for an hour a day. I told her to opt for coaching, but she told me to have faith and studied by herself,” she said.
Her school’s headmistress Suparna Krishnan said, “She is dedicated and hardworking. The environment at home and school helped her achieve the best results. She lost just one mark in English.”
Hansika’s brother Aviral is a BBA student. “One of my friends told me that results were declared. I called her and she seemed to be in a state of shock when she told me she topped the country. I see her taking studies to the next level,” he said.
Apart from Shukla, her school mate Arpit Maheshwari and two other students, Aishna Jain and Pragya Kharakwal, from Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, sector 14C, Vasundhara emerged as all-India joint third toppers. The three secured 497 marks out of 500.
In neighbouring Noida, Garima Sharma student of Vishwa Bharti Public School and Ibadat Singh Bakshi of Apeejay school emerged joint third toppers in the country with 497 marks out of 500.