CBSE 12th Board topper Karishma Arora says, ‘Never believe in disbelief is my success mantra’
CBSE all India joint topper Karishma Arora said that she never aspired to be a country topper but decided firmly to give her 100% to her studies. She is now aiming to get admission to Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.Updated: May 03, 2019, 15:22 IST
Regular studies, positive competition and bettering self is the success mantra for Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (Meerut Road) student Hansika Shukla who emerged as joint topper with Karishma Arora from SD Public School Muzaffarnagar. Both topped the CBSE class XII results declared on Thursday while securing 499 out of 500 marks.
Shukla scored 100% marks in History, Political Science, Psychology, Hindi vocal music and missed 100% with just one mark in English Core subject. Her father Dr Saket Kumar is a deputy secretary in Rajya Sabha secretariet while her mother Dr Meena Shukla is an associate professor at a college in Ghaziabad.
“My success manta is belief in self and never to believe in disbelief. I take competition positively even with my colleagues who are equally good. Success comes when you better yourself with time. I had taken up regular studies and would take civil services (Indian Foreign Services) or become a clinical psychologist. I love psychology as a subject as it is a study of human mind. I was always interested to study mind as how it works and coordinates. I regret missing a 100% result by one mark. But English is subjective,” she said.
She said that she never aspired to be a country topper but decided firmly to give her 100% to her studies. She is now aiming to get admission to Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.
“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 remembered and took special care of me. She remembered everything about my studies and strategised my study plan. I have fights with my brother that ended in 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 an off from my work for one and half months before her examinations. I ensured that we played badminton at least for an hour a day besides monitoring her studies. I told her to opt for coaching. She told me to have faith and took studies by herself,” she added.
Her school’s head mistress Suparna Krishnan said that the young girl was showing signs of achieving success.
“She is dedicated and hardworking student. The environment at home and school helped her achieve results. She just lost one mark in English but it is subjective and one can lose marks here,” she added.
Hansika’s brother Aviral is a BBA student and was overjoyed.
“One of my friends told me that results were declared. I called her up and she seemed to be shocked when she told me she topped. I see her taking studies to next level. We have regular fights and resort to social media and television when our studies get over,” 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 third toppers. The three students secured 497 marks out of 500 in class XII examination.