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CBSE Class 12 results: Astha Bamba from Ludhiana is joint third topper

Astha Bamba was among the seven students who scored 497 or 99.4% marks out of 500 to become the third topper in the CBSE Class 12 exams

education Updated: May 26, 2018 18:15 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Astha Bamba of BCM Arya Model School Shastri Nagar along with her parents showing the victory sign after she scored 497 marks in humanities stream and joint third topper in India in CBSE class 12th result , in Ludhiana on Saturday.(HT Photo)

It was a day of celebrations in the Bamba family of Punjab’s Ludhiana after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the result of the Class 12 board examinations on Saturday. (Live Updates)

Their daughter Astha Bamba was among the seven students who scored 497 or 99.4% marks out of 500 to become the third topper in the CBSE Class 12 exams. She scored full marks in three subjects - political science, sociology, mass media - and 98 in economics and 99 in English.

Her family was flooded with congratulatory calls and messages from relatives, friends and neighbours after the results were declared by the board.

“I am glad that I was able to score good marks but I do not care about the topper tag,” the student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School said.

Astha credits her parents, teachers as well as her schools for her success. Her parents, Adish Bamba and Seema Bamba, are private tutors.

“Both my parents supported me and gave me the freedom to choose the subjects of my own choice,” the 18-year-old said.

“I was lucky that I decided to take admission in BCM Arya as I was able to get a variety of subject combinations. Then my previous school from where did my Class 10 - Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar,” she said.

Astha said solving various test series helped her score well. “I used to utilise my time revising the basic concepts. That is why I was sure that I will score well in the exams.”

She is yet to decide about her career goals. “I am not able to make up my mind and confused between three - journalism, chef or joining the United Nations.”

Astha said she loves to read and is fond of cooking.

“I started cooking at the age of five and my favourite dish is pasta. I spend a lot of time to prepare dishes at home,” she said.

Meghna Srivastava, a student of Noida’s Step by Step School, is the national topper. The humanities student lost out on one point in her English paper as she got 499 out of 500 marks in the exams.

Anoushka Chandra of Ghaziabad’s SAJ School scored 498 marks to come second. Seven students, including five girls, shared the third spot, scoring 497 marks.

The overall pass percentage this year is 83.01, up one percentage point since last year. Officials said 12,737 candidates scored 95% or above and 72,599 candidates scored 90% and above in the exam.

First Published: May 26, 2018 18:08 IST