Delhi girls sweep top honours again

Not only did Shivika join 24 other students in the country to secure the All-India second rank, she also topped in Delhi — the only one to do so. Six other students from Delhi stood second in the city and third overall in the examinations.
Mallika Ajmani with her principal Sr Gracy Paul.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Mallika Ajmani with her principal Sr Gracy Paul.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on May 07, 2019 12:42 PM IST
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Once the surprise of scoring a whopping 498 marks out of a possible 500 in the Class 10 CBSE board examinations wore off, 15-year-old Shivika Dudani danced.

“I jumped and danced around the house the moment I got to know about it (her results),” said Shivika, who lives in Lajpat Nagar. “My grades were pretty average till about Class 7. Although I did well in the past two academic years and had the good fortune of topping the school, I never thought I would top Delhi.”

Not only did Shivika join 24 other students in the country to secure the All-India second rank, she also topped in Delhi — the only one to do so.

Six other students from Delhi stood second in the city and third overall in the examinations.

Shivika, who is the first-ever topper from her school — Amity International School, Pushp Vihar — confidently said she plans to pursue a career in medicine. “The human body fascinates me and I am drawn towards biology,” she said adding that her mother’s degree in medicine further kindled her own interest.

“We knew it before the boards commenced that she would top the school,” said one of her friends.

Apart from academics, she also exhibits keen interest in participating in Model United Nations and listens to music to unwind. “During examinations, I was off social media and studied around 10-12 hours everyday. Self-study is the key to success,” she said.

In Moti Nagar, Mallika Ajmani, 15, from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Bangla Sahib, scored 497 but had a different philosophy.

“My message to others would be to just chill. Before all my papers, I went out for solitary evening walks to de-stress,” she said over phone, adding that her other hobbies include playing basketball and guitar. “I could not believe my score. Initially I thought my mother had checked someone else’s results and asked her to re-check.”

Mallika, whose mother is a mathematics teacher in her school, said she too wants to pursue science in Class 11 and then opt for aerospace engineering. But she has an eye on the civil services too. “2015 UPSC topper Tina Dabi, who is my idol, is also from our school. I have spoken to her multiple times and have an idea about the kind of hard work that needs to go for civil services. I am prepared for it,” she said.

Not all students, however, want to opt for science.

Khushi Rawat, a resident of Sector 19, Rohini, and student of Bal Bharati Public School, said she would opt for commerce. This despite scoring a 100 in science.

“My science teachers joked that I had betrayed them. But I am just not drawn towards science the way I am towards mathematics and economics,” she said. She dreams of becoming a chartered accountant or pursue management studies.

Dwarka Sector 10 resident Arnav Singh, from Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan, is the only male topper (scored 497) among the 10 who secured positions first, second and third ranks from Delhi. When asked what he wanted to study further, Singh said, “I am a typical IIT aspirant. So I have opted for PCM with Computer Science,” he said adding that he was “jumping with joy” when the results came out and his mother had to calm him down saying “it was just class 10 results.”

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    Kainat Sarfaraz covers education for Hindustan Times in Delhi. She also takes keen interest in reading and writing on the intersections of gender and other identities.

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