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I never felt the need to slog, says CBSE Class 12 topper Meghna Srivastava

Meghna Srivastava from Noida got 499 out of 500 or 99.8% marks in CBSE’s Class 12 board exams to top one of India’s most watched academic tests, results for which were announced on Saturday.

Board Exams 2018 Updated: May 26, 2018 23:19 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CBSE class 12 topper,Meghna Srivastava,Step by Step School in Noida
Meghna Srivastava, a student of Step by Step School in Noida, UP, scored a perfect 100 in history, geography, economics and psychology and 99 in English Core.(ANI)

A Netflix binge watcher, an avid reader and choir singer — that is Meghna Srivastava’s description of herself.

Srivastava, 17, scored 499 marks out of 500 to emerge as the national topper in the CBSE’s Class 12 board examination for which the results were declared on Saturday. With a score like that, one would have expected Srivastava to be devoted to her text books with no distractions whatsoever. She quickly dispelled that impression.

“I watch Netflix a lot, often continuously finishing all the seasons... I am also part of the school choir team,” she said.

Srivastava, a student of Step by Step School, scored a perfect 100 in history, geography, economics and psychology and 99 in English Core.

She said she never felt the need to study for 10-12 hours during her board exams.

“I had always maintained a consistency regarding my academic preparation and I never felt the need to slog hard. I would like to advise my juniors to not to take too much stress,” added Srivastava.

Her parents Gautam Srivastava and Alpana Srivastava and her teachers, she said, consistently encouraged her and helped her do well in academics.

“My parents always supported me in whatever I did and they never pressurised me for studies. It is because of their moral support that I achieved such a feat,” Srivastava said.

Her father is an assistant professor at Manav Rachna University and her mother heads the human resource department of a multinational company in Gurgaon. Srivastava is their only child.

“All we did was to ensure that our house has a positive environment and our daughter gets the best resources for her studies. She is a consistent student and we never felt the need to ask her to study,” her father said.

An enthusiast of psychology, Srivastava intends to pursue the subject in college.

“I have not decided on what I wish to become post my studies but I wish to study psychology in my graduation from a foreign university,” said Srivastava.

Anoushka Chandra, who studies in Ghaziabad’s SAJ School, scored 498 marks to come second in the CBSE Class 12 exams. 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 16:01 IST