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CBSE Pune topper explains her ‘don’t obsess over marks’ mantra for success

 Prerna Tulsiani of DAV Public School, Aundh, the Pune CBSE topper, feels that board exams are an important stepping stone to one’s career and should be taken seriously, if not obsessively. 

pune Updated: May 30, 2018 14:39 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
City-topper, Prerna Tulsiani, who scored 99 per cent, with her family in Nigdi on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)

Sixteen-year-oldPrerna Tulsiani of DAV Public School, Aundh was in for a pleasant surprise on Tuesday afternoon as the central board of secondary education (CBSE) Class 10 board results were declared. She secured 99 per cent, to become one of the toppers in the city. Tulsiani feels that board exams are an important stepping stone to one’s career and should be taken seriously, if not obsessively.

“It is an important stage of life, but the right kind of balance is necessary to succeed in it. For me, it was maintaining the right balance between my academics and the things I love to do, like playing lawn tennis and badminton among my other hobbies,” saidTulsiani. She scored 495 marks out of 500, with 100 in Sanskrit and social science, 99 in mathematics, and 98 in science and English.

Manali Malavade, fromDelhi Public School, Mohammadwadi, scored 98.6 per cent.

“The key to success is striking the right balance that can provide a holistic and enriching education to the student. For me, it was Bharatanatyam and academics. I did not have to sacrifice anything. I only had to manage the time properly,” said Manali.

She added,“I did not attend coaching classes and studied at home. I solved test papers and maintained a daily time table to keep track of my progress. Preparation strategy should be flexible according to a person’s learning capacity and study patterns.”

Shubham Bakre, ofGlobal Indian International School, Chinchwad, who secured 98.4 per cent, said,“I made a special time table with proper time slots for my studies, along with regular breaks. For me, this organised set-up helped me learn in the right way. Breaks were an integral part of my time table. It gave me time to unwind, play football or cricket or even video games, to waive off the pressure.” Aspiring for a career in game designing,Bakre wants to study computer science engineering from the Indian institute of technology, Bombay.

Sneha Venkateshwaran from DAV school secured 98.6 per cent. She said,“There is no substitute for hard work. I have learnt that there is no point in memorising concepts. Understanding the concepts helps to extract the relevant information.”

First Published: May 30, 2018 14:35 IST