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ICSE, ISC results: Pune girl second ISC topper in country

Ritisha Gupta was happy to dent the stereotype attached to choice of subjects

pune Updated: May 15, 2018 14:38 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Ritisha Gupta celebrates her success with father Uday Gupta , mother Dhruba Gupta and brother Rajrishi Gupta in Pune on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

Pune: City girl Ritisha Gupta of the Bishop’s School in Camp has stood all India second in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Class 12 exam. The results of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class 10 and Class 12 exams conducted by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) were declared on Monday afternoon.

Gupta has secured 99.25 per cent, with full marks (100) in history, political science and sociology, and 97 in English and 96 in economics.

The 17-year-old was happy to make a dent on the stereotype attached to the division of subjects. “The stream-based discrimination that society does is wrong. No subject or stream is less difficult or less important than the other. At the end of the day, it boils down to what you like to study and not what others would like you to study. Only then can you succeed,” said Gupta.

She said that many think that high scorers are always from the science stream as they are assumed to be intelligent students and those who opt for commerce or humanities belong to lower-merit category. “I love history and want to later specialise in it, and so I chose the stream. My liking for the subjects helped me score good marks,” she said.

Aspiring to do a bachelor course in history from Delhi University, Gupta said, “History is the blueprint of time, a study of which not only tells you the stories of the past, but also what could possibly happen in the future. It’s extremely complicated and interesting to unfold, and that’s why I am so fascinated by it.”

A voracious reader, Gupta loves to read fiction and non-fiction. During the two years of preparation for exams, she read many books, including John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down and Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants.

“Although a cliché, the seven hours of school can be of huge help to students. Half of my preparation was done only by paying attention in the class, and the rest is hard work,” she said.

The topper said that students should pick up the stream that they love and then do their best to study it for the love of knowing about it, and not marks. “You will automatically start doing well just for the love of it, and the marks will then follow,” she said.

Girls outshone the boys at board examinations conduced by theCouncil for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The results for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) for Class 10 andIndian School Certificate (ISC) for Class 12, were declared on Monday afternoon.

In the Class 10 examination, 98.95 percentage of girls passed the exams with flying colours, while 98.15 percentage of boys managed to do the same. In the Class 12 examination,97.63% of the girls who appeared for the exam passed, while 94.96 percentage of boys cleared the exam.

The total of pass percentage of ICSE and ISC are 98.51% and96.21% respectively.

As per the data shared by the board, a total of1,83,387 students had appeared forICSE, out of which,1,00,369 were boys and83,018 were girls. Out of this, 82,146 students who passed were girls, and 98,517 were boys. In ISC, out of a total of 80,880 students who appeared for the board exams,43,052 were boys and37,828 were girls. Eventually, 36,933 girls outdid the 40,883 passed boys, by attaining a higher pass percentage. 2,161 schools with ICSE students and 1,034 with ISC had been part of the nationwide examination procedure.

This year, the CISCE’s ICSE exams were held from February 26 to March 28, while the ISC examswere conducted from February 7 and April 2.

First Published: May 14, 2018 21:39 IST