Self-study better than private coaching, say CBSE toppers

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Updated: May 21 2014, 14:37pm hrs
Siddhesh Gandhi, who has scored whopping 98.8 per cent marks in CBSE Class X examinations, said he relied on self-studies rather than joining private coaching to score big. With the announcement of results on Monday, Gandhi, a student of DAV Public School, said his conscious decision to stay away from private coaching and focus more on self-studies paid off.

I realised that private coaching consumes a lot of time and energy, and therefore decided not to opt for it. We have best teachers at school and I decided to bank on their guidance and my hard work, he said.

Gandhi, who emerged as city topper till the compilation of results by Tuesday evening, said private coaching can add to students confusion while preparing for examinations. These coaching institutes provide separate study material in addition to regular NCERT textbooks. This creates confusion among students whether to focus more on textbooks or the study material provided by coaching institutes. Our teachers advised us to stick to textbooks as they fetch good marks, he said.

Another meritorious student Govind Menon, who scored 98.4 per cent without opting for any private coaching, said self-study helped him have deeper and clear understanding of different subjects. I observed that students opting for coaching classes tend to get confused as they are exposed to different teaching methods, one at school and the other at private classes, said Menon, a student of City Pride School.

Meanwhile, local Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and other CBSE schools in the city have reported 100 per cent results in Class X examinations.

KV Dehu Road-1 recorded 100 per cent result, with eight of the 136 students scoring CGPA of 10. They are Akshada Dhane (94.2%), Jaya Nemane (93.6%), Sumit Kolhe (93.4%), Harshavardhan Singh (93. 2%), Vishal Pravin Somwanshi (93.2%), Suraj Lad (93.2%), Shubhankar Jha (92.2%) and Hemangi Gaikwad (91.4%).

The Army Public School, Kirkee, also recorded 100 per cent result, with 17 of the 290 students scoring CGPA of 10, and 24 students passing the examination with A1 grade.

City Pride School in Pimpri-Chinchwad, which also has 100 per cent result, has as many as 31 students who have scored CGPA of 10. Out of 87 students, 64 students have CGPA of 9 and above, said the school authorities.

DAV Public Schools Abhro Bhuniya ( 98%), Grace Mammen (97.4 %), Akshatha Iyer (97%) and T Akshay (96.8%) are some of the other toppers besides Gandhi. The school, which has also recorded 100 per cent result, has as many as 101 students who have scored CGPA of 10. Out of 397 students, 314 students scored distinction, said school authorities.