Two want to become IAS officers, a third an engineer and the fourth wants to study political science. But the four students who bagged the top three slots in the Class 12 CBSE examinations this year are unanimous in saying that their mantra for success is hard work and not getting bogged down by pressure. Raksha Gopal, who topped the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) with 99.6 per cent marks, wants to study Political Science in Lady Shri Ram College or Miranda House. Gopal, an Arts stream student of Amity International School in Noida, gives all credit for her success to her parents and school teachers who guided her. Talking to IANS over the phone, an exuberant Gopal said: “I was confident of getting good marks in the examination, but was not expecting to top in the exam.
” Gopal got 100 marks in three subjects, bagging a score of 498 out of 500 in five subjects. Asked about her study methods, she said: “I never took pressure due to exams, but I did my studies regularly. Gopal also said she never went for tuitions. In advice to students who would be appearing in the Class 12 next year, Gopal said: “Don’t get pressurized by the subjects, but study with full dedication — that is the real mantra of success.” Bhoomi Sawant De, a student of Science from DAV Chandigarh, bagged the second spot with 99.4 per cent marks.
“When I came to Class 11, I was a bit confused about how to start my studies. But my parents and teachers helped me come out of the confusion,” De told IANS. De wants to do B.Tech in Computer Science and become an engineer.Recalling her hard work, she said: “I was consistent in studying and never put pressure on myself. After coming from school and tuitions I used to revise my subjects.” De said she used to study four-five hours a day.