Being a topper comes naturally to 17-year-old Tushar Baranwal, a student of Army Public Southern Command who has most likely topped the city with an impressive 98.2 per cent score at the CBSE Std XII results which were announced Friday.
Baranwal wants to study computer science or electrical engineering at IIT Bombay. Baranwal, who scored 96 in English, 97 in physics, 99 in mathematics, 99 in chemistry and 100 in informatics practices, says he studies for 13 hours everyday. Sankalp Sangle, another student of Army Public School, Southern Command who stood second by scoring 98 per cent in his CBSE examination, says he relied on self-study. Also an IIT aspirant, Sangle says, “This result has come as a surprise to me as I wasn’t focusing on CBSE examinations.” A black belt in Karate, Sangle feels it’s healthy to mix recreation with studies and that’s why he studied for six hours everyday and played football during his free time. His mother Dr Kalpana Sangle says her son was never tensed about examinations.
Another student from Army Public School, Southern Command, Saikriti Singh, has probably topped the commerce stream, scoring an overall of 96.6 per cent. She scored 99 in economics, 99 in informatics, 98 in accounts, 95 in business studies and 92 in English. Singh, who also didn’t attend any tuition classes, says she studied for about two hours every day from the very beginning of the academic year.
Singh is a keen debater, an avid reader, a footballer and plays the piano. The 18-year-old even missed her pre-boards since she was away representing her school at the AWES National Debate. Singh plans to go into politics once she graduates as she wants to give back to society. A close second to Singh is 18-year-old Aditi Nishit from Delhi Public School who scored an overall 96 per cent. “During my board exams, I would so stressed that I would cook or paint to de-stress,” says Nishit. In the humanities stream, Vidya Ravindranath (17) from Delhi Public School has secured 96 per cent, probably the highest in the city. Her strategy was simple: self-study for 3 to 4 hours everyday.
She wants to pursue a career in English literature. The second highest scorer in humanities was probably Arunima Agarwal, a student of Army Public School, Southern Command, who scored 94 per cent. Wanting to pursue a career in psychology, Agarwal, who studied for 4-5 hours everyday, is also a dancer.