CHENNAI: Two young boys from Chennai emerged among the toppers in CBSE Class 12, the results of which was announced on Saturday. Both Barath Venkateswaran and Ajish Sekar scored 495 out of 500.
Unlike most youngsters of his age, Barath only a basic mobile phone, “which serves the purpose it should – communication”, his mother Shanthi Venkateswaran told Express. “As a result, he doesn't waste time like others who may be consumed by smartphone addiction,” she added.
A student of Modern Senior Secondary School in Nanganallur in the outskirts of Chennai, the 18-year-old computer science student has scored centum in physics and mathematics. A self-confessed physics fanatic, also got a perfect 10 CGPA in the CBSE 10th exam.
Appearing shortly for IIT JEE advanced exam, he wants to do mechanical engineering at IIT Madras.
“It came as a pleasant surprise; securing all India third rank is beyond my expectations,” he said.
Equally surprised and left excited and speechless was Ajish Sekar. The boy, who was eagerly awaiting the results, celebrated the day nervous and dumbstruck, surrounded as he was by media personnel, cameras, flashes and mikes. An aspiring software engineer, he credits his success to being attentive in the classroom and completing day-to-day portions.
Thiruvananthapuram region emerged as the best performance with an overall pass percentage of 97.61 per cent, followed by Chennai with 92.63 per cent.
The overall pass percentage is 83.05, marginally higher than last year’s record of 82 per cent, said the official spokesperson for the board. Also, girls recorded a pass percentage of 88.58 per cent as opposed to the boys who registered 78.85 per cent.
In all, 1.06 million students took the test.