CHANDIGARH: Three students from here have bagged the second and third ranks in the CBSE Class XII examinations, the results of which were declared on Sunday. Of the three, two are girls.
Bhumi Sawant (Science stream) of DAV School in Sector 8 was the second topper with 99.4 per cent and Aditya Jain and Mannat Luthra (Commerce stream) of Bhawan Vidyalaya School in Sector 27 both scored 99.2 per cent to hold the joint third position.
Sawant, who wants to do B.Tech in Commuter Science, gave full credit to her parents and said, "They supported me a lot. I used to study about five hours daily and attended coaching classes after school." She added that continuous study is important and one should be totally focused.
"I knew I had studied and was confident of doing well. I want to pursue B.Tech Computer Science," she said.
The role model of one of the other toppers, Aditya Jain, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Anything is possible if one is determined and does hard work. Modi became the Prime Minister," he said. Jain wants to become a civil servant. "I want to join the civil services and serve my country," he added.
Luck also played a part with hard work in contributing to his success, he said.
"With dedication and commitment, one has to study really hard all the subjects at least three months in advance." "My hobby is playing football without which my day was not complete," he said.
The other topper Mannat Luthra said she never liked anybody else getting more marks than her and added that constant hard work was the mantra for her success.
All the three said they never thought they will score as many marks and will be among the toppers in the country.
CBSE officials said Union human resources minister Prakash Javadekar called and congratulated them.