CBSE toppers did not burn the midnight oil to score big

From Bharatnatyam to acting, many did not give up on hobbies while preparing for exam

Published: 29th May 2017 01:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2017 06:35 AM   |  A+A-

CBSE topper Jasmine Jerry of Kendriya Vidyalaya, DRDO, who scored 98.4 per cent, with her mother Sheena Jose and father Jery Varghese in Bengaluru | Pushkar V

Express News Service

BENGALURU: While many students give up their hobbies to prepare for Class 12 exams, Shreya Shankar is an exception. She pursued Bharatnatyam and classical music and credits them for helping her score an outstanding 97.8 per cent in the Humanities stream, including a 100 in Economics.
Shreya said, “They helped me focus and comprehend concepts better. I actually had my first performance in October 2016.” A student of Shri Kumarans Children’s Home, she credits her parents and teachers for her performance, and wants to eventually have a career where she can make a difference.

Jasmine Jerry of Kendriya Vidyalaya, DRDO, scored 98.4 per cent in the Science stream, including a perfect 100 in Mathematics. She said, “I had expected good marks but not so high.”  She is awaiting the results of JEE Mains and hopes to get admission in IITs or at NIT Suratkal. She is interested in electrical and electronics engineering.

Aishwarya Ramasami aced her exams in the Commerce stream with a percentage of 97.6, including a 100 in Mass Media and an impressive 98 in English. A student of Delhi Public School, South, Aishwarya credits her performance to writing regular tests, practising with sample papers and to her teachers, “who pushed her to the hilt.” Of course, studying 12-14 hours a day also helped.

Supriya Kumar, a student from DPS South, scored 97.2 per cent in Humanities. Passionate about pursuing a career in the media, Kumar hopes to bag a seat in Delhi University. The student is also a trained actor. “I have always thought there is a lot of discrimination when a person choses to study arts in South India. We are constantly questioned why not Science or Commerce. Hence I wish to go to Delhi or Mumbai for higher studies,” she said.

For Science student Rudrapatna Vallabh Ramakanth, it was consistent efforts that helped him score 98.2 per cent. “I would study for four to five hours every day,” said Ramakanth, a science student of Sri Kumaran Children’s School. Ramakanth wants to pursure either research at IISC in physics, mechanical or computer science engineering.


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