The quiet boy who usually kept to his house is in the limelight after he scored 99 per cent in Commerce stream and was named the all-India Class XII CBSE topper on Monday. Reserved and respectful,Paras Sharma has a perfect score in four subjects economics,mathematics,business studies and accountancy.
He scored the least in English a handsome 95 per cent.
Paras shares the glory with Sopan Khosla from Jabalpur,who scored 99 per cent in Science stream. With a 100 in physics,chemistry,mathematics and computer science,and 95 in English,Sopan now aims to study in Indian Institute of Technology. Sopan is a student of Delhi Public School,Jabalpur.
Eighteen-year-old Paras fits the popular image of a topper. His relatives barely know him,but are not surprised by his achievement. His grandmother Subhadra Sharma,who vouches for his hard work,remembers him studying.
Id always find him with a book on the staircase or in his room,almost everywhere, she says.
But unlike Paras,Sopan says he studied only for about three to four hours a day. I was hoping to score around 96 per cent. My focus is on clearing the JEE, Sopan says.
On the other hand,Paras is excited about Delhi Universitys new four-year undergraduate programme and says he has full faith in the system. Paras wants to study Economic (Honours),preferably at St Stephens College,and later continue research in the subject.
He draws inspiration from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wants to become an economist like him.
Ive read a lot about him. I have also read a lot of inspirational books, Paras,a student of Lancer Convent School in Rohini,says.
Parass principal,Latesh Choudhary says the school,which is nearing 25 years,has never had a topper at this level. We knew he would do well,but his topping all over India was a big surprise, Choudhary says.
Paras scored second in his pre-Boards and was very upset about it,his family says. He worked harder because of his pre-Board results.
Paras says he expected to score around 97 per cent,and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
His parents Rajiv and Mala Sharma and older sister Parineeta are overjoyed with his success. He always had the freedom to do as he pleases and study what he wants, his father says.
Besides topping every grade so far,Paras is also a bilingual debater and likes acting in plays.