Her parents hardly had any resources to pay for school or tuition fees. But that did not deter Surbhi Sharma, a student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Room Nagar, from dreaming big.
The announcement of the CBSE Class XII results on Thursday was a moment of “pride and exhilaration” for her and she scored 96.4 per cent, becoming the topper Humanities in Delhi’s government schools.
“I have been unemployed for a while, so I could never really afford to send her for tuitions. But she studied diligently on her own and the result is for all to see,” Surbhi’s father Raj Kumar Sharma, who repairs electronic equipment for a living, said.
“I made sure that I studied a couple of hours every day. Now, I now want to do Psychology Honours from either Daulat Ram College or Lady Shri Ram College,” Surbhi said.
With a perfect 100 in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics, Sarthak Agrawal from DPS, Vasant Kunj, was not only the top scorer in Delhi, but also the country topper.
“I was expecting a good score since I had worked hard. But I never expected to score so much, or top the exam,” Sarthak told Newsline.
Incidentally, Sarthak never went to a coaching institute, relying solely on hard work. Now, he plans to to pursue Economics Honours either from SRCC or St Stephen’s.
G Harishankaran from Air Force Bal Bharati School in Central Delhi topped the Commerce stream in Delhi region with 99.2 per cent marks — a perfect 100 in accountancy, business studies and economics.
“This is unbelievable. My parents had faith in me from the very beginning. I am happy that I didn’t disappoint them,” Harishankaran told Newline.
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