By scoring 98.2 per cent in the class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam in the science stream, Kalpesh Krishna of Army Public School (APS), Camp, emerged the city topper.
“He had scored 98.6 per cent in Class X. So we were expecting good marks in Class XII, too. He was preparing for IIT entrance exams so this was not too difficult for him,” said Dr Kavita Krishna, Kalpesh’s mother.
Studies apart, Kalpesh is an avid reader, holds a black belt in karate and is now in Mumbai for the Astronomy Olympiad. “I was expecting 97 per cent but this is great. I had my entire focus on IIT preparations. I scored 304 marks in the IIT mains and I think I have done well in IIT advanced, too. After studying for IIT, cracking CBSE syllabus was easy. The faculty of APS was also great,” said Kalpesh.
Working hard was important, but having a group of friends who are as focused is even more important, said Kalpesh. “Regular studies are important but so are friends. I had a friend circle both at my IIT coaching class and the school who were helpful, focused and career-minded.
We would discuss important topics and resolve doubts together. A good friend circle at this stage is important as it keeps you away from going astray,” said Kalpesh.
Aarshia Salukhe of APS Camp, who scored 97.8 per cent in commerce stream, shared the top spot with Ishita Gupta of Delhi Public School. “I feel great that I topped. I joined DPS in Class XI. The teachers have been helpful. Apart from studies, I love dancing and reading. I want to\ become a Chartered Accountant,” said Ishita, whose father is an engineer and mother works as a counsellor.
Aarshia said that her aim had been to cross the 97-mark and also to overcome last year’s highest percentage of 95 per cent in the commerce stream. “I will pursue CA but my ultimate aim is joining the Indian Foreign Service,” said Aarshia who secured 100 marks in the Business Studies paper. “I used to clock 14 hours of studying and Vikas Singh sir used to help me out,” added Aarshia whose father is an army officer and mother is the centre head of Vivero International School.
Roshni Kadam, also of APS had to change three subjects when she moved last year from Delhi to Pune. “I reached Pune last July and the academic session here had already started in April. But three subjects that I was studying in Class XI were not available. So I had to change the subjects. The teachers really helped me,” said Roshni who topped APS in the Humanities stream with 93.6 per cent. “I was expecting above 90 per cent but this was a surprise,” said Roshni, who used to study for at least 10-12 hours in the run-up to the board exams. “I want to do a mass communication course and become a journalist,” added Roshni whose father is an Army officer and mother works at Leapbridge International School.