Toppers share success mantras

A good balance between studies and recreational activities is the key,say the achievers.

Written by Garima Mishra | Published:May 28, 2013 2:33 am

For Shruti Shrikhande of Army Public School (Khadki),who scored 94 per cent and topped in the Commerce stream,continuous slogging and sitting with books were a complete no-no. She studied for six hours daily and did not compromise on reading and listening to music. “I was expecting a little higher percentage. I have applied in Delhi University and hope to get an admission to Shriram College of Commerce,” she says.

Pradeep Desai,a student of Science stream at Kendriya Vidyalaya CME,did not miss out on playing football,cricket or listening to music. He devoted eight hours to studies with 10-15 minute breaks in between. “I am happy with the result — 92.4 per cent — though I was expecting more in maths and physics,” says Pradeep,who has already appeared for medical and engineering competitive exams and is awaiting results.

Evening walks and sketching had a prominent place in Supriya Toltey’s routine. Toltey,a Commerce student of Delhi Public School,scored 97.6 per cent. “Attending all the classes regularly helped a lot,” says Toltey,who is now preparing for her chartered accountancy exam to be held on June 16.

All through last year,Mayur Dhurpate’s day began with routine exercise,which kept him fresh throughout the day. Mayur,a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Southern Command,Science stream,scored 95.8 per cent. Being regular to classes and indulging in group discussion on difficult topics with classmates also helped him,he says. “I was also attending coaching classes for IIT JEE. I would like to pursue either computer science or engineering in future,” he adds.

For Sanaya Chandar,the result was totally unexpected. “I did unexpectedly well in maths with 93 per cent marks and I scored 99 in psychology which improved my overall percentage,” she said. She topped the Arts stream in Army Public School,Pune,with 95.6 marks. “Most students don’t take school exams seriously but it is very important to study for them. I always studied for school exams diligently and hence by the time,board exams started,I was doing my fifth or sixth revision,” she said. “I would either study mass communication or economics. I would love to become a sports journalist,” she said,adding she follows all sports,cricket being her favourite,but doesn’t play any sport.

Susan Doulton’s daughter Erika Doulton has topped Army Public School,Pune,in the Commerce stream with 95.4 per cent. “I am too scared to be happy,” said Susan,a teacher by profession. “I can’t believe she has topped. I mean I am so happy that there are no words to describe my happiness,” Susan said. Erika when contacted said,“I am on cloud nine. Initially I wanted admission in science stream but could not get through. That is how I ended up in commerce. But now I have no regrets that I chose commerce,” said Erika,who teaches piano in her free time. “I studied regularly but never thought I will top. This comes as a pleasant surprise,” she said,adding,she wants to become a lawyer.

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