Girls led the way to emerge toppers in all four streams in the class XII exam of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, results of which were declared on Monday.
Ishita Agarwal of St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, was the topper in the commerce stream with 97 per cent marks. She had a perfect score of 100 in physical education, and 96 marks each in accounts, economics and English.
Ishita credited her achievement to regular studies, and her private tutor “Sonia Ma’am’’.
“I fractured my right leg while playing in July, and had to miss school for several days. It was during this time that Sonia Ma’am helped me in my studies,” said Ishita, who draws inspiration from her father Munish Kumar Agarwal, who heads Indian operations of an MNC dealing in medical instruments.
Kajal Sharma of Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, scored 98 per cent to top in non-medical stream. She aspires to become a computer engineer, like her father.
A former captain of the school’s co-curricular team, Kajal said that she used to study for five hours daily, after attending her coaching classes for engineering entrance examinations.
In humanities, Shriam Mahajan of Strawberry Fields High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, emerged as the topper with 94.75 per cent marks. Following close was Ravneet Kaur Sandhu from YPS, Mohali, with 94.25 per cent.
Archna Negi from St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, scored 89.50 per cent to emerge as the Tricity topper in medical stream. She likes biology, but has decided to enroll for BSc Chemistry (Honours), instead of doing MBBS.
“I plan to join the Indian Civil Services one day,” said Archna, whose father Chintran Negi is a professor of public administration at Government College, Dharamsala, in Himachal Pradesh.
“I stayed in the hostel, and did not go to any coaching classes. Private coaching is not necessary in class XII, as many students presume. If you are well-focused, you can do well in the board examinations,” she said.