Backed by a “Psychology teacher-mother” at home and prepared by the “five major examinations” at school, Kriti Sapra of Manipal Public School in Lucknow achieved the feat of topping the CBSE’s Class XII examination in Allahabad region by scoring a near impeccable 98.2 per cent (491 out of 500).
An elated Kriti, a student of Humanities, credits her teachers for her success and says that the round-the-year examinations conducted by the school helped her prepare for the final one, the results of which were declared on Wednesday.
“I used to study for about four hours every day but just following the guidelines laid by the school helped me a lot. So, by the time the exams approached, I was totally prepared,” said the avid Sherlock Holmes reader. But what gave the topper an advantage was her mother, who doubled up as a Psychology teacher at school and a stress-buster at home.
“Although she was a teacher at school, she helped me reduce stress at home and was more confident of my success than I ever was,” she said, adding she also has a doting father who fulfils her “whims”. Like mother like daughter, Kriti, too, has her interest in Psychology and wants to pursue Applied Psychology. Her other favourite subject is Economics, in which she scored a perfect 100, followed by 99 in Psychology and History, 97 in English and 96 in Physical Education.
Not taking “any stress at all” also seemed to work greatly in favour of Ritwik Das of Army Public School, who, along with four other students, stood second with 488 marks (97.6 per cent) in the Allahabad region.
Son of a technician at a Polyclinic in Lucknow, Ritwik drew inspiration from a senior from his school who had topped in Lucknow three years ago. He scored a perfect 100 in Mathematics and has now set his eyes on a BTech from IIT. For Sana Jamal of Varanasi’s Sunbeam English School, studying means “fun.” Helped by extra-curricular activities, Sana made sure she “didn’t miss out on (covering her) syllabus due to outstation engagements such as debates”, which she did by attending extra classes held by her teachers. Daughter of a private tour operator, Sana does not see an idol in anyone and believes “it is important to learn from each person one meets”.
Aditya Prakash, who also came second, said “regular studies led him to success”. A student of St Joseph School in Sonbhadra, Aditya dreams of becoming “a scientist with ISRO” and terms former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam his idol.
And while it’s common knowledge that toppers usually plan their studies, Vedika Gupta of DPS Kalyanpur, Kanpur, had “no strategy or schedule whatsoever”. Daughter of a businessman, Vedika scored 100 in Fine Arts and wants to write on fashion. She says Cristiano Ronaldo is her idol as he is “damn dedicated”.
Vikas Solanki of DPS Shastri Puram in Agra, the fifth to share the second spot, only started preparing for the finals “beginning January” with an everyday study schedule comprising five-to-six hours. “Until December last year, I was busy preparing for competitions,” Vikas said. Son of an Excise Inspector, Vikas now wants to take up civil services.
Among other great performers were Akshita Khanna, Oindrila Barik, Shubhi Aggarwal (all Lucknow), Ravi Dutt Yadav (Mahoba), Shubham Srivastava (Gonda) and Arpit Gupta (Firozabad). All jointly shared the third position.
Allahabad region sees 8% rise in pass percentage
The overall pass percentage of the Allahabad region for class 12 examinations conducted by the CBSE stood at 75.1 per cent, an increase of nearly eight per cent over the last year.
Post-bifurcation from Uttarakhand in the 2013-14 session, the Allahabad region of the CBSE now covers 52 districts of eastern and central Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, Allahabad, Agra, Gonda and others.
Sharing the details with the media late afternoon on Wednesday, Allahabad Regional Officer for CBSE, Piush Kumar Sharma, said: “The overall pass percentage of boys stood at 70.55 per cent, while the girls had an overall percentage of 83.69 per cent.”
In comparison, the pass percentage of boys in the undivided Allahabad region in 2013 stood at 63.14 per cent, while the girls had scored a pass percentage of 77.55 per cent.
The region topper is also a girl, Kriti Sapra, from Lucknow with 98.2 per cent marks. Among the holders of the top three positions were students from districts like Sonbhadra, Varanasi, Gonda, Ferozabad, Kanpur and Agra. The total number of schools that took the CBSE examinations was 599, up from 549 in 2013. The total number of centres too had gone up to 180 from 136 last year.
In all, 87,612 students participated in the examination. Out of these 59,194 were boys and 28,418 were girls.