The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) on Tuesday announced the Class 10 results in which girls bagged the top three ranks. A total of 3,11,545 students appeared for the Class 10 examination of which 3,08,627 students have passed. The pass percentage this year is 97.94 per cent. Results of 317 students have been withheld by the Board and 2,475 students will have to re-appear for the exam.
This year’s topper is 15-year-old Nancy Rani from Satiye Wala village in Ferozepur. The first and second rank holders have secured the same marks, however, since Nancy was younger she has been given the top rank as per the tie-breaker formula.
Daughter of a carpenter, Nancy scored 644 marks out of 650 (99.08%). “Self study and following a time table helped me a lot. I want to be an engineer and now I will take admission in the government school, which is about 10 km from my village,” she said, adding that she never took any tutions.
Sahil, Nancy’s elder brother and a class 12 student, said, “I was sure that Nancy will do well. She has made our border village proud.” Sahil had scored 100% in Class 10 but since that was the pandemic-affected year, students were adjudged based on their past performances and no exam took place.
Ram Krishan, Nancy’s father who has a shop about 13 km from the Indo-Pakistan border, said, “I am a class 6 drop out and my wife studied till 10. We always wanted are children to study and do well in life.”
A farmer’s daughter from Natt village in Sangrur district, 16-year-old Dilpreet Kaur came a close second by scoring 99.08% marks.
Rabbi Singh, Dilpreet’s father who considers her as the state topper, said, “Age karke second kita hai, par number taan 99.08% aaye ne.. bhot mehnat kiti hai bachi ne (she too is the topper, because of her age she has been placed at number 2. Our girl worked very hard.”
Rabbi owns around 6 acres of land and another 10 acres is on lease. Rabbi discontinued studies after class 12 but he too wanted his daughters to make a mark for themselves. “My elder daughter, who had commerce, is studying in Australia but Dilpreet wants to be a doctor. She is very hardworking and never took tutions. She would wake up at 3 am and followed a time table till 10 pm. Toppers come from villages too,” he said, adding that he now wants to enroll Dilpreet in some coaching.
Komalpreet Kaur, whose father Tarsem Singh is also a farmer in Ghodenav village of Sangrur district and has about 8 acres, has always been a topper since class 2.
She studied in Bhutal Public Senior Secondary School in their village. Gurjant Singh, chairman of the school said, “Our school has got a state topper for the first time. This is very big for us and I even went to her village to congratulate her. She is a bright student and I am sure that she will bring more laurels for the district and the state.”
Komalpreet, who scored 642/650 marks (98.77%), also plans to study medical. “Covid and online classes had changed our lifestyles. I had initially become very lazy but then I realised I was deviating from my goal. So I made a time table and started course correction,” said Komalpreet, who took English medium option for studies.