It was girl students, who clearly took the lead by not only occupying the first rank but first five ranks, as result of country’s one of biggest secondary examination board- Uttar Pradesh Board of Secondary Examination- was declared this Sunday.
While Saumya Patel of Rae Bareli topped the High School examination in which 31 lakh students had appeared and 87.66 per cent had passed; Sakshi Verma of Barabanki topped the Intermediate examination of UP Board, in which about 29 lakh students had appeared. 87.99 per cent students cleared the intermediate examination.
While Saumya got 98.67 %, Sakshi got 98.20 % marks. “I was aiming to top the district but had never thought that I would top the entire board” Saumya Patel, class 10 topper and daughter of a Rae Bareli-based farmer Ramesh Chandra Chaudhary, told The Indian Express soon after results were declared on Sunday.
Inspired by UPSC topper Tina Dabi, Saumya, who reached her school in neatly tied and pleated hair accompanied by her father and mother said, “Every student has his or her own dream. I wish to become an IAS officer. I had read the story of Tina Dabi, who topped UPSC and it has inspired me a lot. There are lot of issues that farmers face and it my dream to be able to find solutions to those problems by becoming an IAS officer.”
Saumya, got 592 marks out of 600 (98.67%) with 100 per cent marks in Science, 99 per cent each in English and Hindi and 98 in Mathematics. Resident of Saravan village of Rae Bareli, Saumya says that she stayed with the family of her aunt near Rae Bareli city to complete her studies and had undertaken her studies till class 5 in Government Primary School of her village but later shifted to a private school near Rae Bareli city from where she completed her class 10.
“For past one year, I have done nothing else but study. My father and my mother are both intermediate pass but they along with my uncle gave me all the support to study. Their hard work would be repaid once I become an IAS officer,” Saumya told The Indian Express.
The success story of the girls in the examination results declared on Sunday did not end here. All the top five rank holders in High School as well as Intermediate were girls in the results declared. Even in the overall pass percentage, girls took a lead. Among the students who appeared for the high-school examination of UP Board, 91.11 per cent girl students passed the examination, while the pass percentage among the boy students was 84.82 per cent. In intermediate examination, pass percentage among girl students was 92.48, whereas among boys it was 84.35 per cent.
Amarnath Verma, Director, Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education informed that Azamgarh district with 95.12 pass percentage has turned out to be best performing district, whereas Banda district in Bundelkhand with merely 70.84 pass percent is the lowest in the performance list. Sources inform that there was none from the Government or Government-aided schools in the merit list.
Moreover, even the performance of prisoners, who had appeared from different jails across the state was also good this year. In class 10 examination, out of 103 males and 2 females who appeared for the examination, 98 male and both the female students cleared the examination. Whereas in the class 12th examination, out of 112 male and 7 female, who appeared for the examination, 99 male and 6 female cleared the examination.