Girls bagged the top three positions in the merit list of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII annual exam, the result of which was declared in Mohali on Monday.
Darshveer Kaur of RS Model School, Ludhiana and Saima Rashid of Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ropar shared the top position with both securing 100 per cent marks, PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said while declaring the result.
Darshveer Kaur, who is in non-medical stream is a national level baseball player. Speaking to Express, she said, “I was not a topper in class 10 or 11 but wanted to continue my sport along studies. My mother being a government teacher and father an engineer, I always wanted to make them proud in academics too but not at the cost of leaving baseball.”
She added that ‘she never had craze of cellphone and never demanded one from parents.’ “She took proper sleep and studied without tuition. I am a science teacher but never pressed her for anything,” said her mother.
Saima Rashid, a national level table tennis player, said, “My father and mother, are government teachers. I opted for non-medical but also attempted biology paper as additional subject. However, I aim to clear IAS.”
While Sarika of Humanities stream from BCM Senior Secondary School at Jamalpur in Ludhiana stood second by securing 99.78 per cent marks, Kajol Tandon of Science stream from RS Model School, Ludhiana bagged the third position by securing 99.56 per cent marks.
Sarika is state level softball and baseball player. Her father works as a daily wager in a factory. “After graduation I would prepare for IAS,” she said.
A national level baseball player, Kajol said, “Definitely, the competition is getting tough as students who scored even 90% are not in merit list. They worked equally hard like us but not able to make it to merit list. Managing baseball and studies together was tough but I never believed in tuition.”
Nishtha, a state level baseball player, from BCM Focal Point said, “I am interested in taking up modelling and fashion designing as career ahead.” The commerce topper of state, Sarvodya from R S Model with 98.67% marks and sixth rank in Punjab was proud of her achievement as she had no sports quota.”My daughter has done this without any additional marks,” said father Shiv.
“Once I thought of keeping maths tuition but my father’s budget did not allow and I decided to work hard on my own,” said Sarvodya, the only commerce student in top 10. Her father works as an accountant in small firm.
The medical stream was also topped by student from Ludhiana. Amanjot Kaur from R S Model, who stood 4th in Punjab and topped medical with 99.33% marks is a national level softball player. “I aim to be a cardiologist,” she said, with father a teacher and mother principal in government schools.
Ludhiana district once again topped the list of meritorious students, with 199 students from Mohali making it to the merit list. PSEB had conducted the senior secondary annual exams in March this year, in which 3.40 lakh students had appeared.
Of them, 3.05 lakh students were regular while the remaining had appeared as private candidates under Open School programme. With overall pass percentage of 76.24 per cent, 2,40,199 of the total 3,04,644 regular students and 18,881 of the total 35,174 private students cleared the Class XII exams.
It is for the first time that PSEB had declared its senior secondary exam result before the CBSE and ICSE results, she said.
(With PTI inputs)
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