When Mohammad Ismats best friend called up to tell him he had topped the school,Ismat was not surprised. The bigger surprise came when he found out that he had topped the CBSE Class 12 exam in the country.
As the results were declared today,20-year-old Ismat from Lilong,16 km from Imphal whose family of eight survives on less than Rs 30,000 a year led the list with an aggregate score of 99 per cent in the Science stream.
He scored full marks in maths,chemistry,painting and his additional subject,home science,98 per cent in English and 97 per cent in physics. In Class 10,Ismat had ranked second in Manipur with 92.4 per cent.
Ismat didnt take any tutorials,nor had any reference books. He studied at home and relied on teachers at his school,Zenith Academy,Sangaiprou.
The director of my school let me study for free, said Ismat. His father,a primary school teacher,earns around Rs 2,000 a month. Ismat is the youngest of seven. An elated Moulana Bashir-ur-Rahman said Ismat had always done him proud. Apart from poor educational facilities in the village,power supply is also erratic. We get power for two-three hours a day, he said.
Islam hopes to get into St Stephens College in Delhi. Eventually,however,his aim is to clear the UPSC examination. I want to become a public servant.