Toppers’ mantra: Regular, stress-free study

Bengaluru: While girls outshined boys in terms of passing percentage at the national level of this year’s CBSE Class 10 results, the city toppers saw both male and female students emerging with flying colours.

The results came out earlier than the expected hour only to ensure early celebration for Chaitra, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, DRDO, who scored 99%. She aims to be a medical researcher. 

“I studied 3-4 hours a day. There was absolutely no pressure from the parents or school; rather the extra time given by school and tuition teachers to clarify my doubts were a great help,” said Chaitra. 

She felt that painting and music helped her concentrate and reduce stress.

Aditya Phillips of CMR school, who aspires to be a scientist, scored 98.4%. Son of Antony Phillips, a senior vice-president at HDFC-ERGO, he scored 100 in Social Studies, 99 in Science and also holds a karate black belt to his name. “Scientists are an inspiration and Stephen Hawking is my favourite,” he said. For the last 10 years, from 2007 to 2017, CBSE followed the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and this was the first batch after CCE was scrapped. 

This change did demand a bit of adjustment from the students but did not deter these youngsters.

“Till last year it was CCE pattern and this year it was removed, so it was challenging to adapt to new system within a year it, but I made it a point to work hard and revise periodically to achieve this,” said Sneha S Nelgi from DPS who secured 98.5% and aspires to be a doctor.

While Sneha was happily occupied in rejoicing with her friend, family and teachers she could not stress enough on the importance of hard work. 

“Work hard, study regularly and be passionate towards whatever you are doing. 70% of our exam is about hard work,” she observed. Sneha is deeply inspired by the former president and defence scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

“Her consistency and dedication is her mantra,” added Sneha’s proud father. While these young achievers toiled hard towards their goals, they did not totally forego extra-curricular activities. Vigesh Iyer of The Brigade School who scored a total aggregate of 96.8%, is a swimming and a SpellBee champion. “Parents are my real role models and they have taught me how to be a good human being,” he added. His father Shivaram Krishnan, who owns a software firm, was delighted with his son’s score. He said, “My son is very good with communication skills and reads a lot. He is been the champ and will continue to do so.” 

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