The Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE finally declared the results for Class XII today and there was much to celebrate for the capital Raksha Gopal of the Amity International School, Noida has topped this year’s examinations with an stunning 99.6 per cent.
“My aim was not to get the top marks but to do well. My strategy was to fully focus on my subjects. My school helped a lot along with all teachers. We were made to take many mock tests. They cleared all my doubts,” said Raksha.
The topper says she now wishes to study political science honours.
“I want to do political science honours. Once I am in college will decide what to do further,” she said.
Bhumi Sawant De from DAV Chandigarh came a very close second with 99.4 per cent, while Aditya Jain from Bhawan Vidyalaya in Chandigarh scored 99.2 per cent to take home the third spot and add to Chandigarh’s tally.
The overall pass percentage, however, has dropped to 82 per cent from previous year’s 83.05.
Union Education minister Prakash Javadekar, who called up the three toppers personally, said “I congratulate all those students who have succeeded in CBSE and other board exams.”
“I also call upon my students who could not succeed as the defeat is not final unless we keep trying. You should try more and get more and you will get success definitely,” Mr Javadekar added.
Nearly 11 lakh students say for the class 12 examinations this year, of which 6.4 lakh were boys and 4.6 lakh girls. The examinations were held between March 9 to April 29, delayed by about ten days because of the UP and Punjab legislative elections that clashed with the original dates.
The results were declared after being mired in a lot of controversy, due to the CBSE board’s decision to do away with the marks moderation policy, commonly known as the system of grace marks. The decision was challenged in the Delhi High Court which asked the board to follow the policy as it had been in practice when the students filled their examination form.
In light of the Delhi High Court verdict, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has gone on record to say that while the CBSE Board will not spike marks for high scorers, it would continue to give grace marks for 12th Result 2017 and 10th Result 2017, bringing relief to thousands of anxious students.