KOLKATA,30 May: It's not just in the West Bengal higher secondary exams that the boys are feeling the heat. Three girls have shared the city top spot in the CBSE Class X results, which were released on Friday. Shubhechhya Ghosal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Ashmita Saha of Kendriya Vidyalaya Ordinance Factory and Himela Moitra of Kendriya Vidyalaya Cossipore have each scored a whopping 96.8%.
Shubhechhya expected to do well, but her final score was way beyond her expectation. She expected 94% marks at the most and never dreamed that she would be the top-scorer in Kolkata.
School principal Anindita Chatterjee, however, knew she would do better. "We were quite sure she would excel. What has surprised us is the unbelievable result of the school. As many as 89 children have scored above 90% marks while 221 have scored above 75%. This speaks of the brilliance of the batch and the dedication of our teachers," she said.
While most toppers would talk about studying electronics and telecommunications engineering or about becoming doctors, Shubhechhya wants to study a core engineering subject. "I want to become a mechanical engineer from IIT Kanpur. My father is a civil engineer and he is my model," she confessed shyly.
Shubhechhya joined Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan recently after her father got transferred from Doha. "I had to cope with a huge lifestyle change, but on the whole it was fun. There wasn't much of a difference in the course as I used to study in a CBSE school there as well," she added. Shubhechhya is an avid reader of short stories and likes O Henry the most. She also loves to play badminton. What would surprise many is that she just had one tutor for maths. For the other subjects, she depended on school lessons.
Shubhechhya's co-topper with 96.8%, Ashmita Saha of KV Ordinance Factory, Dum Dum, sparked joyful celebrations in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. The Sangathan happily informed that KVs of the zone have been able to clinch all the three top positions along with private schools of the city.
Parnaba Kundu of Birla High School has scored 96.4% to be the possible second highest scorer in the city. "I am perhaps one of the lucky few who has a maths professor of Jadavpur University for a father. Otherwise I just did with one tutor who helped me with English. My mother teaches biology in a school and helped me with the sciences," Parnaba said.
He, too, wants to crack IIT-JEE and has already started preparing for it. On Friday, he took a mock test at a coaching centre despite it being a special day for him. Ritika Chak of KV Ballygunj has shared the position with him.
There are many contenders for the possible third position with scores of 96.2%. Some of them are Ayesha Singha of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Prerak Mall of Birla High School and Rishita Das of KV Fort William.
The overall pass percentage in CBSE this year has been 88.84%. Girls have fared better than boys. Despite the stellar performance by city schools, the Allahabad region of which West Bengal is an important constituent has finished third. It stood fifth in the CBSE XII results. The pass percentage of this region is a tad better than the national percentage at 89.10%. Chennai region came first with 95.26%.