Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 10
Muskaan Saxena has topped the tricity in the Class XII Indian School Certificate (ISC) exams. The results were declared today by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.
The 18-year-old, a resident of the PGI campus, scored 99.25 per cent marks in the non-medical stream. Muskaan aspires to pursue data science and economics from Delhi University. She was a student of Strawberry Fields High School, Sector 26.
Muskaan said she was relieved after the declaration of the results as Covid-19 had dashed students’ hopes. “I was anxious because of the pandemic and worried about my exam result,” she said.
On her preparations, she said, “I studied regularly. I made handwritten notes of chapters that were difficult. This technique helps in understanding the subject when you write in your own words.”
She added, “I would say that don’t focus only on studies but also engage in extra-curricular activities. I was actively involved in projects like menstrual hygiene and was into public speaking.” Her parents Akshay Kumar Saxena and Babita Ghai are doctors at the PGI. In humanities, Jasnoor Kaur of Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Mohali, topped the tricity by scoring 98.5 per cent marks. She said she was regular at school and studied for six to seven hours a day. A resident of Phase VII, Mohali, she wants to pursue BA (Honours) in psychology.
She emphasised the importance of being actively involved in sports and other activities. Her mother Gurdeep Kaur is an educator and father Sumanpreet Singh works at the CII.
The tricity has two toppers in the medical stream. Pavit Kaur Sidhu and Tanveer Singh Mangat, both from the YPS, scored 97.75 per cent marks.
Pavit said her focus on studies without getting distracted by gadgets helped her sail through. Her father is a farmer and mother a homemaker.
For Tanveer, paying attention in class and clearing all doubts with the teacher helped him score high in the final exams. His mother is an assistant professor at Punjabi University and father an IT executive.
Sehajpreet Kaur, also from the YPS, scored 96.25 per cent to top the tricity in the commerce stream. Her father is a farmer. A resident of Ludhiana, she aspires to become a hospitality manager.
Talking about her success strategy, she said, “Don’t take study as a burden, rather divide it into small tasks and strive to perform each task with zest.”
Her favourite time pass was comedy shows. She loves to cook and dance during her free time. She said she would often bake cakes when she got bored of studies. Sehajpreet is inspired by her mother, a homemaker. “She toils all day at home and that’s what really inspires me,” she added.
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