Tribune News Service
Panchkula, July 30
Hiteshwar Sharma, a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, here, topped the tricity in the CBSE Class XII exams. He scored 99.8 per cent marks in the arts stream. He got a perfect 100 in sociology, political science, economics and physical education.
Hiteshwar Sharma (99.8%)
School: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula
Aim in life: To become a civil servant
Exam strategy: Consistency, thorough revision
Hours of study: 5-7
Parents: Ashutosh Ranjan, an HCS officer, and Meenakshi Sharma, a homemaker
School: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula
Aim in life: To become financial officer
Strategy: Taking mock tests, getting tuitions in weak subjects
Hours of study: 5
Parents: Dr Anil Kaushal, Dr Sarita Kaushal, both are medical professionals
Aaditya Prasad (99.4%)
Stream: Science (non-medical and medical)
School: Delhi Public School, Chandigarh
Aim in life: To become computer engineer
Exam strategy: Stick to time table, solving previous years’ question papers
Hours of study: 4-5
Parents: NG Prasad, a professor at IISER, Mohali, and Jyoti Belavadi, a teacher
Aditi Singla (99%)
School: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh
Aim in life: Management studies at IIM
Strategy: Consistency and clarity of concepts
Hours of study: No fixed hours
Parents: Davinder Singla, pvt job, & Shefalika, teacher
Narmada Aggarwal (98%)
Aim in life: To pursue MBBS and then MD
Success strategy: Studying NCERT books
Hours of study: 10-12
Parents: Sanjeev Aggarwal, pvt job, & Nisha, runs parlour
For Hiteshwar, who had scored AIR 3 in the CBSE Class X exams in 2019, consistency and revising topics thoroughly were pivotal for success. “I never skipped my classes. I believe in studying on a daily basis. I took all exams very seriously,” he said while sharing his strategy.
The son of a Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer, he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a civil servant.
Hiteshwar stayed away from the social media during the preparations. He has also represented Haryana three times in cricket.
A resident of Sector 10, here, Hiteshwar had recently interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cancellation of Class XII board examinations.
“PM sir had asked me about my thoughts on the cancellation of Class XII exams. I told sir that those who remain consistent and are the toppers will still remain the topper in any criteria adopted by the CBSE for the preparation of Class XII result,” he recalled his conversation with the Prime Minister.
Aaditya Prasad from Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, topped the tricity in the non-medical stream with 99.4 per cent marks. He is famous in his school as a ‘Super Science’ student for he had also opted for biology as his optional subject.
Sharing his examination strategy, Aaditya said he identified strong and weak subjects and focussed on areas that needed improvement. “I was weak in chemistry. So, I solved each and every question of this subject and the previous year’s paper. I had also thoroughly studied the NCERT syllabus. I also used to follow a time table. I gave one hour to each subject and did four-five hours of collective studying,” he said.
Aaditya shared that lockdown helped him study in a planned way. “Online teaching was quite interesting as teachers used different aids to teach lessons. Studying supplementary material available online also helped in preparations,” he said.
He used to take morning and evening walks to beat the exam stress and often read science fiction in his leisure time. He draws inspiration from his father, NG Prasad, a professor at the IISER, Mohali. Aaditya wants to pursue computer science.
“I opted for biology because I wasn’t sure which way to go post-Class X. Now, I feel that I like mathematics and physics more.”
In the commerce stream, Abir of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, and Aditi Singla from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, topped the tricity with 99 per cent marks.
Abir scored 99 in all his subjects. He aspires to get admission in a reputed college of Delhi University and become a financial officer. “Even though the board exams couldn’t take place due to the pandemic, I practised mock tests and took tuitions for the subjects in which I was weak. It was crucial for pre-boards. The strategy worked,” he said. While the academics helped him become a topper, fitness kept him going.
“I kept short-term goals and focused on achieving them with hard work and dedication,” he added.
Aditi said, “Consistency and discipline is all that matters during preparation for any examination. Clarity of concepts is required in every subject,” she said. Aditi likes to read in her leisure time and ride a bicycle. In the future, she wants to do management studies. Narmada Aggarwal, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, has topped the tricity in the medical stream by securing 98 per cent. Her success strategy was to study for 10-12 hours every day, but not at the cost of sleep. She said, “I always ensured that I take required sleep. I used to study for long hours during the day. NCERT books are a must for examination as these make the concepts clear.” She wants to pursue MBBS and then complete MD.
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