Capital gets national topper

Last Updated 27 May 2013, 22:24 IST

Though girls have once again outshone boys in the CBSE class 12 examination this year, they could not get their hands on the first position.

Delhi boy Paras Sharma, 18, has topped the examination with 99 per cent marks. Sharma, a commerce student at Lancer’s Convent School in north Delhi’s Rohini, scored 495 out of 500.

“I feel very happy. I have always kept a positive approach towards everything, be it studies or life. I scored 100 in four subjects, Mathematics, Accountancy, Economics and Business Studies and 95 in English,” a jubilant Sharma told Deccan Herald. He said studying daily was the key to his success. “There is no substitute to hard work. Students should give time to self study than running after tuitions. On week days, I used to study for around fours and on weekends, six to seven hours. Studying just before exam doesn’t help,” he said.

He wants to study economics at St Stephen’s College. “With the help of economics, I want to help the country in eradicating poverty and illiteracy,” he said.

Sharma attributes his success to his parents and teachers. “My parents never forced me to study. They left me to do what I wanted to do. And my teachers have always motivated me. Seeing their faith in me, I started studying more,” he said.

He likes reading novels and practising yoga and meditation. Sharma’s parents said they were surprised. “It is a pleasant surprise from Paras. He has made us proud. He deserved it as he had put a lot of effort,” said his father Rajiv Sharma. 

The results were announced on Monday.

(Published 27 May 2013, 22:24 IST)

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