His foresight helped him succeed

While most students work hard till the end to perform well in their class XII exams, deactivating their social network accounts and switching off their mobile phones, Rachit Malik had an additional task in his study routine.

Visually impaired in both eyes, 18-year-old Malik, underwent dictation practice with one of his juniors from school who used to write as Malik narrated the answers.

Malik, who scored 96.4% in class XII CBSE exam under the physical challenged category, since birth is suffering from macular degeneration, a medical condition in which vision gets blurred.

With only 10% vision, Rakshit is slow in reading and writing text and he had to give his exams with the help of a scribe.

"I was provided a student from the junior class to write my exam. Someone else writing for you gets irritating at times and does not give you satisfaction, so I used to sit with the student before the exams for practice," said Rakshit, a student of Amity International School, Noida.

Besides, he used to get all his study material printed in large fonts to make reading easier. The 18-year-old has scored a total aggregate of 482 out of 500 in Humanities stream, with full 100 in History, 98 in Economics, 96 in Political Science, 95 in Psychology, and 93 in English.

As the results came, his house in Karkardooma broke into celebration, especially his mother, who was devoted to her younger child all throughout the exam period.

“She used to sit with me day and night. She used to read some of the lessons to me since I could not read properly,” says Rakshit, but his mother Rachna Malik is quick to add, “It was his hard work that paid off”.

Even her elder son, who graduated from SRCC this year, is suffering from the same medical condition.

Rakshit wants to either study for civil services or join the teaching profession in future. However, he says that everything is not planned and since he is interested in writing and poetry, he can also take up mass communication. But for now, he will be applying for History Honours in St Stephens College.

“I am passionate about History. I want to join my dream college and pursue it further,” he said.

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