Gaya girl Shiva, a science student of Creane Memorial High School, bagged the first rank in state by scoring 97% in CBSE Class XII examination, the results of which were announced on Sunday.
Daughter of cooperative extension officer Arvind Kumar and homemaker Neelam Sharma, Shiva scored 99 each in mathematics and physical education, 97 in physics, 96 in chemistry and 94 in English. She wants to pursue engineering course before trying her luck in Indian Administrative Service. Shiva has credited her success to her grandfather Akhileshwar Sharma, a retired assistant superintendent of the Gaya Government Press.
Meanwhile, with a pass percentage of 81.70%, girls of CBSE’s Patna zone (Bihar and Jharkhand) have once again outperformed boys. Boys recorded a pass percentage of 70.40%. The overall pass percentage of Patna zone was 74.60%, lower than previous year’s 75.29%.
Officials of CBSE regional office said 70,211 students – 37,469 from Bihar and 32,742 from Jharkhand – took the exam from Patna zone this year. At 83% pass percentage, Jharkhand students fared better than their peers in Bihar, where the pass percentage was just 67%. Muskan Khowal, a science student of Delhi Public School, Ranchi, was the Patna zone topper with 98.2%.
Keshav Anand of B D Public School, Patna, scored 96.8% to top the exam in the state capital. He got 99 in physics and 95 each in chemistry and mathematics.
Keshav said he studied only NCERT books and notes provided by the schoolteachers and credited his success to his parents Vichar Roy and Asha Roy. “I studied six hours a day and kept a good balance between my studies and other activities. I knew I would do well, but never thought that I would be the topper in science stream from Patna. I still have to go further to achieve my goal. I have cleared JEE-Mains and my JEE-Advanced has also gone well,” he added.
Keshav aspires to become an electronics engineer and do research in this field. “It is my dream to get admission in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. My parents are very happy with my result, but they would be more happy if I clear my JEE-Advanced with flying colours,” said Keshav.