The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) declared the results of Class 12th examinations on Thursday. Students have done well across the country, with two students jointly securing the all-India top position, three students sharing the second place and 18 students tied at the third spot. The two CBSE toppers 2019 are from Uttar Pradesh — Karishma Arora of Muzaffarnagar and Hansika Shukla of Ghaziabad — who have both secured 499 out of 500 total marks.

Karishma Arora is a student of SD public School, Muzaffarnagar, while Hansika Shukla studied in Delhi Public School of Ghaziabad. Both are from the Humanities stream. Among the 18 third place holders with 497 marks are also two UP girls, both from Meerut.

It is perhaps for the first time that a girl from Muzaffarnagar has topped the CBSE Class 12th examination.

There was an environment of festivity in Karishma Arora’s SD public School after the results were announced. The students and teachers started rejoicing and celebrating while the media thronged the school to interview the all-India topper.

Amid screams of students, Principal Chanchal Saxena said she was overwhelmed, and congratulated Karishma on her success. She said Karishma had been a hardworking and meritorious student who had brought laurels to the school earlier too.

SDPS is a well known school in of the city and Karishma had joined it in Class 11.  A students of Holy Angels School earlier, she had joined SDPS as she wanted to study Humanities, which is available only in this school.

An elated Karishma said the result was beyond her expectation. “I had worked hard and was expecting a good result but this is really overwhelming,” she said, thanking her parents, principal and teachers for their support and guidance.

Her father Manoj Kumar Arora is a businessman and mother Mansi a homemaker. Her elder sister is pursuing graduation from Delhi University. Karishma said her parents had been big support.

Karishma said she studied consistently without feeling any pressure and got the desired result. Sharing her future plans, she said she wanted to study psychology and would also do social service later. Karishma is a trained classical dancer and regularly performs on stage. She also wants to continue with her dance.

Hansika Shukla, the other topper, too is on top of the world.

A student of DPS Meerut Road, Ghaziabad, Hansika thanked her parents and teachers and said she maintained a balance between studies and other activities throughout the year. She said would take a lot of stress at times but managed to come out of it, which helped her score good marks.

Hansika now wants to pursue psychology and try for civil services.

Arpit, another student from her school, scored 497 marks and secured third place among the toppers along with 17 others across the country.

Two Meerut girls Vanshika Bhagat and Divya Aggarwal, both from Meerut Public School for Girls, Shastri Nagar, scored 497 marks in Humanities.

Vanshika’s parents Virendra Kumar Bhagat and Seema Gautam Bhagat are both working in the field of education. Younger of the two siblings, Vanshika wants to become an IAS officer. “I want to do BA honours in Political  Science from Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi and then try for Civil Services,” she said.

Vanshika is elated with her result and is receiving a lot of good wishes. She also got a grand appreciation in her school from her teachers and the principal.

Director of Meerut Public School Group of Institutions Vikram Shastri called it a miracle made possible by the hardwork of Principal Sapna, teachers and the students.