Shivika Dudani, student of Amity International School, Pushp Vihar, has topped the CBSE Class 10 examination in Delhi, scoring 498 out of total 500 marks. At the national level, Shivika shared the second rank with 24 other students, who also scored 498. There are more girls among the CBSE Class 10 toppers once again.

Speaking to The Statesman over phone following the declaration of CBSE class 10 results, Shivika expressed her joy and spoke about her aspirations.

She said she would like to pursue a career in the medical field and has even opted for the PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) course in class 11 in her school.

“I want to pursue medical course as my higher education. I aim to be a doctor in future and have started preparing for NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) examination. I have enrolled myself in a coaching run by my school, which will also help me with the attendance of my regular classes while I can prepare for the NEET exam,” Shivika said.

Recalling her preparations for the class 10 Board exam, she said: “I had a kind of pressure initially, I minimised my social media.

As this was my first Board exam, the stress was really high. I used to listen to music and took little breaks for relaxation. I love doing art and craft, I have decided that despite my interest in Biology I will keep following my passion for Art.”

She also said, “I practised a lot of sample papers which eventually helped me in scoring such good grades. They were really helpful as the CBSE pattern was entirely based on it.”

Priyal, student of Indraprastha International School, Dwarka, who scored 96 per cent marks, is now also pursuing the PCB course in her school.

“I am thrilled with my grades, I did not expect such good marks. I want to be a surgeon in the future, so I have opted for Biology as my major in class 11. I was never pressurised by my parents or my teachers. My only go-to thing to relax was music,” Priyal said.

A student of Montfort School, Manya Katyal scored 95 per cent marks. She is now looking forward to pursue a career in fashion.

“I have opted for Commerce with Maths as my major in 11th, as I aspire to be a fashion designer and will start preparing for this along with my studies from this year. I used to dance a lot to relax and freshen up my mind,” Manya said.

There are more girls among the CBSE Class 10 toppers once again. According to the CBSE, girls have done better than boys by a pass percentage margin of 2.31 this year. The overall pass percentage of girls is 92.45 as compared to boys’ 90.14 at the national level. Last year, the pass percentage of girls and boys were 88.67 and 85.32, respectively.

As many as 13 students achieved the first rank, each of them scoring 499 out of total 500. The second and third ranks were shared by 25 and 59 students, respectively.

Altogether, 2.25 lakh students scored over 90 per cent and 57,256 students
scored more than 95 per cent marks.