What difference does one number make to someone who has already come second in the Board examinations in the state? A lot if you are Mohammad Kaif Mulla.

At the recently released Class 10 Karnataka Board Results, Kaif scored 624 out of 625 marks to get 99.84 per cent. Someone else in his position would have been in seventh heaven. But Kaif, the son of two teachers, was not satisfied.

The young scholar was certain that he deserved a 100 percent. Thus Kaif applied for revaluation of the only subject he had lost that prized mark – science.

When the revaluation was done, the student of St Xavier’s High School in Belgavi ended up sharing the top spot with Yashas MS and Sudarshan KS – the other two Karnataka Board Class 10 toppers. Yashas is a student of Sadvidya High School in Mysuru and Sudarshan is from Holy Child English School in Bengaluru.

“I was fully confident of getting 100 per cent marks because after answering the papers, I confirmed all my written answers with my teachers, notebooks and model answer sheet. Fortunately, I found my all the answers were absolutely correct. After re-evaluation, my result was as per my expectation,” Kaif told news website TwoCircles.net.

An IAS aspirant, Kaif will be opting for Science stream in Class 11. His father, Haroon Rashid Mulla, teaches Urdu in a government primary school while his mother, Parveen Mulla, teaches Kannada in a government high school.

His father said that Kaif did not spend time on “useless things” like social media and always focused on studies. Besides his academic achievement, Kaif has also been a commander of his school’s NCC unit.