It was only when a teacher from his school called him to congratulate him for "doing well" in his Class XII board exams did Gurgaon boy Sarthak Agarwal realise that he had swept the CBSE exams with an unbelievable 99.6 per cent. Soon after, the Agarwals were swamped with calls and visits congratulating them for Sarthak's brilliant results.
CBSE, as per policy, does not reveal the names of toppers but reports suggest that Sarthak is the all-India topper. A student of Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, Sarthak scored 100 in Physics, Chemistry, Economics and Maths, and 98 in English. On Thursday, the third phase of CBSE Class 12 board exam results were declared in areas under Delhi and Dehradun in which 4.9 lakh candidates had appeared. The pass percentage in Delhi was 86.78 per cent, slightly over the overall pass percentage of 82.66 per cent. Girls had a pass percentage of 88.52 per cent, while boys recorded a pass percentage of 86.78 per cent.
A topper all throughout his school years, Sarthak relied on self-study and did not take any tuitions. He knew that he would do well, but did not expect to be the nationwide topper.
"I cannot express in words how I am feeling. This is beyond my imagination," said an elated Sarthak. "I remained focused and studied smartly than putting in long hours. I did not follow any routine, woke up when I wanted to and also pursued other extra-curricular interests alongside," he said, adding that he loves playing cricket, table tennis, tennis and enjoys to sketch and sing.
His mother, Neera Chandra, could not have been happier. "I feel like I am on top of the world. Sarthak is our only son and he has always been a disciplined child. He gave in his 100%, and yet was helpful whenever we needed him to be," she said. "I simply wish that his success does not get to his head and that he does not hanker for money. He must serve the country instead."
Sarthak wants to pursue economic honours in Delhi University, and wants to become a management consultant or join the civil services. He will apply to Shri Ram College of Commerce and St Stephen's College.
CBSE to allow revaluation of answer books
CBSE has from this year brought in a provision for the 'revaluation' of answer scripts.
According to a statement, only candidates applying for verification of marks will be eligible to apply for a photocopy of evaluated answer books and those obtaining such photocopies then will be eligible to seek revaluation in the identified subject.
The practice so far of applying for verification of marks at designated schools has been done away with, as applications for verification will now be received online only. Applications should be made online within seven days from May 30 to June 5. The fee will be Rs 300 per subject.