RN Podar School's Asutos Mohapatra, who topped the school in the CBSE's Std X exams with 97.6%, has attributed his success to mock drills.
Talking to dna, Mohapatra said, "I always attended the mock drill sessions (solving board exam papers within the same time as the actual examination) in my school and they helped me a lot to score well in my exams. I had joined a coaching class to prepare for my board exams, but I left it midway because I was not very happy with it. I decided to do self-study, in fact, I preferred it. I also referred NCERT books. I took a break of two months from everything just to concentrate on my studies, but I didn't follow any pattern as such."
Mohapatra, who is also preparing for his IIT-JEE entrance exam, has decided to continue with his school for junior college.
Another CBSE student, Nehar Rajapurkar from Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri, scored 96.2%. Rajapurkar, who has an educational background, said, "My parents being professors were very helpful during my board exams. I also joined coaching classes to prepare. I studied for six to seven hours a day and that helped me a lot. I wish to go in science stream and have decided to be a surgeon."
"If one wants to score high like this, having a schedule for study is necessary, as is studying thoroughly from the books and listening to teachers in class. And, last but not the least, one shouldn't forget to maintain a balance between studies and other activities," he added.
The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) 2014 results for Maharashtra were declared on Monday along with Chennai and Thiruvanantha. The results for the rest of the regions were declared on Tuesday.
According to CBSE statistics, the total number of students registered for the 2014 exams from Maharashtra was 33,387. The number of students appearing from Maharashtra was 33,385 and the number of qualified students was 33,348.
The overall pass percentage of Maharashtra is 99.89%, with the pass percentage of boys being 99.87% and that of girls 99.91%.
99.89% Overall Maharashtra pass percentage
99.91% Pass percentage of girls
99.87% Pass percentage of boys
33,387 Total number of students registered in state
33,385 Total number of students appeared in state