Anushka Dasgupta of St Joseph’s Convent High School-Bankipore, who scored 99% in ISC (Class XII) exam to secure first rank in the state, wants to pursue higher education from Delhi University (DU) and become an IAS officer.

“I want to address issues like environment degradation and gender disparity prevalent in society.
I think I can resolve these issues only after joining the civil services,” Anushka told this newspaper. Anushka, who scored perfect 100 in economics and political science, 99 in history and 97 in English and Hindi, said, “I am very happy with my result. Now, I’m hoping to get a good college in DU.” Anushka’s father Nilotpal Dasgupta is a development officer at LIC and her mother Paromita Dasgupta a homemaker. Anushka had scored 97% in Class X from the same school. She added, “I devoted three hours a day for self-study throughout the year. History is my strength and I like to understand the historic events of ancient India and the Indus Valley Civilisation.” With an astounding score of 99% in Class X, Varuni Vats of SJCHS shared the top spot in Bihar with two other students – Shambhavi Singh of Don Bosco Academy and Harshit Raj of St Joseph’s School-Banka. “I am very happy to be the state topper.

I never studied for marks but to understand things in a better way and my teachers guided me well,” a visibly happy Varuni said. She got 100 in mathematics, 99 each in science, English, computer and history/geography/civics and 98 in Hindi. Varuni added, “I am now focusing on NEET as I want to pursue my career in medical.” Varuni’s father Ajit Kumar Jha is secretary to East Central Railway general manager and her mother Rashmi Jha a businesswoman. Shambhavi, who wishes to pursue medical course, said she would opt physics, chemistry and biology in Class XII.
“I have not decided whether I’ll continue my studies in Bihar or move out to other state,” she said.

Born to Rajesh Kumar, a civil engineer and homemaker Rekha Kumari, Shambhavi scored 100 each in mathematics and computer, 99 in history/geography/civics, 98 each in Hindi and English and 96 in science. “I studied eight hours a day for almost a month ahead of ICSE exam,” she added.

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