With 96.4%, Rakshit Malik, a visually-impaired student of Amity International School, Noida, is the third national topper in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 board exams, under the physically challenged category, reported Hindustan Times. Rakshit, who has only 10% vision, has been visually impaired since birth. He took the exam with the help of a scribe. The 18-year-old has scored a total aggregate of 482 out of 500. He scored full marks in History, with 98 in Economics, 96 in Political Science, 95 in Psychology and 93 in English.
“The biggest contribution to my achievement has been my mother who worked relentlessly with me day and night. I would sit right in the morning at 8 am to study and would only get up for food. In fact, during the boards, my mother got a tiffin service to deliver food at our house because she would sit with me to make me learn and could not cook for the family,” said Rakshit.
A resident of Karkarduma, Delhi, Rakshit stays with his mother, a housewife, and his father who owns an electronics showroom in Krishna Nagar. His brother Rachit is also a top scorer and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in Delhi University this year.
Given his visual impairment, Rakshit is slow in reading and writing text. So, his mother and school teachers had his textbooks printed in large font to make reading easier. “There have been various challenges in facilitating Rakshit’s education at a normal school rather than a special school. He is not able to read the blackboard and hence would have to take help from a friend. I would take a bold marker and write down all economic formulas for him in big fonts so that he learns them. I had to keep special focus on his nutrition as well, during examination, as reading too much would strain his eyes sometimes,” said his mother Rachna.