Meet the students who topped CBSE Class 12 exams this year

Shruti Kedia
28th May 2018
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Thiruvananthapuram tops with 97.3 pass percentage and Noida’s Meghana Srivastava tops the board exams.

The wait of twelve lakh students finally ended, as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) 12th board exam results were announced last week.

While 83.01 percent was the overall pass percentage, against last year’s 82 percent, 91,818 candidates, who failed in one of the five subjects of external examination, were placed in compartment (offering another chance to clear the subjects).

This year, girls bagged the top-three ranks. With an average of 88.31 percent, the girls out-shined boys, who secured an overall pass percentage of 78.09. The regions with the highest pass percentages are — Thiruvananthapuram with 97.32 percent, Chennai with 93.87 percent, and New Delhi with 89. 1 percent.

Further, Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Schools performed the best across the country in the CBSE class 12 examinations, with a pass percentage of 97.78 percent. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya came second with a pass percentage of 97.07 percent, and Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) stood at third position, with 94.82 pass percentage.

About 11.86 lakh students had registered for Class 12 or all India senior secondary level exams, which were held at 4,138 centres across India, and 71 centres abroad.

Meghana Srivastava

Short of one mark to make it to the perfect 500, Noida’s Meghana topped the CBSE 12 board exams, 2018.

An Arts student, Meghana ecstatically told NDTV,

“I am happy, and never expected this... Class XII is all about consistency. Also, do not stress over boards. There is no secret, have to just work hard, and be consistent. You just have to study throughout the year.”

While Meghana got 99 marks in English, she secured 100 marks in the other four subjects - History, Geography, Psychology, and Economics.


As a student of Step by Step School, Taj Expressway, she engaged in several community service projects including public sanitation, water purification and first aid. Meghana hopes to pursue Psychology honours from the University of British Columbia.

Her father, Gautam, is an associate professor at the Manav Rachna University.

Anoushka Chandra

The second place, too, was bagged by a young girl from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Anoushka of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Sector 14C, Vasundhara, scored 498 out of 500 marks.

Anoushka secured 100 marks in four subjects - History, Political Science, Economics, and Psychology, while scoring 98 marks in English.

In an interview to Hindustan Times she says, “My parents have been patient with me. They have never put any undue pressure on me. Two years ago, when I had to choose my stream and I opted for humanities, my parents did not say anything. They supported me in all my endeavours.”

The 17-year-old student says that consistency was the key to her success. She hopes to study political science honours in Delhi University College, and aims to become an IAS officer in future.

Her father is a deputy director in the ministry of defence, while her mother is a homemaker.

Chahat Bodhraj

With 497 marks, Rajasthan’s Chahat Bodhraj was one of the seven students who secured third rank. Other students include one student from Ludhiana, one from Haridwar, one from Noida, one from Meerut, and two from Ghaziabad.

Chahat, a student of Neerja Modi School, Jaipur, had prepared a tidy chart for herself where each day she had a goal to study one chapter or a subject.

In an interview with DNA she says, “For my success, my family, teachers, and friends have contributed immensely. Everyone has been very supportive in making question papers, solving them, and clearing my doubts. I have never studied by determining the time. I had set my goal according to the chapters and used to study according to it.”

She hopes to pursue a career in the field of communication designing.

Vijay Ganesh

A Vijay Ganesh from Palakkad, Kerala, emerged as the national topper, in the differently-abled category, by securing 492 marks out of 500.

“I have been suffering from diabetes for the past 10 years. My vision handicap is a congenital one. It is the support of my parents and teachers, which made me achieve this distinction,” Vijay said in an interview to The New Indian Express.

A student of Lions School, Vijay will be writing CA entrance exam next month, and he hopes to become an auditor in future.

His father, Ananthanarayanan, works with Malabar Cements, while his mother Subashini works with Life Insurance Corporation. “As there is a vision problem, we did not send him for tuitions. We used to read out from books so that he could grasp the subject,” his father says.

Pooja Kumari, a student of Model School for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, secured second rank with 489 marks. The pass percentage of this category stands at 87.52 percent.

This year, 2,914 differently-abled candidates registered for the CBSE class 12 board exams. While 2,836 candidates appeared for the exams, 2,482 students cleared the boards.

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