The other joint topper Sandeep Kumar is a student of Baldeo High School, Dinara, Rohtas. All three have scored 484 marks out of 500.
This year, a record 101 students have made it to the top ten list in class X boards. The highest and lowest marks obtained by the top ten scorers are 484 and 475.
Pooja plans to go to Kota this year to start her preparation for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test –Undergraduate (NEET-UG), while Shubhdarshni is yet to decide on coaching for the preparation for medical entrance examination.
Pooja and Shubhdarshni are the toppers among the 37 girls who have made it to the top 10 ranks while 74 boys are placed in the list of total 101 students.
Pooja, daughter of a middle school teacher and homemaker mother jumped with joy, once the BSEB announced class X board results on April 5. “Seeing my name among state toppers made me ecstatic,” says Motihari girl, who has been a focussed and meritorious student since childhood.
Pooja took to studying NCERT books thoroughly while Shubhdarshni preferred the state publication books to prepare for the exam.
Shubhdarshni, a native of Nalanda thanks her family and friends for the support and motivation during the lockdown. “I was expecting to be in top ten but seeing my name as a joint topper made my day and family proud,” says Shubhdarshni, whose father is the principal of a district-level middle school.
Challenges during lockdown
The biggest challenge for Pooja has been to get the textbooks. “At the beginning of the academic session, I borrowed books from my neighbours who had recently passed out,” says Pooja,who got her books only before pre-boards around Diwali.
On the other hand, Shubhdarshni was initially apprehensive of education in the new normal. “Well-planned online classes conducted by the schools and availability of teachers on phone helped us to sail through turbulent times,” says Shubhdarshni, who also feels that a consistent study plan helps you excel in any exam. She loves playing various indoor and outdoor games to do away with boredom.