The Dhoni Effect Continues in Board Exam Results

We all love stories of small towners doing well – whether in board exams – or on the cricket field.

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School children attending a yoga exercise session. (Photo: Reuters) 

India’s fascination with the performance of students in board exams is perhaps as old as the exams itself.

Around the time of results, there are two narratives that run every year unfailingly – one, of girls outshining the boys and the other, of humble backgrounds and small towners doing well. Both – the author must concede – are a little dear to the author; she happens to be a girl from a small town.

To her, and to the rest of the Indians, the indefatigable fighting spirit of small town India will always continue to be a story – no matter how repetitive.

Our cricket team captain (Dhoni) is a Ranchi boy. And so are these toppers.

Schoolboys in a rickshaw. (Photo: Reuters)
Schoolboys in a rickshaw. (Photo: Reuters)

Varanasi girl Khushi Agrawal achieved 97.83% in her high school exams. What’s even more remarkable is that she scored 100 out of 100 in Computer Science, and 99 in Hindi and Mathematics. Ah, Computers and Mathematics – those stereotypically male subjects!

The Class X ICSE topper this year is a Patna boy Akshat who scored 98.2% overall in class X – with a 100 in Computers and 98 each in Hindi, Mathematics and Science.

Lucknow boy Tathagat Bhatia scored 99% and got second position in the ICSE XIIth boards.

Another Varanasi girl, Charu Bhatt got an impressive 97.4% in Humanities.

Last year, the first three among the top 30 CBSE schools with the best Class XII results were DAV schools. Schools from Thane, Kottayam, Kanpur, Thiruvanthapuram, SIliguri, Burdwan, Thrissur, Udipi, Indore, Giridih and Guwahati, were all featured in this list. Interestingly, DPS RK Puram occupied the 16th spot and Mayo College, Ajmer, the 41st spot.

While praises heaped on the schools are completely warranted, we shouldn’t forget that the results themselves have been achieved by a bunch of young and bright minds. These are students that have worked hard, sported electrifying confidence and often beaten great odds to be here.

School girls attend a yoga session. (Photo:  Reuters)
School girls attend a yoga session. (Photo: Reuters)

The Dhoni Phenomena

MS Dhoni. (Photo: PTI/BCCI)
MS Dhoni. (Photo: PTI/BCCI)

The simple narratives of these achiever kids are necessary to understand the spirit of the small towners. Their rise should be far more significant for India than the rise of the metros, since 68% of India’s urban population lives not in the metros but in small towns.

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