Drvyansh Sharma, the all India CBSE topper in the class XII boards, is a small town boy, with great aspirations. Sharma who studied at Delhi Public School (DPS) Ghaziabad has scored an aggregate of 98.6 per cent. "I was just surprised when my school told me that I have topped the country," said Drvyansh. With a modest family background, all the celebrations and attention has left him a little jaded.
"My parents were just in disbelief. All my relatives and friends were elated. Nobody had expected that I would reach the pinnacle," added Drvyansh. An avid SRK fan, Drvyansh points out that his favourite star was also a small screen actor, but he made it to the top and has stayed there for decades. When asked about his success mantra, Drvyansh said, "Focus on whatever you do and you will achieve success."
Though his ambition is to become a computer engineer, Drvyansh enjoys reading novels, partying on and off and playing badminton. Among the people who are celebrating his success, he thinks his girlfriend is the happiest, though she didn't do as well him. Drvyansh's father is a civil engineer in Agra, while his mother is a homemaker.
Urmi Uppal, who secured the highest percentage in CBSE 12th board exams from the Capital, says her ambition is to become an investment banker.
Urmi says she was more shocked than elated on receiving a call from her brother while she was out yesterday when CBSE declared the results of class XII board exams. She was told she had got the highest overall percentage of marks, not only in her school, DPS Mathura Road, but also in the Capital.
Always aspiring to be a businesswoman, Urmi says she had no idea what Monday had in store for her. Having hit 97.6 per cent she has stood out in the results from the commerce stream. After all, scoring a 100 in Mathematics, 98 in Accounts and Business Studies, 97 in Economics and 95 in English is no mean feat.
"I never expected I will make it to the top. Honestly, when my brother gave me the news, I snapped at him for pulling my leg. I really still can't believe it," said Urmi. Though a Commerce student, she always wanted to take up Science as she believed in the cliché that all good students move into that stream. Later, she realised, that she wanted to become an investment banker. With the idea of doing an MBA, she took up Commerce. She had also topped her class in the class X boards.
Urmi says she has no plans of leaving Delhi; her immediate aim is to secure a seat in either of the Capital's two best colleges - St Stephen's and Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).
For Sunil Uppal, her father, a Chartered Accountant by profession, it is a dream come true. "She has always been a focused and brilliant student. But I didn't expect she would do so well. It came to us as a pleasant surprise," he said.
Apart from studies, Uppal debates, loves partying and follows music and movies. "Aamir Khan is my favourite actor. He is really hot and makes meaningful cinema. I am a big fan of Beatles and Eric Clapton," she said. Among movies she is loves Hangover and the Pursuit of Happyness.
Aditya Grover, the CBSE class XII Science stream topper in the Capital, has seen it all before. But his excitement was palpable. "I can't believe I got lucky for a second time," said Aditya. He came to know about his achievement only after a call from his school. Aditya has scored 97.4 per cent overall with 99 in both Maths and Computer Science, 98 in Physics, 96 in Chemistry and 95 in English.
A proud VK Grover, his father, who is an automobile engineer in a leading MNC, couldn't hide his joy. "We always knew he was good at studies, but we had never thought he would do so well," he said. Aditya's mother, a homemaker and an M Phil in Economics, was busy answering calls for congratulations. "Aditya has made us proud once again. We want him to study and work in India only," she said. Being asked how he managed to study so hard, Aditya told us that he had not watched Television or movies for two years. "I like movies and love playing table tennis and swimming. I knew I will have ample time to do all of it, so I had kept these two years only for my studies," he said.
Aditya, who wants to crack the IITs this year, has had no time for love or a girlfriend. Both he and his parents want him to become a Computer Engineer and contribute something towards building his country.