"I studied a good 10 to 15 hours every day and was always hopeful of a good result," Sarthak said. He eventually wants to be a civil servant.
The principal of Sarthak's school, Bindu Sehgal, says "Sarthak had really raised the bar. It was difficult to go any further than this."
In the Commerce stream, Sanchi Katpaliya from Springdales Pusa Road has topped with 98.8 per cent.
But while the principal of Springdales Pusa Road, Ameeta Wattal - who is also the Chairman of the National Progressive Schools - says she is extremely happy that her student has got the highest marks, she also warns "the general trend over the last couple of years has been that the percentages keep going up and up; there is a great deal of pressure on Universities to keep increasing the cut offs. For all you know, the cut offs could very well go up to 99 per cent."
She further adds "So many children today with even 91 per cent and higher are anguished asking for a reassessment of their papers." While she says she won't question the evaluation process per se, there is a need to step back and rethink the marking structures.
Meanwhile, like every year, the girls have fared better than the boys. The overall pass percentage for the girls this year was 91.72 per cent, while it was 82.09 per cent for the boys. Delhi came third out of 10 regions of CBSE and 111 schools had 100 per cent pass results.