Somya Deep Pradhan from Odisha has secured second position in the category. He is a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dhanpur, Mayurbhanj. With low eye sight of minus 13, Somya Deep aced the exam by scoring 96.8 per cent. "I was expecting around 95% and got 96.8%. I will give credit of my success to my parents, my school teachers. I used to read about 12 to 14 hours a day before exam," said Somya Deep said to the Times of India. He has also qualified several Olympiads and the NTSE.
KB Rudraaksh, autistic student from GD Goenka Public School Gurgaon, has a different story. Deemed to be 'not fit for regular school' at the age of 6, Rudraaksh did not let that deter his determination. He has scored 83% in the AISSE 2018. 'My son is a role model for me and everyone in my family. He has amazed me at every juncture of his journey into a highly functional teenager. He has turned even the negatives into positives with an amazing focus and dedication to his goals,' says his mother Bhuvaneshwari Karthick.
In the CBSE class 12 exam, the pass percentage in the category is 87.52 per cent. A Vijay Ganesh from Kerala has topped the exam by scoring 492 marks out of 500. Pooja Kumari from Dehradun and Lavanya Jha from Delhi have secured the second and third position, respectively.
Many of these students did not avail the extra time allotted to them by the Board.
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