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‘Taking small breaks in between study hours is crucial,’ says topper, who secured 3rd position in Jalandhar district  

CBSE Class 10 toppers from Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg highlights their mantra of success



The CBSE Class 10 Board exams mark a crucial milestone for students, setting the stage for future challenges. Students of Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, have once again achieved remarkable scores and that showcased their diligence and comprehensive preparation.

Let’s meet the toppers to glean insights into their strategies and study routines.

‘Accomplishment after days of toil’

For Riddhiman Rai, the topper from Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, the study mantra for Board exams was well-defined – focus, consistency and hard work. Riddhiman , who has secured 3rd position in Jalandhar district as well, scored  98.3% in CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2024.  

On receiving the above-mentioned news, the topper was left surprised and speechless. “It gives a feeling of pride and satisfaction on earning this accomplishment  after days of toil,” he exclaimed.

It  is absolutely true that no achievement is a cakewalk. Explaining his study strategy Riddhiman highlighted, “Regularly revising all subjects, solving practice questions, focusing on weak areas, studying whenever I wanted but doing it with utmost attention and without getting distracted were some of the plans I had followed.” Moreover, the Apeejay topper said that taking small breaks in between study hours, taking teachers’ help to clear concepts, making notes, and learning by small achievable goals were also crucial.  

Riddhiman has scored 100 in Punjabi, Math and Computers,  99 in Social Studies, 96 in English and 95 in Science.

Emphasising how teachers at Apeejay are highly supportive and motivating, Riddhiman said, “They are experienced and give personalised attention to every student. They always believed that I could attain academic excellence.” 

At the same time, the school topper’s parents also played a very important role in helping him achieve this goal. “They always ensured the importance of learning  and fostering an environment that values academic achievement. They have always encouraged open communication, active listening and validating emotions,”shared Riddhiman, who aspires to excel in the medical field just like his parents. He mentioned that his father is an ENT, Head & Neck Surgeon and his mother is a Pathologist  

When asked how he dealt with stress during exam preparation, he said, “Of course, there were moments of stress but I used to overcome them by proper time management, taking short breaks, eating and sleeping properly.”  

‘With consistent study almost all the  topics felt easy’

Kritika Gupta, second topper from Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, secured an impressive 98%. Kritika’s study strategy was rather uniquely chalked out. “I usually didn’t divide my time for different subjects, rather I learned and practiced the topics going on in the class and the future topic to be done. For exams, I used to prepare my plan as per the datesheet and give 2-3 days to each subject and complete every subject in one go rather than preparing little for each subject everyday,” she explained.

Kritika scored 100 in Maths, 99 in Science, Punjabi, and Computer Application, 98 in Social Studies, and 93 in English. Explaining how she worked on her weak areas, “I did consistent practice. In particular, I found Mathematics a bit difficult so to improve it I attempted NCERT, NCERT exemplar and sample papers regularly.” She further added, “I honestly find and suggest that practice is the only key to improve weak areas and to gain confidence.” 

Crediting her school teachers and parents, Kritika said, “They were really a great support in my journey. My teachers were a great mentor in my whole journey as they always helped me with my doubts and encouraged me at every step. My parents were the ones who never pressurised me for anything. The light and positive atmosphere given by them is one of the biggest reasons for my success.”

Kritika also mentioned that interestingly she didn’t face any major stress during her preparation phase; rather the journey was joyful. “With consistent study almost all the  topics felt easy and none of them gave me much stress. Also, due to pre boards my syllabus got revised so many times that at the time of boards I wasn’t tense about the syllabus,” emphasised Kritika, who aspires to become a doctor and excel in the field with hardwork and determination.

‘Hard work & academic excellence’

Another topper from the school is Yuvraaj Arora who scored 97.8%. He made his school, teachers and parents proud as he achieved this feat. There is of course no substitute to hard work when it comes to excelling in academics. These students have showcased unwavering dedication and focus in securing impressive percentages.     

‘Do not hesitate to clear doubts’

Aruni Bansal from Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg scored 97.6% in the CBSE Class 10 Board 2024. She scored 99 in Mathematics, Social Science and Punjabi; 98 in English and Computer and 93 in Science. When asked how she scored such a fantastic score, she explained, “First of all, I used to listen to the teachers in my class and did not hesitate to ask doubts. I gave more time to the subjects I wanted to pursue further. I identified my weak areas and used to take up frequent tests . That helped me to improve. Moreover, I practiced a lot of sample papers and extra questions.” 

Thanking all her teachers, parents and elder brother, Aruni said, “They were there at every step and provided me with motivation as well as helped me clear my concepts. Whenever I was not able to score as good as I expected, I felt demotivated. But my family and friends helped me push through.” 

The mantra for preparation for Aruni was clear cut, “I tried to be consistent with my studies and focused on clearing my fundamental concepts.” Aruni has opted for non-medical in class 11 and is preparing for JEE Advanced.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay Newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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