New Delhi: Sheer hard work turned 17-year-old Tanvi Aggarwal's dream into reality - she is India's topmost scorer in the CBSE Class 12 exams with a whopping 98.4 percent marks. "I can't believe it!" she keeps saying.
"Tanvi has scored a perfect 100 in three subjects - economics, accountancy and mathematics. In business studies, she scored 99, while in English she got 93," said a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) official.
She has topped in the commerce stream. A student of Apeejay School in Faridabad on the outskirts of the capital, Tanvi said although she expected to do well, never did she imagine this.
"I was sure I was going to do well in my board exams since I had done well in my pre-boards, scoring 94 percent. But I obviously didn't expect to be the India topper! It's more than I can imagine," Tanvi, who lives in Faridabad, told sources.
Topping exams is however not new for her or her family.
"I had topped my school in the Class 10 board exams. During these exams I drew a lot of support from my elder sister, who was a school herself. Whenever I had any difficulty, she was always there," she said.
Crediting her success to consistent hard work, Tanvi said: "I didn't have a set pattern of studying but I knew that last moment studies don't help. I started putting in all my effort from the very beginning of the year. Regular studies are a must, consistent hard work pays."
"I had taken coaching in accounts, maths and economics everyday for an hour and above that I would religiously study for four to five hours," she added.
Although a tad disappointed with her English score - never mind that it's 93 - she now looks forward to taking admission in the premier Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University.
"I probably got it from my father, but I was never interested in science and always had a bent towards commerce. My father is an alumni of the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and is the vice president of V5Global Services," said Tanvi.
Mrittika Sen, a Class 12 student from Mumbai, is another with 98.4 percent marks, but she is from the science stream.
Commerce Tanvi has a word of advice for other students. "Time management is the key to success. It is imperative to manage your time well and plan everything out so that there is no confusion at the last moment," she said.
For now the thrilled teenager is content in just celebrating with her family and of course, enjoying the endless interview calls from the media.
"I will celebrate the whole year," she chirped.