Girls outshined boys by securing 62 positions out of 86 positions in the results of Class 12th which was declared for Summer Zone (Jammu) recently by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE).
In Arts, first three positions were secured by girls. We interacted with the topper of Arts stream, Ms. Muskan Rajwal, daughter of Sanjeev Rajwal. She studies at S P Higher Secondary School and has secured 486 marks (97.2 percent) in the Class 12th.
How did you get the information that you got the first position in Arts? Can you share the moment of happiness?
I was with my mother at home when my she got a call from my School. They had called to say that I had got the first position in Arts stream. I was ecstatic, I was definitely hoping for a good percentage, but First position in Jammu was a big happy surprise.
What was your strategy? Did you ever attend any coaching classes? How much time do you study daily?
I did not go for any coaching classes and just concentrated on the study materials provided to me by the school. I firmly believe in self study. I had no specific plans but I studied for 5-6 hours daily throughout the year. I was just preparing for the exams besides reading text books I was also reading the competitive books, newspapers, magazines and watching news etc which is considered as very important in these days.
What is your source of inspiration? Did you ever think that you could be a position holder?
My father has always been a source of inspiration for me as he has always motivated and supported me in studies.
When you put in hard work with sincerity, it is bound to yield good results. I put in my best efforts and the results showed. However, like I mentioned earlier, the topper’s position was just icing on the cake.
Whom would you like to thank for your success?
First of all, I thank God because it is the blessings of God that I got first position in Arts stream. I would also like to thank my parents and teachers because without their support I would have never been able to achieve this success.
Any message for those who did not succeed in the exams?
I only have one message to them – Do not lose hope and do not get disappointed by failure. Keep trying, an opportunity can knock on your door anytime. Just be ready to grab the opportunity.
Do you think anything should be changed in our education system for its improvement?
I am not sure that at this age I understand the glitches in our education system very well. However, I am happy with the present system of education. Earlier the competition was thin because I was competing only at the school level. Board exams are a different reality where you compete with thousands of students on the province level. The high level of competition is definitely a great motivation to excel in what you do.