Toppers of the CBSE Class XII examination from two schools in the city suburbs want to become Chartered Accountants. K. Rajalakshmi of Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial School in Nagappa Nagar, Chromepet and R. Sudarshan of Modern Senior Secondary School secured 490 marks in the CBSE Class XII examinations, results of which were announced on Monday.

 Speaking to The Hindu, R. Sudarshan said that he has been interested in mathematics from a very young age. His father, S. Raghuraman, works at a private insurance company and R. Mala, his mother, is a homemaker. By the time he was in Class IX, he decided that he would take up chartered accountancy.  He secured 99 in Sanskrit and Business Studies, 96 in Accountancy and Economics, besides a centum in Mathematics, his favourite subject. “My interest in mathematics and inspiration from my father made me to choose this field,” Sudarshan said.

His teachers too, were of great support. “Our teachers are allowed to innovate to give their best and also get the best from their students,” said K. Mohana, the school principal. She added that Sudarshan was a talented and brilliant student, especially in mathematics and accountancy in which he had won prizes in competitions.

All 161 students who had written the Class XII examinations have passed, Ms. Mohana added.

 For Rajalakshmi, who has been a student of Sundaravallai Memorial since class V, it was her single-minded dedication that helped her secure 490 marks, including centums in Business Studies and Mathematics. She scored 97 in English, 98 in Accountancy and 95 in Economics.

 “It was our desire and ambition too that she become a Chartered Accountant. We told her this when she was in Class V,” said K. Akilandeswari, Rajalakshmi's mother.

 “No one from my family is a Chartered Accountant and so I decided to become one. It will be a proud moment for the entire family,”

Rajalakshmi said, attributing her success to support from her relatives, especially her father J.K. Kumar, an insurance agent.

 C. Vijayalakshmi, school principal, said Rajalakshmi was a silent performer, describing her as a very quiet student. “The teachers were confident that she would excel in the public examinations,” she added.