Neighbourhood schools fared well in the CBSE XII exams accumulating more than 90 per cent as top score, with 100 per cent pass.

PSBB, Nungambakkam, has secured nine centums in mathematics, with three students - P. Ambarish, Sharad Kumar Pandian and S.K. Ramnandan – securing the first mark of 484 in the science stream and S. Meenakshi scoring 486 in the commerce stream.

Understanding the concept is the key to success, say the students unanimously.

“I have never allowed studies to pressurise me. Once you understand the concept, learning becomes easy. It has been a cake-walk,” says Meenakshi, (English: 94, maths: 99, accountancy: 99, business studies: 97 and economics: 97) who has her eye set on C.A. and wants to do B.Com in correspondence. Meenakshi was in the school's debating team and has won Second Best Speaker Award at the National Youth Contest.

Success continues for S.K. Ramnandan, (English: 93, maths: 100, physics: 96, chemistry: 96 and computer science: 99) who was also a school topper in CBSE Class X. He has secured 1273th rank in IIT-JEE and is all set to take up engineering in computer science. “It was difficult to handle the pressure. But I was able to manage with the help of parents and teachers,” says Ramnandan. Meticulous planning has helped Ramnandan succeed. “I followed a timetable allotting equal time for IIT and board exams. Mock tests and sample papers helped me finish lengthy papers. It was not ‘all work no play' for Ramnandan. This cultural secretary and avid quizzer says that he always has a quest for knowledge.

The result was not a big surprise for Sharad (English: 93, maths: 100, physics: 97, chemistry: 95, computer science: 99), who has always been on top five. Sharad, who has scored 1806{+t}{+h}rank in IIT-JEE, wants to take up B.S. Physics or engineering. “My interest in science grew after I presented a paper in Research Science Initiative RSI – IIT Madras,” he says. “Hard work and support of the teachers are the secret of my success. The teachers ensured that we understood the concepts thoroughly and were always ready to clear our doubts,” he adds.

Ambarish (English: 95, maths: 100, physics: 96, chemistry: 95 and computer science: 98) has been pretty cool about exams. He started serious preparation only a month ahead, but had taken up class tests sincerely. He has secured 3304 rank in IIT-JEE, has options open for BITS Pilani, NUS, NIT and IIT.

Valli Arunachalam, principal, says that the school gave equal importance for slow learners as well as bright students. Extra coaching and counselling were arranged, she says, adding, “Ultimately diligence and dedication bore fruit.”

PSBB, K.K. Nagar, has scored six centums in maths. Suraj Kumar (Eng: 98, maths: 99, physics: 95, chemistry: 98 and C.S.: 98) and S. Akshyaram (Eng: 95, maths: 100, physics: 99, economics: 95 and C.S: 99.) have scored 488, becoming the school toppers in science stream. V. Vidya of commerce group has scored 487 (Eng: 96, economics: 96, maths: 99, business studies: 98 and accountancy: 98). M. Gayathri has got 100 in accountancy. “There was neck-and-neck competition among the students,” says Indira Vaidyanathan.

B.S. Mootha School

Radha Swaminathan of B.S. Mootha Girls Senior Secondary School, West Mambalam, tops the school in science stream with 464 marks, including 95 in physics, chemistry and biology. S. Nithya stands second with 433 marks.

In the commerce stream, S. Madhumitha has scored 466 (English: 96 and economics: 95); S. Neha – 464 (accountancy: 98 and business studies: 98) and Ritu Rathi has scored 463 (economics: 95 and entrepreneurship: 98). Kaviya has topped in maths (96) and economics (95). S. Saranya has scored 98 in business studies.