Staff Reporter

Second rank-holder wishes to pursue medicine

VIRUDHUNAGAR: A rank at the State level was a pleasant surprise for P. Pradakshna, who secured third rank in Plus Two examination.

“I certainly expected good marks, but not a State rank,” the student of Chinmaya Vidhyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Rajapalayam, said. She wants to become a doctor.

With an aggregate of 1,185 out of 1,200 and a cut off of 199.25, she is hopeful of getting a seat in Madras Medical College, Chennai. She scored maximum marks in Mathematics and Chemistry and lost the same by one mark each in Physics and Biology. She got 194 marks in Tamil and 193 marks in English.

Tests conducted by the school at regular intervals, burning midnight oil for studies, ample time gap between each paper were some of the major reasons, she attributed to her success.

Her father, T. Porchezhian, an Associate Professor and Head, Veterinary University and Research Centre, Rajapalayam and her mother, a housewife, sacrificed all entertainments through television for two years for the daughter's study.

The second rank-holder, Susheel Madasamy Karpenter, of PA Chinniah Raja Memorial Higher Secondary School, Rajapalayam, too wants to join medicine. And his preference too is MMC, Chennai.

Though he has scored lesser aggregate than that of Pradakshna, he has higher cut off mark of 199.5.

He has got two centums in Mathematics and Biology and secured 199 each in Physics and Chemistry.

His scores in Tamil and English are 189 and 192 marks.

Susheel, who has been class top since 6 {+t} {+h} standard, used to revise all the portions on the same day when they were taught in the class. Besides, he had the habit of revising them once again during the weekends.

He volunteered to take special tests from his teachers at frequent intervals. His father, Ganesh Manthiram Karpenter, an official in a bank and his mother, Chellammal, a housewife, were keenly following his progress in studies.

J. Giridharan, of Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, who stood third in the district, feels disappointed with his scores in Mathematics and English. He feels he could have got another seven marks in both the subject put together.

He secured 1,178 with a centum in Computer Science, 199 each in Physics and Chemistry, 193 and 191 in Tamil and English.

He is focussed to join any stream of engineering course, but only in a reputed college. Besides, the encouragement from teachers and the school principal, he got good support from his parents.

He always preferred to study early in the morning and not during nights. “I used to switch on the lights at 3 a.m. in the room where my father used to sleep. He never felt disturbed by my habit,” Giridharan said.

Top rankers in Aruppukottai educational district are: S. Karthikeyan (1167), Saliar Mahajana Higher Secondary School and B. Keerthana (1165), S.B.K. Girls' Higher secondary school (both Aruppukottai) and Moniga (1164), Noble Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Periyavallikulam.

A total of 157 students secured centums in various subjects. There were 48 centums in Commerce followed by Mathematics – 41, and Chemistry 30.