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    BSEB 12th topper: Sonali Kumari wants to be an IAS officer – Times of India

    PATNA: Surmounting all odds, Sonali Kumari daughter of a Biharsharif-based costermonger (handcart fruit-seller) has topped the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) intermediate exam by scoring 94.2 per cent. The result which was declared on Friday has brought happiness and new hope for her family.

    Talking to the TOI, Sonali said she wanted to become an IAS officer. The girl seems positive that her achievement in the state board would open up new opportunities for her to further excel in her academics. “Cracking UPSC exam is my dream and I would it till I succeed,” she said.

    Sonali, a student of Smt Parmeshwari Devi Girl’s Higher Secondary School (Biharsharif) scored 471 marks out of 500. She got 98 marks in chemistry, 97 each in physics and mathematics, 93 in Hindi, and 87 in English.

    Sonali, who lives in a rented home in Biharsharif said she had worked hard for the board examination but had never expected that she would emerge as a topper. “I studied more than 12 hours per day amid the lockdown. I prepared a lesson plan and rigorously followed it throughout the year. On some days, I woke up till 3 am to cover all the topics. Online lectures and textbooks have helped me a lot to secure the top position,” she told this newspaper.

    Elated by her daughter’s performance Chunnu Lal said he and his family suffered a lot during the pandemic lockdown but her daughter’s success makes it worth it. “I sell fruit on the handcart and my wife Savitri Devi prepares channa and sattu and hawked to earn a living. We want to give good education to all our three kids so that they can excel in their field,” said Lal, whose son appeared in matric exam and elder daughter pursuing B.Sc from Biharsharif.

    Born to Sunil Prasad (businessman) and Jully Devi (home-maker), Sugandha Kumari topped in commerce stream by scoring 99 in business studies, 98 in accountancy, 97 in economics, 94 in Hindi, and 83 in English. She shared the state topper position with Sonali.

    Sugandha, a student of SN Sinha College (Aurangabad) wants to become a chartered accountant and she already started preparation for the exam.

    Recalling her academic life during the pandemic, the girl said she could not sleep for several nights due to stress. “I was never prepared for that situation- studies without teachers and school. However, my parents and teachers motivated me and because of them I have reached this milestone,” she said adding that she studied more than 14 hours a day and dependent on self-study.

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