City girls beat Corona pandemic to be amongst JEE toppers



Lucknow, 13 September: Four city girls, all from City Montessori School, appeared in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main) when the Corona pandemic is at its peak and came out with flying colours to figure amongst the JEE toppers. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main) is a gateway for admission to top engineering institutions in the country.

Nandini Daruka of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus 1 topped amongst the girls of the city with a percentile score of 99.84 while Khushi Verma, also from CMS Gomti Nagar Campus 1, stood third amongst girls and achieved a score of 99.56 percentile. Nandini who completed her Class XII with 97.7% aggregate marks in March 2020, wants to pursue computer engineering from any of the top 5 IITs of the country. “Studying during the pandemic was very stressful as the JEE Main which was to be held in May got postponed. While I was well prepared to appear for the exams in May, I had to carry on studying and revising the same thing till September. I think it became a blessing in disguise.”

When asked why she chose engineering above other careers, Khushi says, “It is my passion to delve deep into the science subjects and understand their concepts. I have always wanted to become an engineer”. Khushi completed her class XII from CMS Gomti Nagar Campus 1 in March 2020 with a whopping percentage of 99.25 aggregate marks.

Twin sisters Alisha Sharma and Amisha Sharma, both from CMS RDSO Campus scored 99.23 and 99.15 percentile respectively. Both sisters, born just 4 minutes apart, completed their class XII in 2019 with an almost similar percentage of 93.5% and 93.75% respectively. “Our brother, who did his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur was our biggest inspiration to pursue engineering. We also got a lot of support from our CMS teachers who were always there to guide us. Corona pandemic had an adverse effect on our preparations. At times we were down and depressed but we pushed each other to study and became each other’s mentors”, they say.