Pranshu Gupta Scores 99.20% in CBSE Class 10 Board Exam: All about his recipe for success and IIT dreams


Pranshu Gupta From Vibgyor High School The resident of Vadodara, Gujarat loves reading Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter apart from his regular school books. Well, this hardworking CBSE Class 10 student scored a remarkable 99.20 percentile in the 2024 board exams thanks to his dedication and honesty. In an exclusive interview with Times of India, Pranshu shared valuable insights about his educational journey. study strategies, and aspirations for the future. As the conversation progresses they discuss their approach towards studies, extra-curricular activities and aspirations for the future. Driven by an unwavering commitment towards growth and an intense passion for learning, Pranshu sheds light on the driving forces behind his educational journey. Read on to know about his future plans, inspiration, secrets of success and much more.
Who or what has inspired you during your educational journey?
I myself wanted to get good scores and learn new things. So, for me it was mainly learning something new that motivated me.
Can you share some of your study strategies that helped you excel in all subjects? Did you have a particular approach that worked well for you?
As far as strategies go, I followed whatever the teachers said because they were really helpful. I would like to make a special mention of my mathematics teacher who guided me a lot. However, as we got closer to the exams during the last 3 months, I started giving a lot of mock tests and solving many previous year questions. I noticed that many questions are repeated like every year. That also helped me a lot.
Were there any specific subjects that you found more challenging than others? How did you overcome these challenges to get such a high score?
I faced a lot of problems in Hindi due to spelling mistakes. However, I was able to solve that problem by practicing a lot. Also, I was lucky as my year's paper was 50 per cent objective. Secondly, I had a problem time management Especially in English. To overcome this, I gave a lot of mock tests.
What are your aspirations for the future? Which stream are you planning to choose for class 11 and beyond?
I have taken PCM in 11th because I want to do engineering in mathematics and computing science from IIT Delhi.
Apart from education, what are you passionate about? Do you have any hidden talent or interest you would like to share?
Apart from studies, I love playing and listening to music. I also play table tennis and like to solve various puzzles like Rubik's Cubes and many mystery games.
Balance is important. How did you manage extra-curricular activities or hobbies along with studies during your preparation?
At the beginning of the year, I wasn't studying very much. So it was easy to balance. But in the last months I gave up a lot of hobbies so that I could focus only on my studies.
Are there any particular books or movies that you find inspiring or motivating?
I like to read many books like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and JK Rowling's Harry Potter. I prefer books to movies because they contain more character development and the plot is also more interesting.
Many students feel pressure from family or friends to perform well in exams. How did you create a positive and supportive study environment for yourself while preparing for Class 10?
Personally, I didn't feel any pressure because my family was very supportive. However, one thing I can say is that sometimes we think of issues as bigger than they really are. For example, right now 10th board may seem very important but later there will be more important exams like NEET, CAT, JEE etc.
What advice would you give to your fellow students who are just starting their 10th grade journey?
For students who are just starting 10th class, I would advise them to follow their teachers. They should also be well read NCERT books for all subjects except Mathematics, where another book along with NCERT is required for adequate practice. This is because the number of questions in NCERT is very less. Also, I would advise them to try to solve previous years' questions and analyze trends from them as repetition is very common in boards. Lastly, I would recommend them to work on various sample papers and tests as they can help us adapt to the exam environment, improve time management and also help us analyze our mistakes.
Looking back, what would you say was the most valuable lesson you learned during your tenth grade experience?
In 10th, the most valuable lesson I learned was probably to respect teachers and always try to stay calm.

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