DIBRUGARH: Dibrugarh residents had reason to smile as the results of the HSLC exam, 2014, were declared. While Smitakshi Goswami of Salt Brook School, Dibrugarh, and Sannidhya Sharmah of BVFC Model High School, Namrup, jointly clinched the 3rd position, scoring 579 out of 600 (96.5%), Rashmi Rekha Bora of Little Flower Higher Secondary School bagged the 6th rank, scoring 575 (95.83%).Anirjit Hom Roy of BPCM Baby Land English Medium High School, Kokrajhar, also came third.
Smitakshi did her school proud by securing full marks in Maths, 99 in General Science, 97 in English, 96 in Advanced Maths, 95 in Social Science and 92 in Assamese.
"I was expecting to feature in the top ten. I studied 10-12 hours daily and took tuition in Maths and Science. I credit my success to my teachers, parents and grandparents who supported and guided me," she said.
Gearing up to pursue science in her school, Smitakshi dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer.
"I'd like to do research in aeronautics from MIT, Massachusetts, but I know it is a long journey," said an elated Smitakshi.
An accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer and a talented athlete, the 16-year-old loves to watch crime programmes and read newspapers, novels and self-improvement books. Her father Rajib Goswami is a businessman, while mother Juri is a homemaker. The family stays in the west Chowkidinghee area of the town.
The same excitement was visible in Rashmi, who said, "I'm overjoyed as I was not expecting a rank. I didn't take tuitions and was mainly guided by my teachers." "I used to devote 10 to 12 hours to my studies daily," she added.
A resident of the Lachit Nagar area here, Rashmi hopes to study engineering at one of the IITs. Her father Deben Bora is an employee of the circle office in Naharkatia, while mother Rupala Saikia teaches in Lezai Higher Secondary School in the district.
Among the 15,017 candidates in Dibrugarh district, 8,982 cleared the test, with 1,917 students securing first division, 3,186 securing second division and 3,897 passing in the third division.
However, this year's HSLC pass percentage fell sharply to 59.8% from 74.48% in 2013. Salt Brook School and Little Flower Higher Secondary School were among the few schools that recorded a pass percentage of 100.