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16 Mumbai Students World toppers in Cambridge Exams - TOI 5th September 2014

posted Sep 5, 2014, 5:43 AM by Hanif Kanjer   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 5:43 AM ]

MUMBAI: As many as 31 students from India have scored the highest marks in the world in a single subject in the November 2013 and May 2014 Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) series.

Of the 31 world toppers, 16 are from various schools in Mumbai, including Billabong High International school, Utpal Shanghvi School, Rustomjee Cambridge International School (with 6 world toppers), Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Aditya Birla World Academy, Jamnabai Narsee School and Podar International School.

While the results were announced in August, CIE announced the world toppers on Thursday. The world toppers and 84 national toppers will be felicitated by Michael O'Sullivan, CEO of Cambridge International Examinations, and Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, on September 16.

According to the Cambridge International Examinations, almost half of the world toppers got the award for their performance in mathematics. "I was always interested in mathematics but I also put in a lot of practice. I dedicated about half an hour of my study time to the subject every day," said Anant Kandoi of Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu, who topped Mathematics (without coursework).

For the toppers, question papers from the previous years did the trick. "I did not put in long hours. In fact, I also spent time in art and playing the guitar. Solving question papers from the previous years really helped me score well in mathematics," said Rishabh Mani of Billabong High International School in Thane, who is also a world topper for mathematics in IGCSE.

The world toppers have outperformed thousands of candidates worldwide in Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge International A Level exams.

The 84 national toppers aced subjects like geography, history, music, French, German, Spanish, Sanskrit and world literature. The list of awardees also includes students who have achieved the total highest cumulative marks across a number of subjects in India.

Vinayak Sudhakar, CIE's senior schools development manager for India, said, "These achievements demonstrate the dedication and commitment of teachers support provided by families and friends, and learners' determination and passion to succeed. This success defines them not just as learners, but as Cambridge learners. We wish them every success in their future."

Schools said a stress-free environment is the key to excelling in Cambridge International Examinations. "These students who have topped the IGCSE examination have gifted us with is proof of concept that learning can be stress free, joyful and still effective," said Lina Asher, founder of Billabong High.

There was 10% growth across all Cambridge qualifications offered in India, with more than 43,000 entries in both the November and June series of examinations.