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Muskan Abdullah Pathan, Muslim girl from Pune tops ICSE Class X exam

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Pune: 15-year old Muskan Pathan from Pune has done everyone proud by topping the ICSE Class X board examination. The girl, a student of Hutchings High School and Junior College scored 99.4%.

The best part of her achievement is the fact that Pathan never went to a coaching center. In India, a sort of mentality is developing that students have to choose a good coaching center to score well in their board exam. The ever proliferating coaching centers that make a killing due to this feeling among students and teachers are all over the media claiming that their wards have scored the highest in a particular exam.

To be fair, as the economy seems to be suffering from troubles in the IT sector, these coaching centers seem to be the only major source of advertisement in leading newspapers in the country, apart from government advertisements.




The girl who topped the Council For the Indian School Certificate Examinations class X exam also broke the commonly held belief that parents should switch off the television for the entire duration of the exam. She is a die-hard cricket fan and claims that she did not miss a single IPL match even during her finals.

Muskan has been a joint topper in the class X ICSE board exam along with Ashwin Rao from Bangalore. Both of them scored 99.4% marks.

A smiling Muskan, whose name also translates into smile, says, “My efforts were just 10-20%, the rest was because of my teachers, parents and friends, without whom this success would not have been possible”.

The child didn’t join any coaching classes as she felt that it would be time-consuming, but diligently followed the timetable she had set in the beginning of the year, studying for 4-5 hours a day and ensuring she had sound sleep. She belongs to a family of 14 doctors, including her mother Shakira Pathan.

Muskan wants to be a doctor. “My daughter and son take a one-hour break after they return from school before resuming their studies. This habit worked to mould Muskan’s study habits which helped her shine”, says Muskan’s mother Shakira.

Her father, who also sounded ecstatic said they never pressurized their kid. Abdulla Pathan, her father says, “We have always been happy with her scores. It was her desire to top in school after she came first in standard IX. We never expected her to come first in the country”.

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