Priya Chatterjee Ray, who plans to pursue undergraduate programs in Economics in the coveted colleges and universities in USA and Singapore is a much happier girl now. Priya has now secured an All India rank 2 in ISC examination 2018 after her English scores have been modified following a re-check. With a whopping 99.25% in Best of four subjects including English the resident of Ballygunge has crawled up on the merit list and her name now features among the other 17 students who also share the same score as Priya. She much like thousands of other candidates was with her English marks after securing only 91 in the subject with an aggregate of 97.75%. After re-check it has been increased to 97 which has brought her the desired result.
“When the ISC marks were released on the 14th of May, my first reaction was to cry because I had received three 100s, one in each in History, Political Science and Economics. While overjoyed, there was just one thorn in my side, I hadn’t done as well in English as I had hoped I would. I had scored a 91 while other students from my school, Loreto House, received scores as high as 96. Since I had maintained a good academic record throughout school, receiving the highest marks in English for ICSE and throughout my +2 years, I personally felt that my marks should have been higher,” Priya said. Apart from the foreign universities, she has also applied for colleges under Delh University and in St Xavier’s College in Kolkata.
“I finally decided to take the plunge and send my marks for recheck even though I knew that there was a possibility of the marks going down. It was a step my parents supported me in as they too hoped that some good would come out of it. I was so anxious that I put in several calls to the council every week just to find out when the recheck would be complete,” she added.
The 18-year old kept her fingers crossed and hoped that her English score would rise by two marks which would make her the school topper. “But I never expected such a drastic increase. These six marks propelled my entire aggregate by 1.5% and I couldn’t be any happier. Since I was sure that I wanted to pursue a degree in economics, I opted to study Humanities with Economics and Mathematics, over Science because these were subjects I truly enjoyed studying,” said an elated Priya.
This past year has been a rocky one for Priya and her family. “Especially with my grandmother being diagnosed with Cancer and passing away just 4 days after my exams finished. This performance is dedicated to her and my parents,” she said.