Years passed and Gargi appeared for X standard board examination.In India a huge importance is attached to score in this exam as it determines which junior college and which stream you get admission.
As soon as you pass the IX standard exam you have to sacrifice your summer vacation and start studying for X standard examination. Before the final exam the student has to undergo many rigours mock tests, forget everything else, leave television and other forms of entertainment and just study,study and study for one year for this examination.Getting a good score is considered as social success and once results are out each and every person you know questions you about the result.
Gargi also went through this ordeal, finally the dates and centers of examination were announced.Just one year prior to this question papers were leaked few days before exam so finally people who appeared that year had to go through re-exam, everyone was worried this year if same thing happens then we will again have to appear the exam……oh nooooooooo…….But fortunately no such thing happened.
Examination started, Gargi was intelligent but her speed of writing was slow so she could not complete all the questions in her papers she could only solve 85% question for rest eventhough she knew the answers time was over… She felt dejected as even one mark counts in tough competition.
Exam got over and after two months day result was announced with each day tension started mounting and finally the day of result arrived. Results were supposed to be declared at 3pm in afternoon, under great tension Gargi went to school but saw a board saying results at 6 pm, she went back home constantly worrying about results.
Finally after 6pm she went back to school and was pleasantly surprised to see that she stood 4th in class and first among the girls in her class, she had lost her chance to stand in first three by just 2 marks but still she was happy with the result.She got a cash prize of RS 100 at the school annual day for her results.Even housing complexes distribute prizes to students securing good percentage in X examination and Gargi stood first in her housing society.
All these seemed like a great achievement back then but little did she knew that examination of life is different from such exam, there is no predefined syllabus and seemingly success can turn into failure any time and vice versa.This is only a small beginning there is a long way to go……….
…..to be continued