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Bihar's village girls take 19 of 20 top spots in Class XII exam.

RURAL girls are riding high in the interiors of the state grabbing the lion's share in the examinations conducted by the Bihar State Examination Board ( BSEB).

In this year's Intermediate of Arts ( IA) examination -- equivalent to Class XII of the Central Board of School Examination ( CBSE) -- 19 of the top 20 students are girls. None of them, in fact, belonged to big cities of the state such as Patna. They all studied in little- known institutions in remote towns across the state.

Announcing the IA results on Wednesday, BSEB chairman Rajmani Prasad Sinha said it was heartening to know that all except one in the top 20 list were girls. He also stated that more girls had appeared in the examinations this year than the boys -- a phenomenon not witnessed in previous years.

Of the 3.68 lakh students who took the

IA exams, 2.16 lakh appeared to be girls.

The overall topper in the state was Rima Kumari, a student of R. N. Sahu Sarvodaya College located at Ganj Bhadsara in the Naxal- infested Dinara block of Rohtas district.


She scored 80.40 per cent.

Rima said she had no grudge that she did not live in a bigger city that has better facilities for studies. " My family has scarified a lot for my studies," she said. " I would now work harder to become an IAS officer to fulfil the dreams of my father." Neelam Kumari from Begusarai district and Pooja Kumari from Sitamarhi bagged the second and third position, respectively. The only boy on the list was Mohd Tabish Rahman from Samastipur.

Educationists have given much of its credit to the novel scheme launched by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a few years ago, under which, all Class IX students get free bicycles to attend their classes.

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Date:May 31, 2013
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