The Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi declared the results of AISSCE 2018 on Saturday, 26 May. Out of 1193 students from Tibetan schools across the country, Tenzin Tobden of TCV Bylakuppe, Tenzin Tsundue of TCV Selakui and Kachok Dolma, Tibetan Homes School Mussoorie emerged as this year’s toppers.
As per the official announcement by Department of Education, CTA, Tenzin Tobden scored a whopping 94.2 % in Commerce stream, Tenzin Tsundue 93 % in Science and Kachok Wangmo scored 92 % in Arts Stream. They are the top three awardees of Gaden Phodrang award 2018.
In an exclusive interview with Tibet.net, the toppers reveal their study routine, tips on how to ace the board exams and future plans.
Tibet.net: Can you tell us your study strategy and what would you call your success mantra?
Tenzin Tobden: “When I am up to something, I put my whole heart into the task. During class hours I always try to keep all my senses alert in the class. During self-study hours I try to focus on what I was supposed to do. When teachers assign us with assignments, my priority would be to complete that on the right time. Procrastination leads to failure. Sincerity in my responsibility and commitments has always been my study strategy”.
Kachok Wangmo: “I feel that consistency is a must. Listening very carefully and making notes are the most important for a successful result. Success cannot be copied, it only comes by our own determination and continuity”.
Tenzin Tsundue: “I just literally do what teacher tells us to do. They give us notes, they tell us what are the important questions and how to study the particular chapter. And I am confident that if you listen to your teachers and be regular in class then you will surely get a good result”.
“This is what I perceive as my success mantra. Diligently following your teacher’s guidance has helped me develop my study strategy. Besides this, I also count on discussing with your peers, teaching your mates also helps me to a great extent in my study. Other than that, putting your effort and time in your study is something everybody knows, yet is practically not done”.
Tibet.net: One advice for future CBSE aspirants? What are the common mistakes students make while preparing?
Tenzin Tobden: “What I’d like to say is that one needs to know what they are doing and whether it will take them to where they want to be in future. Today, youth is exposed to many distractions. Experience and exposure are necessary but one shall weigh the activities in our life according to priorities. Maintaining balance and self-discipline is a must.
“I also wish to remind our brothers and sisters that we are Tibetan, that we are in exile. Don’t forget that Tibetans inside Tibet wait for us to do something in the name of freedom. Preserving our language and culture is something we shall never forget”.
Kachok Wangmo: “I want to tell them that they should focus more on learning Tibetan subject. From my experience, I have seen a lot of Tibetan students having difficulty in learning Tibetan subject. As a Tibetan, we must never forget our mother language and focus on it more.
“Self-discipline is also very important. We must study well and as a Buddhist be compassionate to others and be kind to everyone.
“The common problems that our students face are because we study only when the exam is near and do not pay attention in class while the teacher is teaching. Due to stress and burden, we are not able to do well in exams”.
Tenzin Tsundue: “One advice I want to give to Tibetan students is that ‘choose your career according to your interest and passion as you will have to do it for your whole life, therefore, it has to be something you love to do.
“Secondly, I have given so many exams till now and I have noticed that most of the Tibetan students make a common mistake of studying at the last minute. At the last moment, you have to stay relaxed and recapitulate what you have learned but unfortunately, they try to learn as many new concepts as possible which results in nervous breakdown.
“Just focus on what you have to learn and brazen your knowledge to that scale; stretching out your hands on multiple things is good but while you are preparing for an exam, I would suggest to stick to what you have learned and focus on it.
Tibet.net: What do you envision for your life ahead? What are your future goals?
Tenzin Tobden: “Currently I am planning to do B.com (honours) in Delhi University. In terms of my career, I want to focus on economics and accountancy as these are my core interest areas. My fundamental aim in life is to serve for the betterment of our society”.
Kachok Wangmo: “I have a great interest in studying political science. Since from my childhood, I loved reading about politics from books, learning from teachers, brothers and sisters. Therefore I am going to pursue LLB in Mysore. In future, I want to become a good lawyer and serve my country well”.
Tenzin Tsundue: “During my last years in TCV Selakui, I learned some basics programming in computer science and I found myself interested in it. Hence, I wanted to turn my interest into my life career.
“Currently, I have opted for computer science engineering specialising in cybersecurity and digital forensics at VIT Bhopal. For now, my future goal is to do M.tech in a foreign university and seek opportunities for it in some fine universities.
“I have noticed that in our society this career is pursued in few numbers. Hence, I wanted to do my best, put best of my effort and become someone who can be an inspiration to the Tibetan posterities and to serve my community.
“Challenging myself to pursue something which is very rare in our society will keep me dedicated, diligent and committed. I want my future to be of benefit to both myself and our society”.
Tenzin Tobden was born and raised in Manali. He completed his primary education in Sambhota School Manali, middle school education in TCV Gopalpur and pursued commerce stream from TCV Bylakuppe.
Tenzin Tsundue is from Dharamsala. He did his primary schooling in TCV school Chauntra and pursued Science stream at TCV School Selakui.
Kachok Wangmo was born in Tibet. She completed her schooling from Tibetan Homes School, Mussoorie.