Marks are not everything and there's indeed more to life — something we all have grown up hearing a lot. However, reality has turned out to be different. Remember the many times we have been judged or deemed unintelligent because we didn't get that perfect score? Or that we didn't score as much as our neighbour's daughter did?
With board results being declared, it's that time of the year when students are under a lot of anxiety and pressure for what they think, will decide their entire career ahead.
Amidst such a situation, IAS Officer, Nitin Sangwan, took to Twitter to share his old Class 12 CBSE mark sheet from 2002, when he had just cleared the pass mark in Chemistry.
Mr Sangwan shared his average or poor grades, in a bid to motivate students and netizens.
Taking to social media, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Amdavad Municipal Corporation and the CEO of Smart City, Ahmedabad said, "In my 12th exams, I got 24 marks in Chemistry - just 1 mark above passing marks. But that didn't decide what I wanted from my life."
Adding further he said, "Don't bog down kids with the burden of marks. Life is much more than board results. Let results be an opportunity for introspection & not for criticism."
In my 12th exams, I got 24 marks in Chemistry - just 1 mark above passing marks. But that didn't decide what I wanted from my life Don't bog down kids with burden of marks Life is much more than board results Let results be an opportunity for introspection & not for criticism pic.twitter.com/wPNoh9A616 — Nitin Sangwan, IAS (@nitinsangwan) July 13, 2020
The tweet that went viral earned a lot of praises from Twitterati, who reiterated a similar ideology regarding the marks system and agreed that it's one's hard work and determination that takes them to achieve success in life.
This is such a wonderful post. I hv no words to express my feelings and gratitude. Being mother of two...i know the stress of these days and such msgs definitely help. — Crazy Reader (@leafmarksReader) July 14, 2020
Your marks in physics and chemistry practicals though — Nishi Kant Mohan (@hyperbolicNishi) July 14, 2020
Pl mention how hard you had to work elsewhere to compensate for this. Joining the civil services is no cakewalk,Mr & success is not an accident.While there is no doubt that marks scored in Bd exams are no indication of what the future holds,non performance must not be encouraged. — COLONEL VINOD AWASTHY (@VINODAWASTHY) July 14, 2020
True sir, but you also must have slogged it out for your UPSC exam. I think what we should be teaching our kids is that board exam is not the one and only final test of realising your dreams. You will get opportunities to do better elsewhere, even if you don’t do great here — The Mango Bharti (@themangogyaani) July 14, 2020
Not only Chemistry, your Physics marks were poor too yet you became an IAS. That’s an interesting inspirational story! — Karan (@karanrad21) July 14, 2020
Exactly. Moreover now a days there is an inflation of marks. Students secure as high as 595/600. It was unthinkable for brilliant students to secure above 70 out of 100 earlier. Those securing 47% in MA in English could write correct English. Now a days many securing 90 can't. — Sumit Nag (@sumitnag0805) July 14, 2020
Thank you for this much needed encouragement to students Sir. So true — Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) July 14, 2020
Remember, board results are never an indication to what one's future holds.