Mumbai: Disabled teen beats all odds to score 92.4% in ICSE exams

Despite being detected with diplegic cerebral palsy at a young age, this 16-year-old never let it get in his way, instead choosing to work harder to score a dream 92.4 per cent in the ICSE exams

Scoring above 90 per cent in the board examinations is a dream for any student, but it is a special victory for this 16-year-old, who beat overwhelming odds to score 92.4 per cent in the ICSE exams.

16-year-old Agam Shukla said he put in extra effort to make sure he did well in the Board exams, in which he scored an impressive 92.4 per cent
16-year-old Agam Shukla said he put in extra effort to make sure he did well in the Board exams, in which he scored an impressive 92.4 per cent

Diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy at the age of eleven months, Agam Shukla, a Std X student of Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School in Andheri (West), has never let anything come in the way of his dreams. “Every student puts in a lot of effort during exams and with my problem, I knew I had to put in extra effort.

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All it took was constant hard work and discipline,” said the gritty teenager. Diplegic cerebral palsy causes tense muscles and spasms, reducing the range of motion. The leg muscles in particular begin to tighten, and over time, this causes joints to stiffen as well. To avoid this, Agam has been undergoing physiotherapy since the diagnosis.

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While this could have proved to be a problem during the exams, Agam counts himself lucky for getting a substitute writer. “I’m also a slow writer and my handwriting is often ineligible because of the same problem. I’m thankful to God that I got a good writer,” he added. Despite the handicap, Agam has managed to focus on studies very well over the years.

Not only has he scored 92.4 per cent overall in the Board exams, but he has also managed to score cent per cent marks in Commercial Studies, and 92 each in Social Sciences, Economics, Computers, with his lowest score still an impressive 86 in English.

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Ask the teen about his future plans, and he’s very clear about that as well. “I will apply to colleges now; my aim is to complete education in Chartered Accountancy (CA),” he told mid-day.

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