The CBSE Class XII results for 2020 were declared on July 13, Monday, and Class X results on July 15, Wednesday. Needless to say, this is all everyone is talking about right now. Social media is ablaze with congratulations coming in from all quarters for students’ CBSE board results. Bollywood has also marked its presence in applauding the students and encouraging them to not fret over their marks if they didn’t score according to expectation. Actors Ranganathan Madhavan, Sushant Singh and Swara Bhasker took to social media to motivate students.

Madhavan, who tweeted both in English and Hindi, congratulated students “who exceeded their expectations and aced it.” Sharing a picture from his early days, the Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein actor encouraged the rest, saying, “…I got 58% on my board exams.. The game has not even started yet my dear friends.”

Actor Sushant Singh, who starred in The Legend of Bhagat Singh, also posted his Class XII marks, writing, “1989- I scored 74.5% in 12th Grade, CBSE. PCM stream. Couldn’t even get BA (Pass) in DU… These are just Marks, they don’t define who you are!! March on my young friends.”

Nitin Sangwan, IAS Officer and IIT alumnus, joined Madhavan and Singh in sharing his board results, with a picture of his marksheet and a message that read, “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… Life is much more than board results.” The tweet was shared by actor Swara Bhaskar, who also congratulated national topper Divyanshi Jain for her perfect 600/600 score, and wished her the best for a bright future.

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“You’re Better Than This Piece of Paper”

Several others from the industry too extended good wishes to students who passed their exams this year. Directors Anubhav Sinha and Sudhir Mishra congratulated students in Delhi’s government schools, where the results have averaged to 98 percent this year, setting a new record.

Actor-comedian Vir Das, in 2017, had shared a picture of his Class XII marksheet on Facebook, with a motivational message for students who were scheduled to sit for their boards. He wrote, “These exams WILL
NEVER define who you are inside… With each passing year the importance that you and everyone around you attaches to these exams will fade away.” Das, who dropped out of college to pursue a career in comedy, had also posted encouraging videos in 2015 and 2016, reiterating the message: “Breathe! You’re better than this piece of paper.”

There are quite a few Bollywood actors who are school dropouts or were home-schooled. Names include Arjun Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Kajol, and Karishma Kapoor. Several, like Sushant Singh Rajput, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who went to college dropped out mid-degree to pursue their passion.

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Moving west, Hollywood too, has a long list of A-listers who famously dropped out of school. It often comes as a shock to people to know that actors Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Katy Perry are all school dropouts.

“Exams Don’t Define Who You Are”

This year, the overall pass percentage has touched 88.78 percent, in excess of 5.38 percent over last year for Class XII. Overall, girls have shown better results than boys.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate all students of classes X and XII, wishing them all the best for the future. He further mentioned, “For those who aren’t happy with their CBSE Class X and XII results, I want to tell them- one exam doesn’t define who you are. Each of you is blessed with numerous talents. Live life to the fullest. Never lose hope, always look ahead. You will do wonders!”

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Messages of exams not defining success are circulating everywhere to keep the students’ morale high. Parents and children alike, are increasingly understanding that scoring below expectations in board exams is not the end of the world, and academics most definitely, do not define a person’s worth.

Tanvi Akhauri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. 

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