In our Indian education system, the toppers enjoy an elite status. I remember I had gotten admission in one of the most famous jr. college in the city [then famous for producing max. number of merit students in HSC exam] and the SSC state topper sat next to me. I felt great [for whatever reason, duh!].
My fascination for toppers continued till my engineering degree. There were 3-4 studious folks in my class/batch who were exceptional in almost everything that involved a text book. They’d have their journals ready well before time [big deal!], would have topped all sessional exams, were the first ones to get the correct graphs in practicals. Me and my friends would secretly envy them in first and second year [in third and fourth year of engineering, nothing mattered to us anymore 😉 ].
Couple of years after graduation, I came to know about the overall ‘topper’ batch from our college and I’m pleased [meh!] to know that none of them has done exceptionally well in life. Most of them are software coders who and others joined their family business. That’s totally unlike I had expected them to be : the rockstars of the world. One of the ‘toppers’, as a matter of fact, sits in the same cubicle as my other friend who never attended classes and just managed to clear all the subjects and now makes couple of hundred bucks more than the ‘topper’.
Trust me, marks in exams don’t matter much. Because in the end, the toppers end up doing the same job as the non-toppers.
–The Big K–