Fathimath Rahila of Puttur, a town in Dakshina Kannada district, got 93 percent in the Ramayan exam.
Fathimath, student of Sarvodaya High School, Sulliapadavu, on the Karnataka-Kerala border was eager to pursue a course in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, reported the Times of India.
Her uncle supported her in this," says her father, Ibrahim M, who works in a factory. Her mother is a homemaker. The couple wanted their daughter to top the state exam.
"She put in a lot of effort every day to top in Karnataka, but could not achieve it," says Ibrahim.
Fathimath who developed an interest in epic Hindu literature in Class 9 started preparing for the exam since the beginning of the academic year.
The exam is more about literature and contains no literature and contains no religious content," said P Satyashankar Bhat, coordinator of the exam.
Around 39 students wrote the exam this year from Sarvodaya High School.