No heavily paid tuitions nor luxury of studying extra on the internet. Sometimes there was no power for days, too. They just had 'NO' in their lives. But they knew, it was a 'NO' big deal and how. Meet these super-achievers who have managed to rise against all odds and are toppers in Second PU results, in their own way.

*Basavaraj PH - 98 .16 percent in Science, Davangere

Basavaraj's parents - PS Haleshappa and Hanumamma - never went to school. They eke out a living as daily-wage labourers. But they never prevented their son from pursuing studies. In fact, Basavaraj studied in Kannada medium till VII standard at Igur village. But that did not stop him from joining Siddaganga college for better education. Today, he stands topper in the district with 589 marks. Overjoyed with their son's performance, the parents have now decided to move heaven and earth to enable him to study medicine. Basavaraj's teachers are all in praise of their ward, who never let his background affect his studies.

* Pradeep BJ - 89 pc, Uppinangady

He has no strength in the lower part of his body and has to be dependent on someone to carry out simplest of routine. Pradeep is one of those thousands of victims who have rendered immobile due to endosulfan menace in Dakshina Kannada district.

Son of Pradep Gowda couple, Pradeep crawls to reach his school and is assisted by his friends sometimes. Yet, he refuse to quit and has managed to secure 536 in Commerce.

* Prateeka C Bhat - 99.16 per cent, Sirsi

Prateeka Bhat's impressive score 595 out of 600 in Science section has elated her parents who are tailors at Hanchinakeri in Sirsi. She is the second topper in Science stream in the state. Chandrashekhar Bhat couple have not had much education but they have always encouraged their daughter to aim high. Prateeka has scored 100 marks in five subjects.

"I didnt have a mobile phone like my classmates nor had the luxury of referring books, online. My parents couldn't afford them. But, I had made my own timetable and I have never deviated from it," said Prateeka. Prateeka had secured fourth rank in SSLC too, reports Kannada Prabha.

* Kumar - 85.6 per cent, Hubli

Kumar, a daily wage worker from Hubli could not continue his studies after his SSLC in 1999 due to his father's demise. He found a job as daily wage worker in a timber yard and life moved on. He got married and has two sons. But his wife, Ramya forced him to write the PUC exams. Despite his laborious work at timber yard, Kumar has managed to secure 514 crore.