Over the years, Cadet
College Petaro has produced brilliant students who have proved their
worth not only within the college, but also obtained positions from
the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad in
the SSC (Matriculation) examination and in the HSSC (Intermediate)
examination. Many of these brilliant stars proceeded on to gain
laurels at institutions of higher education in Pakistan and abroad.
However, every achievement
starts out with a difficult start. So was it at Petaro. It is reported
that the first batch to appear for the SSC (Matriculation) examination
was in 1960. Of the 25 boys who appeared, 21 failed. (17-18 of these
boys then cleared the Supplementary Examination). This was a total
disaster for the college. It called for caution, introspection and
In 1963, for the first time in the
history of Petaro, the top two positions in the Board in the Intermediate examinations were taken
by Petarians - Akhtar Ali Abbasi (1st) and
Mirza Ashfaque Beg (2nd). Petaro never looked back after that year
- gaining positions in the Board year after year almost since then.
During successive years, Petarians have taken top positions in the
Board examinations in almost every year over the past half a
century. This is a record that would be difficult for any other
college in Pakistan to match.
It is also important to note that
a vast majority of the cadets over these decades passed the Board examinations with a "First
Division" or an "A1" or "A" Grade. The overall performance
each year is also worth mentioning. Please
see the lists of position holders in Board examinations
over the years as given above.
Most Petarians chose to go for higher studies at institutions of
higher learning after leaving Petaro. They got admissions to famous
institutions in Pakistan like NED University, Dow Medical College,
UET Lahore, King Edward Medical College, Mehran University, Karachi
University, Sindh University, Punjab University, LUMS, IBA Karachi,
etc, and also to internationally recognized universities like MIT,
Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, etc. They excelled in their
university education and were able to build strong careers for
themselves in different fields.