Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) student Mridula Subramanyam achieved one of the highest scores in the exam — 99.6%. A student of Apeejay School in Nerul, Subramanyam secured 100 on 100 in Math, English, and Social Studies.
She is just one of many students hoping to bag a seat in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), after the Class 10 CBSE results were announced on Saturday.
Apeejay student Vaibhavi Tapade scored 99.2%, with a 100 on 100 in Sanskrit. As many as 44 of of the school’s 200 students securing more than 95%, a first for the institute. “We are overwhelmed. These are the best results we have had in a long time,” said Rakesh Joshi, principal.
Class 10 student Janhavi Bhange topped St Joseph’s School with 98.8%. Her classmate Abhishek Kurup scored 97.6%. Neither attended coaching classes prior to the exam. “I was expecting to score more than 95%, so I’m happy. I plan to pursue engineering, and hope to secure admission to an IIT, preferably in Mumbai,” said Kurup.
Bhange wants to be a doctor. “I have to start preparing for the entrance exams now,” she said.
The Chennai region, which includes Maharashtra, recorded a pass percentage of 99.62%, a tad lower than last year’s 99. 68%. The region came second to Trivandrum, which recorded a pass percentage of 99.85%. Delhi region finished last, with only 78.09% of exam takers passing.
- While the exam results were announced on Saturday, Mumbai schools are still waiting to find out students’ marks. In an unprecedented move, the board sent only overall scores to schools in Mumbai, while schools in Navi Mumbai and other parts of the country have received individual students’ marks.
- Usually, students can check only their grades online. The board sends each student’s marks to their school.
- “We can only the see students grades, but schools in Navi Mumbai told us that they got each student’s marks,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz. Of 249 students, 92 bagged 10 CGPAs.
- Some schools are still in the process of calculating students’ percentages. “We have received our scores in CGPA format, so we are waiting for the school to inform us about the actual percentage,” said Sushen Nare, a student of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri, who scored a perfect 10 CGPA.
- Bir said the Chennai region assured them that they would receive the marks by 5 pm.
- “This has never happened before, we always get results on time,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.
The board converts students’ marks into grades. Results indicated that many Mumbai students secured a 10 on 10 cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
Sheth Karamshi Kanji English School student Aayush Shah scored 99.4%. His classmate Neer Sevla scored 99.2%. Both have CGPAs of 10. “I wasn’t expecting such a high score,” said Aayush, who wants to pursue engineering from IITs. He added that he studied from the school textbooks and referred to notes he prepared during lectures. “I didn’t do anything extraordinary to prepare for the exams,” he said.
After the poor CBSE Class 12 results announced last week, Mumbai schools were dreading the Class 10 results. “It was evident that the board took corrective measures to prevent inflation of marks in the Class 12 exams, if the same was done for Class 10, it would have brought scores down,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz.
With more Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) students scoring more than 90%, there was a lot of pressure on CBSE students. “Students from all boards will be in the same pool for Class 11 admissions, so we hope there is a uniform marking policy,” said Bir.