When the SSC exam results were announced online on June 7, Soham Gurjar, 15, found that he had gotten a perfect score in social studies and Sanskrit (second language).
On Saturday, when the state board announced subject toppers for the SSC exams, Gurjar found he was the only one in the Mumbai region to have scored 100 out of 100 in two subjects. He is also one of the highest scorers in the region, with 98.55%.
“I studied social studies on my own and did not opt for any coaching classes. But I would regularly get my papers corrected from experts and moderators through a test series,” said Gurjar, a student of Vidya Prasarak Mandal’s, Vidya Mandir school in Dahisar.
The Mumbai division of the board announced only 68 out of 83 subject prizes this year, instituted by private donors. The cash prizes ranged from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,500. However, the names of students have not yet been declared for the prizes ranging from Rs10,000 to Rs27,000. “We have not yet received the funds from the donors for a few prizes,” said a senior official from the state board, Mumbai division.
The highest scores in many subjects dipped by a fraction compared to last year. The top score for Marathi (first language) dropped from 97 last year to 95 this year, the maths score dipped from last year’s perfect 150 out of 150 to 149 this year. Ananya Nayak, of Father Agnel Multi-purpose School in Navi Mumbai, secured 94 in English (first language), a shade lower than the highest score of 95 last year.
Science was the only subject in which the highest score increased this year. Deepa Hegde, from Our Lady of Remedy School, Kandivli, scored 100 out of 100 in it. Last year, the highest score was 99.
Vaibhavi Padtal, from Vikas High School, Vikhroli stood first amongst the girls in English (second or third language), with 98. Padtal secured a 98% in the SSC exams and stood second in Sanskrit (second language) with a perfect score of 100.
On Saturday, students also received their marksheets. Students can apply for online admissions to Class 11 in junior colleges by June 17.