Many students jumped with joy and hugged each other for doing well in their crucial Class XII exams as the results came out on Friday, ending days of anxiety, though some went home a tad disappointed.
As they scrolled down the marks list put up in school notice boards across India, most seemed happy with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results. Those from the science stream though were not satisfied with their chemistry marks.
Radhika Bansal of Delhi Public School (DPS) in south Delhi's R.K. Puram who topped in her school with a cool 97.4 percent aggregate in the commerce stream said she was thrilled. "I worked hard for it and...well...am happy," she said.
"We are very proud of her. We knew that she would do well, but she has gone beyond our expectation," said her equally happy mother Anita Bansal.
Alex of Sommervile School was jumping with joy. He scored an aggregate of 91.4 percent with 97 in physics, 92 in maths and 90 in chemistry.
Of the 503,161 candidates who took the examination, 80.64 percent passed - an increase of 1.09 percent from last year. Girls, with a pass percentage of 85.02 percent, outshone the boys who had a pass percentage of 77.37 percent.
Fahad Khan of Apeejay School in south Delhi said: "I am happy with my results. I got a 95 in Chemistry, a 91 in Maths and 90 in Physics. Seeing the drastic results in Chemistry all around me, I am very happy with mine."
Indeed, Chemistry has proved to be a sore point this time even as students have scored particularly in Maths, Economics, Accountancy and Computer Science.
"I expected more in chemistry," said Aditya Dogra of Mother's International School in Delhi who scored 70 percent in the subject. While his aggregate marks were 81.2 percent, Dogra felt that chemistry pulled him down. "I am planning to send it for re-evaluation now," he said.
Sucheta of DPS, R.K. Puram said: "I am happy with my results but not with my chemistry marks. It was an easy paper so I really thought that I would score better than this."
She, however, doesn't plan to send her paper for re-evaluation. "I have got a 90.8 percent aggregate so I don't think I will send it for re-evaluation. By the time the re-evaluation marks come half the year would have gone by!" she said.
Amitabh Kumar, a chemistry teacher, said he was surprised at the results. "Most of my students who I expected would get at least a 90 in the subject managed a 75 or an 80 percent. The paper was easy but so was math and physics, so the idea of a strict marking system, if applied, should have been so with the other two subjects as well," he said.
Other than those whose results were declared, some juniors also dropped in to see what challenges their seniors had set."The results are pretty good," said Jess Joseph of DPS, R.K.Puram who is in Class 11.
Added his friend Vineet while slurping on an ice cream: "We have to do better than them now. The highest in the science stream from our school is 96.8 percent and two students have scored the same marks!"
Most students are now gearing up for the admission procedure in Delhi University (DU), one of the premier universities of the country. "I want to study either in Lady Shri Ram College or St. Stephens with honours in maths. I hope I make it!" said Animikha, a student.
Those from the science stream are either preparing for their medical or engineering entrance examinations. "No Delhi University for us. We want to be doctors!" said Kritika and Ipshita together.
This year, students from 4,789 schools took the Class 12 examinations in India and abroad, an increase of 9.59 percent over last year. The exams were conducted at 2,276 centres, of which 33 were overseas.