The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) results were announced on Friday, but they did not spring any surprises. As has been the norm, this year too, girls swept clean the top slots in both the exams held for classes 10 and 12.
Bhuvaniya Vijay, a student of class 12 at St Joseph’s Academy in Dehradun, was the overall topper with a score of 99%. The spot for class 10 topper was a tie between three girls — all from Maharashtra.
Anika Aggarwal and Simran Khanuja, schoolmates at Pune’s St Mary’s School, and Mansi Arora from Mumbai’s Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School scored 98.4 per cent.
Girls dominated the scene in NCR rankings too. The top positions went to Shivali Malhotra and Bhavya Kulshreshtha from Shri Ram School-Aravali Campus in Gurgaon. Both scored 98.75 per cent. However, the ICSE topper was a boy — Shivanshu Chaudhary from Holy Angels School, Sahibabad with 97.5 per cent.
While 2,401 students appeared for the ISCE exams from the NCR, of which 99 per cent passed; 996 students gave the ISC exams and the pass percentage was recorded at 97.69.
The gender war was won by girls again in Delhi, with 99.63 per cent of them clearing the ICSE exam in comparison to 98.48 per cent boys. In the ISC exams, 98.96 per cent girls passed while the number stood at 96.5 per cent for boys.
The same trend was visible across the country — 98.78 per cent of girls cleared the ICSE as compared to 97.73 per cent boys. In ISC, the pass percentage stood at 96.66 for girls, while it was 93.91 per cent for boys.
But students from the NCR performed better than the nation as the region’s pass percentage stood at 99% as compared to the 98.2 % for India and abroad in ISCE; for ISC, Delhi’s pass mark was 97.69 % as compared to 95.15% for India and abroad.
‘Extra-curricular activities are equally important’
Gurgaon: The Delhi-NCR topper with 98.75% is also her school’s star singer. A student of The Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurgaon, Shivali (18) believes it is important to participate in extra-curricular activities too. This is why she has applied to universities abroad for a major in economics with music as minor. “Studying for two hours with complete attention is more productive,” she said.
‘Initially I was disappointed as I’d expected more marks’
Ghaziabad: Thanking god was the first thing that came to his mind when Shivanshu Chaudhary saw his result. He has topped the NCR by scoring 97.5 per cent in ICSE. A student of Holy Angel School in Sahibabad, Chaudhary aspires to be an automobile engineer. “Initially I was disappointed as I was expecting more marks. But when I was told that I topped in the entire region, I was speechless,” said Chaudhary.
‘Humanities too offers many opportunities’
Gurgaon: Scoring 98.75% in the ISCE, Kulshreshtha has also topped the NCR. She is also a student of The Shri Ram School Aravali and believes that securing this position as a humanities student is a statement she had always wanted to make.
“The perception of science offering more options is no more valid. Humanities now offer a whole lot of opportunities,” she says. She has applied to various colleges within and outside India for majoring in psychology. But she will also pursue her passion for singing and photography.