Over a million students across India will find out at 12 noon on Saturday how they fared in the class 12 CBSE examination that is crucial for college admissions.
The results are anxiously anticipated this year, especially by students from the science stream who took the mathematics exam that drove thousands of candidates to tears. Many complained that the question paper was unusually lengthy and wrote to the board.
The CBSE constituted an expert committee to look into the grievances and said adequate measures will be taken.
“I hope the committee does justice to the students. I am worried that my maths marks may affect my overall percentage,” said Tanmay Nath, student of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.
The pressure on students to score a high percentage of marks has mounted in the last decade with rising scores driving up college admission cut-off levels. Most prestigious colleges in Delhi University declare first list cut offs above 99% marks.
The board is yet to announce the date when class 10 result would be declared.
A total of 1,067,900 candidates registered for the class 12 exam with 621,259 boys and 446,641 girls.
The examination was conducted between March 1 and April 22 with the maximum examinees – 270,000 students – taking the test from Delhi region, followed by Panchkula and Dehradun.
Last year girls had outperformed boys with a pass percentage of 87.56%. Boys scored a distant 77.77%. But the overall pass percentage fell to 82% last year from 82.7 % in 2014.
In Jaipur, students from science and commerce students expressed concerns about scoring low in the mathematics paper.
“I am not expecting high percentage tomorrow as my mathematics paper did not fare well. I am not sure with limited percentage, whether I would be eligible for Delhi University,” said Ayush Gupta, a class 12th student of science stream.
Ananya Jain, a commerce stream student from Neerja Modi Public School, expected a lower score card due to her ‘poor performance in mathematics and business studies.
“Many of my friends had a difficult time with maths and business studies. However, I am not nervous as I have already taken admission in Hong Kong University,” said Jain.
Another commerce student Saksham Jhalani, says that he is not tensed about the results and is expecting a good score.
“My maths paper was satisfactory and I am expecting a score between 90-95%,” said Jhalani.
In Patna, Shivam, a student of Acharya Sudarshan Patna Central School, said he was expecting the results on May 23. “Now, I hear they are being declared tomorrow. I am expecting good marks. I qualified for the JEE-advanced, which would be held on May 22. I am expecting to crack that, too.”
Alka, a student of Acharya Sudarshan Patna Central School, said the sudden announcement was unnerving. “The CBSE should really mend its ways and announce the dates of the results at least a couple of days in advance, so that we are mentally prepared. I feel I would fare well in the examination. My parents are more nervous than I am, though,” she said.
Pragya Vaibhav, a student of St Michael’s High School, called said she was nervous by the “unexpected” announcement. “I know that the results had to be declared someday, but the sudden announcement has made me jittery. I just hope my results are good. The CBSE has still not put anything on its website regarding the results, though. What are they waiting for?
In Ranchi, Ayushi Katalka, a comer student of Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamli said she was nervous but hoping for the best. “My family and friends are all supportive of me,” said Ayushi, who hopes to become a chartered accountant.
Another Ranchi girl Richa Ojha appeared in her CBSE class 12 board examinations from Delhi Public School from the commerce stream. “I am confident in my abilities and my exams went well. I hope to achieve a good score as it will open a lot of future prospects,” she said.
In Lucknow, about 12,000 students took the CBSE class 12 examination in the city, said Jawaid Alam Khan, coordinator CBSE, Lucknow.
At Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tarun Kumar said he was confident of scoring 90% and above. “To me board marks really do not matter. I have scored 195 in JEE Mains and I’m only focusing for Advanced. My board marks will not determine my career. It all depends how I will fare well in Advanced test,” he said.
Aadarsh Sonkar was not even aware when will class 12 result come out. “I want to become engineer. I have scored 165 marks in JEE Mains. Hopefully I will score around 90% in CBSE class 12,” he said.
Several students at City International School said that they were slightly anxious as how will they fare in mathematics and science paper.
Anurag the head boy of CIS said, “I have given my best and there is no reason for me to fret now. I have done most of my papers well. Harshita the head girl, said, “I approached the examination with a strategy. So I’m that much confident to do well in the examination.”
City-based psychologist Manju Agarwal said for parents it might be a question of their standing in society, but they failed to understand that 90% marks didn’t decide their child’s destiny. “This will not only put the child under stress. If he fails to score high marks, encourage him to try again because he needs to learn from his mistakes, which is way more effective than pressuring him to always perform well,” she said.