Thousands of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students swayed between anxiety, curiosity and nervousness hours before their Class 10 board examinations results were declared on Saturday.
Students can check their results on the board’s result website http://cbseresults.nic.in/
This year, 14,99,122 students, including 8,92,685 boys and 6,06,437 girls, from 15,309 schools registered for the examination. The pass percentage of Class 10 students was 97.32 last year.
Students who opted for board-based scheme appeared for the examination between March 1 and March 28. Those who opted for school-based examination took the papers from March 10 onwards.
Some were confident of doing well in the exam, some sounded apprehensive and some are already studying for competitive exams.
According to Yashika Gupta, a student of Allahabad’s Maharishi Patanjali Vidya Mandir (MPVM), it was 99% excitement and 1% nervousness as she had done well in the examinations and was expecting nothing less than a 10 Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA).
“The delay in declaration of results in adding up to the excitement and nervousness with each passing hour,” she said.
Yashika’s classmates Manya and Amartya Yadav said the delay in the announcement has made them all the more nervous.
“Earlier the results were expected on May 24 which shifted to May 27 and now it is expected to be declared on May 28. The delay is adding up to the tension,” Amartya said.
Like other examinees, Shivansh Tripathi of Ganga Gurukulam School is also experiencing bouts of nervousness and excitement.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed. It’s not about clearing the exams for us, it’s about how well we fare as compared to our friends and expectations,” he said.
Nearly 12,000 students registered for the Class 10 examination and of these at least 750 took the board examination and rest appeared in home examination, a board official said in Lucknow.
Anxiety was palpable in the voice of Rashmi Modiyani, a student of St Anjani’s Public School in Lucknow, who appeared for home centre and is targeting a CGPA of 10.
“I had a very planned approach from the beginning of Class 9 and had given my best for all activities as well as assessments,” she said.
Rashmi’s mother took her to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman for an impressive result.
Akash Maurya lost his father a few years back and his maternal grandfather, who was paying for his education, also died last year. Despite the emotional trauma, he braved all odds to appear for the exams.
“I cannot afford to be lax. I have to take care of my younger sister and mother. I have given my best and hope to get decent marks,” Akash said.
“I am extremely thankful to all the teachers for their support. My school allowed special concession in my fee so that I can continue in science stream in Class 11. I do hope to live up to their expectations,” he added.
Muskan Gupta feared she wasted too much time in extracurricular activities by participating in art and debate competitions. She was worried that if her CGPA is not noteworthy, her parents may scold her for wasting time.
Rajveer Singh, though nervous about his Class 10 result, is trying his best to keep his mind occupied by looking at Class 11 courses. He said Class 10 is already history and his performance will have no bearing on his present marks.
In Ranchi, Jharkhand’s capital, students said they were eagerly waiting for the results and have already planned what they are going to do in Class 11.
Ashish Kumar Jha, a student of Ranchi’s Jawahar Vidya Mandir Shyamli, is confident about his result and hoping to achieve 10 CGPA. “My exams went well and I am confident that I will get good marks,” he said.
Ashish is also preparing for JEE exams simultaneously and wants to do engineering from a reputed institute, preferably from one of the IITs.
Anshuman Poddar from Bridgeford Public School is a bit nervous about his results, especially about the mathematics paper. He said he will take up commerce in Class 11 and his aim is to clear the Common law Aptitude Test (CLAT).
Palak Priya from Delhi Public School said she is apprehensive about her results but is also confident of getting at least 8.5 CGPA.
“I am a little nervous but there is no point fretting now. I hope to do well in the exams,” she said adding that she wants to take up commerce stream.
In Chandigarh, parents are more concerned than students and are waiting with bated breath for 2pm when CBSE is scheduled to announce the results.
They have been calling up each other since Saturday morning, tallying notes on when the results would be declared and how to access it online.
Rimpy Dhingra, the Panchkula-based mother of 16-year-old Gerry, has been on tenterhooks since morning.
“I have refreshed the CBSE website thrice already to check for my son’s result, while he is out playing cricket,” she said.
“One of the TV news channels flashed an alert in the morning that the results would be declared at 10am though newspapers said it’s coming out at 2pm. I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” she added.
Students, however, are excited but not as tense. They are confident with many arguing that the results are just a formality as they are already studying in Class 11 and busy with coaching classes.
“We are not as stressed as our parents. I am more concerned about my biology test at the PMT coaching centre this evening than the result,” Dhananjay Yadav, 16, a student of Chandigarh’s St John’s High School, said.
Eshita Kashyap, 16, a student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, says her family has been on the edge ever since the Class 12 results were declared.
“Normally, CBSE declares Class 10 results two days after the Class 12 results. So my mother and sister have been checking the website for the past few days. This time, the board has taken longer,” Eshita said.
Grandparents are also party to the excitement with some recalling how they would get to see their results in the special pullouts published by newspapers in the evening or at prominent bookshops.
“The roll numbers with a star (asterisk) denoted first division. Scoring 60% was a big achievement and considered a distinction,” a 68-year-old Panchkula-based grandmother said.
Students in the Madhya Pradesh capital were confident that they will perform well and were looking forward to it.
Amay Srivastav of Shree Bhavan’s Bharati School said he is not really tensed about his result. “My papers went well thus I am not really nervous. I am hoping for the best,” he said.
His classmate Ansh Srivastav too expects a decent result as his performance was satisfactory. “I don’t consider myself lucky but my hard work will pay off.”
Shashwat Kulkarni, on the other hand, was more concerned about the subjects he wants to choose in Class 11.
“Based on my grade in every subject, I will choose my stream further. Th result will be integral in deciding the same because I am very confused about which stream to choose,” he said.
Students in the national capital said waiting for the result has been a mixture of curiosity, fear and happiness.
“The exams were awesome and a new experience though. I expect good results as everyone did their best. In a nutshell, I’m extremely excited,” Aayush Parashar, a student of ASN Senior Secondary School in Mayur Vihar Phase 1, said.
Netya Saini, a student of Mother Mary’s School in Mayur Vihar Phase 1, said she and her classmates have been nervous as the board kept deferring the date of the announcement.
“Due to this the students were annoyed and their anxiety level also went up as they wanted to see their performance,” she said.
(With inputs from Aneesha Bedi from Chandigarh and Aastha Sardana in Delhi)