Months of anxiety for more than a million students ended on Saturday as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the crucial Class 12 examination results with Delhi’s Sukriti Gupta on top , scoring 99.4% marks.
Candidates scored exceptionally well in the humanities stream but a lengthy and tricky mathematics paper stumped many science students.
But the Class 12 results may only be the beginning of a frantic college admissions season as the high humanities scores are expected to send cut-offs soaring in Delhi University (DU) colleges, especially in the arts subjects. The first cut-off for English honours at St Stephen’s College last year was 99% for humanities.
The CBSE results directly affect cut-offs as mostly CBSE students apply to the 64 colleges affiliated to one of India’s largest universities.
Like last year, the board refused to share the number of students scoring above 95% marks – the figure that determines the cut-offs of the most-coveted top 20 DU colleges. The CBSE also didn’t give out subject-wise student performance data.
But school teachers and principals said the lower mathematics scores might translate into a marginal jump in science and commerce streams cut-offs.
Mathematics plays a pivotal role in deciding college admissions as it is a must-take subject for science and commerce streams as well as economics.
Many students scored high marks in subjects such as history, economics and chemistry but results in accounts and mathematics were disappointing. Even Gupta – a science stream student -- missed a centum in the subject by one mark.
“The overall decrease in aggregate percentage in my school is 1 percentage point because of mathematics,” said Bindu Sehgal, principal of Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj.
The mathematics paper drove thousands of candidates to tears during the examination and the board formed an expert committee for remedial measures following numerous complaints by students and parents. The CBSE said on Saturday students were marked leniently in the paper.
Gupta scored 497 out of 500, one point lower than the highest-ever percentage of marks scored by Sarthak Agarwal two years ago.
After a slight dip last year, the overall pass percentage rose from 82% to 83.05% this year. The highest pass percentage of 97.71% was recorded in the Thiruvananthapuram region. Girls, whose pass percentage was 88.58%, did way better than boys, whose pass percentage stood at 78.85%.