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CBSE 12th result 2017: Pass percentage dips, Noida girl Raksha Gopal is the topper

DU college principals said the percentage decrease in CBSE Class 12 results will do little to keep cut-offs down since the number of students scoring above 95% continued to rise.

education Updated: Jun 20, 2017 18:22 IST
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Seventeen-year-old Raksha Gopal, a resident of Noida, has emerged the national topper of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 examination by scoring 99.6% in humanities stream. (Sunil Ghosh / HT photo)

Raksha Gopal, a keen keyboardist and arts student from Noida’s Amity International School, topped the Central Board of Secondary Education’s class 12 finals, which a million candidates wrote this year.

The 17-year-old daughter of Gopal Srinivasan, the chief finance officer of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, and Ranjani Gopal scored 99.6% — two marks short of a perfect 100.

In the southern state of Kerala, an autorickshaw driver’s son, Ajay R Raj, scored the highest in the differently-abled category, with 98% marks.

A computer software assisted the partially-blind teenager from St Thomas Higher Secondary School in Thiruvananthpuram. He got 490 out of 500 marks.

The CBSE declared its school final results on Sunday, adopting a marking system that it nixed last month. The Delhi high court’s ordered the board to continue with the moderation policy this year.

The pass percentage dipped slightly to 82.02% after the board moderated marks but decided to refrain from “artificially spiking” them. Last year’s percentage was 83.05%.

The pass percentage of the Delhi region improved marginally this year, but it recorded fewer students scoring between 90 and 100%. A total of 9,407 students made it to the 90% club, compared to 10,324 last year.

The Class 12 finals are considered the stepping stone to higher education and colleges determine their marks cut-off for various courses depending on the school results.

But Delhi University college principals said a dip in cut-offs was unlikely. Colleges often demand abnormally high marks, sometimes 100%, to study popular subjects such as maths, history and economics.

That won’t be a problem at least for Raksha. She scored full 100 marks in three subjects, including English, and lost just one mark each in history and psychology.

“I want to study political science in Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College, Miranda House or Jesus and Mary College. I am waiting for the first cut-off,” she said.

Her marks are better than last year’s topper, science student Sukriti Gupta, who scored 99.4%.

Sunday was special for Chandigarh, where science student Bhoomi Sawant of DAV School got 99.4% to rank second in the country.

The city’s Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain, classmates from Bhavan Vidayalaya School, jointly took the third position. Both scored 99.2% in commerce.

Delhi government schools outperformed private schools in the city for a second year in a row.

The pass percentage for government schools was 88.27% — 9% higher than private schools.

The number of students achieving more than 95% in the Delhi region, including schools in the national capital, has dipped from 2,927 in 2016 to 2,326 this year. This is a first in seven years.

Delhi University college principals said the decrease in percentage will do little to keep college cut-offs down as the number of students scoring above 95% continued to rise in the country — from 9,351 in 2016 to 10,091 this year.

“The campus colleges will definitely see a jump in cut-off for most courses,” said RP Rustagi, officiating principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

“The fact that the number of students scoring 95% above in Delhi has decreased won’t impact the cut-off as we get applications from across India.”

But there will be some such as 17-year-old Japjeet Kaur of BCM School in Ludhiana, who scored 96.4% in financial market management. She is busy packing her bags to pursue her bachelor’s degree in commerce in Australia.

Among the success stories, 19-year-old bone cancer patient Tushar Rishi’s feat stood out. The Ranchi boy secured 95% marks, without additional coaching and despite visits to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in the Capital every three months since 2014.