Getting a 100% score in different science and commerce subjects in the CBSE is nothing new. However, this year students have got the perfect score in subjects such as history, sculpture and sociology.
Urna Chakrabarty is one such student of the Springdales School, Pusa Road, who has a scored a 100% in history.
“History is a very interesting subject. I memorised everything in detail for the exam,” said Chakrabarty.
Anusheela Ghosh, a student of Amity International School, Saket, also scored a 100% in history.
However, history teachers in colleges say getting a perfect score sounds strange and surreal.
“I do not know the details of the result, but for a history teacher, getting 100 marks is strange. If there were objective type questions then it was understandable. But with subjective questions, how can it be possible? Some kind of rationalisation in marking is needed,” said Upendra Singh, Delhi University’s head of history department.
Another history teacher has stressed this has given way to rote learning, which needs to be checked.
“These scores ultimately result in higher cutoffs in colleges. The CBSE must keep a check on the marking system to ensure a learning environment for students,” said Ajit Jha, assistant professor, ARSD College.
Not only in history, but there are perfect scorers in sculpture also. The third topper in the differently abled category, Rakshit Malik, who is visually impaired, scored 100% in sculpture.
Celebrated artist Anjolie Ela Menon, who has studied art in France, says during her days as a student there were no tangible parameters to measure abstract disciplines such as sculpture or painting.
“So, if a visually challenged student gets 100%, it is quite incredible. You get a perfect score if the sculpture measures up to the given brief. But I have my doubts,” said Menon.