Experts say students who are waiting for the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) to declare the results of its Class 10 or ICSE and Class 12 or ISC examination on Thursday, should hold their nerves.
The results, to be declared at 3pm, are being announced two weeks ahead of the schedule as the Council introduced a new technique Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR).
LICR captures and digitalises marks entered on the top sheets of answer scripts and instantly encrypts and transfers the captured data to the Council’s cloud-based servers directly from the evaluation centres.
Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the council, said the Council is the first examination board in the world to introduce the LICR system.
“I wish the students of both the ICSE and ISC all the best for their forthcoming board examination results to be declared on May 6, 2016,” Arathoon said.
“The hard work and the unflinching commitment of the staff of the Council along with the new LICR technology have helped to publish the results two weeks earlier than previous years. This will help our students to seek admission to institutions for higher studies,” he added.
‘Not the end of life’
This year 42,880 students took the ISC exam, which began on February 8 and got over on April 8, from all over the country. The ICSE exam that started on February 29 and concluded on March 31 saw 1,69,381 students writing the papers.
Unlike CBSE, ICSE is yet to adopt the grading system and gives out marks and percentage so the sense of competition is higher among Class 10 students from this board.
Academicians and ICSE authorities have urged the students to hold their nerves during results and not get carried away. Psychiatrists also warn that the sense of competition may lead to depression if results do not come out well and urged parents to be extra cautious while reacting to the results.
“It is not the end of life, it is just the beginning. Don’t get disappointed if you fail to meet expectations of your family and teachers. Your hard work will eventually pay off,” Father Ajit Xess, principal of Ranchi’s St Xavier’s School, said.
Xess, who is the coordinator for ICSE in the state, asked the parents to support their children.
Dr Amool Ranjan, head of the clinical psychiatry department of Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS), also asked parents to be careful while reacting to the results.
“Parents need to be calm and realise that their reactions leave a strong impact on their child’s psychology. Never use demotivating words for your child or punish him for not faring well in the exams,” Ranjan said.
Nervous students in Kolkata
Students in Kolkata were a nervous lot a day before the results are to be announced.
“I know my hands will become cold when I will type my unique ID on the website to view the result. It happened to me even when my ICSE exam result got published,” Ritabhash Bagchi, who took the ISC exam from Methodist School in West Bengal’s Dankuni, said.
The principal of South City International School in Kolkata John Bagul is also waiting for the results eagerly.
“This year, I am awaiting the results both as a principal as well as a father. My daughter has taken the ISC exam” he said with a smile.
Bagul said the news that the results will be published ahead of scheduled time has earned cheers from teachers but students are unhappy with the decision.
“My students are unhappy with the early publication of the result as their freedom would be cut short. Once the result is out, it would be study time again. But, the teachers feel an early result would help the students in the long run as they can start their Class 11 early,” he said.
In West Bengal, 21,451 students took the Class 12 exams and 31,486 appeared for the Class 10 exams.
Mood in Lucknow
In Lucknow, Class 12 students were more relaxed than their juniors who were anxiously waiting for the results.
St Agnes Loreto’s Saher Khan, who took the ICSE examination, said she is a little concerned as this is her first board exams.
“But, thankfully my parents have made my life easy and comfortable as they are repeatedly saying not to worry too much about marks. This has really taken the pressure away,” Khan said.
Gaurav of City Montessori School told Hindustan Times he has done his bit in his ISC exams and hopes that results will be satisfactory.
“I’m expecting good marks in mathematics. I had prepared well. Alongside competitive exams, I prepared for the boards too. Marks and numbers are equally important. I left nothing for the last moment,” he said.
Tanmay Subhash is also hoping for high marks. “I really worked hard for the exam and results should be satisfactory,” he said.
Some took to prayers and others decided to spend time with family and friends before the announcement of the results.
Niladri, a Class 12 student of La Martiniere College, even went to watch a movie with his friends.
“I have done well in competitive examinations. And I’m expecting to score high in boards too,” he said.
Relaxed students in Ranchi
A majority of students in Jharkhand sounded relaxed a day before the result. Most of the Class 12 students have been busy with preparations for competitive exams, while many Class 10 students are spending their vacation in other cities.
There are 120 ICSE affiliated schools in Jharkhand and 4,000 students from having appeared in the ISC exams while 10,000 have taken the ICSE exams.
Bhola Kumar, a Class 10 student of Bishop Westcott Boys School in the state capital, said he was spending his vacation in his hometown of Giridih since the exams got over.
“I am excited, a bit nervous, though. I just hope the results come out on time and the wait gets over,” he said.
Neeraj Naval, from St Xavier’s Ranchi, has been busy with cricket coaching since his exams got over.
“I am expecting good marks. There is obviously a bit of nervousness, but I want to take it positively,” he said.