In keeping with the national trend, girls outperformed boys in the ICSE (Class 10) and ISC (Class 12) exams in Jharkhand this year. They topped the state in both Class 10 and in the Science and Commerce streams of Class 12,lagging behind only in Arts.
Students in the state also recorded a near-100% pass percentage in both the exams. “We have an almost 100% results in both ISC as well as ICSE from Jharkhand. Girls have performed a shade better than boys,” said Fr. Ajit Xess, state coordinator for ICSE board. As many as 10,000 students appeared for Class 10 exams this year, while 4,000 appeared for Class 12 exams from a total of 96 schools in the state.
Shruti Kumari of Ranchi's Sacred Heart School topped the state in ICSE by securing 98.8% marks. She was followed by Vartika Singhal of Sacred Heart, who shared the same marks, 98%, with Anorupa Chattopadhyay of Loreto Convent, Ranchi.
All the three students aspire to become doctors.
“I have already started preparing for my medical entrance test. I want to get a berth in AlIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science),” said Shruti.
In ISC Science, Jamshedpur girl Surbhi Singh of DBMS School topped with 98.75%. She shared her position with Utkarsh Tyagi of Hill Top School.
“I want to become an engineer irrespective of which college I study from. I hope to get a berth in one of the IITs,” said Utkarsh.
In ISC Commerce, too, its the same story. Dhanbad girl Simran Kejriwal of Carmel School, Digwadih, topped the state in the stream by securing 99.25% marks.
Simran wants to join Indian Administrative Services and serve the nation, she said.
However, bucking the trend, Jamshedpur boy Samarth Vishal of Loyola School topped in Arts with 98.5%.
The ISC exams began on February 9 and concluded on April 1 this year, while the ICSE exams began on February 26 and ended on March 30.
Girls maintained their dominance over boys even in the state capital. In ISC Commerce, Aishwarya Thakur of St Xavier’s Ranchi scored 98.5%, while Prachi Kumari scored 96.5% in Science.
A total of 71,141 students (38,659 boys, 32,482 girls) appeared for ISC from 909 schools this year from all over the country.
A majority of five pointers (students with over 90% marks in best five subjects) in ICSE aspire to become doctors, while some have started preparing for engineering entrance exams. Very few students among the toppers want to pursue off beat careers or research works.
Interestingly, both of them have scored the same number of marks in all the subjects except for Hindi in which Anorupa got 98 and Aporupa got 97. The two sisters topped in Computer by securing 100 out of 100. They scored 95 in English, 99 in Science, 98 in Mathematics and 97 in History & Geography.