The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared the Class 10 (ICSE) and Class 12 (ISC) 2015 results on Monday with girls outperforming boys.
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While the overall pass percentage in ICSE is 98.49%, it is 96.28% in ISC.
Arkya Chatterjee (99.75%), from Vivekanand Mission School, Kolkata, topped ISC. This is the highest for the last five years.
In Delhi and NCR region, Rupal Goel (99%) of Holy Child School, Ghaziabad, was the topper in ISC.
Three students Saugata Chowdhury (99.20%) of St Xavier's Collegiate School, and Ananya Hardshad Patvardhan (99.20%) and Tesan Tapan Sahu (99.20%) of St Mary's ICSE School, Navi Mumbai, were the joint toppers in ICSE.
This year, the pass rate rose 0.01% in ISC as compared to last year.
Chatterjee said he didn't believe the results in the beginning. "I didn't believe it initially, but checked the website and calculated the marks for a second time to get it verified again," he told the media. "I used to study for about 9/10 hours everyday including the tuition hours. I didn't take any special coaching except those required for the engineering entrance exams," he added.
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.
This year 1,59,738 students registered for the ICSE examinations from India and abroad, out of which 29,903 were from Bengal. A total of 72,049 students registered for ISC examination from all over the country and abroad in which 21,174 were from Bengal.
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.
Unlike 2014, the CISCE did not use the cloud computing method for quick evaluation of the papers of the ISC and ICSE examinations this year. The council returned to the traditional method of evaluation as practiced by it till 2013.
The CISCE, which conducts both the ISC and the ICSE examinations, decided to drop last year's virtual format this year, where the students were given bar coded answer scripts and an OMR sheet, where the teacher used to put the marks obtained by the student in individual questions during evaluation. The idea behind this was to hide the personal information about the student and allow teachers to directly upload the marks obtained by the students, thereby reducing result preparation time. The virtual format was dropped by the CISCE this year because it gave rise to several glitches.
"This year we reverted to the old system of evaluation, but in 2016 we will come up with something new, which will substitute the OMR sheet and the difficulties associated with it. We would further simplify the process of virtual marks capturing in 2016," said Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive and secretary of CISCE.
Despite not taking the evaluation process online this year, CISCE has maintained its desire to go virtual in the future. "As a pilot-run project, for the first time in February this year, we got connected via video conferencing with select convenors of the ISC examination, which included selected heads of schools appointed as conveners, who are responsible for a set of examination centers under them," Arathoon said.
The council intends to use this technique in future on a regular basis. "In future we plan to have several such video conferencing to resolve various other issues with schools as well as educators which would include issues related to textbooks, syllabus, pending affiliation and other administrative issues," Arathoon said.