CBSE students seem to have finally tamed the Mathematics Monster. A total of 1,146 students across the country have scored a perfect 100 in mathematics -- 234 of them from Delhi alone.
The results, which were declared on Friday, showed that the highest number of cent-per-cent scores have been notched up in mathematics.
Last year, 812 students had scored full marks in the subject countrywide.
The improvement in the number of students who got the perfect score in the subject had a lot to do with the way children think these days, according to CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly. "Students treat their math exercises like games these days. This attitudinal shift shows in the improved results," Ganguly told reporters.
Students who got the magic figure thanked the balanced question paper. "It was not easy to score a 100 in math and I practiced a lot, but the paper was relatively easier than what I had expected. I was better prepared. There was something in it for everyone," said Radhika Bansal, commerce student from DPS (RK Puram) and this year's Delhi topper. She scored an overall 97.4 per cent.
Ganguly said there was an overall improvement in students' performance this year, thanks to reforms by the board that made the exams easier to tackle. "The 15-minute cool-off period before starting the paper has helped a lot," he said.
A total of 62 Delhi students scored over 95 per cent in aggregate. Chennai had the largest number of students who scored above 95 per cent -- 289 of the total 514.