The marks scored by this year’s topper and the overall pass percentage for Class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams may have come down but this is unlikely to have an impact on the cut-off marks required to get admission to Delhi University’s undergraduate courses.
This is due to the high number of students scoring more than 90% and above marks.
A total of 82% students cleared the exam this year, while 82.70% had passed the exam in 2014.
The principals of certain schools fear that the high percentages scored by students may push the cut-off in universities further.
“CBSE and boards across the country have done a lot of modification in their assessment system which results in large number of students scoring more than 90 per cent. This has certainly become a challenge and created lot of anxiety among students. This will also create lot of issues and push cut-offs higher,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal Springdales School, Pusa Road.
For most schools in Delhi, the average percentage in the 90 plus bracket has been high. With majority of the toppers coming from commerce and humanities stream, the cut-off in these subjects may instead soar higher.
“Until and unless we get the admission registration, we won’t be able to say anything. Moreover, 70% students who come to DU are from other boards so we need to consider that as well,” said a school principal who did not want to be named.
A striking feature of this year’s result has been the fact that there aren’t many toppers from the science stream. This could be attributed to the tough physics and maths papers.
“Overall it has not affected much, but unlike previous years, the number of students scoring 100 in Mathematics and Physics have reduced,” said Abha Sehgal, principal, Sanskriti School.
Delhi Govt schools fare better
This year’s government school pass percentage too fell to 88.22% from 88.78% last year.
Delhi’s performance, however, was the best in the country among all government schools. The region was followed by Ajmer where the government schools had a pass percentage of 86.11%, compared to 86.63% last year.
While CBSE has not released detailed statistics about the number of students who scored over 95%, this figure is expected to be less than last year with many teachers and principals saying that the number of students who scored between 90% and 95% seems to have gone up as compared to last year.