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90% is no more an elusive benchmark for city students

mumbai Updated: May 29, 2012 01:14 IST

When the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 results were declared on Monday, principals in the city were a happy lot. More students scored above 90% in the board exams this year as compared to last year.

“I am really happy with the results, since 56% of our students scored above 90%,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz. Out of the 275 Class 12 students, 154 crossed the 90% benchmark as against 43% last year.

At Apeejay High School, Nerul, 38 students scored 90% and above, 13 more than last year. At Apeejay School, Kharghar, 11 students from a batch of 72 scored 90% and above, as against six students out of 62 last year. “Students who score above 85% in Class 11 can be guided to score above 90% in Class 12,” said Indu Mathur, principal, Apeejay School, Kharghar.

High scorers were quick to celebrate. “I went to seek blessings at Siddhivinayak Temple with my parents,” said Roshnee Sundararaman, 17, who scored 96.8% and was the commerce topper in RN Podar School, Santacruz. Anadi Misra, from Rajhans Vidyalay, Andheri, who scored 96.2% in science, went out with his friends to celebrate.

Some students managed to balance preparation for the board exam with that for several competitive exams. “While I had focused more on the competitive exams throughout the academic year, I started preparing seriously a few months before the board exam,” said Akanksha Devikar, the science topper of DAV Public School, Nerul, who scored 95.8%.

The greater number of high scorers was also attributed to Class 12 results being considered for selection to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). “Earlier, many students would only focus on competitive exams. The trend is changing, and there will be more high scorers next year,” said Deepshika Srivastav, principal, Rajhans Vidyalay, Andheri. Out of the 192 Class 12 students in the school, 38 students scored 90% and above.