Ashmita Jain, 16, was over the moon to find out she had scored a perfect 10 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) with 99.6%, possibly the highest score yet in the year in the Class 10 Secondary School Certificate exam of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), results of which were announced on Saturday.
Jain, studying in St Joseph’s High School, Panvel, said she was expecting 98%, which was the highest score last year. The high scores were possible largely because the board decided to scrap the Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) component that comprised questions carrying 10 marks in all five subjects. Students used to find these question of a higher difficulty level.
With nearly 70% marks in the hands of the school since the PSA component was replaced by formative assessment- quizzes, tests, debates conducted by the school — the number of students scoring above 90% doubled and tripled in city schools this year.
Standing sixth in the Chennai region, Maharashtra witnessed an increase by a few points in its pass-percentage — 99.68% from 99. 46% this year, while the region emerged second in the country, with 99.69%, up from 99.03% last year.
Although the national success rate dipped slightly to 96.21% from 97.32%, number of students scoring 10 CGPAs soared to 1.68 lakh from 94, 474 students. At Navy Children School, Colaba, number of students scoring 10 CGPA doubled this year to 34 from 17. “Our results have been much better than last year,” said Malika Subramanium, principal of the school. “Besides 10 CGPA, number of students scoring between 9.8 and 9.6 CGPA also increased.”
Similarly, Apeejay School, Nerul saw 104 students scoring in 90s, compared to 71 last year. DAV Public School, New Panvel also had 101 students out of 319 getting 10 CGPA. At RN Podar School, Santacruz, 84 students got 10 CGPA and 92 scored between 9 and 9.2 CGPA. “The high marks can be attributed to the fact that majority of the marks were in the hands of the school this year,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.
“Schools were allowed to conduct four formative assessments, in which we mark students on basis of different types of assessments,” said Kalpana Kumar, principal, St Joseph’s High School, Panvel.