City students peformed well at the Indian School Certificate (ISC) exams, according to results declared on Friday.
Although the pass percentage of the state has fallen to 97.29%, 1.5% lower than last year, the city’s students have fared much better, said school principals.
With a 98.75%, Nestor Fernandes from Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz was one of the highest scorers. “Our school performance for ISC has been fantastic this year. We had 99 students scoring above 90% and 63 students scoring between 80% and 90%,” said Nureen Fernandes, school principal.
Even students studying the humanities fared better this year. Suchita Uppal from Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu bagged a whopping 98.25%, counting best-of-four subjects. “Solving last years’ papers and reading textbooks cover-to-cover is essential to get a good score,” she said.
Five humanities students – Shauna Irani, Tanuja Ranjeet Kate, Simone Gandhi, Vasundha Ramakrishna and Natasha Chaterjee, all from Lilavitabai Podar School – shared the same score of 95.6%. Students from the commerce stream also did well, with Namrata Praveen top scoring with 97%.
Raahil Shah, 18, from Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, one of the toppers from Mumbai in the 2011 ICSE exams, was a high scorer in ISC exams this year, getting 97.25 % in the science stream.
“I’m pretty happy with my score, it was a nice surprise. I wouldn’t say I expected to do this well. I wasn’t able to give the board exams my full attention because I was busy applying abroad,” he said. Shah has been accepted by Yale, Cambridge and Columbia universities, but is yet to decide where he will go to pursue his undergraduate degree.