On Monday, Vivek Varier, 17, found out that he had topped his school and emerged as one of the city’s highest scorers with 97% when the CBSE Class 12 results were announced.
But that was just a pleasant stop en route the main goal. On Wednesday, he will find out if he has sealed his dream of entering the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), when the IIT-JEE results are announced.
“Other competitive exams matter more than the board exams,” said Varier, a student of Apeejay School in Kharghar.
For Class 12 students across the city, the board exams were less important than the various competitive entrance exams, whose results will be known over the course of the next month or so. The JEE determines admissions to the 15 IITs in the country, with around 9,600 seats. Around 4.85 lakh students wrote the JEE this year, including 21,700 of those students from Maharashtra.
The CBSE has traditionally been seen as the best board exam for Class 12 students preparing for competitive exams.
“Most of these students are busy preparing for other exams,” admitted Sunita George, vice-principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz. “Students focus less on the CBSE, the trend is towards competitive exams.”
Podar itself has tied up with IIT coaching academy, IITian’s Pace, where students attend regular class and IIT-coaching on alternate days in school itself.
“I never lost my concentration when preparing for the board exams, but I never expected to do so well either,” said Akshaan Kakar, 17, a student of Podar who was part of the ‘integrated’ batch of students.
“There is a major overlap between the two preparations so there isn’t so much of a clash of interests.” If he doesn’t get into an IIT, which is his first choice, Kakar is planning to go abroad to study.
Principals agreed that the dual focus did not really affect students’ preparations. “The basics are the same and students work consistently on both,” said Indu Mathur, principal of Apeejay School in Kharghar. “We find the same toppers doing well in both the exams.”
The results of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and Maharashtra Common Entrance Test are likely to be declared in June.