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Girls on top in ICSE, ISC

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2010 00:41 IST

Mumbai students logged on to a slew of board exam results on Wednesday. While the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) results were declared across the country, Class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results were announced in three regions — Chennai (of which Mumbai is a part), Ajmer and Panchkula.

While the national ICSE topper Janvi Thosani (98.8 per cent) was from Mumbai, the ISC toppers were Sumidha Rai from Agra and Shreya Daga of Kolkata. Both scored 98.75 per cent.

“The results are better than last year’s. The new centralised evaluation process allowed more accurate, proper and timely evaluation,” said Gerry Arathoon, officiating chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School
Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ICSE and ISC exams. Earlier, teachers would take the answer sheets home to correct, but this year correction centres were created across cities with supervisors.

Girls, added Arathoon, seem to be doing better than boys. This holds true across India as well as Maharashtra. While last year boys topped both the ICSE and the ISC, this year it was girls all the way. The pass percentage for girls among ICSE students across India was 98.77, while for boys it was 97.95. Among ISC students, girls had a pass percentage of 98.26 compared to 96.17 for boys.

The results are yet to sink in for the toppers. Thosani is planning several parties. “I thought I would do well, but becoming the national topper is something else altogether. Now, it’s party time,” said the 15-year-old who wants to join NM College.

Daughter of a doctor, Agra girl Rai got 100 in Mathematics, 99 in Physics and Environmental Education, 98 in CTS and 97 in English. She was overjoyed. “It took some time to sink in,” she said.

In Kolkata, Daga said that homemade pulao and painting kept stress at bay. “Bollywood films and paintings are what I love. Staying in touch with the latest film and painting my imagination on canvas helped me relax during my free time,” she said.

In Maharashtra 8,289 students from 106 schools took the ICSE exam, of which 6,031 from 67 schools were from Mumbai. The overall pass percentage in the state is high — 99.76 in ICSE and 96.42 in ISC.

Most schools in Mumbai had all their students scoring a passing grade. “Our students fared very well. It is not about topping, but putting in your best,” said Raviti Shrinivasan, principal, Sulochana Devi Singhania School, Thane.