With the students’ scores touching the skies- many crossing even the impossible 99% mark- in the CBSE Class 10 results announced on Saturday, college principals said that state board students scoring less than 95% could lose out to their counterparts in securing admissions to top colleges in bifocal science stream, commerce and in some cases arts, too this year, in the First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions.
The principals said that it will be difficult for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students to top the performance of the CBSE and ISCE students this year as they do not have their advantages in terms of variety in subjects and subject combinations. “CBSE students have an edge over state board and even ICSE students this year,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
“Now, the question will not be who scores above 99% in SSC but how many score that much, because the CBSE has produced several students between 96 and 99 this year. Even SSC toppers might have a hard time getting into a college of their choice this year.”
Wadia said that chances of SSC students scoring as high are less because the board does not give them as much freedom in subject combinations. “SSC students opting for general maths are not eligible for admission to the science stream but the same is not the case in CBSE,” said Wadia. “Their subject-combinations help students score high and this has given them an added advantage.”
Even the sports marks - which have made a re-entry this year in the state board exams - will be of little help in boosting scores, said principals. “From what we saw in the HSC results, very few students were benefitted from the sports marks this year as the eligibility criteria has become stricter,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, Vaze-Kelkar College, Mulund. “So it will be tough for them to get those perfect scores.”
Joshi said that the cut-offs will continue to rise by 3% to 4% like they have for the last two years. “The CBSE and ICSE students performances have been soaring since last two years, so even though state board students outnumber them, the first and second lists in top colleges will be crowded with the non-state students,” said Joshi.