After last year’s all-time high, the overall performance of students across the Mumbai division fell in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam results announced on Wednesday. Fewer students bagged distinctions and first class grade this year, while the number of students scoring below 60% soared. The poor performance of students in the science stream also brought down scores, said officials of the Maharashtra state board.
The pass percentage plummeted across the city. While Greater Mumbai recorded a pass percentage of 83.2% compared to 87.61% last year, Mumbai suburb 1 and 2, which had recorded 90.16% and 91.36% respectively last year, reported only 86% and 87% students passing this year. The number of students scoring above 75%, too, slumped to 33,444 from 34,504 last year, while those securing first class grade (up to 60%) fell to 87,306 from 92,734. Compared to last year’s tally of 1.15 lakh students, around 1.19 lakh students scored between 40% and 50% this year. Similarly, the number of students obtaining the pass grade (around 35%) also rose to 18,148. Last year, the figure stood at 15,646.
Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, said, “Students are concentrating more on preparing for entrance exams, which is bringing down scores.”
Jyoti Thakur, former vice-principal and external co-ordinator of Jai Hind College, said, “While the number of distinctions and the number of students scoring above 90s has increased in our college, the overall result is worse compared to that of last year.”
Divisional board officials blamed the low pass percentage on the increase in enrollment for HSC exams. “There were more students taking the exams this year, which could be a reason for the low pass percentage,” said DG Jagtap, divisional chairperson.
Bedsides, the poor performance of repeater candidates and private candidates who took the exam after filling Form 17 further brought down scores, said officials. Around 50,000 students took the exam as private candidates. “Mumbai division has the highest number of students taking the exam at the last minute. Often, these students are not well prepared for the exam, which in turn brings down the success rate of the division,” said Jagtap.