MUMBAI: Although the pass percentage in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam fell this year, the number of students scoring in the 90s in top colleges of the city increased compared to previous years, according to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education ( MSBSHSE), which distributed the original mark sheets of students along with detailed college-wise results on Friday.
ML Dahunkar College, Vile Parle, witnessed a drop in the pass percentage – from 99.8% recorded last year to 98% this year. However, nearly 24 students scored above 90%, much higher than last year.
“Even though more than 55% of the students in our college have secured distinction, the pass percentage has gone down this year,” said Madhavi Pethe, the college’s principal.
Birla College, Kalyan, also saw a rise in the number of high scorers. The Commerce stream had eight to nine students scoring above 90%, while the Science stream had more than 10. “The overall pass percentage has dropped, but the quality of results is better this year,” said Naresh Chandra, the college’s principal. Chandra said one of the college’s students also scored 197 in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test this year
At VG Vaze College, Mulund, students’ performance was the same as last year, with 637 out of 1,438 students bagging distinctions. The top score in Commerce increased to 93.23% this year, while Science and Arts high scores fell by a few points.
Some colleges also recorded a significant dip in the students’ overall performance in the Science and Arts stream.
At SIES College of Arts and Science, Sion, 181 students in the Science stream scored in the 90s this year, while last year, the figure stood at 250. In the Arts stream, 77 students scored in the 90s this year, while the figure stood at 97 last year.
“We have more or less maintained our pass rate, but the performance of students has come down,” said Harsha Mehta, the college’s principal.