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For CBSE toppers, IIT is the goal

The class 10 results of the Central Board of Secondary Education are out and Shubham Raizada has topped his school with 97.4 per cent, reports Snehal Rebello.
Hindustan Times | By Snehal Rebello, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2009 01:33 AM IST

The class 10 results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are out and Shubham Raizada has topped his school with 97.4 per cent.

The student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Thane, has already drawn up his future plan — to get into one of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

It’s been two years since the 15-year-old enrolled in an IIT coaching class to prepare himself for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

“Although I enrolled myself without any idea of what the IITs are all about, I have now begun to develop interest. I want to pursue engineering since a well-paying job is assured,” said Raizada.

On Tuesday, Class 10 CBSE results for the Chennai region were announced. Maharashtra has recorded an overall pass percentage of 97.73.

Off the 16,739 students who appeared for the Class 10 exam from 202 schools, 16,359 students passed. Like other years, girls fared better with a pass percentage of 98.18 as against the boys’ 97.41.

The aspiration to get into the IITs seem to be running high among most CBSE Class 10 toppers.

Kandarp Khandwal, who topped RN Podar School with 98.6 per cent, wants to get into an IIT. Similar is the case with S.S. Kaushik and Annapurna Devi, who have scored 98.4 per cent and 97.2 per cent respectively.

“Students today have a passion to pursue excellence with challenges and creativity being the important factors. Choosing science and then IITs provides them with a lot of opportunity,” said K.V. Kushal, regional director for DAV Public schools.

“Unlike in the past, when science careers were confined to medicine and engineering, students today are understanding technological breakthroughs in the way they are celebrated and also attached to a degree of wealth. To them, IITs are the centres of excellence and hence are striving to study there.”

Besides Maharashtra, the Chennai region comprises Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Daman & Diu.

Off the 105,353 students who appeared for the exam in the Chennai region, 100,716 passed, registering an overall pass percentage of 95.6. Pondicherry topped the list of states with pass percentage of 99.72.

“The entire region has performed slightly better than 2008 when the pass percentage was 95.25 per cent,” said N. Nagaraju, regional head, CBSE.

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