Vaishnavi Dikshit (in blue) celebrates after scoring 97.8% in her ISC exams, at Thane on Monday.(Praful Gangurde)
Vaishnavi Dikshit (in blue) celebrates after scoring 97.8% in her ISC exams, at Thane on Monday.(Praful Gangurde)

ISC, ICSE scores to push up FYJC, degree cut-offs in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Students from state and CBSE boards could find it hard to compete with high scores, especially while applying to science and self-financed courses
Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar & Musab Qazi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2017 11:38 AM IST

Cut-offs are set to rise this admission season.

Two Mumbai students were among the top three in the merit lists of the ICSE (Class 10) and ISC (Class 12) exams, while all Mumbai schools recorded stellar performances in the Council of Indian School Certificate (CISCE) results. The highest score in Mumbai crossed the 99%-mark again this year — humanities student Rishika Dhariwal, from Jamnabai Narsee School, is a national Class 12 topper with 99.25%. Class 10 student Farzan Bharucha, also from Mumbai, was among the top three nationally, scoring 99.2%.

In the CBSE Class 12 exam results announced on Sunday, the highest score was around the 98% mark. This means ICSE and ISC students have set the bar high for Class 11 and degree admissions and their friends from the Maharashtra state and CBSE boards will find it difficult, principals said.

Both ICSE and ISC exams saw a rise in students scoring above 90% and school averages rose — an improvement in overall performance. At Campion School, students scoring above 90% in the ICSE exams jumped to 39 from last year’s 29. The school’s average score moved to 93.9% from 89.4% last year. “We were expecting good results because we had a bright batch this time,” said Paul Machado, the principal.

NL Dalmia School, Mira Road, saw a spike in the Class 12 ISC marks too. As many as 42% of the batch scored above 90% — 10% scored above 95% in the ISC exams. The school’s average rose to an all-time high, at 88.4%. “Our top-scorer secured 98.4% this year, a tad lower than 98.8% last year, but this still remains one of the best results in a long time,” said Seema Saini, the principal.

Colleges said the high marks have raised competition levels for junior college and degree admissions and that state board students will need a miracle to stay in the race. “Many ICSE students apply to state board junior colleges for the science stream. State board students will have to match the high scores to get into coveted colleges,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College, Vile Parle.

The high scores will affect degree admissions too. Minu Madlani, principal of KPB Hinduja College, Charni Road, said admissions to self-financed courses such as mass media, and accounting and finance will be a lot more competitive this year.

Madlani said admission to traditional courses will be easier for state board students, who will absorbed through in-house quota. BB Sharma, principal of Vaze College, Mulund, said degree colleges have more seats this year and will be able to accommodate students.

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