Maharashtra HSC results: Science topper among 3 streams
Performance of students in the science stream has once again been better than those in the commerce and arts streams, revealed the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results announced on Wednesday.
Not only has the overall performance of science students improved, but the number of distinction holders spiked in this stream whereas the commerce stream witnessed a dip.
According to figures shared by the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), the pass percentage of science students stands at 90.48% compared to 89.65% last year in Mumbai. In Maharashtra, the pass percentage of science stream is 94.57%, which is almost similar to 2017. The number of science students scoring distinction increased from 10,000 last year to more than 13,044 this year.
Arts and commerce performance in the city stands at 73.42% and 84.23% respectively whereas at the state level, it stands at 75.53% and 87.16%. While most colleges highlighted that the overall performance of arts and commerce streams dipped, the individual scores of students has improved. “Science has been doing well for some years but the surprise this year was performance of arts students ,” said Hemlata Bagla, principal of K C College, Churchgate. She added that while the topper in the arts stream last year scored 90%, this year, the highest is 93.08% and more students cleared the 90%- mark. “Arts has subjects like history and psychology which are not as easy to score unlike math and accountancy,” she added.
However, performance of students in the commerce stream has dipped in the city as only 21,860 students cleared the exam with distinction this year as compared to 23,356 last year. “Over the years, influx to the science stream reduced,” said Chaitali Chakraborty, principal, Thakur College, Kandivli. She added that rise in the science scores is likely to push up the cut-offs in science degree colleges, especially self-financed courses such as BSc Information Technology and BSc Computer Science. “Students are joining these programmes in droves, even though the numbers of seats are limited,” she said.
Performance of students in subjects such as English and Marathi have dipped this year, whereas the scores in subjects such as math and statistics, physics, chemistry and biology have improved.
“Maths is a difficult subject but more students have scored higher marks in the subject. There are also many who scored full marks in book keeping and accountancy,” said Vijay Sarode, principal of Mulund College of Commerce.