High scores could push up cut-offs for colleges
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) results declared on Monday have set the bar high for state board and CBSE students. With more students scoring above 95%, cut-offs for college admissions are expected to shoot up by two to three per cent this year, said academicians.
Of the seven ICSE toppers scoring between 99.25% and 98.8%, most said they want to seek admission to First Year Junior College (FYJC) in the state board colleges this year. “I want to pursue engineering, and for that I will switch to the state board in Class 11,” said Anish Dixit, 15, from Gokuldham School, Goregaon. Dixit ranked third in the country, with 98.8%.
This means, the cut-offs in popular colleges are bound to soar, said experts. “ICSE students generally score very high, compared to CBSE and state boards,” said Pravin Tyagi, managing director, Pace Junior Colleges. “Last year, they drove up our college cut-offs to 94.4% in science.”
The ICSE and ISC results this year have been the best in the past five years, with seven city students in the top three ICSE and ISC ranks nationally. Ananya Patwardhan and Tesan Tapan Sahu are national ICSE toppers from the city, both having scored 99.2%, while five others have scored 98.80% in the ICSE (third rank). Ishita Nigam was the school topper for Walsingham School, Walkeshwar with 98.4%, higher than last year.
Top scores in city schools have also soared, compared to previous years. “Our highest scorer is 97.6% this year,” said Rani Anthony, principal, Villa Theresa School, Peddar Road. “It was much less last year.” The school had 47 students scoring in 90s, 39 in 80s and 12 in 70s.
Competition will be cut-throat in admissions to undergraduate courses as well, with schools recording new highs in ISC exams too this year. At Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu, 37 students have scored above 95% in ISC exams, with a top score of 98.5% from the science stream.
The results will give students an advantage in competitive exams, said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council of Indian School Certificate Exams (CISCE) that conducts the exams. “Our syllabus is focused in such a manner as to prepare students for competitive exams,” he said.