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Last batch of state board students eligible for marks under sports quota

Even before Sahil Bagre, 15, appears for his Class 10 state board exams, which begin on March 1, he is confident of scoring 25 extra marks. Deepti Khera reports.

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2012 01:26 IST
Deepti Khera

Even before Sahil Bagre, 15, appears for his Class 10 state board exams, which begin on March 1, he is confident of scoring 25 extra marks.

Bagre will be among the last batch to benefit from the state board’s sports marks scheme introduced in 2008. The scheme allowed students who had participated in state or district level sports to get 25 extra marks, Last November, the school education department decided to scrap the scheme from 2013 owing to rampant misuse. From next year, only those sportspersons, who fail in subjects, will get the extra marks.

Bagre, a student of Bombay Cambridge School in Andheri and a state-level baseball player is happy to get the extra marks. “It’s a guaranteed 4% more in your score. I am lucky to benefit from the sports marks. There is so much competition for junior college admission that I am counting on the extra marks.”

Class 10 (SSC) exams begin on March 1 while Class 12 (HSC) exams begin on February 21.

When the policy was first announced in 2008, 627 students availed the extra marks. In 2009, the figure jumped to 854, in 2012 to 1,296, and in 2011, 1,077 got the extra marks. Last year, a combination of the Best-Five policy and the sports marks sent scores soaring, with some students even getting 100%.

This year, schools have been asked to submit the names of students eligible for the sports quota marks by April 30.

“Many students are still getting their certificates done,” said NB Mote, deputy director, sports and youth services. “There has always been a rise in the figures but nothing is going to change from the next year as 5 % seats are anyways reserved for sports quota students,” added Mote.