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CBSE results: city students fail to figure among top scorers for fifth year in a row

Overall pass percentage increases by 0.39%; girls outdo boys by 9%, aided and government schools put up better performance this year

While Chennai region, under which Maharashtra falls, stood second in the overall pass percentage in the country, students from the city failed to make it to the list of top scorers for the fifth year in a row when the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the Class XII result for 2018-2019 on Thursday afternoon.

‘Boys distracted’

The CBSE said it had recorded an increase of 0.39% this year in the overall pass percentage. Gender-wise, the board said that girls had outdone boys by 9%, and aided and government institutions put up a better performance than other institutions. J. Mohanty, principal of Delhi Public School in Nerul, said that girls were more focused than boys. He said, “The reason could be that most of the boys are distracted. We have observed the trend in classrooms. The talent factor is not involved here. Being a genius is less about genetics, but more about habits.”

However, top scorers in the State were spread across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Shashank Nag from DAV Public School in Panvel secured 98.8%, the highest score in the science stream. Tanya Agarwal and Urwana Dewan from R.N. Podar School secured the highest percentage in the commerce stream, both scoring 97.4%.

Shifa Thokan (17) from Delhi Public School in Nerul scored 98.2%, the highest score in the humanities stream. Though the students failed to make it to the list of all-India toppers, they expressed satisfaction over the results.

Shashank said, “The fact that my hard work has paid off matters more than my position on the list of toppers. I have been preparing for other competitive examinations too, besides the CBSE exam. I am satisfied with my score.”

Physics toughest exam

According to principals of several schools in the city, the physics paper was the toughest exam faced by students this year. They said certain schools have recorded lower scores in physics than any other paper.

Raj Aloni, principal of Ramsheth Thakur Public School in Kharghar, said. “Our school has recorded a better result this year. There has been an improvement clearly, but scores are lower in physics than chemistry. Even the mathematics paper was fine.”

Hard work pays off

Science Topper

Shashank Nag (17),

DAV Public School, Panvel

98.8%

CBSE results: city students fail to figure among top scorers for fifth year in a row

It was only two years ago that Shashank Nag moved to Mumbai from Allahabad. However, he did not let the change come in the way of his self-studying, a technique he says he has been practising since Class I. “He is satisfied with his performance and his hard work has paid off. Self-studying helped him ace his exams,” says Vijay Kumar, Shashank's father. Shashank, who started preparing for the JEE-Mains and Advanced tests along with the board examinations, says the key to his success is good time management. “I divided my time between the Class XII exams and the competitive exams. I am hoping to get into an Indian Institute of Technology,” he says.

Dancing to success

Commerce Topper

Tanya Agarwal (17),

R.N. Podar School

97.4%

CBSE results: city students fail to figure among top scorers for fifth year in a row

Tanya Agarwal shudders to think how she would have fared in her exams if she had not pursued dancing. She says dancing not only kept her motivated and relaxed but also ensured that she was mindful while studying. “I was overwhelmed when I saw my score. I was expecting far less,” she says. Apart from revising the concepts taught in school, she says she strengthened her grip over the syllabus. “I used to revise everything taught in school daily, and would not stop till I had a proper hold over the concepts. At the end of the day, what matters is the hard work you put in.” Though she aspires to pursue dancing, Tanya first wants to study B.Sc. in Finance at NMIMS.

Tribute to Teachers

Commerce Topper

Urvana Dewan (17),

R.N. Podar School

97.4%

CBSE results: city students fail to figure among top scorers for fifth year in a row

Studies was all that Urvana Dewan focused on ahead of her Class XII examination. She attributes her success to helpful teachers, supportive friends, and constant tests at school. “I owe most of my success to my teachers,” says Urvana. While commerce was always a subject of interest, securing an outstanding score was a dream. “I was out of breath when I saw my score. It just did not feel real. My mother started tearing up too.” Tanya says that she now wants to replicate this success in the Chartered Accountancy examinations she will be appearing for in November. “In the meantime, I am planning on applying for a B.Com. course in NMIMS,” she says.

‘No’ to social media

Humanities Topper

Shifa Thokan (17),

Delhi Public School, Nerul

98.2%

CBSE results: city students fail to figure among top scorers for fifth year in a row

Studying at home and staying away from social media gave Shifa Thokan additional time to focus on her studies. “I was never active on social media and completely boycotted it this academic year. I realised that it gave me a lot of time to not only focus on studies but also to spend time with family and friends. Studying smartly and keeping nothing for the last moment is the best way to prepare for such examinations.” Shifa says her day began at 5 a.m. and she would revise everything that was taught in school. While science did not interest her, she was drawn to psychology. “I am now aspiring to pursue psychology from St. Xavier’s College,” says Shifa.

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