New Delhi: Maths always gets a bad rap for being tough on students. But over 12,000 students of Class 10 have cracked the code this year. Results for the Class 10 and 12 board exams released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Friday show that 12,598 students of Class 10 have scored a perfect 100 in maths — making it the subject with the most perfect scores this year.
The pass percentage for Class 10 this year is 94.4 per cent, with 19,76,668 students clearing the exam.
Last year — when the exams were cancelled because of the pandemic and students were promoted to the next class on the basis of set criteria — this figure stood at 99.04 per cent.
The pass percentage for Class 12 is 92.7 per cent this year, down from last year’s 99.37 per cent.
The CBSE had announced last year that in order to rationalise its syllabus, it would hold its Class 10 and 12 board exams in two parts — “Term I” and Term “II” — for the 2021-22 academic session. Exams for Term I were held in November-December last year and exams for Term II were held in April-May this year. While 30 per cent weight was given to Term I, 70 per cent was assigned to Term II.
Both sets of marks will be added for the final tally, the board had said.
In another departure from its usual practice, the CBSE neither declared its list of toppers for Class 10 and 12 exams, nor did it assign divisions to students this year. The board has attributed this decision to the Covid pandemic.
Highest scoring subjects
In Class 10, science (9,123 students) was the subject with the second-highest number of perfect 100 scores. It was followed by Sanskrit (5,200), social sciences (5,116), and English language and literature (4,244).
In Class 12, the subjects with the highest number of perfect score (100 per cent) were business studies (4,710), Hindi music-vocal (4,634), and physical education (4,286).
Among science subjects, chemistry had the highest number of perfect 100s — 3,548. The number was 2,890 for maths, 753 for biology, and 530 for physics.
In humanities, English Core had 549 students scoring 100 per cent marks. The number was 2,199 for psychology, 1,171 for political science, 1,166 for sociology, 935 for history, 877 for economics, and 686 for geography.
In commerce, 2,463 students scored 100 per cent in accountancy.
‘Exam process is long’
School principals ThePrint spoke to said the change in exam pattern this year and the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) preparations led to lower scores in Class 12.
Introduced this academic year, the CUET is an entrance test for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 45 central universities, among others.
Jyoti Arora, the principal of Mount Abu Public School, in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, said physical education was a subject that generally sees good scores every year.
She said: “Sports and PE [are subjects] where children enjoy the practical classes and they like learning about the theory of the sport that they play. Every year we have students score well in this subject.”
Ritu Mehra, the principal of Apeejay School in Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai, said students found it difficult to score a full 100 in English because of the change in the examination pattern. Additionally, students found it difficult to adjust to the objective-style exam in Term I.
“English is a subject in which students are used to writing longish answers, the objective-style paper was new and a little difficult for them. Although students made up for the lost marks in their Term II paper, the trouble in Term I took away a number of students who could have scored 100,” she said.
The examination process was exhausting last year, she said.
“Students had to appear for the boards twice and then they have the added pressure of appearing for entrance exams like the CUET and NEET as well. Students did not have enough time to prepare and revise,” she added. “We are hoping that this year (2022-23 academic session), the usual one exam pattern will ease the stress on students,” she said.
(Edited by Uttara Ramaswamy)