Mumbai: The pass percentage in the state board high school exams, results of which were declared on Tuesday, may be good, but that’s hardly the heartening news for the 14.29 lakh pass-outs. Compared to the high scores that ISC and CBSE Class XII students got, the state board has been a wee bit stingy with marks. This means it will be that much more difficult for Maharashtra board students to get admission in good colleges in the state.
For instance, the ISC topper got 99.5 per cent while his peer from CBSE scored 99.6 per cent. The student who topped HSC got 98.16 per cent.
Authorities of colleges in the city say that HSC students will certainly be at a disadvantage. Agnelo Menezes, principal of Mumbai’s premier St Xavier’s College, told Free Press Journal, “The competition is indeed tough and the admission process is completely based on merit. The marks scored by students in the state board are less than the central board because the assessment procedure is quite different.”
Some principals have suggested that colleges should keep the interests of state board students in mind during the admission process. Parasuraman, head of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), said, “The state government should give first priority in admissions to the students belonging to Maharashtra.
The marks obtained by students in the central and state boards cannot be compared and the competition is getting tougher. The government can increase seats in colleges to take in more students from state boards.”
Even though the entire online admission process is based purely on merit, parents say that HSC students are clearly disadvantaged because of the board’s marking system.
“We have never heard of a large number of students securing 98 per cent and above in HSC while that is possible in ISC or CBSE. Though the boards are different, the criteria for admissions is the same,” a parent who did not wish to be identified said.
At the receiving end are thousands of students. Zeal Tanna, who passed out this year, told Free Press, “Even though I have scored 91.80 per cent in commerce, I am not sure whether I can study in a good college.”