The ‘results’ season drew to a close as the Council of Indian School Certification Examination announced the Class 12 results through the website on Sunday. The ISC has recorded this year's highest overall pass percentage at 99.38, with CBSE and HSC trailing.
The southern region surpassed all others with the highest pass rate of 99.81%. As is often the case, girls again managed to outshine boys, though by a slender margin of 0.42%.
Eighteen students shared the first rank in the ISC exams this year. Amongst them, Thane student Upasana Nandi from Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, was the only first ranker from Maharashtra with a score of 99.75%.
“Being AIR 1 was definitely a curveball,” said the science student. “I am now looking forward to my college applications. Research in the fields of biotechnology and microbiology has always piqued my curiosity,” said Upasana on what’s next.
Speaking about the overall performance of her students, Revathi Srinivasan, Director of Education and Principal of Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, said, “Our students have secured the first, second and a third rank this year at the national level. The teachers rose to the occasion and did not let the pandemic get in the way. While adapting to various creative ways of teaching, the school also made sure that every single event was celebrated online."
Anshul Mitra from Bombay Scottish, Mumbai, secured an All India Rank 2 with 99.5%. “I never thought I would top the school, my mom almost began to cry once we found out,” said the commerce student.
“Covid-19 was certainly a difficult time; it was tougher for us as I lost my father last year. I moved to my hometown, Calcutta, and the school made sure that I could appear for my board examinations from there,” he added.
The topper parted with the Junior College on a happy note as he reunited with batchmates at the farewell.
Sahir Khan, a science student from the VIBGYOR Group of Schools, secured 99%in his ISC examinations. “Transitioning to the offline mode has definitely been very scary. Looking at the question papers from the past years helped me the most while preparing for this examination,” said Sahir who will now be appearing for JEE Mains on July 29th.
Delighted with the way all students performed, Kavita Sahay Kerawalla, Vice-Chairperson, VIBGYOR Group of Schools, said, “The outstanding performance displayed by our students is the result of their determination, hard work, and diligence throughout the academic year, despite the hurdles faced by them during the pandemic. I am confident that our students will excel in whichever field they pursue."
Speaking of the cut-throat competition in the board examination, Parnika Agarwal from Bombay Scottish, Powai, said, “At 99.2% I missed the AIR 1 rank by just three marks, all students have worked extremely hard for this exam.”
Advising the next batch of Class 12, Parnika said, “It is important to divide time between leisure and studies, at the end marks are really not all that matters!”