Mumbai: Students of Mumbai have secured excellent marks in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 examination, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, even though they have not made it to the first four. These include seven students of RN Podar School, Khar, who scored above 98 per cent.
The four students who topped the exams nationwide scored 499 out of 500. They are: Prakhar Mittal from DPS Gurgaon; Rimzhim Agarwal from RK Public School, Bijnor; Nandini Garg from Scottish International School, Shamli; and Sreelakshmi G from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Cochin. Two city students scored 98.6 per cent. Preeti Agarwal, mother of Tarun who has this distinction, pointed out that the change of examination pattern was responsible for the four per cent fall in pass percentage, which dipped to 86.7 per cent this year from 90.95 per cent in 2017.
Rashi Shah, a student of Somaiya School, Vidyavihar, who scored a 100 out of 100 in Mathematics, said, “I never joined any tuition or coaching class but solved question papers of previous years which helped me score.”Kalpana Dwivedi, Principal of St Joseph School, said, “The examination pattern was changed from 60-40 to 80-20 this year. Students got just one year to cope up with this new marking scheme. Though students of Maharashtra have performed well with high marks, we do not know why they have not made it to the topper’s list.”Over 16.2 lakh students appeared for Class 10 CBSE board exam, which was conducted from March 5 to April 4, 2018, at 4,460 examination centres. The overall pass percentage of girls is higher than boys by 3.35 per cent.