Meet the trailblazing Std XII CBSE students of Mumbai

City schools record a pass percentage of 100 in Std XII for the CBSE board exams; admit the difficult mathematics paper pulled down the scores. Here are some of the exemplary students of Mumbai

Mumbai schools have passed the CBSE Std XII exams — whose results were declared yesterday — with flying colours. They recorded a 100% pass percentage despite concerns over the “difficult and lengthy” mathematics paper.

While the paper had kicked up a row — with parents even starting an online petition demanding lenient evaluation — on Saturday, everything was forgiven and forgotten in the relief of acing the exams.

While some schools admitted that their mathematics scores had dropped, many others prided themselves on have cent percent scorers in the subject.

The overall pass percentage increased from 82 last year to 83.50.

Thiruvanathapuram region racked up the highest overall pass percentage — 97.61 — followed by Chennai region (92.63%), which includes Maharashtra. The state has recorded an overall pass percentage of 93.47%.

The trailblazers

Parul Pradhan
96.2% in humanities
Kendriya Vidyalaya 1, Colaba
Parul has been a consistent topper in her school. “I expected to get above 90%, but this score is definitely a dream come true,” said an elated Parul, who plans to pursue an Honours course in English at St Xavier’s College. Career planning is far from the young girl's mind — she is taking it slow, waiting to see where destiny takes her. Parul was finicky about sticking to her timetable and making time out for extra-curricular activities as well as household chores. “Such activities help one focus more effectively on studies. I strictly followed my timetable,” she said. Her message to students: “Come what may, don't stress out.”

Vishaka Ramesh
97.8% in commerce
RN Podar School
Vishaka is no believer in burying oneself under the weight of expectations or books. "It was a great year, especially because I made sure that I didn't burn myself with academic pressure. This is why I continued my extra-curricular activities because I strongly feel that concentrating only on academics will eventually bore anybody,” said Vishaka who is training in music for western vocals and preparing for the law entrance exam. A study in law, says Vishaka, is best suited to her personality as it requires out-of-the-box thinking and does not restrict one to theory. Her mantra for acing the STD XII exams: Don't leave anything for the last minute.

The mathematics questions were from the syllabus. But, they were tweaked a little. The students who were preparing for JEE could understand the difference and, hence, were able to solve them properly. Others might have found it a little difficult.
– Neel Kapoor, student of Apeejay School, Nerul, who scored 100 in mathematics

Take inspiration

Kumarpal Vardhan
85.8% in commerce
Rajhans Vidyalaya
Kumarpal is always looking for the next challenge. The student, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and has been confined to a wheelchair since 10, said his life journey has been no different from others. “I have been lucky to have supportive people around me — my parents, friends and teachers. But everybody is not. I feel people should be more helpful to each other.

His mother, Urmila, said he is an inspiration to all. “His confidence and the strength with which he faces the world are commendable. He never let his health issues become a reason to lag in anything. He is so positive and is always up for exploring new things.” Kumarpal wants to become a novelist.

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