Bringing relief to some and a slew of new worries for others, the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results were announced last morning at 11 am. The pass percentage in the state this year is 79.95 per cent. In Mumbai, 76.81 per cent of the examinees passed the exam, a marginal improvement from last year’s 76.14 per cent.
Yet again, girls of the city seem to be well ahead of the boys. Last year, girls had a pass percentage of 81.85 per cent, while boys scored 71.09 per cent. This year too, 81.85 per cent girls passed the exam, with boys tagged far behind with a pass percentage of 72.25 per cent.
This year, 10,98,709 students from the state registered for the exam, of which 10,88,653 showed up for their papers. Of them, 87,0430 passed the exams. The Konkan bagged the highest pass percentage at 85.55 per cent, with Aurangabad following close at 85.26 per cent. Kolhapur took third place at 84.18 per cent. Mumbai trailed at seventh place.
In Mumbai, the pass percentage for science students was 87.55 per cent, a marginal dip form last year’s 87.85 per cent. In Arts, 67.25 per cent students cleared the exam, a considerable decline from last year’s 69.35 per cent. The pass percentage for commerce was 73.16 per cent this year, an improvement on last year’s 71.4 per cent.
Laxminkant Pande, divisional chairman of the Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board, said, “The overall result this year has been slightly better than last year’s. Examiners and moderators have been very cooperative and helped us release the results on time. Teachers of a certain association went on strike. But once they began checking papers, they tried their best to speed up the process.”
HR College student Nidhi Khemka (17), one of the toppers in commerce with 92.33 per cent, said, “My college helped me a lot. I didn’t need to join any coaching classes. They used to conduct evaluations, and gave me a precise study pattern. I want to become a chartered accountant.”
D G Ruparel College student Sadaf Sheikh (17) who scored 81 per cent, is one of the highest scorers in the stream, having bagged 99 in Philosophy and 96 in Logic. The gritty teenager has been the sole-earner for her family for the past two years. Sheikh teaches History to Std X students to support her family. She said, “It was very difficult for me to keep up with the syllabus, I had to concentrate on my studies as well as my teaching responsibilities. I used to study in the mornings from 5 am to 11 am, attend college till 5 pm, and then teach from 6 pm to 8 pm. After getting back home, I would start studying within half an hour. I boycotted TV. I give full credit to my college and my lecturers.”
Yuvraj Singh Bawa (17) a science student from Royal College, scored 95.33 per cent. Yuvraj said, “I am thankful to my college and classes who have helped me throughout the year. Attending lectures in college is very important as it helps one internalise concepts easily. I had 100 per cent attendance in college. I only studied an hour outside college, to revise what I had learnt. My advice to my juniors would be to master the concepts first. I want to become a Computer engineer and ultimately a Physics researcher.”
Hassaan Shakeel Ansari (17) who met with an accident before the Physics exam, scored 70 per cent. His father, Dr Shakeel Ansari, said, “I am happy that my son scored 70 per cent. He was operated upon during his exams for a fracture on his right femur (thigh bone). A titanium rod was implanted in his thigh. He wrote his exam with severe pain, which is a great feat. He wants to become a mechanical engineer.”
Confusion over Physics hoax SMS
The state board’s helpline was flooded with calls from worried students yesterday, all of whom had appeared for their HSC Physics paper on February 25. The confusion was triggered off by a hoax message that had been doing the rounds, asking students to call the helpline and demand for a re-examination of the paper, which had been considerably difficult this year. To the surprise of many, the pass percentage for the Physics paper went up this year. Laxmikant Pande said, “This year, 89.54 per cent students passed in Physics, as compared to last year’s 85.07 per cent. Teachers were not asked to check papers leniently.”
Inputs by Neha Tripathi