The first year junior college (FYJC) admissions will see a tough fight between the 3.27 lakh students who passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams on Tuesday, and their counterparts from non-state boards such as CBSE and ICSE.
With 193 students across the state scoring 100% in the SSC exams and the state board generously awarding 10 to 15 extra marks for ‘cultural activities’ and sports, state board students may have the edge.
The highest scores for class 10 in the non-state boards were between 99.2% and 99.8%.
State board students will grab the top spots in the first merit lists, said principals.
“CBSE and ICSE may have more students scoring in the 90s, but the state board surpasses them rank-wise,” said Rakhi Mukherjee, principal of Utpal Shanghvi School, Juhu. Twentyone students from the school scored above 90% this year, compared to 17 last year. The top score without extra marks is 96.8%.
The number of SSC students who scored in the 90s fell from last year. In Maharashtra, 48,470 students scored above 90%, including 10,157 from the Mumbai division, down from last year’s 51, 281 and 11, 416 students. Nearly 32% of students scored second-class grades, between 45% and 60%,while the number of students who scored in the 80s dropped to 36,792 from last year’s 44,178.
Schools said that students who scored below 97% will have a tough time. “The number of students scoring above 90% has increased from last year, but I feel that there are still not enough students in the category. I am worried about the competition from CBSE and ICSE students,” said Asha Binu Kumar, principal, Vivekanand English High School, Kurla. “State board students are still lagging and the gap is widening despite efforts by the state board to bring parity.”
Kumar added that the boards needed to follow a uniform pattern of examination and evaluation, so that no student has undue advantage. “Every board wants to prove they are the best and do so by finding new ways to give away marks. It’s a high time that educationists come together to find a solution to this,” she said.
Additionally, many schools saw a dip in high scorers. “Although, there are more students scoring perfect 100s this year, there are fewer students who scored above 90%,” said Albin Anthony, chief executive officer, Sacred Heart School, Kalyan.