New Delhi: Math always gets a bad rap for being hard on students. But over 12,000 10th graders cracked the code this year. The results of the Grades 10 and 12 board exams, released by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday, show that 12,598 Grade 10 students achieved a perfect 100 in math – making it the top-performing subject this year power.
The pass rate for class 10 this year is 94.4 percent 19,76,668 students passed the exam.
Last year — when exams were canceled because of the pandemic and students were promoted to the next grade based on set criteria — that figure was 99.04 percent.
The pass rate for Grade 12 is 92.7 percent this year, compared to 99.37 percent last year.
That’s what the CBSE announced last year to do so streamline its curriculum, it would hold its Grades 10 and 12 board exams in two parts – “Term I” and Term “II” – for the 2021-22 academic session. The exams for Term I took place from November to December last year and the exams for Term II from April to May this year. While Term I was weighted at 30 percent, Term II at 70 percent.
Both sets of notes will be added for the final balance sheet, the board had said.
In another departure from its usual practice, the CBSE has not announced its list of front-runners for the Grades 10 and 12 exams, nor has it assigned divisions to students this year. The board has attributed this decision to the Covid pandemic.
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In 10th grade, science (9,123 students) was the subject with the second-highest number of 100 hits. It is followed by Sanskrit (5,200), Social Sciences (5,116), and English Language and Literature (4,244).
In grade 12 were the subjects with the highest score (100 percent). Business Studies (4,710), Hindi Music Singing (4,634), and Physical Education (4,286).
Among the science subjects, chemistry had the highest number of perfect hundreds – 3,548. In mathematics there were 2,890, in biology 753 and in physics 530.
In the liberal arts, English Core had 549 students who scored 100 percent. The number was 2,199 for psychology, 1,171 for political science, 1,166 for sociology, 935 for history, 877 for economics, and 686 for geography.
In the field of trade, 2,463 students achieved 100 percent in accounting.
“The review process is long”
The principals ThePrint spoke to said the exam pattern change this year and that Preparations for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) resulted in lower grade 12 scores.
The CUET, introduced this academic year, is an entrance test for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at 45 central universities, among others.
Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, said physical education is a subject that generally gets good results every year.
She said: “Sports and sports [are subjects] where children enjoy hands-on lessons and are happy to learn about the theory of the sport they play. Every year we have students who do well in this subject.”
Ritu Mehra, the rector from Apeejay School in Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai, said students found it difficult to get a full 100 in English due to the change in exam pattern. In addition, the students found it difficult to get used to the objective test in Term I.
“English is a subject where students are used to writing long answers, the factual paper was new and a bit difficult for them. Although students made up lost grades on their term II homework, the problems in term I took away a number of students who could have reached 100,” she said.
The examination process was exhausting last year, she said.
“Students had to show up twice for the boards and then they have the added pressure of also showing up for entrance exams like CUET and NEET. Students didn’t have enough time to prepare and revise,” she added. “We hope that this year (2022-23 academic session) the usual exam pattern will reduce stress for students,” she said.
(Edited by Uttara Ramaswamy)
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