South dominated in both forms of the exams out of the four regions.
Swayam Das is from St Mary's ICSE School, Koparkhairane. Notably, the southern region registered the best pass percentage (98.38) at the national-level. Out of 108 students who appeared for the exam, 75 secured above 90 per cent.
Schools by and large expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the results. "There were times I was not able to go to school but my teachers were very supportive and helped me even after school hours".
In ISC (Class XII), seven students, including two from Mumbai secured first rank in the country by scoring 99.50%. "We expected our students to top and secure high ranks". Maithili Vartak, also from The Bishop's School, Camp, scored 97.75 per cent, while Mohit Mukherjee scored 96.25 per cent. In Class X, Yash Dabhade topped with 97.4 per cent.
While the announcement of examination results often spark a feeling of unrest or stress amongst students and teachers, the atmosphere in the schools as well as the homes of their students continues to be, just days before their results. "It is encouraging to see that streams other than science are being taken seriously". This could be one reason why students who have taken science have not scored so well. However, they do not figure in the first three all-India ranks. However, last year, 98.53% students cleared the ICSE exam and 96.47% candidates passed the ISC board exam 2018. There are many rankers who are opting for Arts and Commerce. A student of Kerala Samajam Model School, he scored 99 per cent.
While 49 students got more than 99 per cent in the Class 12 exam, 15 students scored more than 99 per cent in the Class 10 exam. Her hyperthyroidism meant she could not concentrate on her studies. While a parent said, "We have supported our children as the curriculum is tough and includes a serie of tests". She plans to pursue CA course alongside BCom. "I was expecting a good score". I used to take part in sporting activities. "It's extremely complicated and interesting to unfold, and that's why I am so fascinated by it". She scored full marks in political science, her favourite subject, and 99 in economics.
On securing the second position across India, Gupta was still rather stunned. I am happy with my performance.
For this classical music and dance enthusiast, a firm shunning of private coaching and focus on self-study was the path to success. The third highest score was 99 per cent, bagged by 25 people. Also, there was no spiking of marks. She is also the council topper in two subjects. A believer in consistent work, she began preparations for the exam right from class 11. "I have wisely used it and has not let it affect my studies". She said she only kept weekly goals for herself until exams were finally around the corner.
She said, "Though I compromised on television and time spent on my phone, classical music and dance are two things I loved and would not give up. I was determined to do well and stuck to my resolve". "And, they acted as a refresher for my mind". "That made this score even sweeter", she beams.