Pune: Yet again, girls have outperformed boys in Indian Secondary Certificate (ISC) Std XII examination conducted by Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
Like last year, this year also the second highest scorer on all-India rank ISC was from the city - Ritisha Gupta (99.25 per cent) in Humanities from Bishops Co-Ed, Camp. Last year, the highest scorer of the city got 97.5 per cent in Science.
In a surprise this year, seven students have topped ISC board exams. Abhijanan Chakrobarty from Mumbai, Radhika Chandra from Lucknow, Saman Waheed from Lucknow, Sakshi Pradunan from Lucknow, Lipika Agarwal from Lucknow, Koushiki Dasgupta Chaudhary from Panihati and Tansa Kartik Shah from Mumbai have all secured the same score of 99.5 per cent.
All these students have scored highest scores in their respective streams. Overwhelmed by her result, Ritisha said, “I was quite anxious during my exams. I am very happy with the result. I have not yet decided what to pursue in future. History has been my favourite subject since childhood, hence I wish to pursue studies in the same. Besides that, political science too has also been my favourite subject.
Pune students have fared the best compared with students of other cities and regions. Devika Ghoshal of St. Mary’s school has got 96.3 per cent in Commerce and topped at her school. Ghoshal, a gym enthusiast, said, “I have always liked accountancy and its profession. I am aspiring to pursue higher education in finance studies from abroad. I have got offer letters from all the five institutes I had applied to - London School of Economics, University of Manchester, University of Warwick, Cass Business School and Durham University. However, I am planning to take admission in University of Manchester or Warwick.” Ghoshal would regularly hit the gym for two-three hours during the examination to keep her mind refreshed and calm.
Another student of St. Mary’s school, Rujul Deolikar, has secured 96.3 per cent in Science and has been the topper of his school. “Since, Std IX, I had developed an interest in biology subject and wished to pursue a career in it. I want to take bioengineering or biotechnology in graduation. I have taken joint entrance examination (JEE) and State Common Entrance Test (MH-CET). I have also applied for the integrated course -- BE.MSc conducted by SPPU,” said Deolikar. For him, novels have been a great escapism from exam stress.
This year, 76 students from St Mary’s had appeared for the ISC XII examination, 48 from the Science stream and 28 from the Commerce stream. 25 students have secured above 90 per cent in English and best of three subjects and 36 have secured above 80 per cent in the same.
Hutchings High School had a 100 per cent pass percentage with toppers Mehek Bhadra scoring 91 per cent in Commerce and Neeta Victor securing 89.5 per cent in Science.