Even as the overall performance of ICSE class X students across the country dipped marginally, eight students from Mumbai managed to secure the second and third position in the all-India ranking (AIR).
Out of the four students who are on second position in AIR this year by scoring a staggering 98.4% each, two are from Mumbai, and they are also state toppers. Six others from Mumbai secured AIR rank three by scoring 98.2%.
Aadyaa Maddi from Vibgyor high school at Goregaon and Mollick Shah from Arya Vidya Mandir in Bandra jointly secured the AIR second position. Sahil Shah from Greenlawns High School at Breach Candy and Vineet Kumar from Ryan International School at Kharghar secured the third position.
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“I have never studied with the intention of scoring the highest. I was just expecting to score above 90 per cent,” said Maddi, who is also a state-level basket ball player.
Sahil Shah said, “I was pretty much sure of getting the marks that I have got. I have been topping my class since grade one. Hence I was expecting to top this time too. I want to pursue electrical or mechanical engineering from IIT-B as both my father and grandfather have been engineers.”
“This was beyond my expectations. All credit goes to my teachers and my own efforts. I want to pursue CA and help my father in his business. I have been getting a lot of calls from my friends and well-wishers,” said Vineet Kumar, another topper.
Scoring a whopping 90.66 per cent is no mean feat, at least in case of Kumarpal Sandesh Vardhan, a student of Maneckji Cooper educational trust’s school at Juhu. Kumarpal has been suffering from Duchenne Muscular dystrophy, which has confined him to a wheel chair since grade V. He was provided with a writer and extra time as stipulated. “We are immensely grateful to the trustees, principal of the school and teachers of the school for all the support they have provided to our son. We are very happy with his performance,” said Sandesh Vardhan, Kumarpal’s father.
“Kumarpal’s feet is no ordinary. This year, all our students secured first division. The topper of our school scored 97.2%,” said Kashmira Gundevia, principal of Maneckji Cooper educational trust’s school.
Shim Mathew, principal of Vibgyor High school, said the results this year had been better than the last year. “Out of the 92 students who appeared for class X exams from our school, 45 scored above 90%. We are also proud that one of students has secured second rank across the country.”
The overall pass percentage of state in Class X (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or ICSE) exam is 99.64%, which has gone down by 0.11% as compared to last year. Out of the total 155 ICSE schools in the state, 12,962 candidates appeared for the exam.
Girls in Maharashtra, for yet another year, have done better than boys in the ICSE exam. “Girls have achieved a pass percentage of 99.78%, while the pass percentage of boys is 99.52% in ICSE,” said Gerry Arathoon, chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). Last year, the overall pass percentage of the country stood at 98.20%. This year, it has gone up by 0.08% to 98.28%.