Girls pip boys to the post again n Manasi Arora (ICSE),Nestor Fernandes are Mumbai leaders with 98.8 and 98.75 per cent.
The state has emerged tops in the ICSE and ISC results declared Thursday with the highest pass percentages of 99.75 and 97.29 in the country.
Girls again left the boys behind. Their all-India average pass percentages in ICSE and ISC were 98.78 and 96.66 as against 97.73 and 93.91 of boys.
The relative poor show by boys pulled down the average pass percentages of the two boards to 98.2 and 95.15.
Of the 1,40,878 students who took the ICSE exam,1,38,341 passed. The figures for ISC were 64,043 and 60,934.
The ICSE examination comprises 64 subjects 23 Indian languages and 12 foreign. Each student takes the exam in six subjects.
The ISC exam has 50 subjects 14 Indian languages,five foreign and two classical. Each student opts for three to five subjects,while English is compulsory.
The 261 SC candidates who appeared for the ICSE exam in Maharashtra scored average 98.85 per cent,while 523 OBC candidates secured average 99.04 per cent.
Girija Mohan,principal of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School,said,Around 110 students scored more than 90 per cent in my school. This year,environmental education,a compulsory subject in which almost all students scored 100,was removed. But our results have still been good.
Of the 11,828 students who took the ICSE exam in Mumbai,11,798 passed and 1,614 of 1,659 cleared the ISC examination.
Manasi Arora,who scored 98.8 per cent,topped the ICSE charts in the city,while Nestor Fernandes was the city topper in ISC with 98.75 per cent.
Pratyush Chaudhary of ICSE Ryan International School,Kharghar,said: I was expecting around 95 per cent,but 97.4 is cherry on cake.
Manasi Arora (16) of Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School secured 98.8 per cent in ICSE examination. I totally enjoyed this year. Even till the board exam,I used to go to movies and hang out with friends. But when I used to study,I always completed the assigned portion, she said.
Manasi,who wishes to join the commerce stream and become a chartered accountant,is the head girl of her school and a sports enthusiast. I wanted more than 98 per cent and I got it, she said.
The Vile Parle (East) resident said she owed her success to her school and parents.
Nestor Fernandes (18),who scored 98.75 per cent in ISC examination,said,It feels great. More than anything,I feel Ive done something for my parents. It is like their hardwork has brought results.
The student of Lilavatibai Podar School in Santacruz said: My teachers supported me a lot. They were always there when I faced problems.
Nestor plans to join an engineering college to pursue computer science. I did not expect to get such a high score. Its a big surprise!