Earlier, who could think that the school exam topper would get a score that just cannot be bettered? Well, Now the moment has arrived when Dewang Kumar Agarwal from Kolkata and Vibha Swaminathan from Bengaluru achieved a perfect 100% aggregate marks in their Class XII ISC exams in the results which were declared by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination(ISCE) on Tuesday.
If board exams compared to an Olympic sport, this could well be named as Nadia Comaneci moment. Board marks, exceedingly touch the heights for the past several years and it finally hit the ceiling when two students — one from Bengaluru and the other from Kolkata — got perfect 100% (400 in 4 subjects) in this year’s ISC examination.
While Dewang Kumar Agarwal from La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata, got the almost impossible marks from the science stream, Vibha Swaminathan from Mallya Aditi International School managed to get it in the humanities section.
This explains that Dewang and Vibha received full marks in four subjects, including English. Apart from this, Just four days ago, two all-India CBSE Class XII toppers missed the perfect score by one mark, as they get 499 out of 500. They both had scored 100 in four of their five subjects.
The ISC toppers and Gerry Arathoon, secretary and chief executive officer of CISCE are in seventh heaven.
“This perfect score is a record for the council. There has been no spiking or moderation on the part of the board to achieve this. This is the result of the hard work of the students and they should get all credit for this achievement,” said Arathoon.
Dewang’s performance was no deviation, following the trends. Students from Bengal have done exceptionally well this year as 20 from the state securing the top three ranks, and Dewang is the only one from Kolkata to be ranked first, on the other hand, four students from the city and the suburbs have ranked second, and 15 from the state have ranked third.
In Point of fact, the stellar performance has exceeded even the expectations of even teachers. A beaming Fr Bikash Mondal, the principal of Don Bosco School, Park Circus, which has a top-10 rank-holder, said: “Though Bengal has churned out toppers since 2015, this year’s results are truly extraordinary, with 20 students from the state in the top three slots.”
Just similar to the CBSE Class XII results, it was very overfilled at the top. As many as 16 students were ranked second, scoring 399 out 400. An even higher number of students, 36 in all, occupy all the third place with a score of 398 out of 400.
Some education experts also see the ultra-high exceedingly scores in recent years as an extremely worrying trend. Krishna Kumar, former NCERT director, on share his views has said that he feels the problem lies in faulty question patterns, model answer sets, and evaluation.