ICSE, ISC results out: Girls rule

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Besides, the board lowered minimum passing marks to 33 per cent from 35 per cent for Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) students; and to 35 per cent from 40 per cent for Indian School Certificate (ISC) students. "But at the end of the day, I am happy that my efforts and my parents' support paid off", she said. There are 12 third all India rank holders and all have 99 percent marks while the first rank holder Swayam Das from Navi Mumbai St Mary's School has 99.40 percent marks. "There were times I was not able to go to school but my teachers were very supportive and helped me even after school hours".

Over 1.83 lakh students appeared for ICSE while 80 thousand students appeared for the board examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

The second position in the ISC board exam 2018 was shared by 17 students and four of whom were from Lucknow. Seven pupils drew first place with 99.5 per cent in the ISC exam. Read aslo CLAT students face "tough" GK questions, fear it will affect score Lamiya Shums, director of Anand Niketan Shilaj, expressed satisfaction at the school's result. Another Mumbai student, Priya Khajanchi from Lilavatibai Podar school, topped the commerce stream with 99.25 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. "I congratulate all the students and their parents for their marvellous achievement on behalf of all the staff and management".

" I used to study for eight hours daily". Her hyperthyroidism meant she could not concentrate on her studies. She plans to pursue CA course alongside BCom.

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One of the pupils, Harshi Kabra in Grade 10 scored 99 out of 100 in art making her the UAE topper in the subject. "Half of my preparation was done only by paying attention in the class, and the rest is hard work", she said. Also, there was no spiking of marks.

"It is heartening to note that our top academic achievers are also all-rounders, finding the right balance between their focus on academics and their extra-curricular pursuits". It one of the two central Indian curriculums used in schools. "I used to study nearly the entire day and had two hours as spare time", she says.

While most students need to compromise on extra-curricular and other activities during the board exam years, Utpat said that it was classical music and Bharatnatyam which kept her going and cleared her mind.

Arisma wants to study medicine and specialise in gynaecology at a university in the UK. "That made this score even sweeter", she beams. "I was determined to do well and stuck to my resolve". "That was the best moment of my life", she quips.

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