Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)

Cut-off for the top 20 percentile up to 90.2% from last year’s 89.4%

- Ankita Bhatkhande ankita.bhatkhande@htlive.com

MUMBAI: The number of top scorers in the Indian School Certificat­e (ISC) remained high this year, with 20% of the students who took the exam scoring 90.2% or above.

As per the data shared by the Council for Indian School Certificat­e Examinatio­ns (CISCSE) the cut-off for the top 20 percentile rose from 89.4% in 2019 to 90.2% this year. The board announced the percentile cut-offs on Tuesday morning for students who qualified for the joint entrance exam (JEE) advanced tests scheduled to be held in September. Students who wish to appear for JEE need to score 75% in their board exams or come in the top 20% percentile of their respective boards to qualify for a seat at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITS).

While the cut-off to qualify for the entrance exams for general category students is 90.2%, it is 88% for students from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, 86.4% for students from Scheduled Caste (SC) category and 79% for students in Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. Around 86,000 students appeared for the ISC exams this year of whom nearly 17,000 students scored above 90%. “The results have been really good, especially owing to the fact that students were marked on the basis of their internal marks for the papers that were cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak,” said the principal of a school.

Meanwhile, the board decided to reduce the syllabus for Class 6-8 by 20% for English and Hindi, and by 40% for Sciences, Maths and Social Studies.

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