15554 students from 179 schools appeared for the CBSE exam in Maharashtra, out of which 15231 passed, the pass percentage being 97.92 per cent. 6489 girl candidates appeared for the exam out of which 98.18 per cent passed as compared to a pass percentage of 97.74 per cent among 9065 boys.
The exam was held at 89 centres in the state. The Chennai region which covers Maharashtra, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Daman & Diu, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu recorded a total pass percentage of 95.25, with an increase of 2.25 per cent over last year's figure of 93 per cent.
The toppers from Mumbai were Saurabh B Unercat of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Antop Hill and Ananya Roy of Poddar School, Santacruz, both securing 98 per cent. “Two to three hours of serious study everyday did the trick for me. I just relied on self-study. For tenth standard, you do not need tuitions,” Unercat said.
His father Bharatkumar Unercat, a commander in the Indian Navy, said, “We did not want to burden him unnecessarily with tuitions. Travelling to classes would have wasted time. He could handle it on his own.” Unercat's mother is an eye surgeon at the Bombay Port Trust Hospital, Wadala.
When Roy got to know her marks, the Dadar resident was pleasantly surprised. An elated Roy said, “I had expected 95 per cent but 98 is very good. I studied for two hours daily. One month before the exam, I intensified preparations.” Though she had not enrolled for tuition classes, she did have her science teacher visiting her house for giving tuitions.
Both Unercat and Roy have identical aspirations- of getting into the mechanical and computer science engineering streams respectively at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management. Preparations for getting into IIT have already begun with both having enrolled themselves for IIT Joint Entrance Exam classes.
Class X exam results for Allahabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Guwahati and Panchkula regions will be announced on May 29.