This year, most city schools, across boards, saw a higher number of students scoring above 90% in Class X and that could lead to higher cut-offs, feel principals. “We are announcing our minority merit list on Thursday but like in degree colleges, we are expecting an increase of at least 2-3% across streams for FYJC as well,” said Rajpal Hande, principal, Mithibai College, Vile Parle.
Though the number of high scorers went up this year, the top scores were lower. The top score on St Xavier’s arts merit list for Christian minority students went down from 98% last year to 97.2% this year. For science too, the top-most score on the list was 95% as opposed to 97% last year. This year, the state board reduced the additional marks to students participating and excelling in arts and culture from 25 to 15 and that impacted the results. Nevertheless, the top student on the arts list was from the state board and another two were in the top five. A student each from ICSE and CBSE made it to the first five. But a Kerala state board student topped the science list. There were two each from CBSE and SSC in the top five.