Commerce topper Priyanshu celebrating his moment of joy
Students celebrating their success in intermediate examinations in Patna on May 30
Patna: Khushbu Kumari, a science stream student of Simultala Residential School (Jamui) topped the intermediate examinations of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) with 86.2 per cent marks as the result was declared here on Tuesday. The result, however, turned out to be utter despair for majority of students as only 35.25 per cent of students who appeared in the examinations were declared successful.
Priyanshu Jaiswal of College of Commerce, Patna, emerged as the topper in commerce stream with 81.6 per cent marks. Ganesh Kumar of RNS College, Samastipur finished on the top of the podium with 82.6 per cent marks in the arts stream.
In the overall trend, boys outshone girls with better pass out percentage. About 12.61 lakhs students appeared in the 2017 intermediate examinations in which 55.53 per cent boys and 44.47 per cent girls were declared successful.
The BSEB which went through an acid test in the academic session 2016-17 after the topper scam hit the headlines last year, took a series of corrective measures to curb the cheating, malpractices and use of other unfair means in the examination and the impact of these measures clearly felt on this year results.
Barring the commerce stream where the boys and girls fared well with 73.76 per cent pass, the overall percentage dipped drastically in the science and arts streams. Going by the figures, 37.13 per cent arts students and 30.11 per cent science students crossed the hurdles smoothly.
BSEB chairman Anand Ksihor said: “The examination was free of unfair means and for the first time students filled up online forms and barcode system was introduced in the answer sheets to check any kind of backdoor pushing”.
“There is no shortcut to hard work and students will have to work hard to get through the examinations of Bihar Board,” he said.
Comparing to the results of the last year, there was sharp decline in the overall results of all the three streams. Science headed the list by 30 per cent while arts witnessed a drop of 19 per cent. Commerce has registered a decline of 7 per cent.
The percentage of first division holders in all the three streams have also nosedived as only 8.93 per cent of the science students achieved the feat. The first divisioner in commerce stream was 16.29 per cent and for arts stream it was 6.74 per cent.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui