CBSE students outshone their counterparts from the West Bengal Higher Secondary (WBHS) board in the top-10,000 West Bengal JEE (engineering) list declared on Monday. As much as 47% of this list was made up by CBSE students, while HS students managed just 26%. The results are remarkable because the majority — by a large margin — of those who appeared for the test was from the HS board, giving them the advantage, at least statistically.
In the top-10 list, too, CBSE outdid other boards by bagging six, followed by three from HS and one from ISC. The performance of HS students has slightly improved in this elite bracket, compared with 2016, when no student from the board had figured.
The WBJEE board has decided to study the results in an attempt to find out why HS students have been left behind. Of the total 1,00,976 examinees, 47% were from the HS Council, 25% from CBSE, 15% from the Bihar Board, 6% from ISC and 7% from other boards. In the top-10,000 merit list, however, apart from CBSE and HS, 13% were from the Bihar Board, 9% from ISC and 5% from other boards. “We are thinking of analysing the results further,” said WBJEE board chairman Malayendu Saha.
Debaditya Pramanik from Birla High School for Boys (CBSE) topped, securing 96 in maths and 94 each in physics and chemistry. Like in the board examinations, girls have done much better overall, with Irin Ghosh from Durgapur bagging the second rank.
This time, students from the districts have broken Kolkata’s monopoly in the top 10 order, even though the first rank-holder hails from the city.
Also, only two of the 53 top-10 rank-holders in the recently published HS results could grab a top-10 rank. However, Kolkata maintains its lead in the first 10,000 with an 18.7% success rate, followed by North 24-Parganas (17.3%), Burdwan (13.9%) and West Midnapore (7.8%). Alipurduar has the lowest percentage of students in the top-10,000, with only 0.4% from the district.
For the first time, the board will be giving examinees marks in individual subjects along with their ranks, making the merit list more transparent.
As many as 1,00,433 candidates will be called for e-counselling, starting June 12. “We will call those students who have got more than zero,” said Saha.
In terms of figuring in the top-10,000 merit list, the WBJEE board chairman believes HS students will take some more time to adapt to the new question pattern.
“We are on a par with JEE (Mains). The syllabus and questions have similar weightage. As a result, students are no longer finding it difficult to take that exam,” he said. Many experts, however, maintain that the state board needs to further revamp their syllabi for Class X and Class XII.
“Although the WBJEE board has changed its question pattern to be on a par with JEE (Mains), the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has recently introduced a new syllabus and question format.
” The first Madhyamik examination based on the revamped curriculum was taken this year. We should wait and see their performance in WBJEE 2019. Then we shall be able to compare our performance vis-a-vis others,” said a school education department official.