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Zero in physics shocks students
- CBSE Class XII results spur scrutiny cry

The CBSE Class XII exams, the results of which were published on Wednesday, sprung a shocker for several capital schools — abysmal scores in maths and physics that have prompted at least two principals to take up the matter with the Delhi-based board.

On Thursday, scores of anxious students thronged their school offices to enquire why they were unable to bag even the pass mark of 33 per cent in maths and physics even though the overall success rate in the state was a robust 88 per cent this year. What was even more shocking is that many of these students got a single-digit score and even zero in the twin subjects.

“I have got a single digit in maths and 28 in physics. I will be going for scrutiny as I have cleared JEE Mains,” said Ravesh Kumar, a student of DAV Public School, Bariatu.

The cradles were no less stunned.

At Jawahar Vidya Mandir (JVM), Shyamali, around seven students scored two, three and even zero in physics while notching 90 in other subjects.

Worried principal A.K. Singh said they had already contacted the board and requested for scrutiny of the papers to which the council has agreed. “We have asked all seven students to apply for scrutiny online by logging into the CBSE website. Within a week, they will get an answer,” Singh said.

The principal added that the very low marks could have been an outcome of a technical snag.

DPS principal Dr Ram Singh has also sought scrutiny.

“Though none of my students scored very poor marks in physics, 10 of them, who secured 100 and 99 in chemistry, maths, computer science and English, could not do similarly well in the subject. Hence, we have requested the board to do a scrutiny of their physics papers,” he added.

Gurunanak Higher Secondary School saw five students failing in physics with the minimum score being 37. The minimum marks in maths is 13. “Questions were not so difficult. But many students, who were appearing for JEE, took help of coaching institutes instead of focusing on NCERT books. This may be a reason behind the dismal performance,” said principal Manohar Lal.

DAV Public School, Bariatu, also performed poorly in science. “Eight students failed in science. The lowest score in physics is 28 and in mathematics, it’s a single digit. We are really clueless as to why the results have been so bad in physics and maths,” said an official.

An examinee has to cough up Rs 500 per paper for scrutiny and Rs 700 if he or she wants to see the answersheets.