Till recently there were few ICSE and CBSE schools in West Bengal as parents preferred to send their wards to schools affiliated to the Madhyamik Board.
There was a time when a certain percentage was deducted from the aggregate of ICSE and ISC students when they applied for plus two and graduation courses. But from 1990s the trend changed and more and more private schools affiliated to ICSE board came up in city and its suburbs.
The benefit of being affiliated to ICSE board is evident as for the past three years students from West Bengal are doing extremely well in both ICSE and ISC examinations.
On Friday the results of both ICSE and ISC were announced two weeks before when compared to that of the previous years. The reason being this is the first time when the council has used Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) technology and it helped in fast compilation of results. The examinations had begun in February and ended in April.
From West Bengal, Arka Chattopadhyay of La Martiniere for Boys and Oindrila Bhadra of Vivekananda Mission School topped the list jointly by securing 98.8 per cent marks in ICSE, the third highest in the country. Six students have secured 98.6 per cent which is the second highest marks in the state. The six students include Sayantan Pradhan of St Merry’s Convent School in Howrah, Shreya Agarwal and Medha Ganguly of St John’s School, Unnati Jain of DPS Megacity and Debangsh Chandak of La Martiniere for Boys. Five students have got the third highest 98.4 per cent in the state.
In ISC, Arkadeb Sengupta of Don Bosco Park Circus and Kabita Desai of Bhowanipore Gujarati Education Society topped in the state by securing 99.25 per cent marks.
Mrinal Pradah of St Joseph College (School Division) in Darjeeling, Rupkatha Kar of Calcutta Girls’ High School and four others are in the second position and they have got 98.75 per cent.
From M P Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, Arya Bhattacharjee and Amrita Ghosh secured 97 per cent in ICSE while Sayan Mukherjee topped the Science stream with 99 per cent, Vivek Agarwal with 97.25 per cent and Geeta Kumari with 98 per cent in ISC.