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‘Failed’ by HSC board, boy may lose NIT Seat: A Case Study Analysis

Dhyey Patel wanted to improve his HSC marks after scoring 73% last year. Since admissions to NITs this year would be based on the JEE (Main) as also the HSC score, he reappeared for the HSC under the Class Improvement Scheme. Imagine his disappointment then when he failed.

However, a revaluation later, Patel found his marks improving in four out of five subjects and percentage shooting up to 80%. The state board had goofed by failing to include his internal assessment scores.

The mistake could prove costlier for him because the CBSE used his wrong HSC marks to calculate the percentile for admission to the NITs. Only a last-minute email from the CBSE, which has promised to recalculate Dhyey’s percentile, gives him some hope. He has until 5pm on Tuesday to indicate his choice of engineering institute.

Dhyey, student of a Vile Parle College, was traumatized to check his results online on May 30. He had not only failed in the bifocal subject of computer science, but also scored way below expectations in other subjects. “We approached the board and, after verification, they told us that my son’s internal assessment scores were not used and the scores in one of the bifocal papers were not counted. After the corrections, my son’s average went from 51% to 80%. There was a difference of 174 marks,” said Dhyey’s father Haresh Patel.

However, when Dhyey received his marksheet on June 6, it still had the earlier scores. On June 8, the board finally issued a corrected marksheet, which was sent to CBSE via Speed Post. Several mails were sent and calls made to the CBSE office. But on July 3, when the JEE (Main) rank list was released, the student realised that his old HSC score was still used to calculate the qualifying exam (QE) percentile. His rank was over 70,000, which would not have ensured him a seat in any NIT. “My HSC score is 80%, but my QE percentile is 41.11. A friend who scored 72% in the HSC got a percentile of 87.53. By that calculation, mine should have been above 90,” said Dhyey, who is expecting to be ranked better than 13,000.

Laxmikant Pande, chairman, Mumbai divisional board, claimed that the goof-up might have happened at the teachers’ level. Pande added that his office has already given a letter in writing to the student after the revaluation. A senior CBSE board official said they used the score sent by the state board. “The student’s mails were not sent on the right email address, so they weren’t attended to. We are trying to compile his data and fix it by Monday night,” said the official.

Dhyey received an email from CBSE on Monday night stating that his request for a corrected score card and revised ranking has been approved and forwarded to the counselling board. “The revised score card is not yet ready, but the counselling website will display the revised ranking either today or tomorrow,” said the message.

Board skipped student’s internal assessments

Dhyey Patel, student of a Vile Parle College, was traumatized to check his HSC results online on May 30. He had not only failed in the bifocal subject of computer science, but also scored way below expectations in other subjects. “We approached the board and, after verification, they told us that my son’s internal assessment scores were not used and the scores in one of the bifocal papers were not counted. After the corrections, my son’s average went from 51% to 80%. There was a difference of 174 marks,” said Dhyey’s father Haresh Patel.

However, when Dhyey received his marksheet on June 6, it still had the earlier scores. On June 8, the board finally issued a corrected marksheet, which was sent to CBSE via Speed Post. Several mails were sent and calls made to the CBSE office. But on July 3, when the JEE (Main) rank list was released, the student realised that his old HSC score was still used to calculate the qualifying exam (QE) percentile. His rank was over 70,000, which would not have ensured him a seat in any NIT. “My HSC score is 80%, but my QE percentile is 41.11. A friend who scored 72% in the HSC got a percentile of 87.53. By that calculation, mine should have been above 90,” said Dhyey, who is expecting to be ranked better than 13,000.

Laxmikant Pande, chairman, Mumbai divisional board, claimed that the goof-up might have happened at the teachers’ level. Pande added that his office has already given a letter to the student after the revaluation. A senior CBSE board official said they used the score sent by the state board. “The student’s mails were not sent on the right email address, so they weren’t attended to. We are trying to compile his data and fix it by Monday night,” said the official.

Dhyey received an email from CBSE on Monday night stating that his request for a corrected score card and revised ranking has been approved and forwarded to the counselling board. “The revised score card is not yet ready, but the counselling website will display the revised ranking either today or tomorrow,” said the message.