The first ever public examination conducted for Class X students in Tamil Nadu under the Uniform School Education (USE) system this year gave a number shocker for Mathematics teachers and students when the results were declared on Monday.
The number of students scoring centum in the subject fell drastically by 17,797 compared to the previous year. Only 1,141 students scored full marks in Mathematics. In sharp contrast, during 2011 when the examination was conducted separately for State Board, Matriculation, Anglo-Indian and Oriental School stream students, cumulatively a whopping 18,398 students had notched a centum score.
Even in 2010, the number of students scoring full marks in Mathematics was nearly five times higher, at 5,336. Teachers blamed it on a few single-mark tough questions. However, the number of students scoring 100% in Science and Social Science saw an upward trend this year.
While in Science, as many as 9,237 candidates secured centum — up from a cumulative figure of 5,797 last year, in Social Science, the number of students scoring full marks increased steeply from 800 (in all four streams) last year to 5,305 this time.
While Thanjavur boy P Srinath emerged the first ranker in the exam scoring 497 out of 500, nine students from the western districts of Coimbatore, Namakkal, Erode and Salem shared the second and third ranks with nearly two dozen candidates.