Parents, kids keep fingers crossed after their boards

Some students remain tensed up even during vacations, others take things lightly

Sixteen-year-old Ayushi Jain spent every day over the past year swotting up her subjects only to end up one per cent shy of the ‘expected’ cut-off percentage for admission to her favourite college.

Now she has decided to settle down for her second best choice.
This is how the story unfolds for thousands of students even after scoring over 95 per cent marks in class 12 boards. There’s cut-throat competition to secure a seat in top colleges and scoring high is no guarantee to land a place at one’s favourite institution.

Ayushi, a Commerce student, bagged 96.40 per cent marks in class 12. The Shri Ram College of Commerce’s cut-off is expected to be around 97.5 per cent.

“I wanted to pursue BCom (Honours) from SRCC but I am short of one per cent,” she says. “I did my bit. I studied the whole year sincerely because I wanted to get into SRCC. But the cut-offs are not in my hands,” she adds.

Her favourite subject is Accounts. No wonder, she got 99 marks in it while scoring 98 in Economics and 95 in English, Mathematics and Business Studies each.

Now, she is hoping to get through her next best choice – Lady Shri Ram College. “I so hope that I am able to get into LSR. I am keeping my fingers crossed,” says Ayushi.
Even her mother is anxious about the college admissions.

“I am accompanying her to every college she goes. I am even going through the prospectus of different colleges. It’s an important decision of her life and we want to be with her,” says Anshu Jain. “I am even filling forms with her.”

Though she is proud of her daughter’s performance in class 12 exams, she is not entirely sure that the girl will secure a seat in a college of her choice.

 “These days the competition has become so tough that scoring as high as over 96 per cent marks cannot even guarantee a seat in a college of one’s choice,” she adds.
This leaves students tensed up even during vacations.

“I can’t relax until I know which college I am gonna get through,” says Ayushi.

Different approach

But there are a few students who believe in enjoying themselves while they have the time. “See the best way to go about the admission process is to fill up the forms and then have fun till colleges start coming up with shortlisted candidates,” says Pratham Gupta.

Pratham wants to get himself enrolled into IIT Delhi. He has scored 96 per cent marks in class 12 board exams, and he is waiting for the result of JEE (Main), the joint entrance exam for several undergraduate engineering courses across the country.

He scored 99 marks in Mathematics, 98 in Chemistry, 93 in Physics and 95 in English and Physical Education each.

“It’s not that I am not nervous. I am. But the real anxiety will start after the JEE main results will be announced in June end,” says the 17-year-old. “Till then I am having fun.” he adds.
The cut-offs for IITs are prepared by combining the class 12 results and JEE mains score.
Ask him about his favourite pastime and pat comes the reply, “Watching movies and playing video games. I am staying indoors as its too hot outside.”

Some parents are more worried than the children who are seeking admissions.
 “Tension will always be there. We want our child to get into the college of his choice,” says Pratik Gupta,  Pratham’s father.

“We are confident that he will get admission. But the real worry is that he should get the college of his choice,” he adds.  “We weren’t this nervous during his board exams. We will only unwind after the admission process is over.”

But some guardians are not taking it that hard. “If we act as if we are too tensed then it will add to the pressure which our children are already going through. So it becomes our job to keep them happy and in good mood,” says Tejpal Singh, whose son is seeking admission this year.

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