Pradeep Singh

On 6th July, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) announced the Matric or Class 10 result. While the notification for the Plus 2 admissions for the current academic session released recently, students seem to be anxious due to the high pass percentage and hence, suggested entrance exam for admission into the Plus 2 colleges.

As per the BSE, 90.55 per cent students have passed the Matric exam this year. Means, 5,17,847 students have passed (out of 5,26,818 who had appeared for the said exam). A total of 8,119 students secured A1 grade, 54,889 got A2 grade, 1,20,203 accorded B1 grade, 1,42,266 B2, 1,16,111 C; 59,245 D; 14,647 E and 7790 got F grade.

Now, this high pass percentage has become a concern for some students as they are doubtful of getting admission into their college of preference in Odisha. 

This apart, CBSE and ICSE students will also take admission in different Plus 2 colleges across the State. And, a steep competition is expected among students to get admission into colleges like BJB (Bhubaneswar), Ravenshaw (Cuttack) and Rama Devi (Bhubaneswar).

Colleges in rural belts are also likely to feel the heat due to the high pass percentage as students more often prefer to take admission in a nearby college.

“More than 8000 students have secured A1 grade this year. So, the cut-off mark is likely to increase and students may face problem to get admission in good educational institutions,” said a student.

Another student said, “As the pass percentage is high this year, the government should adopt entrance test format for admission to colleges.”

“CBSE and ICSE boards’ pass percentage is usually high, and this year, BSE also recorded a high pass percentage. So, an entrance test for +2 admission can only help us get the college of our preference,” suggested a student.

Besides, students have also started demanding an increase in the number of seats in colleges. However, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash has said that seat issue will not crop up during the Plus 2 admission.

“The seats were increased during the pandemic times. This year, students will not have any problem. Our colleges have sufficient seats to accommodate the students,” ensured Dash.