Around 94 percent of the applicants for extra marks in the SSC board exams in Mumbai got the extra marks for participating and excelling in drawing, according to a report in The Times of India.
For the first time students were given extra marks for art and culture activities. Over 81,000 students benefitted from the move, according to the report.
While art and culture also includes classical music, dance, playing musical instruments and folk art, 94 percent of the 15,772 student applicants got extra marks for drawing alone.
A total of 193 students scored 100 percent marks in the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Class 10 examination.
The officials of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary said the reason behind the increase in the number of students scoring cent percent marks could be because they got the benefit of extra marks under the arts/drawing and sports quota.
Last year 39 students had scored 100 percent.
A pass percentage of 88.74 was registered in Maharashtra in the results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination.
A total of 81,736 students benefitted due to newly introduced arts/drawing quota, while 3,903 students got benefit of the sports quota.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 13:46 PM