‘Turning Point’ in one’s academic career, the most important ‘exam of your life’; these are just a couple of the catch phrases that CBSE Class 10th students are bombarded every day. The battle has also intensified with rising cut-offs for not only college admissions but also for selecting the right academic stream i.e., arts, commerce or science for class 11th and class 12th education.
This brings us to the core topic of this discussion “Do your CBSE 10th Results actually matter?” Like all the major academic dilemmas, there is no simple, one-word answer for it. Today, many have suggested that CBSE Class 10 Results become nothing more than a birth certificate in later stages of your academic and professional career. But there have also been instances that, candidates have been denied placements in top companies as they could not qualify for the minimum eligibility criteria which included class 10th marks. Therefore, this question requires some detailed discussion before we can arrive at a final conclusion.
As far as CBSE 10th Results are concerned, they are generally looked at from three perspectives i.e., choosing future academic stream, the impact of 10th class result on future job prospects and finally the social status and mentality which is attached to it. We shall discuss all these three points in detail below:
Choosing the Future Academic Stream
CBSE 10th Class Result surely helps you decide the stream for your academic future. Based on your performance in CBSE 10th Results you will be able to seek admission to the higher secondary school / intermediate college of your choice in the stream of your choice. For instance, generally above 85% marks are deemed mandatory for choosing science stream in a reputed school / college. Therefore, working hard for CBSE 10th Result does reward you well in this regard. This factor becomes even more important when you consider that your entire academic future and even professional career will depend upon the stream you choose after Class 10. This fact itself puts the debate about the relevance of CBSE 10th Result to rest.
However, there is always a caveat when it comes to the education sector and in this case, it would be passion and interest of the student. Although CBSE Class 10 syllabus is one of the best in terms of quality, but still isn’t good enough to determine the talent, long term passion and interest of the student in the long run. Therefore, even if the student manages to score the required marks to choose a particular stream, it doesn’t guarantee their success in the same in the long term. Therefore, while CBSE 10th Result is surely a stepping stone, it is not a sure shot guarantor of success when it comes to the selection of the future academic stream.
Impact on Job Prospects and Career Options
Another important aspect that students should consider while debating the importance of class 10 Board exam results, is their impact on the job prospects and career options. Generally, speaking once you clear your CBSE Class 12 Exams or graduation, the CBSE 10th Result mark sheet is reduced to merely a birth certificate. None of the other important academic admissions or even entrance tests considers class 10 marks as a qualifying or important part of the equation. This has made many say that CBSE 10th Results are just a stepping stone in one’s career and once passed that stage, it doesn’t hold any importance.
To an extent, this statement holds true but in recent past there have been cases where CBSE 10th Marks have been accounted for in admission process or final placements as well. While it is not the standard industry practice, but having minimum 60% marks in all the classes from 10th onwards does testify that you have been a serious and discipline student throughout your academic life. Therefore, many companies have started adopting minimum 60% marks as the qualifying criteria for placement sessions.
Social Status and Mentality
This is the most important and probably the most critical aspect that puts pressure on the students with respect to the CBSE 10th Results. Pressure starts building upon the students as soon as they enter class 10. In other words, CBSE 10th Result is made to appear as a certification for the intelligence and the success that the student is going to achieve in his/her academic as well as professional careers. Students, who manage to score 85% to 90% marks are directly termed as intelligent, whereas everyone else is average or below average. This social expectation and status attached to the CBSE 10th Class Result lead to excessive pressure upon the students, which often drives them to take drastic steps in case of failure.
However, students must keep in mind that this is just a periodic phenomenon and doesn’t really translate to anything more substantial than that. Intelligence and success of a student lies purely upon the hard work and talent of the student. No doubts, having good marks does offer that initial push required start on a positive note, but it is not a mandatory condition. If you are disciplined and hardworking there is no reason for you to worry about the social status and mentality that is attached with the CBSE 10th Results.
So, dear students, with wrapping up our answer to the asked question, we can say that the importance of CBSE 10th Results cannot be ignored while deciding the future course of your academic life, but there have been enough examples around us of successful people, who managed to overcome the odds despite bad grades in CBSE 10th Board Exams.
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