Summer reeks of “that time of the year again” with admissions, results, and summer vacations all rolled into one. The ICSE, ISC, CBSE and State Boards declare their results and the mad rush for admissions to colleges and coaching centres begins. This year, Gerry Arathoon, CEO of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination has said that Class 10 results have recorded a pass percentage of 98.5 percent while Class 12 results have recorded a 96.21 pass percentage. While the toppers are two boys, Abhijnan Chakraborty (ISC, 99.5 percent) and Swayam Das (ICSE, 99.4 percent) from Mumbai’s Lilavatibai Podar High School and St.Mary’s School respectively, girls have overall outperformed the boys. This time the Council tweaked the exam system and reduced the required pass percentage from 35 percent to 33 percent in ICSE and 40 percent to 35 percent in ISC. They also made changes in the system of practical exams. With standardized marking scheme, as many as 49 students got more than 99 percent in ISC and around 15 students got more than 99 percent in ICSE.