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Percentage Problem

The SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination results were declared today. Radio Mirchi 93.3 FM, the new private radio channel in Bangalore tried to cash in on the accompanying frenzy by announcing that those who have scored 93.3% in the exam would get special gifts, provided they were among the first 'n' to call in or leave a message (I forgot the value of 'n'. Was it 3? Or 5? Uh, never mind). Of course, the claimants would need to produce the appropriate proof to collect the gifts. Good thinking I would say.

However, I am not sure whether the percentage had to be exactly 93.3 or whether anything between 93.3 & 93.4 was fair enough. I am also unsure whether rounding off was allowed - would 92.9999 qualify? So agonizingly close! If rounding off was indeed permitted, then would 93.99 be acceptable? Seeing these grey areas, I am inclined to believe that the folks at Radio Mirchi would be better off by demanding exactitude. But that would in turn mean that a student needs to have scored 583.125 marks (out of the grand total of 625) which is impossible. So what did Radio Mirchi do? I presume they settled for 583 (93.28%). Anyway, I didn't bother following this till the end - so no concrete answers there.

Come to think of it, Radio City 91 FM, the first private radio channel in Bangalore could also have put forward a similar scheme. They wouldn't need it though. Poor AIR (All India Radio) - the public radio station could do no such thing as the frequency at which they broadcast is 101.3 FM :-). Not that it would have helped, for the quality of their content (vis-à-vis the private channels) is pathetic.

Tags : Bangalore, Humour

Posted by Rajat @ 10:28 PM

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