^^ I agree. A) Colleges will not expect Indians to compromise their interests or career plans just to get in. I think they would recognise the restrictive nature of our system, and would want students who excel in whichever stream they choose.
B) I am also an Arts student by choice, and I got A1 in 10th, too. ( Hi5, Prik27
). Though the prevailing mindset is such that students tend to dismiss subjects like social sciences, I can assure you, the course material is in NO way easy, at least in CBSE. I think the only added difficulty for Science students is managing their time to accommodate grueling preparation and coaching for the comp exams.