Even as a boy from Amritsar topped the Class 10 exams conducted by the Punjab School Education Board, the results of which were declared on Monday, girls beat boys in terms of pass percentage.
Mukesh Kumar of Amritsar topped the exam with 95.69% marks, followed by Sarita of Ludhiana (95.61%) and Radhika Gupta of Jalandhar (95.53%).
School board chairman SS Channy said 2.85 lakh of the 3.88 lakh students cleared the examinations, a pass percentage of 73.49% as against 64.32% last year. In 2010, however, the pass percentage was much higher at 79.35%.
"Even though the top position has been bagged by a boy, girls on the whole have performed better. Their pass percentage is 79.28% as against 68.97% as that of boys," said Channy.
Private schools affiliated to the board have done much better than government schools this time.
Ludhiana on top in merit list
As many as 110 students from Ludhiana district have made it to the merit list of 398 students. In contrast, only three students each from Tarn Taran and Barnala were on the merit list. Here is the district-wise breakup of merit holders: SAS Nagar (seven), Amritsar (22), Bathinda (22), Faridkot (15), Fatehgarh Sahib (four), Ferozepur (seven), Gurdaspur (35), Hoshiarpur (35), Jalandhar (11), Kapurthala (six), Mansa (20), Moga (26), Muktsar (13), Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (five), Patiala (14), Ropar (11) and Sangrur (29).
Tarn Taran leads in pass percentage
Tarn Taran has topped the state in terms of pass percentage with 91.49% of the total students in the district clearing the exams.
Urban schools fare better
Unlike in the Class 12 results, schools in urban areas have fared better than rural schools. The pass percentage of urban schools is 75.64%, while that of rural schools is 72.58%.
Check results on websites
Students can check their results on the board's website www.pseb.ac.in from 8am on Tuesday. The results will also be available on www.indiaresults.com, www.schools9.com, www.exametc.com and www.examresults.net. Students can also access their results by sending an SMS PSEB10, followed by roll number, to 58888.
Review meeting on June 14
School board chairman SS Channy has called a review meeting on June 14 to discuss the consistently poor performance of certain districts and suggest ways to improve it. "Since we are competing with other boards like the CBSE, every district needs to show good results. There is a need to fix accountability. We are mulling a system of reward and punishment to ensure that schools perform better next time," said Channy.