The Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE's) Panchkula region topped the country with the highest number of perfect-10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) scores in the Class-10 exams, the result of which was declared on Thursday.
A total of 15,479 students from the region, comprising the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Chandigarh, scored the perfect 10. Across the country, 94,474 students scored CGPA-10 (49,392 boys and 45,082 girls).
The overall pass percentage countrywide was 97.32, down from last year's 98.87. The pass percentage of girls this time was 97.82, higher than 96.98 for boys.
According to a CBSE statement, the Thiruvananthapuram region witnessed the highest pass percentage, 99.77, in the country. In all, 13.73 lakh candidates were registered for Class-10 examinations this year, an increase of about 3.37% over the last year's figure.
Under the CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) programme, regular candidates appeared in both board and school-based evaluation systems.
A total of 6.69 lakh students were registered under the board-based system, of which 6.4 lakh cleared the Class-10 exams this year, with a pass percentage of 95.60. In the school-based system, 6.96 lakh candidates were registered, of which 6.43 lakh qualified (pass percentage, 98.05).
The Class-10 exams were held across the country at 41,812 schools in 10 regions of the CBSE, said KK Choudhary, controller of exams.
In the Panchkula region, 2.07 lakh students appeared in the exams. Girls recorded a pass percentage of 98.78, while the boys were second-best with 97.31. In government schools of the region, girls had a pass percentage of 93.02%, ahead of the boys (88.59). From Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the pass percentage was 99.82 (girls) and 99.55 (boys). In the case of independent private schools, 99.23% of the girls passed, while 97.66% of the boys cleared the exams.
CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao said the board would look into the reasons for the drop in the region's overall pass percentage to 97.87 from last year's 99.49%. However, he said he was happy with the overall result.
Panchkula region's figures
Himachal Pradesh 98.9
Overall 97.87 (down from last year's 99.49)
CBSE's Panchkula region comprises the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Chandigarh