In the Class-10 results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared on Thursday, the region's report card shines brighter than before.
If last year, 9,975 students from the region (Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, and Uttrakhand) had secured a perfect cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 10, this year the number was 13,134, up by 3,159.
"Last year, the percentage of region's students securing CGPA 10 was 5.87, which has improved to 6.90; and in pass percentage, girls have outshined boys by 0.5," said CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao. The pass percentage in the region has increased to 99.45 from 98.08 in 2013. It is 99.63 in case of girls and 99.30 in case of boys.
"The overall result of the region is very good," said Khanderao. Asked who had done better: the board-based or the school-based candidates (separate systems being followed for the past almost three years), he said the papers were checked without this disclosure.
Private schools have more CGPA 10s. The government schools have only 352 perfect scores, though up from 309 last year.
"More children are securing CGPA 10 because of the new continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system, where the pressure on them has decreased because they are assessed by their performance all year instead of what they have done in only the examinations," said Khanderao.