Riya Garg of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana topped the Punjab School Education Board's (PSEB) Class-10 examination, the results of which were declared on Monday. She scored 97.69%.
Mahima Nagpal of the same school, and Pankush Mahajan of Bal Vidya Mandir High School, Nangal Kotli Mandi, Gurdaspur, shared the second spot with 97.23%. The third position was shared by four students - Jannat Preet Kaur, who was also from RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana; Gaganjot Kaur of SAV Jain Day Boarding Senior Secondary School, Hoshiarpur; Lokesh Mahajan of Vivekanand High School, Pathankot, and Muskan Garg of Shri Surajkund Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Sangrur. They secured 96.92%.
For the first time, the PSEB has decided to give away cash prizes to the toppers - `1 lakh for the first position, `75,000 for the second and `50,000 for the third place. All seven toppers this year will be awarded the cash prize.
Girls in the state again outshone the boys, with a pass percentage of 79.6. Boys secured a pass percentage of 66.82. A total of 3,75,538 students appeared for the exam which was cleared by 2,71,196 students. The overall pass percentage this year, 72.25, was three per cent higher than last year's 69.32.
Government schools had a pass percentage of 71.76, which was four per cent higher than last year. Government-aided school have 65.01%; and private affiliated, associated and Adarsh schools have 73.12%.
With 64 students, Ludhiana has contributed the lion's share to the merit list of 384. However, only one student from Kapurthala and two from SAS Nagar districts made it to the list.
Addressing mediapersons, state education minister Sikander Singh Maluka admitted that the number of students appearing for the state board examination had gone down since last year because many students had shifted to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) system. He attributed the poor performance of students in the open-schooling category to strict invigilation and added that the board would be seeking explanation from teachers for the poor results. He said showcause notices would be issued to the teachers, particularly in SAS Nagar district where "teachers are afflicted by the VIP mindset due to proximity to Chandigarh".
Know your result
Schools and candidates can use their school codes or roll numbers to find the detailed results on the PSEB website, www.pseb.ac.in, and also on www.indiaresults.com, from 10am on June 3. Students can also get their results through SMS, interactive voice response system (IVRS) and USSD codes available on the website. They can apply for rechecking up to 10 days from the date of declaration of results.
Number of candidates appeared- 375358
Candidates passed- 271196
Pass percentage of boys- 66.72 %
Pass percentage of girls - 79.60 %
Pass percentage of rural students - 72.47 %
Pass percentage of urban students - 71.85 %
Pass percentage of government schools- 71.76 %
Pass percentage of aided schools - 65.01 %
Pass percentage of affiliated / associated schools -73.12 %
Districts as per merit list of 384 students
Ludhiana -64, Sangrur- 43, Patiala- 35, Hoshiapur- 31, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar-26, Amritsar- 22, Muktsar- 22, Bathinda- 21, Faridkot-17, Gurdaspur- 17, Fathehgarh Sahib- 12, Jalandhar- 12, Moga -11, Barnala- 10, Fazilka- 10, Ropar- 10, Pathankot- 7, Ferozepur-4, Mansa- 4, Taran Taran- 3, SAS Nagar- 2 and Kapurthala- 1.
Subject wise percentage
Punjabi - 93.81 %
English - 82.25 %
Hindi- 89.48 %
Mathematics -91.83 %
Science - 89.40 %
Social studies - 82.31 %