At 98.19%, the overall pass percentage in the CBSE Class 10 boards was recorded 1.58% higher than last year.
Girls, as usual, did better than boys and registered a pass percentage of 98.48% as against boys’ 97.98%."Girls have done better not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. Out of the 4.7 lakh girls who appeared, 34,419 scored a perfect 10 Cumulative Grade Point Average. The figure for boys is only 34,012, despite the total number of boys who appeared for the exam being much higher," said BM Gupta, head of computer centre at CBSE.
Government schools too outshone private schools for the second time in a row with a pass percentage of 99.03%.
The results, which were supposed to come out at 4 pm on Thursday, were declared three hours later, leading to a lot of anxiety among students.
In 2010, the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) did away with percentages and moved to a grading system.
The compulsory board examinations were done away with last year.
Since then, schools students have been free to choose between in-house examinations and school examinations.
This year, 11.7 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 exams, of which 4.10 lakh students took the board based exam. Close to 3.6 lakh students appeared from the Delhi region.
“The pass percentages for all students, irrespective of whether they appeared for the board based exam or the school exam was around 98%,” said Rama Sharma, spokesperson, CBSE.
This year, the board did a random collection and verification of the evidence of assessments conducted by schools.Of the eight CBSE regions, the pass percentage in Chennai region was the highest at 99.45%. The results in Chennai region were declared on May 21.
This year, the number of cheating cases also came down drastically. While last year 10 students were caught cheating, this year the number stood at one.
The all-India cheating cases also came down to 11 from 17 last year.
To counsel students, the board has set up a toll free helpline for students all over India at 18001803456. Here a panel of counsellors will answer questions of students and parents and will also counsel them in case they are disappointed with the results.
People will be able to speak to counsellors between 8 am and midnight for exam-related enquiries through the helpline.