With an increase of 0.66%, Chennai recorded a pass percentage of 99.69% in the CBSE Class 10 Secondary School Certificate exam, results of which were announced on Saturday. The all-India pass percentage plunged to 96.21% from 97.32% last year.
Chennai region, which includes Maharashtra, bagged the second position in the country with 161,000 of the 162,000 students clearing the exam held in March. Thiruvanathapuram recorded the highest pass percentage in the country with 99.87%.
Girls once again performed better than boys in the region with 99.79% girls clearing the exam against 99.62% boys. Students from 2,154 schools in the region and 15,286 in the country took the exam.
Only 168,000 students out of the 1.4 million students who appeared for the exam scored a perfect cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 10. Around 50,000 scored 9 and 52,000 scored 8 CGPA.
Special-category students from the Chennai region registered a pass percentage of 98.55%, higher than the national and regional average.