The number of students who cleared the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 board examination has come down this year but those scoring a perfect 10 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score has gone up.
In a declining trend, the overall pass percentage stood at 96.21 or a dip of 1.11 percentage points from last year’s 97.32%. In 2014, the pass percentage was 98.87.
This year 14,89,021 students appeared for the exam, the results of which were announced on Saturday, and 14,31,861 cleared it.
The trend of female students performing better than males continued with the pass percentage of girls at 96.36 against 96.11% boys clearing the exam.
Region-wise, Thiruvananthapuram was ahead with a pass percentage of 99.87 followed closely by Chennai with 99.69. Delhi region’s pass percentage stood at 91.76.
Uptick in CGPA
The number of students getting 10 CGPA has seen a huge jump from last year with a total of 1,68,541 students scoring the perfect grade against previous year’s 94,474. As many as 76,900 students scored 10 CGPA in 2014.
There are students who scored between 91-100% in all the five subjects.
Independent schools took the lion’s share with 1,51,061 of their students falling in this category. In the central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) 12,719 students scored 10 CGPA and 3,209 got the perfect grade in Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalayas (JNV).
The figures of government schools in this regard are not as impressive with 1,242 students from government and 307 students from government-aided schools scoring the perfect 10.
The CGPA system is being used by the board since the Class 10 board was done away four years ago. With both options available, a majority of students opt for evaluation through the in-house Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and very few sit for the board exams.
Experts say the CGPA system is a holistic result with a mix or marks of academic subjects and co-curricular activities.