CBSE Class 10 results out: Delhi’s pass percentage falls sharply by over 13%
A total of 16,67,573 candidates from 16,347 schools had appeared for the exam at 3,972 centres across the country this year.education Updated: Jun 04, 2017 00:13 IST
The percentage of students in Delhi who cleared this year’s CBSE class 10 exam fell more than 13% over last year, results announced on Saturday showed, possibly because a higher number of correspondence students appeared for the test but failed to clear it. (Highlights)
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials said another reason for the dip in performance could be its decision not to award extra marks as was done in the past for unusually difficult questions in a subject.
“Even moderation (of marks) was done in a limited way and only for Mathematics. All these factors could be responsible for the dip in overall performance,” one CBSE official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to journalists.
The all-India pass percentage for these exams also registered a fall for the third straight year. In all, 90.95% of students cleared it this year compared to 96.21% last year. However, perfect Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) scores shot up by 22%.
This year also marks the end of a grade-based system of class 10 exams and students will have to revert to an earlier practice of marks-based tests from next year.
Late into Saturday night, many parents complained they were not able to access the results on the CBSE website.
In Delhi, the pass percentage dropped to 78.1 from last year’s 91.06 -- a fall of 13.67%. Government schools in the city were seen improving on their past performance.
This year, 70,466 private, off-campus candidates appeared for the class 10 exam compared to last year’s 6723 private candidates across India. The pass percentage for such students stood at a mere 3.24%. Delhi had the highest number of private candidates at 64,570.
“It is a good thing that a large number of students, who are not enrolled in regular schools, are attempting to give the exam,” another CBSE official said.
“But if you look at the figures then not just in Delhi but in most regions the pass percentage for private candidates is very low. That could have affected the overall pass percentage.”
For the first time in five years, boys outperformed girls by 0.9%.
The pass percentage for boys across India was 93.4 while for girls it was 92.5, CBSE said.
The number of boys scoring a perfect CGPA was also higher than that of the girls. While 105,188 boys scored a perfect 10 CGPA, 100,950 girls achieved the feat.
A perfect 10 CGPA indicates scores between 91-100% in all five subjects.
The Thiruvananthapuram region notched up the highest overall pass percentage at 99.85. The Chennai region came in second with 99.62% and the Allahabad region third with 98.23%.
The central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas continued to improve their performance, climbing one percentage point in overall number of successful candidates. Their success rate stood at 99.73%.