Ekta Agrawal of Creative Public Senior Secondary School in Sawai Madhopur district topped the secondary examination securing 99.17% marks.
The results were declared by education minister Vasudev Devnani on Tuesday.
Aushi Agarwal and Deepak Meena shared the second spot with 98.83% each, while three students—Arushikha Tayal, Himanshu Sharma and Rajat Jakhar—secured the third spot with 98.33% each.
The overall pass percentage was 78.58, a more than 4% increase over last year’s 74.34%. Girls fared better with 78.96% of them clearing the exam, while boys remained at 78.31%.
An upward movement in the overall results over the last two years shows that students are putting in more efforts in their studies, said Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) chairman BL Chaudhary.
A total of 102 students found a place on the coveted merit list—the top 15 positions—with 54 girls and 48 boys making the cut.
However, suspicions were raised when 16 students from a single school in Gangapur city found place in the merit list, including the top four positions. When asked if this was a little suspicious, the education minister said, “We will look into the matter.”
The RBSE chairman has requested a reevaluation of the copies for confirmation in this regard.
“I have asked the secretary of the board to get copies of all the 102 students (who have got a position in the merit list) reevaluated by subject experts,” said Chaudhary. This, he added, will reveal any mistake in the merit list, and also clear the air of any doubts if the marking was done fairly.
However, the school’s principal Neelam Agrawal finds nothing odd with the exceptional results.
“We segregate bright and average students from the beginning on the basis of performance in weekly tests and pay more attention to the students who perform well.
It’s due to our faculty and the hard work that we put in that our school has consistently given good results,” she told HT. “We worked on 30 students and were sure most of them would do well. The results are in front of you now.”