Only 52.38% of candidates passed the II Pre-University College (12th) exam in Karnataka, the results of which were declared on Thursday. It is the lowest pass percentage since 2012. The pass percentage was 57.2% last year.
A total of 6,79,061 candidates had appeared for the exams, of whom 5,43,443 were appearing for the first time. Among these, 59.9% passed, while only 22.8% of the 1,05,335 private candidates passed and only 20.14% of the 30,283 persons who were appearing again passed, information of the Department of Pre-University Education revealed.
Girls outclassed boys with 60.28% of them passing compared to 44.74% of boys. However, the pass percentage among both groups was significantly lower than last year, when 64.78% girls and 50.02% boys passed.
Students in urban areas performed slightly better than those from rural areas, with 52.88% of students from urban areas securing pass marks, while 50.72% students from rural areas passed.
Students from the science stream outperformed those of commerce and arts streams. The pass percentage in the science stream was 60.71% while it was 60.09% for the commerce stream and a dismal 35.05% in the arts stream.
There was also a significant difference in pass percentage between those who took the exams in Kannada and those who appeared in the English medium. While the pass percentage in the Kannada-medium was 40.68%, it was 61.41% in the English medium.
Among districts, Udupi topped the charts with a pass percentage of 90.01%, followed by Dakshina Kannada with 89.92%. Bidar finished at the bottom with a pass percentage of just 42.05%.
Business Studies was the subject in which the highest number of students scored centums (2,457), followed by Statistics (2,243), while Hindustani music (two) had the lowest.