Tamil Nadu witnessed a marginal improvement in the performance of its students in Class 12 results, which were announced on Friday. The overall pass percentage recorded a marginal increase to 92.1%, as compared to 91.4% last year.
According to the directorate of examinations, 1,171 students scored over 1,180 out of 1,200 marks.
There has been a hike in number of students scoring 100% marks, barring chemistry, in individual subjects too. In physics, there were 187 centums this year as compared to only five in the last. Likewise, the number of students scoring 100% marks was 3,656 in mathematics, as compared to 3,361 last year. A total of 8,301 scored 200/200 in commerce as compared to just 3,084 last year. While the number of centum scorers went up to 5,597 from 4,341 last year in accountancy, business mathematics saw the figure double from 1,072 to 2,551.
The directorate of examinations said of the 8,93,262 students who took the exam, 8,22,838 have passed.
Girls performed better with a 94.5 pass percentage, as compared to 89.3% for boys. Virudhnagar topped all the districts with a pass percentage of 97.85%.
The state did not release the names of the toppers as per a policy decision taken by the government to prevent putting pressure on students. State education minister KA Sengottaiyan had reasoned in a high-level meeting on Wednesday that naming the toppers would put additional pressure on students who score a shade less than the toppers.
Upgrading school curriculum to help students take on national-level competitive examinations was also recommended at the meeting. Students across the state welcomed the government’s decision to refrain from naming the toppers immediately.