The West Bengal board declared the exam results of Class 12 students on Friday. There has been a sharp rise in the overall pass percentage this year.
One of the significant features of this year's results was high marks scored by the students, a fact that the board authorities attributed to the exam switching to the MCQ question mode.
The pass percentage stood at 82.38%, far higher than the 78.42% of last year. While 82.96% of the male students passed, among the females the pass rates stood at 81.80%.
The first four positions went to Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission. While Billoshiv Basu Mullick stood first with 99.2% marks, Sheikh Manirul Mondal and Mrinmoy Roy
stood second and third respectively with 98.2% and 97.8% marks.
The first girl to appear on the merit list was a student from Arambag Girl's high school with 96.6%. Nilasha Ghosh from Jadavpur Vidyapith stood first in the humanities stream with 96.2%.
"There was a frequent complaint that our system didn't allow high marks. But we have switched to a MCQ and short question mode that has allowed high marks," said the board president Mohua Das.
The pass rates went up across all sections. Among the minorities the pass rates went up from 69.87% last year to 78.04%. Among the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes the pass rates stood at 77.29% compared to 68.47% in 2014.
This year while 2,710 students passed in the A+ grade (90-100% marks), a manifold jump from last year's number of 710.
In A grade (80 to 89% ) 31,521 students qualified while the number was 12,003 last year. As many as 80,326 student passed in the (70 to 79%) grade that was only 3,9403 in 2014.
The districts where more than 90% of the students passed were East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Hooghly, Howrah and Kolkata.