Girls once again outshone boys in the secondary school results declared on Monday in the Valley.
Kauser Jan, a student of Iqbal Memorial School Bemina, bagged the first position with 99% marks.
The first 20 positions were shared by 269 students. Of which 186 were girls and 83 boys. Ritesh Raina, Meelad Mohammad Sheikh and Aasima Khurshid Wani shared second position by scoring 494 marks out of 500.
In the past four consecutive years, girls in the conflict-torn Valley have topped in the secondary school examinations.
"Once again, the girls have outshone boys in the first 20 positions," said Renu Goswami, secretary of the board of school education.
However, the pass percentage of boys is on the higher side. Against girls' pass percentage of 66%, boys faired well by registering pass percentage of 73%. The total pass percentage of 10th class results this year is 70%. Around 55,000 students had appeared in the exams.
More than 1,400 students have scored A1 grade; 4,126 students have scored A2 grade; 5,213 students have scored B1 grade; 6,458 students have scored B2 grade; 7,512 students have scored C1 grade; 5,776 students have scored C2 grade and 627 students have scored D2 grade.