There weren’t many surprises in the Class 12 results declared by the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday.
Girls outshone boys again with a pass percentage of 86.9% as opposed to 77.8% for the boys.
The overall pass percentage, at 81.7%, also rose by 1.84%.
“The overall pass percentage of Chennai, at 91.32%, is once again the highest in the country,” said Vineet Joshi, chairperson of CBSE.
In Delhi, the total pass percentage was 85.45%. Here too, girls out-performed boys with a pass percentage of 89.72%. Boys got a pass percentage of 84.97%.
A total of 7,70,043 students appeared for Class 12 CBSE exams. This was an increase of almost 10% from the last year.
The results were declared for all regions except Patna.
The list of merit certificates will not be prepared till after Patna region’s results are declared.
“That result is expected to come out by May 27. Once that is out, we will get to know how many students scored full marks in subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry,” said a senior CBSE official.
The best pass percentage in the city was recorded by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas — autonomous schools that get funding from the government. They recorded a pass percentage of 96.52%.
Cheating cases increase
Along with an increase in the pass percentage, the city also saw an increase in the number of cheating cases.
While six students were caught using unfair means to pass in the exams last year, the number rose to nine this year.
“The overall number has not increased and is 43 — as it was last year,” said Rama Sharma, public relations officer, CBSE.
The highest number of cheating cases was seen in Allahabad where 12 students were caught.
However, Allahabad improved its record this year as the number of cheaters came down by half.
A steep increase was seen in cheating cases in Panchkula where the number shot up from six in 2010 to 11 this year.
Foreign and Gulf region
Not only in the country, girls outperformed boys in the examination held at foreign centres as well.
The CBSE conducted exams at 45 foreign centres, along with 34 centres in Gulf countries.
A total of 96.85% girl students cleared the exams from foreign centres, as compared to 91.55% boys. In the Gulf centres, 96.80% girls passed the exams, compared to 91.32% boys.