The SSC exam results announced on Friday saw the Mumbai division record its lowest pass percentage in four years. Although Mumbai maintained its fourth rank among the nine divisions, the overall pass percentage slipped to 79.13% as compared to 80.65% last year. It was 80.03% in 2011 and 81.1% in 2010.
However, more students scored above 90% — 9,500 as agai-nst 7,459 in 2012 — even without the sports marks scheme. The number of students securing distinction also rose to 69,180 compared to 64,257 in 2012.
Overall, of 3.8 lakh students who appeared for the exam that was conducted in March, 3.1 lakh students passed.
Board officials attributed the dip in pass percentage to the
43,212 private candidates, who filled Form 17, which allows students who have passed Class 4 but failed Class 10 to appear for SSC exams. “We had the highest number of private candidates. Many of them would have failed,” said Laxmikant Pandey, chairperson, Mumbai division.