Girls outperformed boys in the Punjab school education board Class-12 results declared on Saturday, with two girls sharing the top position with a score of 96.89%.
Ludhiana's Mehak and Maninder Kaur of Malout in Muktsar district stand number one on a merit list where top six positions have gone to girls from the humanities stream. State education minister Sikander Singh Maluka declared the results, which students can view on the board's website from midnight on Sunday.
Girls dominate the merit list and in pass percentage as well, they have beaten boys 86.97 to 72.72. Mehak of BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana; and Maninder Kaur of JTB Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Malout (Muktsar district), secured 436 marks out of 450. Charanpreet Kaur (96.44%) of Sanmit Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, Ludhaina, is second, while Joyti Bansal (96.22%) of the same school is third.
The Class-12 results seem to have improved from the dismal past. Of the 3.29-lakh total candidates in science, commerce, humanities and vocational streams, almost 2.60 lakh (78.97 %) cleared the examinations.
Urban schools a shade better
Unlike last year, urban schools performed a shade better than schools in the rural areas. "Last year, the village schools had performed better in spite of the shortage of infrastructure," said education minister Maluka.
Schools 2012 2013
Rural 74.80 78.20
Urban 73.52 79.66
Vocational group performs best job
Students of vocational courses earned most merit positions. The lowest pass percentage is in the science stream.
Science (medical) 75.95
Science (non-medical) 74.91
Govt schools score a point
The government and the aided schools have performed better than private schools, which claim to offer better facilities to students.
Govt/aided schools 82.22
Private schools 76.21
Commerce toppers count their blessings
Tamanna Sharma of Dashmesh Senior Secondary School and Rajwinder Kaur of Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School are joint first in the state in the commerce stream with a score of 426 (94.66%) out of 450.
Tamanna, who never expected to be on the summit of marks, gives the credit of her achievement to the teachers and parents. She aspires to become a chartered accountant. Her father is into business, while mother is housewife.
Rajwinder Kaur, who also has the ambition to become chartered accountant, is grateful that her parents and teachers always encouraged her. She had a score of 91.5% in Class 10. Her mother is a housewife and father is into business.
Merit positions (336, all streams included)
Tarn Taran 83.73
Barnala 68.49 (least)
Business-like performance by Ludhiana
The business hub of Punjab was on its money in the state's Class-12 board examinations.
Ludhiana district accounted for top three positions in the results declared on Saturday, the star of the show being Mehak Jamaal (humanities), an aspiring singer from BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, whose score of 96.89% was top of the charts.
Behind her in the top row are Charanpreet Kaur (96.44%) and Jyoti Bansal (96.22%) of Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon.
Mehak Jamaal acknowledged the role of her parents, teachers and school principal in the achievement. "All of them motivated me," said the meritorious girl. Aiming to become a professional playback singer as her idol Richa Sharma, she was on song truly in the final test. Mehak learns music from her father and Ishmeet Singh Institute in Ludhiana.
Her success has come without tuitions. Her favourite subject is English. "My role model is my father," she says. Her father, Bittu Jamaal, and mother, Anu Jamaal, are ecstatic over the scale of the aspiring singer's performance.
Charanpreet Kaur, on the second rung, dreams of becoming a magistrate. "My father encouraged me the most to study. I built up my stamina to study the entire day and night," said the girl who loves mathematics and political science. Her father, Kamaljit Singh, and mother, Sunita Rani, knew her hard work would pay off.
Jyoti Bansal, third from top, senses the blessings of her mother in her success. She wants to become a lecturer, and concentration is her winning mantra. Along with studies, she does a lot of housework, as her mother remains unwell. "I studied all night to make up," she said. Her mother, Gita Rani, is proud of her hardworking daughter. Jyoti's strong point is mathematics.
Inputs by Harshraj Singh
To see result Log on to www.pseb.ac.in; result available from midnight on May 19.