Maintaining their record of better performance than boys, girls secured a pass percentage of 87.96 in the standard X CBSE exams as against 86.46 per cent secured by boys. ''There has been a hike of 2.64 per cent in the overall pass percentage this year. As compared to 84.44 per cent last year, the pass percentage this year has risen to 87.08,'' CBSE chairperson Ashok Ganguly said at a press conference after declaration of the results.
Among the six regions in which exams were held, Chennai secured the highest pass percentage of 95.26, followed by Ajmer 94.22, Allahabad 89.10, Panchkula 89.07, Delhi 82.87 and Guwahati 57.29.
This time too, Delhi maintained its fifth position in terms of pass percentage. As per the category of schools, the Navodaya Vidyalayas came up with the best performance with a pass percentage of 97.54 per cent, followed by the Kendriya Vidyalayas 96.07, the Independent schools 91.77, Central Tibetans 87.06, Government schools 75.31 and Government aided schools 72.57.
There has been a 5.69 per cent upswing in the pass percentage of the Delhi region, from 77.18 per cent previous year, to 82.87 per cent.
There has especially been a remarkable improvement in the performance of Government schools in the national capital, which also secured the highest pass percentage of 83.68 among government schools across the country.
This year, over 7.65 lakh students appeared for the standard X examinations.
In Delhi region, 2.19 lakh pupils wrote the examination, registering an increase of 5.68 per cent over the previous year.
The CBSE chairperson said the pass percentage among foreign schools has also registered an increase, from last year's 96.7 per cent to 97.15 per cent.
In case of foreign schools and those in the Gulf region too, the girls have come up with a better performance as compared to boys, he said.
The CBSE chairperson said there has also been an increase in the proportion of students securing over 90 per cent marks, from 3.77 per cent last year, to four per cent. There, however, has been a slight dip in the number of students securing over 95 per cent, from 2,923 last year, to 2,589 this year, he informed.
He said there has been a remarkable improvement in the performance of the Government and Government aided schools which was largely due to the High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) wherein the CBSE has redesigned the question papers in all major subjects.
Besides testing understanding of information, the focus of HOTS is on measuring students' abilities to reason, justify, analyze, process and evaluate information.
He said thanks to HOTS, the pass percentage in Science this year was 96.93 per cent, while in Mathematics 90.92, up from previous year's 87 per cent.
Also, this year, 155 students of Government schools secured more than 90 per cent, while nine Government schools students got over 95 per cent, he said.
For Delhi, 4,503 students secured more than 90 per cent, which included 2,580 girls and 1,923 boys, while 242 got over 95 per cent. 115 students from Delhi Government and Government aided schools got more than 90 per cent marks.
The pass percentage among the scheduled caste candidates is 83.32 per cent, while for Scheduled Tribes is 60.40 per cent.
Among the 1419 disabled candidates that appeared in this year's Class X examinations, the pass percentage is 87.5 per cent, an increase over last year's 87.15 per cent.
Incidentally, 19 disabled students have secured over 90 per cent, of which two are from Delhi. These include Shaen Lahiri from the Sanskriti school and Prateek Asnani from the Blue Bells school in Greater Kailash.
This year, the number of candidates placed in compartment had dropped significantly, from 90,359 last year, to 80763. In terms of percentage, the number of compartments has declined, from 13.12 per cent, to 10.80 per cent.