Students celebrating their success in CBSE class 12th examination at their school in New Delhi.
Girls once again outscored boys in the Class-XII CBSE exams which witnessed a dip of about one per cent in overall pass percentage as compared to last year.
Among all six regions, Chennai was on top followed by Delhi in the CBSE results declared today.
Nearly 5.5 lakh students out of the over seven lakh who appeared in the Class XII examination held in March this year cleared the hurdle. The success rate of students this year is 79.87 per cent against 81 per cent last year.
Girls continued the trend of outshining boys this year with their pass percentage at 85.28, way ahead of the boys' 75.90, according to statistics released by the Board.
A total number of 7,00,983 candidates were registered for Class XII examination from 6,035 schools this year. The pass percentage witnessed a dip by over one percentage point from last year.
The Board examination last year saw 6,37,976 students appear for the exam and 51,6760 clearing it. Last year's pass percentage had marked an increase of 0.09 per cent as compared to the 2008 results.
Among all the regions of the country, Chennai registered the best results, with a pass rate of 92.17 per while Delhi followed at a distant second at 84.97 per cent.
While the performance of state-run schools registered an improvement this year with a pass rate of 84.49 per cent as against last year's 82.81 per cent, private schools performed poorly with only 42 per cent students managing to clear the exam as against 49.72 per cent last year.
The central government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas gave the best performance with 95.31 per cent of students clearing the exam, an improvement of over one percentage point against last year's 94.09 per cent.
The Kendriya Vidyalayas were almost consistent in their performance, registering a pass rate of 91.13 per cent this year as against last year's 91.32 per cent.
In the Independent schools, 79.42 per cent students cleared this year's exams, a drop as against last year's 80.94 per cent.
The central Tibetan schools under the CBSE registered a pass percentage of 79.25 this year as against 91.15 per cent in 2009.
The overall pass percentage of regular students is 81.95 as compared to 41.99 of private or patrachar candidates.
This year, the Class XII students appeared in Graphics Design Course and Heritage Crafts for the first time.
Candidates, who are not happy with their results, can apply for verification of marks to the respective regional offices within 21 days from the date of declaration of result.
As it announced the results, CBSE also launched post- result psychological counselling for students through tele-helpline, Interactive Voice Response System and its website.
The counselling service that CBSE has been providing since 1998 will continue till June four this year and is aimed at helping students cope with post result situations.
This year, CBSE has introduced a Centralised Access System and students from any part of the country can call a centralised number.
CBSE students in foreign countries fared better as far as the pass percentage is concerned.
Students in the Gulf region who appeared for the Board examination this year registered a pass rate of 93.40 per cent, while those in other countries recorded a pass percentage of 92.56 per cent.
The candidates of the Scheduled Castes category also did well, registering a pass rate of 81.51 per cent, as against the 80.21 per cent of the general category candidates. The success rate of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribes category, however, was low at 65.98 per cent.
Fourteen students from the category of special candidates secured above 90 per cent marks, the Board said.
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