24 May 2011

The Chennai region has topped the rest of the country in pass percentage with 91.32% in the Central Board of Secondary Education's CBSE class 12 board exams this year 2011

Releasing the Class XII results on Monday, CBSE said 91.32% of students who took the exam in the region had passed, well above the national average of 81.71%.

The region, which scored over the national average on almost all parameters, however, saw a dip when compared to the performance in 2010. The pass percentage saw a dip from last year as did the individual pass percentages of boys and girls.

CBSE does not release the list of top rankers nor the top marks. In Chennai, at least five students notched aggregate scores of 487 and above. Among the high scorers were S Divya of Modern Senior Secondary School in Nanganallur with 98.4% and K A Sumana of PS Senior Secondary School in Mylapore with 98.2%.

School heads said that while there didn't seem to be much change in the number of centums in maths from last year, the number of centums in physics had gone down. Students had said earlier that physics exam was tough.

While there has been a 1.84% increase in the overall pass percentage as compared to last year, there has been a 0.85% decrease in the pass rate in the Chennai region from last year's 92.17%. Only 89.79% of boys who took the exam this year cleared it against 90.5% last year. Among girls, this year's pass percentage was 0.56% lower than last year's 93.77%. This is still higher than the nationwide pass percentage — 77.83% for boys and 86.93% for girls.

The regional average seems to have dipped because of the poor show by private candidates, of whom a mere 43.16% passed. Last year, the average was 45.4%.

In all other categories, the regional figures were better than the national average. The pass percentage of students in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the region is higher than national average, with 94.73% of KV students and 98.32% of JNV students successful.

Among those in independent schools (92.51%) too, the pass percentage was higher than the national average of 81.63%.

The pass percentage has been fluctuating in the last five years. The Chennai region recorded a 16-year high in the All-India Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in 2010. In 1995, when the success rate was nearly as high only 19,479 students appeared for the exam.

The number of students in the region increased by 9% this year, while there was a nearly 10% increase in the overall number of candidates across the country. As many as 7,70,043 students appeared for the exam in eight regions, including Chennai that covers Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Daman and Diu. Some 62,587 students, including those from 970 schools, took the exam in 430 centres in the region.

There has been a steady increase in the number of students taking the exams each year — from 34,550 in 2006 to 62,587 in 2011 — an 81.15% increase in six years.

Senior principal of Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram Ajeeth Prasath Jain said, "This could be because the CBSE syllabus is the base for all-India entrance tests like the AIEEE and AIPMT, which are taken into consideration for admission to the National Institutes of Technology. Deemed universities have also allotted a certain percentage of seats for students clearing these tests." Another reason could be that parents were becoming more aware of the educational and exam reforms introduced by the board over the years. 

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