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The national pass percentage saw a drop of 1.61 with girls yet again beating the boys in the regular category. Chennai grabbed the top spot with the highest pass percentage of 88.18 while Chandigarh stood second at 78.98 per cent, followed by Delhi.
This is the fifth year in a row that girls have surpassed boys with a pass percentage of 80.33 as against 68.62 for them.
Though the performance of regular students has varied in the six regions, showing an increase in areas such as Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh and Ajmer, it has shown an overall drop of around 2 per cent.
Often seen as the red mark of the Capital's report card, Delhi's government schools have good reason for cheer this year. The results have shown a 6 per cent increase in their pass percentage.
Even as the national pass percentage dropped by 1.61 to settle at 73.59 per cent, Delhi's schools put up an improved overall performance with the pass percentage registering a 3 per cent rise from last year's 71.04 per cent.
The CBSE chairman, Ashok Ganguly, attributed the overall drop to students from new States taking up the exams.
"One has to take into account the fact that we had students from newly-formed States who were probably taking the examinations for the first time.''
Delhi's girls outdid the boys again, scoring 81.22 per cent as against their 68.75 per cent. Both have improved upon their last year's score by about 4 per cent.
The national capital once again earned the dubious distinction of recording the highest number of cheating cases.
However, the total number of cases of using unfair means saw a drastic decline from 113 to 41.
Nearly 724 Delhi students have made it to CBSE's merit list this time, a marked improvement over last year's 435. In all, 2,640 students will be awarded the merit certificates this year.
Regular students may have improved their pass percentage from 79.33 to 83.24 but the performance of private and patrachar students was disappointing despite an increase of 2 per cent to stand at 29.35.
Over 1.32 lakh students appeared for the Class XII examinations this year from Delhi at 573 centres (in 1,213 schools).
Of these, 12.69 per cent students will be appearing for the compartment exams later this year.
Among the city's various schools, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas scored the most with a pass percentage of 96.34, while the Kendriya Vidyalayas stood second with 94.32 per cent. Government schools scored 77.09 per cent and government-aided schools stood at a close 76.28.
The performance of independent schools improved to 90.48 per cent.
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