CBSE pass percentage zooms


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CHENNAI: In a significant improvement over the performance recorded in recent years, 90.71% of the 48,249 school students who appeared for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Plus Two examinations this year emerged successful in the Chennai region.

In Tamil Nadu, the pass percentage was above the regional average at 95.69%, a tremendous achievement compared to that of the State Board students who registered a pass percentage of 84.4%. However, the number of CBSE students who appeared in Tamil Nadu was only 5,315, whereas in the State Board over 5.87 lakh students wrote the examination.

Last year only 83% of the candidates passed, N Nagaraju, joint secretary, CBSE (Chennai region), said, while releasing the results on Wednesday.

"Since the CBSE adopted the High Order Thinking Skills concept this year, schools began to prepare students much earlier. With OBC reservation in higher education, students realised that they needed to perform better to get into professional courses," said C Sathish, principal, DAV Boys Senior Secondary School, Gopalapuram. With students complaining about tough questions in mathematics and chemistry, the evaluators showed leniency.

This year’s pass percentage is the highest recorded among students who have appeared through regular schools since 1994 in the Chennai region, which comprises the southern states, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and Lakshadweep. Three years ago, the pass percentage was 90.1%, and in 1994 a record 96.86% of the candidates passed the examination.

The CBSE does not rank students on merit or mention aggregate scores in the mark sheet. Instead, it adopts a grading system. No student has been declared the official topper, although individual schools came up with lists of students who scored above 480.