Girl students have been more successful than boys in this year's Class XII exams. The much-awaited results were announced on July 13 after the COVID-19 lockdown marred the exam schedule and even litigation ensued over the conduct of pending papers.
The overall pass percentage in the exams was about 88.78% - of the 11,92,961 students who appeared for the exams all over the country, 10,59,080 became eligible for higher studies by clearing them.
In Kerala, of the 35,368 students who appeared for the exams from 649 schools, 34,545 cleared them.
At both the county and state-level, the pass percentage of girls was more than that of boys.
About 92.15% of girl students passed the exam in the country, much higher than the 86.19% for boys. Among transgender students, the pass percentage was 66.67%, while it was 91.68% among those with special needs.
In Kerala, 17,683 girls, or 98.4%, and 16,862 boys, or 96.9%, passed.
Navodaya, KV in front
At the national level, Navodaya and Kendriya Vidyalaya schools have a pass percentage of 98.70% and 98.62%, respectively.
Government CBSE schools had a pass percentage of 94.94%, while it was 91.56% for aided schools and 88.22% for unaided schools.
Region-wise, Trivandrum came first with 97.67%, followed by Bengaluru with 97.05% and Chennai with 96.17%.
About 3.24% of students scored above 95% marks, while 13.24% scored above 90%t.
About 7.35% of students could not clear all the subjects. In Kerala, this was the case with 670 students (about 1.89%).
The pass percentage in foreign schools was 94.26%, a little lower than in the previous year.
400 results not announced
The CBSE has not announced the results of 400 Class XII students who could not write any of the exams that were held before the COVID-19 lockdown disrupted the original schedule.
The board will wait to see if these students would take the exams under the special assessment scheme. The CBSE plans to conduct exams when things return to normal for those who wish to improve their scores.
A decision will be taken in the case of the 400 students later.
The CBSE had scheduled the Class XII exams between February 15 and April 3. However, it could not conduct all the exams due to the lockdown necessitated by the COVID pandemic.
The board then rescheduled the cancelled exams between July 1 and July 15. However, many parents dragged it to the Supreme Court saying exams should not be held when the nation was in the grip of an epidemic.
The CBSE then came up with an alternative assessment scheme for the cancelled exams, which the Supreme Court approved. The board said it will conduct optional tests in subjects whose exams could not be held from July 1-15, when conditions are favourable and after consultations with the central government.
No let up in irregularities
There was no fall in the number of exam irregularities this year. Last year, 102 cases were reported in all the subjects, while 65 cases were reported this year when only about 50% of the exams could be completed. In Kerala, where three cases were reported last year, there was no case this time.
Counselling till July 27th
The CBSE has set up a special system to provide counselling to students and parents and to clear their doubts and concerns about exam results.
The facility can be availed of till 5.30 pm on July 27 by calling the toll-free number 1800118004.
Rush to know results; websites down
The websites that the CBSE had set up to check the exam results were down for almost four hours on July 13, when the results were announced.
The CBSE said the sites crashed because of the rush to check the results after they were announced around noon without any prior notice.
It said the sites started functioning partially around 6 pm.
The complete results have been made available to all the schools, the CBSE said.
No more 'fail', only ‘repeats’;
The CBSE will no more use the word ‘fail’ in its results. It will instead mention ‘essential repeat’ for those who couldn’t clear the exams.
The dates for the repeat exams will be decided after consultations with the government.