In the class XII Board exams too, it was girls who outshone boys. This year, nearly 11 lakh students took the same examination and were evaluated on the same parameters.

The first batch of students who took the class X examination as per the Samacheer Kalvi (uniform syllabus) secured a pass percentage of 86.2, according to the Directorate of Government Examination that declared the results here on Monday. This is a 0.9 percentage point increase from last year’s 85.3 per cent.

As has been the trend for several years now, girls secured a pass percentage of 88.9, outdoing boys who recorded a pass percentage of 83.4.

The results of this year’s class X examination assumed additional significance as a total of 10,50,922 students studying in State board, matriculation, Anglo Indian and OSLC schools — who took separate examinations until last year — wrote the same examination for the first time.

While the new syllabus evoked mixed responses from teachers and parents of students studying in different streams, the results indicated that the syllabus has gone well with students, assuming the pattern of evaluation did not change drastically since last year.

Centums in Science

Science seems to have been a popular subject among students, if the nearly 10,000 centums (9,237 in total) are any indication. As many as 1,141 students secured centum in mathematics and interestingly, 5,305 students obtained centum in Social Science.

Erode, Tuticorin and Virudhunagar bagged the top three positions among all districts in the State, with an overall pass percentage of 94.58, 93.68 and 93.53 respectively. Chennai was not too behind, with 92.56 of the city’s students passing the examination, and earning the district the fourth spot.

A total of 18 students shared the top three ranks in the State among those who studied Tamil as their first language. In the category of students who studied Tamil or any other language as first language, as many as 29 candidates have secured the first three spots.

The first rank was shared by P. Srinath of Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Public School, Thanjavur, Anjala Beegum A.H. of D.A.V. Matriculation School, Mogappair East, Chennai, Ramya Shreeshaa Cotah, St. Michael’s Academy, Chennai, and Mitisha Surana, Agarwal Vidyalaya Matriculation School, Vepery, Chennai. All of them scored a total of 497 marks upon 500.

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