How Namakkal pipped Namma Chennai (and the rest of TN) to dominate class XII results

Students from Namakkal stole the show in the state board class XII examination, cornering all the top three ranks in the State in the category of students who studied Tamil as their first language.

According to the higher secondary results declared on Tuesday, students in Tamil Nadu have secured a pass percentage of 86.7, a marginal, 0.8 percentage point increase compared to last year. This is also the highest pass percentage that the State has secured in the past decade.

Girls secured a pass percentage of 89.7, outdoing boys who recorded 83.2 per cent, as has been the case for many years now. As many as 7,56,464 students appeared for the class XII examination held this March, including 3,50,736 girls and 4,05,728 boys. Additionally, 66,744 private candidates took the examination.

Shining the spotlight on Namakkal were six students who bagged the top three ranks. S. Sushmitha of SKV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kandampalayam, Namakkal, emerged the first rank holder with a total of 1189. The second rank was shared by three students who scored a total of 1188 – D. Karthika of SKV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, P. Ashok Kumar of Green Park Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Namakkal and C. Manikandan of Vivekananda Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pandamangalam, Namakkal.

The third rank went to P. Maheswari of Vidhya Vikas Girls Higher Secondary School, Tiruchengode and B. Prabha Sankari of SKV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, with each scoring a total of 1187.

As for top scores in the category of students who studied Tamil or any other language as first language, a total of 18 students shared the first three ranks – S. Swapna of St. Joseph of Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Puducherry and V. Pavithra of Prince Matriculation, Madipakkam, Chengalpattu secured the first rank, with a total of 1190 on 1200. Four students shared the second rank with 1189 marks and 12 students obtained the third rank, with a total of 1188.

A total of 4,48,323 candidates secured an aggregate over 60 per cent.

Centum tally

As many as 142 students have secured a centum in Physics, a drop from last year’s figure of 646. In Chemistry, 1,444 students scored full marks, and in Mathematics, 2,656 students secured centums.

In accountancy, there is quite a leap in the number of centums — from 1,320 last year to 2518 this year. Similarly, 615 students have secured a centum in computer science while last year, only 223 had scored full marks in the subject.