The results of the 2013 Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams, announced on Monday, are the best yet with a total pass percentage of 77.47., an increase of 1.34 percentage points over last year’s 76.13.

Of the total 8.36 lakh students who wrote the examination, 6.47 lakh have passed. The pass percentage of fresh candidates for the exam, conducted last month, stands at 82.84 per cent, a marginal increase (0.58 percentage points) over 82.26 per cent last year.

Director of the Karnataka Secondary Education and Examination Board (KSEEB) D. Venkateshiah said, “This is the highest SSLC pass percentage so far. We have been beating our own records over the past two years.”

As usual, girls have outperformed boys. While the overall pass percentage of girls stands at 82.29, it is 73.25 per cent for boys. Rural areas have fared better than urban areas, with pass percentages of 82.83 and 78.41 respectively.

Kumar G. Naik, Secretary, Primary and Secondary Education, said at Monday’s press conference: “Surprisingly, Kolar district is now the fourth highest (sic) education district. It has moved up 17 places (from last year’s 21st position) with a pass percentage of 86.3 per cent.”

Chikkodi district has grabbed the top spot with 89.86 per cent; it was in the fifth position last year. The second and third places have been bagged by Mandya (88.56 per cent) and Udupi (87.68 per cent). Bidar has remained at the bottom for the fourth consecutive year with a pass percentage of 67.95. The other districts that performed poorly include Gulbarga (71.3 per cent) and Bellary (75.5 per cent), as did most districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

Top scorers

Sudhindra M.S. from Vijaya High School, Bangalore, scored 622 marks out of 625 to clinch the top spot.

The second spot is shared by three students, while the third spot is shared by five students.

Pre University results

The results of the II pre-university (PU) course have also recorded a high. With a record pass percentage of 59.36, this is the best score card since 2003’s 45.19 per cent. The 2013 exam results are also 2.33 percentage points more than last year’s pass percentage of 57.03.

While the number of students who registered for the exam was 6.14 lakh, 6.11 lakh attended the exam. Of these, 3.63 lakh passed.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, minutes before the results were made available online, Kumar G. Naik, Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, added that this year, the number of students who wrote the exams were also 16,000 more than in 2012. While the pass percentage for regular students stood highest at 69.41, repeaters had a pass percentage of 24.83 while 29.98 per cent of external candidates passed.

Udupi educational district toppled Mangalore from its top position with a pass percentage of 92.72. Mangalore stands second this time with 91.76 per cent, followed by Karwar (82.97 per cent), Kodagu (80.83 per cent) and Chikmagalur (78.02 per cent). Yadgir remained at the bottom of the table (31st position) with a meagre 46.02 per cent. Bangalore south, north and rural stood ninth, tenth and 11th respectively, followed by Mysore at 12th position.