Significant rise in CBSE Class XII pass percentage

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ALL SMILES: Students of D.A.V. Boys (Gopalapuram) rejoice after checking online their scores in the CBSE Class XII examination, in Chennai on Wednesday.
ALL SMILES: Students of D.A.V. Boys (Gopalapuram) rejoice after checking online their scores in the CBSE Class XII examination, in Chennai on Wednesday.

Meera Srinivasan

Marking scheme took into account difficulty level of exams

CHENNAI: The pass percentage of Class XII students, who took the All India Secondary School Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has gone up to 90.71 this year.

With a 7.71-per cent point rise from last year’s 83 per cent in the Chennai region, this year’s results are all the more significant as they reflect students’ High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

Earlier this year, the CBSE announced that this year’s public examinations would shift from testing More of The Same (MOTS), which was based on repetition and stereotypes, to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) that emphasise interpretation and synthesis of knowledge.

Announcing the results for the Chennai region here on Wednesday, CBSE’s regional officer for Chennai Region V. Nagaraju said the pass percentage of students who appeared through schools alone was 92.84. When private candidates’ performance was included, the pass percentage was 90.71.

The Chennai region includes schools in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Puducherry and Lakshwadeep. Among these, Puducherry recorded the highest pass percentage of 97.75.

As many as 48, 632 students from 1,510 schools in these regions appeared for the examinations this March.

Promise kept

Students and teachers from city schools had earlier expressed apprehension about the marking scheme for the mathematics and physics papers, which were largely considered difficult. However, the CBSE had then promised that students would not stand to lose and that experts would prepare the marking scheme keeping in mind the difficulty level of each paper.

“We have kept our promise,” CBSE’s Controller of examinations M.C. Sharma told The Hindu after the results were declared.

After the examinations are held, the CBSE circulates an ‘observation schedule’ among all affiliated schools.

In this, teachers could put down their observations, suggestions and feedback on difficulty level, for all subjects. The feedback is consolidated and the points made are noted by the expert committee working on the marking scheme. “The scheme is decided taking into account all these points,” Mr. Sharma said. In Tamil Nadu, where the Common Entrance Test has been abolished, entry into most professional colleges in the State would depend on where the CBSE students stand in comparison to their State Board counterparts during the normalisation of marks. Candidates who wish to have their answer sheets checked again could apply for the same.

“Candidates who wish to apply for re-checking can do so within 20 days. The results are also available on our website (,” Mr. Nagaraju said.

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