Girls outshone boys and districts beat Chennai hands down in the Class X examination results announced on Friday.
It was a complete washout for Chennai district with Erode, Melur, Tiruchi, Tiruppathur, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore, Puducherry and Ponneri educational districts cornering the 11 first ranks.
As many as nine official first rankers and two students who scored 499/500, one mark more than the official toppers who are all girls, are some of the highlights.
The list of ‘official toppers’ only gets longer, with 52 students, and 137 students with Tamil as first language sharing the second and third ranks, according to the Directorate of Government Examinations.
The pass percentage, including only those who appeared through schools, has also increased significantly from 86.2 in 2012 to 89 per cent this year. Only two students from government schools feature in the list. Kanyakumari, which stood fifth in terms of pass percentage in 2012, has leapt to the top of the list with a pass percentage of 97.29. Though fewer girls wrote the examination this year, they raced past boys with a pass percentage of 92 per cent. Boys secured 86 per cent.
There has also been a quantum leap in the number of centums this year, spurring debate on the standard of the syllabus and nature of evaluation. As compared to 1,141 in 2012, 29,905 students scored a centum in Mathematics this year. Similarly, as many as 38,154 students scored a centum in Science, and 19,680 in Social Science, compared to 9,237 and 5,305 in 2012.
This is the second batch to write the examination after Samacheer Kalvi, a uniform syllabus for the State Board, Matriculation, Anglo-Indian and OSLC schools was introduced.