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CBSE results out, 7 per cent get above 90 per cent: Pass percentage slightly better than last year

Jhinuk Mazumdar
Jhinuk Mazumdar
Posted on 14 May 2024
06:24 AM
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As many as 24,068 students, or 1.48 per cent of the candidates who appeared for the exam, scored above 95 per cent

In the CBSE Class XII results announced on Monday, 7.16 per cent of the examinees scored above 90 per cent in aggregate.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said that 16,21,224 students appeared for the exam this year.

Of that, 1,16,145 students (7.16 per cent) scored 90 per cent and above in aggregate. As many as 24,068 students, or 1.48 per cent of the candidates who appeared for the exam, scored above 95 per cent.


The ISC exams, whose results were declared on May 6, had a higher percentage of
top scorers. There, 15.99 per cent of the candidates scored 90 per cent or more in

The Bengal higher secondary exams remain the toughest to achieve high scores in. There, a mere 1.23 per cent of the students who passed the exam scored above 90 per cent.

The CBSE Class X results were also announced on Monday. The board said 93.60 per cent of students passed the Class X exams, which is 0.48 per cent more than last year.

The pass percentage of students in CBSE Class XII is 0.65 per cent better than last year, the board said.

“This year, the pass percentage of students in Class XII is 87.98, which is 0.65% better than the pass percentage of last year i.e. 87.33%. This shows that students were well prepared for competency-based question papers as this year, 40% Competency Based Questions were asked in the examinations,” the board said in a release.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) that conducts ISC also introduced critical thinking questions in greater numbers this year — 15 per cent of the questions were critical thinking questions.

CBSE schoolteachers said many of their students were more focused on national entrance tests and that showed in their board marks.

Meena Kak, principal, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, said: “The number of students who have scored above 90 per cent in the science stream this year has gone down. But it has gone up in humanities and commerce. One reason could be that science students concentrate on entrance exams more.”

Rupa Sanyal Bhattacharjee, principal, South Point High School, echoed Kak. “The section of students who concentrate on CBSE is less and they mostly plan to apply for foreign universities,” she said.

Kak said the competency-based questions, too, may have played a part in pulling down the number of top performers.

Last updated on 14 May 2024
06:24 AM
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