New Delhi, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Thursday declared the results for its Class 10 examinations, with 98.76 percent students clearing the exam for admission to higher classes. Girls outperformed the boys.
This final result is marginally up from 98.19 percent in 2012.
The performance of girls is again marginally better than boys - a pass percentage of 98.94 percent for girls as compared to 98.64 percent for boys.
According to the CBSE, students from the autonomous Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) and Central Tibetan Schools outperformed all other schools across India with qualifying percentage of 99.73, followed by Kendriya Vidyalaya schools at 99.70 percent.
In government-run schools, the percentage this year was 97.79, while in government-aided schools it was 97.26.
Congratulating the students in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she was delighted with the success rate of Delhi government schools compared to the private schools.
"It reflects the commitment, devotion and hard work put in by the teachers and the officers in the directorate of education. It is also a testimony to the standard of schools becoming better in Delhi," Dikshit said.
According to the Delhi government, the passing percentage in government schools in Delhi was 99.45 percent while in public schools it marginally dipped to 99.17 percent and aided schools at 97.26 percent.
The number of Delhi government schools achieving 100 percent was 400 last year which has gone up to 597 in 2013.
However, among eight regions, the Delhi region stands seventh with a pass percentage of 98.40 percent, and the Guwahati region lies at the bottom of the table with a pass percentage of 90.93.
The overall pass percentage in the Chennai region was 99.80, which is the highest among all regions in the country.
Panchkula region ranks second with a pass percentage of 99.45 percent, followed by Ajmer with 99.38 percent, Bhubaneshwar 99.37 percent, Patna 99.30 percent, and Allahabad 99.17 percent pass.
Megha Agarwal, a student of the Delhi Public School (DPS), R.K. Puram, said: "I have got B1 in all my subjects. Thankfully it is grading system. So no need to specifically tell anyone my marks but just the grade."
The grading system is in place for the last few years.
The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) grading system on a nine-point scale ranges from A1 (excellent) to E2 (dissatisfactory), D being the minimum pass grade.
A1 represents above 91 score. B1 is 81 to 90, while D is for marks from 33 to 40, and E1 and E2 are below 33.
Those students who have obtained the qualifying grades D and above in all the subjects, will be given the qualifying certificate.
"I am happy with the results. The grading system is good as it helps in overall development of students as it encourages them to participate in the extra curricular activities," said A.K. Sharma, principal of Ahlcon Public School here.
According to the CCE grading system, a student who scores between 34 and 42 grade points in extra-curricular activities stands a chance to be "upgraded" to the next level in two subjects in which he or she has got the lowest grade.
A student getting grade points between 19 and 33 points will get one-level better grade in at least one subject.
A total of 1,25,7893 candidates registered for Class 10 board examinations this year, an increase of about 6.67 percent over the last year.
However, 12,839 students have been declared 'eligible for improvement', or compartment exams.
The CBSE had set up 3,002 centres for the smooth conduct of the examinations.
The board said a total of 10 cases of cheating came to light this year, as compared to 11 cases last year.