Girls have once again outshone boys at the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). Out of the three toppers, two are girls in the CISCE results declared on Tuesday. While Eti Argarwal of La Martiniere Girls’ College, Lucknow, emerged as the all-India topper with a staggering 98.75% in her Class XII ISC exam, Avishek De of St Xavier’s Institution, Panihati, West Bengal, and Spriha Biswas of Rajendra Vidyalaya, Sakchi, Jamshedpur, were the joint all-India toppers of the ICSE Class X exams, scoring the highest aggregate of 98.8%.
The overall pass percentage has gone up, though the north has not fared well compared to other regions. The southern region has done well and girls have performed better. The overall pass percentage has reached an all-time high — 98.61% for Class X ICSE and 97.24% for Class XII ISC. The percentage has shot up by 0.3% and 0.13% in comparison to 2010 for Class X and XII.
Quite a few of the candidates with special abilities and those from reserved categories passed their exam with flying colours. Of the 459 dyslexic candidates who appeared for the Class X examinations, 49 scored 90% and above, while eight of the 29 visually challenged candidates scored 90% and above. “Similarly in Class XII examinations, two out of the 34 dyslexic candidates scored 90% and above, while one of the four visually challenged candidates managed to score above 90%,” said the officiating chief executive and secretary of the CISCE, Gerry Arathoon, while announcing the results in the Noida office.
Among the reserved categories, OBC had the highest pass percentage — 98.49% for Class X and 97.11% for Class XII. The pass percentage for girls — 99.15% and 98.40% for Class X and XII respectively — was higher than boys. “The number of girls appearing for the exams is significantly lower than boys, but every year girls have a better pass percentage across regions and categories,” said Arathoon.
Region-wise, barring the school abroad which scored a perfect 100 pass percentage in Class X and XII, the south topped in both the exams followed by the west. Though the north came last in the regionwise performance table, its pass percentage has improved.
In Class X, physical education and commercial applications, seem the favourite subjects with 100% pass percentage followed by computer applications with 99.97%, Bengali with 99.92%, economic application with 99.91%, environmental education with 99.28%, and English with 99.24%. Economics seems the toughest to crack with a 91.3% pass percentage.
According to the results received from some schools in Delhi and the NCR till the filing of this report, Anshul Kumar Gupta of the Shri Ram School (Aravali) scored 97% in his Class X exams, while Nehal Garg and Abhishek Gupta of the Shri Ram School, DLF, Phase - III scored 97.25% in their Class XII (commerce) exams.