Girls outshine boys in ICSE board exam

Girls once again outshone boys in the Class X and Class XII exams of Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) board but the latter managed to grab the top-most honour in both the classes.

The pass percentage in both the classes registered an increase -- Class X (ICSE) up by 0.21 per cent to 98.49 per cent and Class XII up by 1.01 per cent to 96.28 per cent.

As in the past years, the girls have done better than boys. In Class X, the girls' pass percentage was 98.95 per cent while boys fell behind by a whisker at 98.12 per cent. For the Class XII, the figures for girls were 97.49 per cent while only 95.27 per cent boys could clear the hurdle.

However, Kolkata boys bagged rank one in both classes. Arkya Chatterjee of Vivekananda Mission School in Kolkata scored 99.75 per cent to become the first rank holder in Class XII while Sougata Chowdhury of Kolkata-based St Xaviers Collegiate School bagged the top most rank with 99.20 per cent in Class X.

An analysis showed that the southern region has the best pass percentage at 99.66 per cent in Class X followed by western region having a pass percentage of 99.55 per cent. Same is the case for Class XII, with southern region remaining on top with 99.08 per cent followed by western region at 97.47 per cent.

The CISCE said 6,660 Scheduled Caste candidates took the examination and 97.18 per cent cleared the exam in Class X. According to the CISCE, 96.48 per cent of 5,286 Scheduled Tribe candidates and 98.28 per cent of 24,735 OBC students cleared the exam.

Among the 2,248 SC students who took the Class XII exams, 95.02 per cent passed while 93.22 per cent of 2,478 ST candidates also cleared the exam. It also said 7,013 Other Backward Class candidates took the examination achieving a pass percentage of 95.71 per cent.

The CISCE also provided details of students with “special difficulties”, who also came out in flying colours. Among the 877 dyslexia-affected students, 69 in Class X scored above 90 per cent marks while out of 29 visually challenged students, six candidates got more than 90 per cent. Four candidates took their examinations in the hospitals and one of them obtained above 90 per cent.

In the Class XII exams, there were 116 dyslexia-affected students and six of them got more than 90 per cent. Four out of 18 visually challenged students also scored more than 90 per cent. Four candidates took their examinations in the hospitals and one of them obtained above 90 per cent.

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