Pune: Yet again, the girls have taken the centrestage in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results which were announced by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Wednesday, by scoring seven per cent more than the boys. The girls’ passing percentage was 92.36 per cent while the same for the boys was 85.23 per cent.
Board Chairperson Shakuntala Kale while addressing the media persons said, “This year, the State pass percentage has dropped by 1.09 per cent, from 89.50 per cent last year to 88.41 per cent this year.” However, the students with disabilities have performed very well with 91.78 pass percentage.
The examination was conducted in all nine divisions of the board.
Konkan division recorded the highest pass percentage of 94.85 while the Nashik division has the lowest i.e. 86.13 pass percentage.
The science stream has maintained its popularity with passing percentage at 95.85 per cent with no change compared to last year.
However, the pass percentage of arts and commerce has decreased from 81.91 per cent last year to 78.93 this year and 90.57 per cent to 89.50 per cent respectively. Surprisingly, once a popular stream, ‘Minimum Competency and Vocational Courses’ (MCVC), also saw a decline in the pass percentage from 86.27 in 2017 to 82.18 this year.
A total of 5,486 students in the State and 798 in Pune division scored more than 90 per cent marks. Also, 3,199 students in the State were awarded bonus marks for sports. The students were awarded 15, 20 or 25 marks according to their level of excellence in their sport.
A total of 1,039 copy cases and 12 dummy cases were recorded in the State this year. In Pune division, 35 results have been kept on reserve and 38 candidates have been debarred for reasons like malpractices in the examination.
The students whose answer sheets were burnt in an accident in Beed have received average marks in the subject as per the board rule,” said Kale. The room which consisted of 1,199 answer sheets of class XII mathematics had caught fire accidentally.
Students can apply for reevaluation of answer sheets from Thursday till June 9. For photocopies of answer sheets, the students can apply from May 31 to June 19. Like last year, even this time, the answer sheets of students who have appeared for JEE will be evaluated on a priority basis.
Kale congratulated all students on their success and appealed to students who couldn’t make it through the examination, not to get disheartened and study hard for their next attempt.
14,16,986 - No. of students appeared
88.41%- Pass percentage
Division Pass percentage