In all, 96.58 per cent of girls and 94.18 per cent of boys passed the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination and the total pass percentage stood at 95.27, an increase of 0.12 per cent over last year.
In 2013, 96.66 per cent of girls and 93.91 per cent of boys had passed the examination.
Ayush Banerjee of Loyola School, Jamshedpur topped the exam scoring 99.25 per cent. The second position was held jointly by Shruti Agarwal of City Montessory Inter College in Gomti Nagar Lucknow and Rohini Chandrasekhar of Sheiling House, Kanpur. Both scored 99 per cent.
This year, 68,723 candidates appeared for the class 12th exam.
The class X ICSE results will be declared on May 21.
Giving region-wise analysis break-up of the pass percentage of the class XII results, chief executive and secretary of CISCE Gerry Arathoon said the southern region posted the best pass percentage at 98.32 per cent followed by Western region which had a pass percentage of 95.74 per cent.
The ISC examination was conducted in 48 written subjects of which 14 are Indian languages and 5 are foreign languages.
Arathoon said girls also did better in the Delhi/NCR region where the total pass percentage stood at 97.41 percent.
Shivam Garg from St Joseph Academy, Ghaziabad and Anaqat Kamboj of Sri Ram School, Gurgaon topped the region scoring 98.25 per cent.