Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recorded the highest ever pass percentage of 99.37 in this year’s class 12 results, declared on Friday, with girls outshining boys by a slender margin of 0.54 per cent.
The pass percentage increased by over 10 percentage points against last year’s 88.78 per cent. The difference between the pass percentage of girls and boys was nearly six per cent last year.
The board has announced the results on basis of an alternate assessment policy after the exams were cancelled in view of the aggressive second wave of COVID-19.
While the pass percentage of girls and boys stood at 99.67 per cent and 99.13 per cent respectively, transgenders achieved a pass percentage of 100 per cent.
According to the policy decided by a 13-member panel of the board, the theory paper evaluation formula is 30 per cent weightage to Class 10 marks, another 30 per cent to Class 11 marks and 40 per cent weightage to marks obtained in Class 12 unit test, mid-term and pre-board exams.
“For the implementation of tabulation policy successfully and in the given time frame, it was considered important to facilitate the work to be done by teachers. So, in order to facilitate schools and help them in compilation and moderation of results and reduce any inadvertent errors on their part, a comprehensive and feature-rich system was developed by IT team of the CBSE,” CBSE Examinations Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said.
He noted that there were about a lakh students who were from boards other than CBSE.
“The schools were requested to verify their roll numbers, name of candidates and name of the board so that their data could be taken from the boards concerned,” Bhardwaj said.
“The system also calculated class 10 component based on data taken from various Boards. It also facilitated schools in uploading of class 10 marks for non-CBSE candidates whose data could not be received from board concerned and calculation of its 30 per cent component,” he said.
The number of candidates scoring above 95 per cent has increased from 38,686 last year to 70,004 this year. However, the number of candidates scoring between 90-95 per cent has gone down from 1,57,934 to 1,50,152.
The number of children with special needs scoring above 95 per cent is 129 while 400 students in the category have scored above 90 per cent. In CBSE-affiliated schools abroad, 99.92 per cent students have passed class 12.
Kendriya Vidalayas and the schools under the Central Tibetan Schools Administration have achieved 100 per cent pass percentage as against 98.62 per cent and 98.23 per cent respectively last year.
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas have improved their pass percentage from 98.70 to 99.94 this year. The pass percentage of government and government-aided schools have increased by 4.78 per cent and 7.92 per cent respectively.
The pass percentage of private schools has increased by over 11 per cent since last year.
Only 6,149 students have been placed under compartment as against 87,650 students last year.
“The compartment examination will be conducted between August 16 to September 15. The exact dates will be announced in some time,” Bhardwaj said.
While the announcing the marks tabulation policy, the board had clarified that since the components, including marks of class 11 and class 12, will be awarded at the school level, they will strictly not be comparable across schools due to the variations in the quality of question papers, the evaluation standard and processes, the mode of conduct of exams, among others.
“Therefore, to ensure standardisation, each school will have to internally moderate the marks to account for the school level variations by using a reliable reference standard,” according to the policy.
“The subject-wise marks assessed by the school for 2020-2021 should be within a range of plus/minus five marks obtained by the students in the school in the subject in the reference year,” it said.