The Class XII Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results hit an all-time high, with 90.03 per cent of the students passing the examinations held in February-March 2014, an increase of around 10 per cent from the 79.95 per cent who passed the February-March 2013 examinations.
The results were announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) online on Monday afternoon.
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The revised syllabus, along with modified assessment pattern, with a share of around 20 per cent for internal assessment, are said to have helped a large number of students clear the examination this year.
A total of 11,98,859 students (excluding repeaters) appeared for HSC, of which 10,79,332, including 5,01,000 girls, cleared the examination, taking pass percentage to 90.03 per cent. In keeping with the annual trend, this year too passing percentage of girls (93.5 per cent) is higher than that of boys (87.23 per cent).
Addressing mediapersons, MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane said internal assessment introduced for most HSC subjects resulted in the all-time high results.
“Internal assessment was a new feature for Arts and Commerce as per revised syllabus and assessment methods. Some subjects of Science stream earlier had internal assessment, but later most subjects got covered as per revised curriculum. The internal assessment, introduced on the lines of assessment pattern of the Central Board of Secondary Education, was 20 per cent of overall assessment. The state board is gradually moving towards the Continuous and Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and benefit of this reform has reflected in the record percentage,” he said.
Both Arts and Commerce faculties registered a hike of around 15 per cent in passing percentage as compared to last year’s results. The passing percentage of Science had gone up marginally by 2.37 per cent.
As per result analysis, around 40 per cent of total candidates who appeared for HSC scored first-class or above, including around 6 per cent (79,543) who had distinction. This, according to experts, implies internal assessment has not only helped students in clearing the examination but also improving marks.
Among repeaters, 29.45 per cent passed. Only 38,718 candidates cleared the February-March 2014 examination, out of 1,31,452 candidates.
The students will get their mark-sheets from respective junior colleges after 3 pm June 10. Students willing to apply for verification of marks will have to submit their application after getting hard copies of mark-sheets before June 20. Candidates can apply for photocopies of answer-sheet till June 21, and apply for revaluation within five days of receipt of photocopies.