MAHIMA NAGPAL of Ludhiana bagged the first position in the state by securing 99.56 per cent marks in the Senior Secondary Examination, the results of which were declared by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Friday.
Interestingly, all three top slots (without sports) were taken away by non medical stream students this year.
Girls again outshone boys, bagging the three top positions. This year, pass percentage is 76.77 per cent, which is slightly more than last year’s percentage of 76.24 percent. The board released separate merit lists —sports and non-sports — this year.
Announcing the results, PSEB chairperson Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said Mahima Nagpal, a student of R S Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, secured 448 marks out of a maximum of 450 while Komal Rani, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil lines, Patiala secured 447 marks and Riya, a student of also a student of R S Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar Ludhiana bagged the third position by securing 444 (98.67 percent) marks.
This year, a separate merit list of sports quota students was also released. Sahil Midda, a student of Teja Singh Swantantar Memorial Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, topped the list securing 100 per cent.
Rishabhdeep Singh of Guru Ram Das Sr Secondary School, Gurdaspur; Pratiksha from BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, Ludhiana and Sumerjit Singh from Tagore Centenary Public Sr Secondary School, Gurdaspur, also secured first ranks with 100 per cent marks in sports merit.
The separate lists were released to avoid confusion but this time again, questions have been raised. However, the PSEB chairperson made it clear that the toppers in the state will be considered from the academics quota.
The chairperson said that total of 3,18,453 students appeared in the examination and 2,44,487 students cleared the examination. The pass percentage of regular candidates is 79.55 percent while that of open school candidates is 51 per cent. The chairperson added that the pass percentage of girls stood at 84.03 percent while that of boys is 71.12 percent. The pass percentage of the aided schools is lowest at 69 per cent while the pass percentage of meritorious schools, at 97.71, is the highest in the state.
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The chairperson also added that the pass percentage of the rural students was higher than that of the urban students this time. The pass percentage in the rural schools is 77.06 per cent while that in the urban schools is 76.46. As many as 42,750 got compartment in the examination and 16,248 could not clear the board exams.
The Science group has the maximum pass percentage at 86.40 per cent while Commerce group has 85.99 per cent, humanities group is 73.03 and that of vocational group is 79.93 per cent. This time, there was also a new category, ‘mix group’, which comprises the students who opted for humanities and science subjects together.
The maximum number of students from science group made it to the merit list. Out of the total list of 341 students, as many as 233 students of science group found a place in the merit list. Only five students of the vocational group managed to find a place in the merit list.
Most students who made it to the merit list are from Ludhiana. This year, 114 students from different schools in the district are in the merit list. Tarn Taran, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawa Shahar) fared badly and both the districts have one student each in the merit list.
A maximum of 50 merit ranks were held by students of Teja Singh Swatantra Memorial School in Ludhiana.
The chairperson said this year, only three marks were given as grace marks to the students while last year, it was 10 marks.