CBSE class XII students in the state have performed marginally better this year,scoring 93.87 per cent as against 92.77 in 2012.
CBSE results declared Monday show the percentage is also better than the average of 91.83 in Chennai region.
The region also comprises Tamil Nadu,Kerala,Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka,Goa,Puducherry,Andaman and Nicobar Islands,Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.
Maharashtra,however,ranks fifth in the region. Goa topped it at 98.87 per cent,and was followed by Karnataka (97.43) and Puducherry (97.31). Lakshadweep was at the bottom with 64.86 per cent.
In the region,77,616 students took the exam and 71,271 passed.
In Maharashtra,10,557 of 11,247 passed.
Girls did better than boys in the region. While 93.92 per cent of girls passed the exam,the percentage for boys was 90.07.
Maharashtra,too,showed a similar trend with 95.43 per cent of girls passing as compared to 92.63 per cent boys.
I had expected at least 95 per cent. I plan to pursue actuarial science or chartered accountancy, said Aakash Krishnakumar of R N Podar School,Santacruz,who scored 98.8 per cent in commerce stream.
Tanvi Kulkarni,another R N Podar School student who scored 97.4 per cent in science stream,said: I did not ignore things I love doing like baking,reading,watching movies or hanging out with friends. I plan to pursue chemical engineering and I have already got a call letter from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Avnita Bir,principal of R N Podar School,said this was the first batch that went through two years of the new comprehensive continuous examination model and the results showed the overall scores had improved over the last year.
While 63.4 per cent students of R N Podar School scored above 90 per cent,31.9 per cent scored between 80-90.
Another top-scorer with 97.4 per cent in science,Prabhjyot Singh of Apeejay School,Nerul,also wants to pursue engineering.
IIT Bombay is my choice and now I am concentrating on doing well in the joint entrance examination (JEE), he said.
According to a statement issued by CBSE,the cut-off score for the top 20 percentile for JEE this year will be 391 (out of 500) for general category students,it will be 389 for OBCs,350 for SCs and 338 for STs.