Chennai, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

The tenth standard public exam results, which were announced today, saw record toppers with a whopping 465 students, including 388 girls, sharing the top three ranks, even as Girls outscored boys in the pass percentage.

In all 19 students, including 18 girls, emerged as joint state toppers securing 499 out of 500, while 125 students, including 121 girls, shared the second rank with 498 marks, Director of Government Examinations K Devarajan said, while announcing the results to the media.

A record number of 321 students, including 249 girls, shared the third rank securing 497 marks out of a maximum 500.

Another unique record was that nine of the state toppers were from the backward Dharmapuri district and all of them were girls.

Four of the toppers were from same school -- Sri Vijay Vidyalaya Girls Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Dharmapuri district.

Apart from Dharmapuri, the state toppers emerged from Tirunelveli, Krishnagiri, Kallakurichi, Pattukkottai, Melur, Tuticorin, Aruppukottai, Virudhunagar, Tenkasi and Tiruppur educational districts.

Three students--Hema Varsini G from Velammal Matriculation School in the city, Durga Devi of TVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School Madurai and Vijayamoorthy S V from GRG Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, scored a perfect 500 out of 500, but they could not become state toppers as they did not choose Tamil as their first language.

This was for the first time in the history of school education the tenth standard exams have produced a record number of toppers.

The overall pass percentage was 90.7 per cent, a marginal 1.7 per cent increase over the last year (89 per cent). The pass percentage was 86.20 per cent in 2012.

As has been the trend, girls once again outscored boys with a pass percentage of 93.6 per cent as against 88 per cent by boys.

The pass percentage, both among boys and girls, has been showing a steady increase over the last three years. Among boys it stood at 83.40 per cent in 2012, 86 per cent in 2013, while it was 88.90 per cent (2012), 92 per cent (2013) among girls.

There were also more toppers among the students who had not taken Tamil as the first language.

While three students shared the first rank with 500 out of 500, 25 students shared the second rank with 499 marks.

A total of 140 students shared the third rank with 498 marks.

A total of 7,10,010 students secured an aggregate of 60 per cent and above.

While there was dip in students securing centum in mathematics which stood at 18,682 as against 29,905 last year, there was a quantum jump in students getting centum in science, which went up from 38,154 last year to 69,560 this year.

The centum in Social Science also went up to 26,554 this year when compared to 19,680 last year.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)