Allahabad: Girls outperformed boys in Class 12 exams of the Uttar Pradesh Board, results for which were declared.
A total of 30.48 lakh students had appeared in the examinations held earlier this year, and 28.10 lakh of them secured pass marks, said state Director of Secondary Education and Chairperson of Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad Shail Kumari Yadav.
The overall pass percentage this year was 92.21, a drop of 0.47 per cent from the previous year.
The drop in pass percentage was mainly on account of the girls' pass percentage falling by a significant 1.19 per cent, even though the pass percentage of boys rose by a modest 0.02 per cent.
Nevertheless, the pass percentage of girls (95.31) remained significantly higher than that of the boys (89.81), in keeping with a trend that has been discernible for past few years now.
There was, however, an overall deterioration in the quality of performance as the percentage of those securing a first division fell sharply by 5.56 per cent while the proportion of those getting second division fell by 0.01 per cent.
However, there was an increase of 1.62 per cent in the proportion of those managing a third division. Basti (97.41), Sultanpur (96.56) and Ambedkar Nagar (96.53) emerged as the best performing districts, while Ghazipur stood at the bottom with a pass percentage of 85.58 only.
Interestingly, none of the districts known for academic achievements like Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Aligarh and Agra figured in the list of 10 best-performing districts in the examinations.
According to Yadav, 4.9 lakh more students appeared for the examinations this year as compared to last year. Consequently, the number of examination centres (10,546) too saw an increase this time.
92% students of Gautam Budh Nagar clear UP Board exam:
Nearly 92 per cent of the Class 12 students who appeared in UP Board examination from Gautam Buddha Nagar have been declared pass, with girls bagging 17 of the top 20 positions, including the first rank, in the district.
A total of 16,620 students appeared in the examination, of which 15,264 were declared pass. The pass percentage stood at 91.84.
As many as 5,499 students got first division, 7,894 scored second division while 1,262 secured third division. District topper was girl student Nova from RS Inter College, Bishada, who scored 472 marks out of 500.
Nita Yadav of Mihir Bhoj Inter College scored 445 and stood second in the district. Shivani of BL Inter College Dankaur stood third with 439 marks. 17 of the top 20 students in the district are girls.