PATNA: Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya-Jamui’s student Prerna Raj topped in the state and her schoolmates Pragya, Shikha Kumari and Annu Priya ranked second and third as the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Tuesday made public the Class X examination results, declaring 12.11 lakh of 17.58 lakh students successful.
The overall pass percentage at 68.89 this year is 18.77% more than last year’s 50.12
While Prerna fetched 457 out of 500 marks, Pragya and Shikha scored 454 each to together bag the second spot. Annu obtained 452 marks. As many as 16 of the 23 top ten scorers belonged to the Jamui school which is touted as bifurcated Bihar’s equivalent to undivided Bihar’s famous Netarhat school.
Of the 17,58,797 students who wrote the matriculation examination in February this year, 6,67,505 boys and 5,44,112 girls passed. While 10.76% of the total secured first division, 37.74% secured second division and 20.3% third division.
The results were released jointly by state education minister Krishnanandan Prasad Verma, education secretary Robert L Chongthu and BSEB chairman Anand Kishor in Patna. Verma said the results were a pointer to the girls’ empowerment and the hard work of CM Nitish Kumar who always put stress on girl’s education.
Kishor said the board took adequate measures to conduct free and fair examination. “CCTV cameras were installed and videography was done,” he said and added the DMs and DEOs inspected the examination centres on a regular basis.
“The overall result improved from previous years due to initiatives such as 50% objective questions from this year,” said Kishor.
The results were slated to be announced on June 20, but it was postponed following reports that 40,000 answer copies had gone missing from Gopalganj’s SS Girls’ Senior Secondary School evaluation centre. Police have arrested several people, including the school caretaker and two scrap dealers, in this regard.
Kishor said the failed students could apply online for scrutiny from June 28. The results of 7,815 students have been kept pending due to various reasons. He said the BSEB members would decide how to process the applications for scrutiny of students whose answer sheets have gone missing from the Gopalganj evaluation centre.
“The board will soon convene a meeting in this regard as police have not yet recovered the answer copies,” said the BSEB chairman.