So intense is the race that 72,599 students scored 90% and above, 9,352 more than last year, and 12,737 have notched up 95% and more, up from 10,091. This will, of course, make admissions to Delhi University colleges tougher, with cutoffs likely to record a new high. Nine of the 12 students who got the top four ranks are from humanities. The other three are from science.
Meghna scored a perfect 100 in four subjects – history, geography, psychology and economics. She scored 99 in English core. The girl who got the all-India second rank — Anoushka Chandra, also from Delhi-NCR — scored just one mark less than Meghna in English core. She too got a perfect 100 in history, political science, economics and psychology.
“I took humanities because I am interested in it and enjoyed studying social science. And if you pursue the subject of your interest, you will do well. There is no secret mantra; it’s just hard work. It’s not about science or humanities, it’s all about one’s interest. However, I am happy that the stereotype of humanities students not scoring has been broken,” said Meghna.
The overall pass percentage has, meanwhile, increased by nearly 1 percentage point at 83.01 after a drop of 1.03 last year. Thiruvananthapuram continues to have the highest pass percentage (97.32), while Kendriya Vidyalayas (97.78) are the best among institutions. Girls (88.31) maintained a lead over boys (78.99) in pass percentage and also bagged the top positions. Even among the top three performers in the differently-abled categories, two are girls.
There are, according to CBSE, seven all-India third rank holders who scored 497 out of 500. They include Chahat Boghraj of Jaipur, Astha Bamba of Ludhiana, Tanuja Kapri of Haridwar, Supriya Kaushik of Noida, Nakul Gupta of Ghaziabad and Ananya Singh of Meerut. The differently-abled are not far behind in this pursuit of excellence.
A Vijay Ganesh of Palghat Lion School, Palakkad, Kerala, with a score of 492 marks, is the topper in this category. The second and third ranks are held by Pooja Kumari (489) of Model School for Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, and Lavanya Jha (487) of Delhi Public School, R K Puram, respectively. Institution-wise, the KVs and Jawahar Lal Nehru Vidyalayas continue to lead the pack with 97.78 and 97.07 pass percentage, respectively, Central Tibetan Schools secured 94.82%.
Rest of the institutions could not cross the 85% mark, the worst performers being the private schools with 82.5 pass percentage. The number of students in foreign schools and their pass percentage also increased significantly this year. While the total registered candidates increased to 15,771 from 14,818 in 2017, the pass percentage increased from 92.02 in 2017 to 94.94 in 2018.
Among regions, Chennai follows Thiruvananthapuram in the second place with 93.87 pass percentage. Delhi is in the third place with 89 pass percentage. The worst performing regions are the east, led by Guwahati in the 10th position with 69.06 pass percentage with Patna next (70.54). The pass percentage of students of Delhi government schools has increased by 2.37, touching 90.64, even as private schools of the city lagged behind at 88.35. This year, 110 cases of unfair means were reported with 32 from Guwahati and 10 from Delhi. In all, 1,02,186 candidates have been placed in compartment which is 9.78% of the total candidates who appeared in the exams.