New Delhi: Girls outshone boys in the class 12 CBSE examination, the results of which were declared on Thursday way ahead of schedule. Ghaziabad's Hansika Shukla and Muzaffarnagar's Karishma Arora shared the top tank with 499 out of 500 marks.
Girls have a pass percentage of 88.70, which is 9 percentage points more than that of boys' 79.40 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the students on clearing the exams.
"Congratulations to all my young friends who have successfully passed the CBSE Class XII examinations. My best wishes to them for their endeavours. Kudos also to their parents and teachers for the valuable support," he tweeted.
Union HRD Minister spoke to the toppers and congratulated them on their success.
"I have spoken to the toppers and congratulated them on their success. I congratulate all students who have cleared the exam and those who could not make it, they should not get demotivated and work harder for next attempts," he said.
The board's Thiruvananthapuram region has the highest pass percentage at 98.20 followed by Chennai at 92.93 per cent and Delhi at 91.87 per cent.
A total of 12.05 lakh candidates had appeared for the examination and an increase of 0.39 per cent in the pass percentage has been registered. Students from 12,441 schools had appeared for the exam at 4627 centres.
The application to verify the marks must be submitted between 8 am and 5 pm on May 4. Each paper will cost Rs 500 as re-evaluation fees. To receive copies of the answer paper application can be made on May 20 and 21. Each copy will cost Rs 700.
For having the paper revaluated, applications must be made on May 24 and 25. Each paper will cost Rs 100 as revaluation fees.
Counselling is also made available to students and parents.