NEW DELHI: The dizzying upward march of marks in board exams continued on Monday, when the CBSE Class X exam results were declared. Of the 17.6 lakh students who appeared for the tests, a record 2.25 lakh scored 90% and above, with as many as 57,256 scoring 95% and above in aggregate.

The number of high scorers nearly doubled from 2018, the year when the Class X Board made a comeback.
As against four all-India toppers last year, there were 13 students who topped scoring 499 out of 500, followed by 25 students who got 498 and 59 who scored 497. The results were announced 32 days after the completion of the exam. The overall pass percentage improved by 4.4% point, recording 91.1%, which is also the highest in the history of compulsory Class X Board exams for CBSE. The last compulsory Class X exam before the CCE era was in 2009 when the pass percentage was 88.84%. In 2018, Class X Boards made a comeback with a pass percentage of 86.7%.

Girls continued to outshine boys with 92.45% pass percentage as against 90.14% of the boys. However, the gap between girls and boys narrowed from 3.4 percentage points last year to 2.3 percentage points. A total of 17 lakh students appeared for the exam this year, an increase of one lakh over 2018.
One of the toppers, Ankur Mishra of SAJ School, Sector 14C, Vasundhara, who scored a perfect 100 in English, Hindi, science and social science, and 99 in Maths, said: “I have missed a perfect score by one mark, which is disappointing because maths was one subject in which I could have scored cent per cent.” Ankur aspires to study in an IIT.
Ankur, who also loves to play cricket, said, “I have a long way to go and I cannot afford to be complacent. I would try to keep up with same study schedule.”