Girls continued to outshine boys in the Class XII exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education with 81 per cent students clearing the test.Girls registered a pass percentage of 85.94 against 77.40 of boys. A total of 6,37,976 students were registered for this year’s exam.

This year’s pass percentage marks an increase of 0.09 per cent over the pass rate of last year.  Chennai region registered the best performance by students as 92.06 per cent students cleared the test. The pass rate of regular students is 82.69 per cent as compared to 49.72 per cent of private students. A total of 63,644 students have been placed in compartment this year.

The test was conducted in 5614 centres in six regions of CBSE from March two to April two. About 58 students were found to have resorted to unfair means during the examination, the CBSE said.Students of Jawahar Nehru Vidyalayas (JNV) have registered over 94 per cent pass rate against 92 per cent last year. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan (KVS) have witnessed good performance by students with 91.32 per cent pupils clearing the test. About 82 per cent students of government schools have cleared the test.