This year, two girls from Chennai have topped in the Tamil Nadu Board (TNBSE) exam results. This is a strong deviation from the trend of students from western districts bagging the top ranks in the Class 12 board exams. The pass percentage this year remains the same as last year, at 90.6 per cent, even though the number of students who appeared for the exam went up from 8.21 lakh in 2014 to 8.39 lakh in 2015. A primary analysis of the results indicate that the cut-off for engineering seats would go up because of more centum scorers in maths, while that for medical admission may dip because of lesser number of students scoring full marks in physics, chemistry and biology.
Sresha C S from Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mogappair East and Mahalakshmi S from DAV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Gopalapuram came first with 1194 marks out of 1200. Parvathy S of Jeevana Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai shared the second slot along with Preethi S from Cluny Matriculatuion Higher Secondary School, Salem. The girls, who had French as their second language, scored 1193.
It may be mentioned that the state government, however, ranks only those students who take Tamil as the second language. So, Pavithra J of VikasVidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tiruppur and Nivetha L B of Sri Sowdeswari Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore were officially announced as toppers, though they scored only 1192.
From the western districts, C R Radhesh was the third ranker with a score of 1192. He is from Prince Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai. The other three third rank holders are from Tirupur, Coimbatore and Salem.
Madurai district recorded a marginal increase in pass percentage in the Class 12 board exams. The pass percentage in the district rose from 92.34 per cent last year to 92.87 per cent this year, a 0.53 per cent increase. Among the 31 districts in Tamil Nadu, Madurai has improved its position to 15th spot from 16th place last year.
A total of 34, 143 students appeared for the exam, and 34,495 passed. As many as 69 schools have secured 100 per cent pass. They included six government schools and seven government-aided schools.