Girls bagged the top three positions in the merit list of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII annual exam, the result of which was declared on Monday. The top positions went to Darshveer Kaur of RS Model School, Ludhiana and Saema Rashid of Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ropar. Both secured 100 per cent marks. PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said while declaring the result. The girls left the boys behind by grabbing the top seven positions besides dominating 75 per cent merit list.
While Sarika of Humanities stream from BCM Senior Secondary School at Jamalpur in Ludhiana stood second by securing 99.78 per cent marks, Kajol Tandon of Science stream from RS Model School, Ludhiana bagged the third position by securing 99.56 per cent marks. Ludhiana district once again topped the list of meritorious students, with 199 students from here making it to the merit list. PSEB had conducted the senior secondary annual exams in March this year, in which 3.40 lakh students had appeared. Of them, 3.05 lakh students were regular while the remaining had appeared as private candidates under Open School programme.
With overall pass percentage of 76.24 per cent, 2,40,199 of the total 3,04,644 regular students and 18,881 of the total 35,174 private students cleared the Class XII exams.
Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema excited over the unique +2 result said that it was gratifying that the education department’s focus on improving education level of girl students was paying rich dividends as girls by their commitment and sheer hard work have begun their unique march towards gender equality in the state.