The state recorded a passing percentage of 90.03, up from last year's 79.95, in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) 2014 exam, results of which were announced on Monday. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) cited the new syllabus, which was introduced two years ago, as the reason for the 10 per cent increase in the state's passing percentage.
Mumbai's passing percentage, however, dropped from 88.92 in 2013 to 88.30 this year. Girls outshone boys yet again with a passing percentage of 92.34 compared to 84.73. In the state too, the girls (93.50) performed better than the boys (87.23).
"The state's overall passing percentage shot up because teachers were well trained this year and were well-versed to teach the new syllabus which was introduced in 2013. Last year's percentage was a bit low because it was the first year of the new syllabus. Mumbai's passing percentage fell marginally because more number of students took the private route to appear for the exams compared to those from other regions," said Laxmikant Pandey, chairman, Mumbai divisional board. As many as 20,743 students appeared private for the HSC exam this year.
The students will get their marksheets at their college at 11am on June 10. Students can apply for Xerox copies of their answer sheets from June 2 to 21. The board will charge Rs400 per paper. Students can apply for re-evaluation within five days of getting the Xerox copies. However, for recounting of marks, they won't have to pay anything. The helpline (27893756) for students will be open from Monday.