The state had also posted its best performance ever in the higher secondary certificate (HSC, Class XII) exam conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary education in Oct-Nov this year, by registering a pass percentage of 90.03, showing an improvement of 10.08% compared to the 2013 result. The SSC results were announced online by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
As has been the norm for years, girls outperformed boys with a pass percentage of 90.55 as against 86.47 posted by boys. As many as 15.49 lakh students appeared for the SSC exams this year, of which 8.46 lakh were boys and 7.03 lakh girls. Of the nine divisions, only Mumbai's performance dipped, albeit marginally, compared to last year. All the other divisions showed a healthy improvement in pass percentages.
Konkan division retained the top spot with 95.57 pass percentage followed by Kolhapur (93.83) and Pune (92.35). Pune division bettered its rank from fourth last year to third this year. Latur division, once known for churning out toppers, hit rock bottom for the second time in a row despite an 8% improvement in pass percentage over last year. The division recorded 81.68 pass percentage.
Amravati division posted the maximum improvement in result by upping its pass percentage by 9.51. Pune division bettered its result by 4.13% as against last year. A remarkable 40,797 students scored over 90 % in the SSC exams this year as against 31,093 last year. The board offered multiple question papers for English and maths subjects, which generally see a high percentage of copying cases. The board took several measures to improve the success rate. This year, the marks total of maths and general maths paper from 150 to 100. Of the 100 marks, theory paper carried 80 marks while internal assessment carried 20 marks. This may also have contributed to the success rate.