New HS record: 137 students in top ten
Kolkata: Out of 137 candidates whose names have featured on the list, 19 names from the city have found place among the top ten rankers of the Higher Secondary (HS) Examination this year, which saw a rise in the overall pass percentage compared to 2018.
East Midnapore has recorded the highest pass percentage at 94.19, followed by Kolkata, West Midnapore, Kalimpong, Howrah and South 24-Parganas. The city has registered a pass percentage of 91.41, with West Midnapore at 90.94 percent, Kalimpong at 90.49 percent, Howrah at 88.81 percent and South 24-Parganas at 88.61 percent. Meanwhile, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Jhargram, Darjeeling, North Dinajpur, Nadia, Purulia and Murshidabad registered pass percentages of 88.83, 87.66, 86.08, 85.46, 85.39, 84.90, 84.85, 84.63 respectively.
Shovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School and Rajarshi Barman from Jenkins School in Cooch Behar have jointly bagged the first rank, by scoring 498 marks (99.6%), whereas Sanjukta Bose from Bidhannagar Govt High School in the city got the second rank, along with five others. A total of 7,818 students have scored 90 percent and above. The pass percentage among the male candidates stood at 87.44, with the percentage for female candidates at 85.30 and the average pass percentage at 86.29. The pass percentage last year was recorded at 83.75.
After publishing the results, president of WBCHSE Mahua Das said: "It's a record result in the exam. The students have become more conscious nowadays, which has been reflected in the results. There has been a healthy competition among the schools. In an unprecedented incident, many students have found place on the merit list. We have conducted district-wise orientation programmes, which are bringing results. Teachers are giving time to the students separately."