The pass percentage in the Central Board of Secondary Education Class 12 exam has gone up by over 9 percentage points against the pre-pandemic academic session of 2018-19 while a significant jump has been seen in the number of candidates scoring above 95 and 90 pc marks.
This year, the class 12 pass percentage stands at 92.71 per cent with 33,432 candidates having scored above 90 per cent and 1,34,797 above 95 per cent.
Similar trends have been witnessed in the class 10 results, announced by the board on Friday.
The board officials, however, claimed that this academic session was a "special one" and cannot be compared with previous sessions.
"COVID, non-conduct of classes, holding examinations two times, conducting an objective type examination, giving replies on OMRs, evaluation by schools etc, has made this session a special one and thus it cannot be compared with any of the previous sessions," CBSE examination controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said.
In 2021, the pass percentage in class 12 stood at 99.37 per cent, the highest ever recorded by the CBSE.
The last-year result was declared on the basis of a special assessment scheme as no exams were conducted due to the pandemic.
Similarly, in 2020, the exams were mid-way when a nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of COVID-19 and results were announced later on the basis of an assessment scheme which took into account students' performance in the exams conducted before the lockdown.
The pass percentage that year stood at 88.78.
In 2019 ie, before the outbreak of the virus, the pass percentage was recorded at 83.40, whereas the figures in 2018, 2017 and 2016 stood at 83.01, 82.02 and 83.05, respectively.
A similar jump has been seen in the number of candidates scoring more than 90 and 95 per cent.
In comparison to the 2019 figure, the number of candidates scoring above 90 and 95 cents has gone up by at least 40,000 and 15,000, respectively, in 2022.
In 2020 and 2021, 1,57,934 and 1,50,152 candidates scored above 90 per cent, and 38,686 and 70,004 scored above 95 per cent.
These numbers were relatively low in 2019 and the preceding years.
In 2019, 17,693 scored 95 plus and 94,299, 90 plus.
In 2018, the number of 95 and 90 pc scorers stood at 12,737 and 72,599, respectively.
For the first time, the CBSE exams were conducted in two terms. While the first term was conducted in November-December in 2021, the second term was held in May-June.
A weightage of 30 per cent has been given to first term marks while 70 pc weightage has been accorded to the second term marks.
In class 10, the pass percentage this year is 94.4, which is 4.64 percentage points lower than last year's 91.46. In 2019, the pass percentage was 91.10 pc.
The number of candidates scoring above 95 per cent has increased by over 7,000, with 64,908 students falling in the bracket. Similarly, the number of students scoring between 90 and 95 per cent has gone up by over 36,000 from last year's 2,00,962.
A total of 2,36,993 candidates have scored between 90 and 95 per cent this year.
In 2019, a total of 22,5143 candidates had scored above 90 per cent while 57,256 candidates had scored above 95 pc marks.