Bihar Class 10: Prerna Raj tops, 18.77% rise in pass-percentage
The Bihar school board (BSEB) has declared the results of its Class-10 examination on its website. Three girls took the top two positions: while Prerna Raj (457/500) was ranked first, Pragya and Shikha (454/500) came second. This time, 68.89% students have passed, a whopping 18.77% increase from last year. Incidentally, of the 23 students in the top-10, 16 are from Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya, Jamui.
Here's how you can check results
To check the results, visit any of BSEB's official websites: www.biharboard.ac.in, www.biharboardonline.bihar.gov.in, or www.biharboard.online. Enter your roll number and other relevant details to view results. The websites are likely to crash immediately after result declaration due to heavy traffic. You can visit later without problems.
Top 10 rankholders to get laptops, cash prizes
The Class 10 exams were held during February 21-28. As many as 448 students were barred for malpractices, and 93 for writing papers for others. The first, second and third toppers will each get Rs. 1L, Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively, plus a laptop, e-books and stationeries. Those securing 4th to 10th ranks will get Rs. 10,000 and a laptop each.
BSEB chairman lists reasons for drastic improvement
Last year, a total of 17,23,911 students had appeared for the exam, of which 8,63,250 passed- a dismal 50.12%. Even that was an increase from 2016's 46.6%. But this time, the pass percentage sharply increased: 68.89% of around 17L candidates, roughly 11.72L students, have cleared it. Anand Kishor, BSEB Chairman, attributed it to change in pattern of questions, introduction of OMR sheets, and digitization.
Results got delayed after thousands of answer sheets went missing
Results were delayed this year after 42,000 answer sheets of Class 10 students mysteriously went missing from SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj. Police later found the sheets with a scrap dealer, who said the school's peon had sold them to him for Rs. 8,500.