BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, May 31: Guwahati boy Sarfaraj Hussain from Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Betkuchi topped the HSLC examitions conducted by SEBA for the year 2016, results of which were declared today. Sarfaraj clinched the top spot in the merit list scoring 590 out of 600 marks (98.3 per cent).
With a pass percentage of 64.11 per cent, boys outshone girls in this year’s HSLC examition. Girls registered a pass percentage of 61.11 per cent. The overall pass percentage this year is 62.79, which is slightly better than the 62.2 per cent recorded last year.
A total of 3,81,585 candidates appeared for the examition, of which 2,39,614 emerged successful. Altogether 5,497 students achieved first division, 96,568 secured second division and 88,849 were placed in third division.
Significantly, Assamese medium students competed well with students of English medium schools. In particular, students of Assamese medium Sankardev Vidya Niketans and Jatiya Vidyalayas in different parts of the State including Guwahati performed creditably with high marks.
As many as seven students were placed in the top three ranks. Swagat Gogoi of St Xavier’s School, Dibrugarh and Tridip Bora of gaon Govt. Boys HS School jointly took the second rank with 588 marks each.
Bhargav Kashyap and Bikramjit Deuri of Sankardev Vidya Niketan, Barpeta, Elius Bokhtier of Faringapara High School, Goalpara, Samarjyoti Kalita of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Rangia and Jyotirmoy Dutta of Udbastu High School, Bihupuria all stood third by scoring 586 marks each.
In all, 232 students figured in the top 20 merit list, and 5,449 passed with distinction.
Flood-hit Dhemaji district recorded the highest pass percentage of 78.06. With a pass percentage of 42.11, conflict-affected Chirang district languished at the bottom of the list.
In terms of pass percentage, this year’s results are the second best after 1986. The 2013 HSLC results remain the best till date, with a pass percentage of 70.71.
Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal, Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Agriculture minister and AGP president Atul Bora, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and the All Assam Students Union (AASU) have congratulated the successful students in this year’s HSLC exams.
The Chief Minister had words of consolation for those who did not make the cut. “Students who failed to clear the examition must not lose heart. They must try again resolutely,” he exhorted.
The AASU will hold a programme in Guwahati on June 8 to felicitate toppers of the HSLC, HM and HS (all streams) examitions. The results for all streams of the Higher Secondary (HS) examitions will be announced on June 2.
The HSLC examition this year was dogged by controversy when several thousand answer scripts were gutted in a major fire that broke out in an evaluation centre in Jorhat on March 3. An embarrassed Board of Secondary Education (SEBA) had to hold re-examition for the affected students while the State government ordered a CID inquiry into the incident. Despite this, the timely declaration of HSLC results has drawn kudos for the embattled SEBA.