Sunday, May 28, 2006

CBSE Results: Girls have done better


The results of Classes X and XII exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are out. Here are the links for the reports on Class XII and Class X results.

In both the exams, overall, girls have done better than the boys. The difference is smaller for Class X (77.7 for girls compared to 76.77 for boys and 77.16 overall) than for Class XII ((84.4 for girls compared to 75.93 for boys and 79.55 overall). This is what the Chairman of CBSE had to say:

"Unlike the Class XII examinations in which the gap between the girls and the boys was substantial, in the Class X examinations there was a less than one percentage point difference between them. This reinforces our theory that up to this level, girls and boys are almost the same, but the difference sets in after they are 16 years and above," CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly told a press conference ... [Link]

"The trend of girls doing better than boys started in 1991. We would like to do an analysis of why girls are doing better than boys to understand this trend. However, independent feedback that we have got so far shows that girls at this crucial juncture are more creative, innovative and focused than boys," said CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly at a press conference ... [Link].

The number of girls taking these exams is (slightly) lower, as can be seen from the fact that the overall pass percentage is (slightly) closer to the boys' than the girls'.

Not only have the girls done well overall (in terms of pass percentage), they have also done quite well in the 'elite' (with a score of over 90 percent) and 'super-elite' (over 95 percent) categories in the Class X exams:

While they might have done better than boys in the "elite" category of students getting 90 per cent or above, boys seem to have taken the lead as 10,617 of them scored over 90 per cent, compared to 10,385 girls. [...]

A total of 1,677 children in the country have scored over 95 per cent marks this year. There are 888 girls and 789 boys who made their mark in this "super-elite" category. [Link]

For class XII, however, this boys-vs-girls break-up among the '90+ percent' students is not given in any of the reports I checked. The CBSE website is of no help, either.

A couple of weeks ago, the ICSE and ISC exam results were also announced; once again, girls did better (overall) than boys. I looked for info on the boys-vs-girls break up among the toppers in these exams, but couldn't find any.

Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

4 Comments:

  1. Dilip D'Souza said...

    Abi: question that came up in one of your earlier posts too. Girls seem to do better at the CBSE/ICSE etc tests, but boys do better at standardized (multiple choice, presumably) tests like BITSAT and the like. (Steep fall in number of girls admitted to BITS after the switch to BITSAT is one indicator).

    Why is this? Is this true only in India? Any research on this?

  2. Abi said...

    Dilip: Sorry for this much delayed reply. This is something on which I am also looking for information/research. Will certainly post it when I find some.

  3. Bruno said...

    Coming to "getting into MBBS" in Tamil Nadu, the motivation as well as the facilites were same to both....

    THere will be equal number of boys and girls in Physics, Chemistry and Biology Tuitions / SPecial Classes and Coaching Classes and there will be equal number of boys and girls in the Entrance Coaching Institutes...

    What you say (Boys getting more facilities / being motivated) may be true as far as IIT-JEE, PMPD etc, but as far as I know I don't thing that there is a difference between the genders at State Exams....

    Yet the results are varied...

    This year, there is NO entrance in Tamil Nadu.... You will see that out of the 1500 seats, at least 1100 will be filled by girls...

    By the way, take the TOP 100 rankers in any Board Exams..... How many of them have got there without and coaching... Not even 5...

    In my knowledge, the level of coaching / special classes / tuitions needed for Class XII exams are more than the one month Training for Entrance Exams....

  4. ankit said...

    icse is tougher than cbse because in icse,students have to give exams on 11 subjects but in cbse only 5 subjects