ICSE and ISC exams (for Classes X and XII, respectively) are considered to be the toughest in India. Schools offering these programs are also in high demand; almost all of them are private schools (are there any public schools offering ICSE programs?). They are better funded, and have excellent facilities.
This year's results were announced yesterday. The overall pass percentage is very high: nearly 98% and 97% in the two exams. Once again, girls have done better; however, given the excellent pass percentage, the differential between boys and girls -- at between 1 and 3 percent -- is not much. Here's a bit about the high scorers:
In ISC exams, 111 candidates have secured grade one [90 percent and above] in each of the six subjects and 1,329 have achieved this grade in each of the seven subjects in ICSE.
The ToI story had some interesting info on the caste-wise break up of the exam takers (the figures appear to be muddled, but this is all we have):
Over 2,132 SC candidates took the Class X exams with a pass percentage of 96.29%, which is 3.9% higher compared to last year. The highest aggregate marks is 97.4 per cent. The performance of ST candidates has gone down with a pass percentage of 96.84%, which is 4.07% lower compared to last year. Around 2,786 ST candidates appeared for the Class X exams this year.
However, 733 SC candidates appeared for Class XII with the highest score of 96.5% obtained by a girl and the pass percentage is 95.5%. While 1,059 candidates appeared for Class X exams, the highest was scored by a girl who obtained 95%. The pass percentage remained at 94.62%. Around 6,737 and 1,951 candidates from the OBC category appeared for Class X and XII exams