New Delhi: Raksha Gopal, a student of Amity International School in Noida, topped the CBSE Class 12 exams 2017 with 99.6%, while Bhumi Sawant De from DAV Public School in Chandigarh stood second with 99.4% and Aditya Jain from Bhawan Vidyalaya Chandigarh tied third with Mannat Luthra at 99.2%.
Speaking to CNN-News18, Raksha, a Humanities student, said: “The feeling is yet to sink in. I knew I would do well, but never thought I would top. This shatters the myth that students from Humanities cannot score.” Raksha added that she wished to pursue Political Science (Hons) next.
The all India pass percentage went down from 83.05% in 2016 to 82% this year, but the number of students who scored between 95% and 100% increased from 9,351 last year to 10,091 this year.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke to the toppers from all three streams — Science, Commerce and Humanities. “I want to congratulate all the students who scored well. I also want to say that those who did not do well should try again, they will also succeed,” he said.
The board has also started a helpline with toll-free number 18000118004 for psychological counselling post class 12 board results, reported PTI. "Sixty-five counsellors will talk to students and parents on the helpline number between 8 am to 10 pm," a senior CBSE official said.
A total of 10,98,891 candidates — 6,38,865 boys and 4,60,026 girls — from 10,678 schools had registered for the Class 12 exams, which is a 2.82 percent increase from 2016. Delhi regions had the highest number of candidates (2,58,321), followed by Panchkula with 1,84,557 and Ajmer with 1,31,449 candidates. The exams were conducted from March 9 to April 29.