- UP's Hansika Shukla, Karishma Arora topped the CBSE exam this year
- Three students shared the second rank with a score of 498 out of 500
- The results are available on the board's official website
Two girls are the joint toppers of the CBSE Class 12 examination, the results of which were declared this afternoon. Around 13 lakh students appeared for the mega exam which began on February 16. Girls outperformed boys this year too with three girls students clinching the second rank as well.
Hansika Shukla from Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from from Muzaffarnagar topped the exam this year. Both of them scored 499 out of 500 marks. The results were declared way ahead of their schedule.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar wished the students. "Congratulations to all my young friends who have successfully passed the CBSE Class XII examinations. My best wishes to them for their endeavours. Kudos also to their parents and teachers for the valuable support," PM Modi tweeted.
Three students shared the second rank with a score of 498 out of 500: Gaurangi Chawala from Rishikesh, Aishwarya from Raebareli and Bhavya from Haryana's Jind.
Neeraj Jindal and Mehak Talwar from Delhi are among 18 students to rank third in the exam.
The top three performing regions are Thiruvananthapuram with 98.2 per cent, Chennai region with 92.93 per cent and New Delhi with 91.87 pass percentage.
Union Minister Smriti Irani said her son Zohr scored 91 per cent in the best four subjects and 94 per cent in Economics. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's son scored 96.4 per cent, his wife Sunita tweeted.
Central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas recorded a success rate of 98.54 per cent and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya chain of schools scored a 96.62 success rate.
The results were announced within 28 days of the last date of the examination.
This year, the exams took place earlier than the previous years.
The results, which are usually announced by the third week of May, was being announced earlier than scheduled.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)