Scoring 600 is a rarity in II PU and none has done this in recent years. Last year, the highest score was 598 in commerce, 596 in science and 594 in arts. While all candidates have been promoted, the number of distinctions shot up by 39%, 1st class by 60%, 2nd class by 90% and pass class by 40%.
Dip in number of distinction scorers
The percentage of students who secured distinction has decreased this year. While 17% of those who passed secured distinction last year, only 14% made the cut this time. While 22% of passed candidates did so with a second class this year; it was 19% last year. After the II PU exams were cancelled because of the pandemic, a 12-member technical committee was formed to fix a formula to award marks for students.
“Unlike SSLC which has six subjects, II PU has 38. Therefore, we were not able to conduct exams. Students unhappy with the marks can write the exams from August 19 to September 3 without paying fees. Those opting for this exam cannot switch back to the marks announced now,” said S Suresh Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education.
A total of 6,66,497 students were declared pass. Of this, 95,628 students secured distinction, 3,55,078 first class, 1,47,055 second class and 68,729 pass class. In pass class, 62,548 are repeaters.
Dakshina Kannada had most top scorers (445), followed by Bengaluru South (302), Bengaluru North (261), Udupi (149) and Hassan (104).
Boys scored in distinction (60,085 as against 35,543 girls) and first class (1,91,971 as against 1,63,107 girls). While 22% of English-medium students secured distinction, 4% of their counterparts in Kannada did so.