AHMEDABAD: For the first time, four English medium students figured in the state toppers' list of the Class XII (science) stream exams announced here on Thursday. The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) declared a 75.77 per cent result with 1,848 more students clearing the exam compared to last year.
Vadodara girl Deval Shah of Jeevan Sadhna school topped the state scoring 95.2 per cent marks. Milap Parmar of PV Modi High School, Rajkot, stood second with 95 per cent marks.
Among the 32 in the top-ten merit list, Ayushi Sutaria from Ahmedabad's St Xavier's Loyola School, Ruchi Shah of Vidyani Vidyalaya, Vadodara and Pratiksha Kapadia of Jetpur come from English medium schools and all rank eighth scoring 93.8 per cent marks. The fourth — Minhaz Karkhanwala of St Xavier's School, Mirzapur — ranked tenth scoring 93.4 per cent marks.
Ahmedabad captured the maximum slots with nine rankers in the state list while six are from Rajkot, four from Surat, three from Vadodara and two each from Navsari, Bhavnagar and Junagadh. Among English medium schools, 81.32 per cent cleared the board while 75.11 per cent cleared in Gujarati medium schools.
The results were declared by chairman of GSHSEB Hasmukh Adhia and education minister Ramanlal Vohra. Although there are fewer girls in the merit list — 15 girls as compared to 17 boys — they beat the boys in terms of success record.
Apart from the highest percentage of 95.2 which went to Vadodara girl Deval, the overall pass percentage of girls is 79 while 74 per cent boys cleared the exam.