The Thiruvananthapuram region, which accounts for schools in Kerala and Lakshadweep, has once again recorded the highest pass percentage in the CBSE Class XII examinations, which were announced in New Delhi on Sunday.

Thiruvananthapuram secured a pass per cent of 95.62, which is significantly higher than the country's overall pass per cent of 82.02. The region thus topped the performance list, while Chennai came second (92.60%), followed by Delhi (88.37%). 

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Out of the 34,959 candidates appeared from the Thiruvananthapuram region, 33,334 were cleared for higher studies. However, the region could not better its last year's performance, which saw a pass per cent of 97.4.

Ever since Thiruvananthapuram region was instated by the CBSE five years ago, it has continually recorded the highest pass percentage in the Class XII examinations. Girls outperformed boys in the region yet again by recording a pass per cent of 97.59 compared to the latter's 93.72.

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The region also bagged several individual honours. Ajay R Raj of St Thomas School, Thiruvananthapuram topped the differently abled category with 490 marks, while Lakshmi PV of Palghat Lions School, Palakkad came second with 486 marks.

Over 10.20 lakh students appeared for the 2017 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examinations this year. Raksha Gopal, a student of Amity International School in Noida, topped the results by securing with 498 marks out of 500.