New Delhi: Repeating the statistics of last few years, girls again outperformed boys in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 examinations held at national as well at foreign centres.

The CBSE class 12 exams were conducted at 45 foreign centres, besides 34 centres in Gulf countries.

According to the results released on Monday, a total of 96.85 percent girl students cleared the exams from foreign centres, compared to 91.55 percent boys.

In the Gulf centres, 96.80 percent girls passed the exams, compared to 91.32 percent boys.

On the whole, pass percentage in foreign centres is 94.27 percent, against 92.56 percent last year.

In the Gulf countries, the pass percentage is 94.20 percent, against 93.40 percent in 2010.

A total of 9,068 students appeared from the Gulf centres in Dubai, Doha, Qatar and Kuwait.

From the other foreign centres, 8,532 students appeared this year.

In the seven regions in India whose results were declared on Monday, pass percentage of girls was 86.93 percent, compared to 77.83 percent for boys, a CBSE spokesperson said.

The overall pass percentage registered an increase of 1.84 percent over 2010 and stood at 81.71 percent.

Counselling to help students

In a bid to help the students post-result, the Board has begun the counselling process.

Multiple modes of communication such as telephonic counselling, Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and CBSE website is being used to reach out to more and more examinees till June 6.

"This year 36 principals, trained counsellors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools and few psychologist will participate in tele-counselling to address psychological problems of the students.

32 of them are available in India while 4 are located in Dubai, Doha Qatar, Kuwait," said a CBSE official.

Students can dial a toll free number 1800 11 7002 from any part of the country which will give centralised access to the CBSE helpline.

While general queries will be answered by the operators, students will be connected to principals or counsellors in case of exam related anxiety or stress, the official said.

When the first phase of counselling was launched during the exam season this year, approximately 2626 calls were received on the toll free number between February 1 and
April 13, handled by different counsellors.

The figure was much less as compared to last year when 7333 calls were received during the same time, indicating reduced stress and anxiety amongst examinees, the official