ISLAMABAD - Once again girls have maintained their hold over boys in Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) annual examination 2013 by securing 12 top positions in all five groups, while boys gained better results in Commerce and Pre-Engineering Groups and bagged three positions.

The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) announced Intermediate result Tuesday. State Minister for Education, Trainings, and Standards in Higher Education, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, made this announcement. Federal Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri and FBISE Chairperson Shaheen Khan also accompanied him.

Naima Gul of Hamza Army Public School and College, Shahrah-e-Stadium Road (Hamza Camp), Rawalpindi, clinched first position overall and in Pre-Medical Group and secured 1036 marks that remained highest in the exam result. Zainab Khalil of the same institution obtained 1029 marks and got second position. Naima Maqsood of Army Public School and College for Girls, 208 Hamayun Road, Rawalpindi, and Muhammad Sheharyar Warraich of Army Public School and College for Boys, Ordinance Road, Rawalpindi Cantt, shared third position with 1023 marks each.

In Pre-Engineering Group Isra Rasheed of Hamza Army Public School and College, Shahrah-e-Stadium Road (Hamza Camp), Rawalpindi, secured first position with 1020 marks. Ayesha Zaka of Punjab College, 92, Nazimuddin Road, F-8/4, Islamabad got second position obtaining 1017 marks. And Syed Ammar Abbas of FG Sir Syed College, The Mall, Rawalpindi, got third position with 1016 marks.

In Science General Group with 1011 marks Faiza Ahmad Khan of Army Public School and College, Jehlum Cantt, was declared first while Novera Tahir of Army Burn Hall College for Girls, Abbottabad, got second position with 1010 marks and Sidrah Kanwal of Islamabad Model College for Girls (PG), G-10/4, Islamabad with 973 marks remained third.

Boys bagged two top positions in Commerce Group. Basit Ali of Punjab College of Information Technology, G-6/1, Abpara, Islamabad secured 908 marks followed by Arslan Augustine Joseph of Punjab College, 92, Nazimuddin Road, F-8/4, Islamabad who secured 887 marks. And third position went to Aziz Fatima of Garrison Post Graduate College for Women, 52 Tufail Road, Lahore Cantt, who obtained 884 marks.

In Humanities Group Sara Noor of Fauji Foundation College for Girls, New Lalazar, Rawalpindi Cantt, got first position with 914 marks, followed by Mamoona Aslam of Islamabad Model College for Girls, Kot Hathial (F.A), Islamabad, who secured 895 marks while third position went to Mubashirah Tariq Qasmi of Pakistan International School, Taj Al-Deen, Al Makki Azizyah, Jeddah, (KSA) with 894 marks.

Overall pass percentage of the result remained 72.30. As many as 38930 regular candidates had appeared in the exam and of them 30527 were declared successful with the percentage of 78.42. However, the pass percentage of private and ex-candidates candidates remained quite low as compared to the regular candidates as 52.17 per cent candidates managed to pass. In total, 11841 candidates took the examination as private and ex-candidates and of them 6178 were declared successful.

The statement issued by the board said all those candidates whose result has been withheld for want of fee/ eligibility are advised in their own interest to resolve these discrepancies to enable this office to declare their results.

All those candidates desirous of improving their grades/marks can do so by reappearing in up to two papers/subjects of their choice or entire examination in current course within a period of one year after the declaration of the result, it said. The HSSC Supplementary Examination 2013 will commence from November 19 and last date of submission of fee is September 25.

Those candidate placed under compartment are required to clear these papers in the next examination as per rules, if otherwise eligible. This year 6 unfair means were reported and all have been decided and all concerned were allowed personal hearing. 

The minister congratulated the students on their success. On a question regarding the plagiarism charges on Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari as appeared in media he said, action could only be taken after thorough probe, as many allegations are found baseless.