The examination recorded a pass percentage of 73.40% this year – a 10% drop from last year and a 15% drop compared to 2022. A total of 8.5 lakh students appeared for the examination, out of which 6.3 lakh passed. The girls outperformed the boys in the examination with the former recording a pass percentage of 81% and the latter registering 65%. Just like other years, rural students recorded a higher pass percentage of 74%, which is 2% more than that of their urban counterparts. Karnataka School Examination and Assessment Board (KSEAB) officials claimed that the reduction in pass percentage was a result of webcasting from examination centres. Control rooms were set up in all districts to monitor the live feed in a bid to clamp down on unfair practices. Notably, the actual pass percentage recorded this year was 53% and it was later enhanced through a ‘normalisation’ process. Applying the normalisation process, the Board reduced the qualifying mark to attract more grace marks in all subjects as a one-time measure for all three SSLC exams.