The much-awaited Bihar class 10 Board exam results were declared on Thursday with 49.68% students failing to pass the exam.The pass percentage of the students was 50.12%.A total of 17,40,000 students had appeared in the class 10 board exam conduced by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). About 8,63,000 students were declared passed.Also readWhat ails education in Bihar?Amarnath Tewary This year the pass percentage of students increased by 3.1% from the last year. Last year a total of 15,77,936 students had appeared in the exam in which 47.1% had passed.This year the BSEB, under its new regulations, had introduced the provision of grace marks to students but the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor refused to share more information on how many students were provided grace marking to cross the pass percentage.“Under the new regulations of BSEB the secrecy of grace marking cannot be shared with media”, said Mr Kishor.Prem Kumar of Lakhisarai district topped the exams with 93% marks while Bhavya Kumari of Simultala Residential government school, Jamui bagged second position with 92.8%.Most of the top ten students are from Simultala Residential School government, Jamui.This time, said the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, physical verification of all top ten students were done before the publication of the results.“Besides, strict measures were taken, including bar coding on answer sheets to avoid any chance of unfairness in the conduct of the exam or the results”, added Mr Kishor.The Intermediate results published last month hit headlines as the pass percentage was just 35%. The topper in humanities stream failed to answer basic questions of his subjects music and Hindi. He was also hound fudging with his age and later sent to jail.Similarly, in 2015, the humanities topper Ruby Rai had pronounced her subject “Political Science” as “Prodikal Science which teaches about cooking” and had hogged headlines.Later, she too was arrested along with other topper students.