The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII results, which were declared on Saturday, saw a dip of 14 per cent in pass percentage as compared to last year. The overall pass percentage this year stood at 62.36 as compared to 76.77 in 2016. Moreover, the merit list of students in 14 districts out of the total 22 districts in the State remained less than the double-digit figure. A total of 3.14 lakh students had appeared in the exams, out of which 36,376 students failed as against over 16,000 last year. While 62,916 and 18,822 students got compartment and re-appear respectively, the cases of 380 students were withheld by the PSEB.Girls’ pass percentage The girls’ pass percentage stood at 72.59 as against boys’ 54.42, dropping sharply from 71.12 from last year’s result. Similarly, the girls’ pass percentage also saw a drop of 7.44 as against 84.03 recorded last year. About 37 per cent of students, who appeared for the examination, either failed or got reappear or compartment. Ashima Arora, student of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, topped the exams by scoring 98.44% marks. The second position was bagged by Prabhjot Joshi, student of BCM Senior Secondary school, Ludhiana with 98.22%. Riya, student of Tagore Centenary secondary school, Gurdaspur, with 98% secured the third position, an official said. Of the total 350 students in the merit list, the maximum — 139 — were from Ludhiana district. Many schools in 14 districts, including Muktsar, Fazilka, Mansa, Moga, Pathankot, Barnala, whose students were in the merit list, could not even cross the double digit pass percentage. The highest pass percentage of students in the State was in Gurdaspur at 76.14, followed by Amritsar district at 71.08. The lowest pass percentage was in Rup Nagar district at 53.53. Incidentally, Rup Nagar was the Assembly constituency of former Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema in the SAD-BJP government. Notably, the overall pass percentage in 2014 and 2015 stood at 81.09 and 76.24, respectively.