The results for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations of 2017 were published on Sunday with 74.79 percent of those who appeared have passed.
That marks a rise of 5.1 percent over last year's success rate, which stood at 69.60 percent last year.
As many as 58,276 students have secured GPA-5 against 42,894 last year.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over copies of the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning at Ganabhaban.
After the formalities, Hasina expressed joy to see the increased pass rate of girls against boys and wished to see equality next year.
She urged those who have failed this year to be ‘more attentive’ in their studies and asked their parents and teachers to be ‘more caring’.
The prime minister said her administration has always given importance to the education sector. “Because education is a key weapon to build a poverty-free country.”
Briefing the media on the highlights of the results at the Secretariat later in the afternoon, Education Minister Nahid expressed satisfaction over the increase in success rate and the number of GPA-5 achievers.
More than 1.21 million students sat for this year's exams, that started on Apr 3 and ended on Jun 20, under eight general, one madrasa and one technical education boards.
Of them, 899,150 have passed the exams.
The results have become available on the website, www.educationboardresults.gov.bd, from 2pm.
Apart from their own institutions, the students or their parents are now also able to find out the results through SMS on mobile phones.
In the eight general education boards, the success rate is 72.47 percent and 48,950 students have achieved GPA-5.
The success rate in the madrasa board is 88.19 percent while 2,414 students secured GPA-5.
And in the technical education board, the pass rate is 84.57 percent and 6,587 students have bagged GPA-5.
The education minister said girls were ahead of boys in success rate this year. Boys have a success rate of 73.93 percent against girls’ 75.60 percent.
The number of institutions from where no students passed the tests is 25. Last year, the number was 35.