Fewer students achieved top A-level grades for the fourth year in a row but the overall pass rate has risen, figures show.
Some 25.9% of students were awarded the A* and A grades, down from 26%.
students awarded A* and A grades
But the overall pass rate of A* to E grades has recovered after last year falling for the first time in 30 years, and is back to where it was in 2013 at 98.1%.
overall pass rate of A* to E grades
Mathematics remains the most popular subject, accounting for 10.9% of all entries, followed by English (10.5%) and biology (7.4%), the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) said.
Girls have again outperformed boys by 1% overall, but boys continued to earn more A* grades for the fourth year running, with 8.7% achieving a top mark compared with 7.8% of girls.
Other key figures:
ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:
There were 850,749 entrants for the exams, up 2% on last year's total.
8.2% of entrants received an A*, the same figure as last year.
The gap between girls and boys receiving the top grades has narrowed to its smallest for at least 10 years. The number of girls who got A or higher was 0.4 percentage points more than the number of boys. In 2005 the gap was 2.4 percentage points.
Computing saw the biggest jump in entrants, rising by 29.1% on 2014.
South-west England and the East Midlands saw the biggest year-on-year fall in the number of candidates receiving grade A or above, both dropping 0.7 percentage points.
Eastern England, north-west England and London were the only regions to see an increase in the number of candidates receiving grade A or above, rising 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 percentage points respectively.