For the second consecutive year, the number of Class 10 students who have opted for the exams conducted by the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) is much higher than those registered for the school-based exams.
According to the data provided by the board, around 3,908 students from 41 CBSE schools in Mumbai have registered for the board exams while 1,100 students have opted for the school-based exams this year.
Of the 313 schools across Maharashtra, about 21,000 students have registered for the CBSE board and 3,081 students will appear for the school-based exams.
Last year, while 15,948 students registered for the board exams, 5,063 appeared for the school exams.
In 2009, CBSE had made the board exams optional for Class 10 students and introduced school-based exams for those who did not want to move to the state board.
With 87 schools in Maharashtra catering to students only till Class 10 and very few offering Class 12, the number of students opting for the board exams is increasing.
“Many of the schools [till Class 10] are looking for an upgradation and affiliation for Class 11. But till that happens, many Class 10 students will opt for the board exams knowing well that they will have to compete with students from other boards when they seek admission for Class 11 or move to another school that offers Class 12,” said Rama Sharma, CBSE spokesperson.
Though the mode of exam is optional, principals of CBSE schools prefer the board exams.
“More than 95% students in our school have opted for the board exams. These are necessary and keep the competitive spirit alive,” said PC Chabbra, principal, Delhi Public School in Nerul.
Students too prefer the board exams as it opens up more avenues. “I want to get into a junior college since there are better choices and many more course options as compared what CBSE can offer,” said a student from DAV school in Kharghar, who has opted for the board exams, requesting anonymity.