The number of students from international schools applying for the FYJC online admissions has almost doubled this year, thanks to the early results of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams.
More than 45,000 students from different education boards have applied for online admissions to First Year Junior College (FYJC) 2015-16 within 10 days of the website opening, this year.
By Saturday afternoon, 237 students from the IGCSE had begun filling online application forms on fyjc.org.in/mumbai portal. This number was around 124 at this stage last year.
Till the last year, IGCSE students would have trouble applying for the FYJC online, as the results of the May-June exams would be declared in August.
The office of the deputy director of education, Mumbai region, said this is the first time that such a large number of IGCSE students have applied for online admissions.
“This year, we were surprised to see the large numbers of IGCSE students applying for online admissions,” said a senior education official from the directorate. “Till last year, they were unable to apply for online admissions as they only have provisional results in hand by June.”
Academicians pointed out that the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) held its examinations in March especially for Indian students this year. “Thanks to the CIE announcing the Feb-March series this year, students have received results in May, around the same time as their counterparts from other boards,” said Kavita Aggarwal, head of the Mumbai International Schools Association (MISA). “This has made them eligible to apply for local colleges in time.”
Till the last year, IGCSE students had the option of sitting for the board exams in either October-November or May-June. Those who took the earlier exam would then have to wait for six months for the FYJC admission process to begin.
Students said the new arrangement has spared them stress during admissions. “My seniors had earlier warned me that if I want to apply for FYJC, I should appear for the October exams,” said a student from a Juhu school, not wanting to be named. “But this would mean wasting six months for the admission process to begin. I am glad that the problem has been resolved.”