MUMBAI: With admissions to engineering and medicine depending on common entrance tests based on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum, increasing number of students are choosing to continue studying Class 12 in CBSE after Class 10.
Indicating that the trend of CBSE students in the city switching to other boards – especially Maharashtra state board – after Class 10 is reversing, school based exams witnessed a 38% rise in the number of students taking the exam.
To bring down students’ stress, the CBSE has made Class 10 board exams optional. Students can instead choose to take the schoolbased assessment, in which the second summative assessment is done at the school-level. In board exams, this assessment is done by the board.
Over the past few years, there were not many takers for school-based exams in the city. Surprisingly, this year, the number of students who took the schoolbased exam in Maharashtra increased to 3,596 from 2,599 last year, according to figures provided by the CBSE regional office. Comparatively, the board exam takers have only grown by 13% – from 37,721 last year to 37,721 this year.
Academicians attributed this trend to an increasing number of students wanting to pursue CBSE in Class 12. “This year, the number of students taking the CBSE Class 12 exam had increased by 50%,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.
Srivastava said the changing pattern of competitive exams could be responsible for this change. “Since the engineering entrance exam, JEE and now the NEET, are largely based on the NCERT syllabus being followed by the CBSE, more students are choosing not to switch to other boards after Class 10,” said Srivastava.
Besides those appearing for school-based exams, even some high scorers in Class 10 CBSE board want to continue in the same board. “I want to pursue a career in engineering and I have already secured admission in RN Podar School for Class 12,” said Kaustabh Venkatesh, who topped at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidyamandir, Borivli, with 98.8% and 10 CGPA.
Amrita Jena school topper at RN Podar School, Santacruz, who scored the same marks, said that she would continue with CBSE in Class 12. “I want to pursue science, but my long-term aim is civil services,” said Jena.