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Number of students taking ICSE exams increases

The number of students who will be taking the ICSE exams this year across the state has risen by around 15% as compared to the previous year.

mumbai Updated: Feb 28, 2011 01:53 IST
Bhavya Dore

The number of students who will be taking the ICSE exams this year across the state has risen by around 15% as compared to the previous year.

The ICSE (Class 10) exams begin on Monday.

This year, 9,609 students will take the exams across Maharashtra compared to 8,289 students who took the exams in 2010. The number of ICSE schools in the state has also risen from 106 to 118.

“Many state board schools have been changing over to the ICSE board, so the number of students appearing for the exams has increased,” said Perin Bagli, secretary of the Association of ICSE schools in Maharashtra. “It is good news that schools want to affiliate with the ICSE board despite the difficulties in terms of junior college admissions.”

For the past three years ICSE schools have fought in court the state government’s policies for junior college admissions, seen as favourable towards state board students. Last year’s contentious Best-Five matter is still awaiting a final hearing in the Supreme Court.

Although ICSE students in Maharashtra might be facing difficulties at the time of college admissions, the state ranks third-highest on the number of candidates appearing for the exams this year.

Only Uttar Pradesh with 269 schools and 27,265 ICSE exam candidates and West Bengal with 300 schools and 24,274 ICSE exam candidates are ahead of Maharashtra.

However the state drops to number five on the list of those appearing for the ISC (Class 12) exams.

Only 1,332 students will be appearing for the ISC exams this year compared to the all-India highest of 19,227 from Uttar Pradesh.

The ISC exams also begin on Monday. Students in Mumbai are in the meantime, gearing up for the exams. “My preparation is all done but I’m a little nervous because it’s the first time I’m appearing for a board exam,” said Ekta Shah, a Class 10 student of HVB Academy in Marine Lines.