“Though I was confused initially whether to switch boards after class X, I have decided to write the board examination. I want to take up medicine, and for that, scoring marks is very important.”- said S. Poorvaja, a class X CBSE student, says,
For many CBSE students, the choice between taking the final exam conducted by the board or their respective schools is a tough one.
Though students have made their choice this academic year, it will never be an easy decision, many said.
Srilakshmi Geetha, a class X student who has opted to write the school-based examination, says she made the decision because she wanted to continue studying in the same school in class XI. Her school, she says, gives preference to those who take up the school-based examination at the time of admission to class XI.
“Though nobody will be denied admission because they took the board examination, those who take the school-based examination will be given some preference in choosing the groups,” she says, adding, “There is not much difference between the two examinations conducted by the board and by the school. Though I would have liked to take the board examination just to get the exposure, I do not want to risk not getting the group of my choice next year.”
Last year, of the 1,52,086 students who registered for the class X examination, 97,257 opted for the board exam, according to the CBSE, which is still in the process of consolidating this year’s figures.
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