Entries show growing popularity of Cambridge International Examinations in India

10 August 2017,Kolkata, India: Students across India received their Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level June 2017 exam results today, with exam entries revealing the growing popularity of Cambridge programmes.

Over 400 schools in India made over 57,000 entries for Cambridge qualifications this year in the March and June exam series, registering a 10 percent increase over last year. Entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level in 2017 have increased by 18 percent on 2016, and Cambridge IGCSE entries have increased by 8 percent.

Entries also show that an increasing number of Indian students are choosing to take their Cambridge IGCSE exams in March, instead of June. Cambridge introduced a March series in India in 2015 specifically to help students meet local college admissions deadlines.

Globally, more schools than ever are choosing Cambridge to educate and assess students at every stage of the curriculum, with entries growing across its programmes.

Cambridge International AS & A Level entries rose by 10 percent in June 2017 and Cambridge IGCSE continues to be the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14 to 16 year olds, with entries increasing by 7 percent internationally.

Cambridge International Examinations has also seen a huge increase in the number of younger students now studying Cambridge programmes. Entries for Cambridge Primary Checkpoint tests grew by 17

percent this year, and Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint tests increased by nine percent globally.

Key highlights for India include:

  • There was a growth of 10 percent in entries for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level for June and March series in 2017 compared to 2016, with over 57,000 entries.
  • Entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level in 2017 have increased by 18 percent on 2016, and Cambridge IGCSE entries have increased by 8 percent.
  • June 2017 series saw an increase of 16 percent in entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level on June 2016.
  • First language English, Physics and Chemistry were the most popular subjects for both Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level in June 2017 series.
  • Entries for Cambridge IGCSE witnessed a significant shift from June to March series, while entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level continue to rise in both March and June series.

Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director for South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations said: “I would like to congratulate all the Cambridge students getting their results today, and thank all the teachers and parents who guided them to success. Our programmes and qualifications aim to equip students with 21st century skills which are crucial for success in today’s changing world. I’m particularly pleased to see how popular our March exam series is becoming and to hear how much it is benefitting students who aspire to study in India.”

Ms Tanya Valecha, Principal, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Mumbai said: “The March exam series is in line with the grade 10 and 12 exams in India. It allows the results to be declared in time for the students to take part in the admission process of colleges and universities in India and abroad. The curriculum offered by Cambridge International Examinations has truly equipped students to excel in the demands and challenges of their undergraduate programmes. Cambridge International Examinations is constantly evaluating and upgrading their structure as well as the assessments, thereby ensuring that it is dynamic and in sync with what is the need of the hour.”

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Cambridge IGCSE entries

‘Entries increasing by seven per cent internationally’ refers to entries in the 140+ countries outside the UK where schools offer Cambridge IGCSE.

Cambridge Checkpoint

Cambridge Checkpoint tests assess students at the end of Cambridge Primary (typically 5-11 years) and Cambridge Secondary 1 (typically 11-14 years). They are available in English, English as a second language, mathematics and science, and give valuable feedback on a student’s strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. The tests provide schools with an external international benchmark for student performance.