Gone are the days when Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students would eagerly queue up to secure admission in city's posh colleges. It seems the fever of competitive examinations has gripped them in such a way that they are now also looking for admissions in central board schools attached with junior colleges. Most of the competitive exams are based on the syllabus of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Most central board students have already taken admission in junior colleges attached to their schools, but, principals say, some seats are still vacant and meritorious SSC students are welcome to apply.
Deepshikha Srivastava, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri, said, "Our school is CBSE. Competitive exams like JEE have most questions based on our board syllabus. That's why even SSC students, who wish to appear for competitive exams and go in a field like engineering, are now coming to seek admission in our junior college."
"We provide an integrated course that helps such students prepare for the competitive exams. Last year, we received around 10 applications from SSC students. We keep a few seats vacant for students with good percentage who wish to join our college," she added.
Another principal, who too has been observing this trend for the past two years, Rakesh Joshi, from Apeejay High School (CBSE) and Junior College, Nerul, said, "From the past two years I have been getting students from SSC board. But we give admission only on merit basis. As our students get admission first, there are very few seats kept for those coming from state board."
This isn't limited to CBSE schools, however.
Ryan International School in Kharghar has Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) till Std X and Indian School Certificate (ISC) for Stds XI and XII. Principal Alice Vaz said, "Yes, we too get applications for admission from SSC students for ISC. ISC syllabus is of a higher level and that helps students prepare better for competitive exams. SSC students are given admission on the basis of their percentage."