After the abolition of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for medical admissions, the state board’s Higher Secondary Certificate is losing popularity among engineering and medical aspirants, said city schools. Earlier, students from national school boards, such as CBSE and ICSE, used to switch to state board after class 10 as MH-CET was based on the HSC syllabus. But the trend is changing now.
“We see an increase in applications for CBSE class 11 and 12. Many students from ICSE are also approaching us for admissions,” said says Suman Samarth, headmistress of RN Podar School, Santacruz.
A majority of city’s high scorers in class 10 CBSE and ICSE exams are sticking to their own board for class 11 and 12.
Since last year, only NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) is considered for medical admissions, while engineering is based on MH-CET and JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). “I will continue my studies in science stream from my school itself; they have a good faculty,” said Harshika Jain, who scored 95% in CBSE, class 10 from Ryan International School, Kandivili.