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India sees 20% rise in students taking Cambridge qualifications

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai 

The number of schools entering students for Cambridge qualifications in India has risen 20 per cent over 2011. Schools in India made over 27,000 entries for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level.

Indian regions that saw the highest growth of take up of Cambridge IGCSE during this period were Madhya Pradesh (247 per cent), Rajasthan (145 per cent) and Punjab (112 per cent). The Indian regions that saw the highest growth of take up of Cambridge International A Level during this period were Gujarat (50 per cent), Kerala (30 per cent) and Karnataka (24 per cent).

There are now more than 290 Cambridge schools in India and more than 9,000 schools in 160 countries make up the Cambridge learning community worldwide. The core subjects which remain most popular among Indian students at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level are Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

"The increasing number of students taking our qualifications in India shows that schools are aware of the value of this approach and the importance of an international education in on Wednesday’s global economy," said Andrew Sortwell, regional manager for South Asia, University of Cambridge International Examinations.

Regional breakdown of Cambridge IGCSE
growth in India from 2011-2012 
Region % growth
Madhya Pradesh 248
Rajasthan 144
Punjab 112
Uttar Pradesh 100
Andhra Pradesh 57
Karnataka 28
Tamil Nadu 23
Haryana 17
NCR 16
Regional breakdown of Cambridge International A Level growth in India fROm 2011 -2012
Region % growth
Gujarat 50
Kerala 30
Karnataka 24
West Bengal 23
Madhya Pradesh 15
Maharashtra 13

Cambridge IGCSE is one of the world’s most popular international qualifications for students between the age of 14 and 16 years. Cambridge International A Level is typically for learners aged between 16 and 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education.

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First Published: Thu, May 03 2012. 00:45 IST