Among the students who cleared class X CBSE board examinations, around fifty percent have applied for admission to the state schools of CBSE. In Thiruvananthapuram region, 70,020 students appeared for CBSE board examinations, out of which 35,081 students applied for admission in state syllabus schools in class XI.
The reason behind this is that students score higher marks in state syllabus schools thus increasing their probability of getting admission to professional colleges. In addition, the fees in government schools are comparatively lower than in private schools.
There is a steady rise in the number of students of CBSE board applying for state Board schools. If we have a look at the data in 2011-12, roughly 20,106 students applied in state syllabus schools. However in 2012 - 13 the figure jumped to 30,490 & in 2013-14, 34,928 CBSE students applied. On the contrary, the number of students from ICSE, IB, and other boards has been dropping from 30,547 applications in 2011 - 12 to 15,809 applicants this year.
Principals of CBSE schools assert that students are running towards state board schools not because of the quality of education but because students have chances to score more marks in class XII, which makes it easier for them to seek admission to engineering colleges.