Among the students who have applied for admission to state syllabus schools, nearly 50 percent of them cleared the class X CBSE examination this year. 70,020 students appeared for the CBSE board examinations in Thiruvananthapuram. It consisted of schools in Lakshadweep and Kerala. Out of 70,020 students, 35,081 students applied for admission in state syllabus schools in 11th standard.
The number of students of CBSE applying for state Board schools has been progressively rising. In 2011 - 12, approximately 20,106 students applied in state syllabus schools. In 2012 - 13 the number jumped to 30,490 & in 2013 - 14, there were 34,928 students of CBSE who applied. On the contrary, the number of students from other boards such as IB, ICSE, etc has been reducing from 30,547 applications in 2011 - 12 to 15,809 applicants.
"The migration rate from schools of CBSE to state board in 11th standard is high this year. This specifies the high quality of education in state syllabus schools," stated joint director (examination), K. Mohana Kumar, directorate of higher secondary education.
On the other hand, CBSE school principals declare that the rush to the state board schools is not for the quality of education but for the reason that the students score more marks, at least 5 percent to 10 percent more in class XII, making it unproblematic for them to get admission to engineering colleges.