This year the Maharashtra Education Department has not barred CBSE Class 10th students who appeared in CBSE’S school-based examination, from seeking admission to State Junior Colleges.
In the first year of implementation of standard X's school-based final examination which was from 2011, the state education department declined to approve admission in state Junior colleges, of all those students who sat for this CBSE’s school-based exam option. The state also rejected to recognize school-based examination for class 10th students of 2011-12 batch, which was also conducted by CBSE.
However, the Centralized Admission Procedure (CAP), which is currently under way in the state, has this time no such system to reject students for obtaining a seat in junior colleges, who appeared in school-based examination.
In 2011, CBSE launched a new a system of appearing in Class 10th examination, under which two choices were offered to the class 10th students. Either student can opt for the conventional board exam, which is conducted at a different centre, or they can choose the school-based exam, conducted as well as assessed by the same school. In both the cases, the board sends question paper.
In the first year of the introduction of this exam, almost 50% of all class 10th students in Nagpur chose to sit for school-based exams. Later, they were shocked to see the state board had refused to recognize their exam and many had to face denial for admission to state’s junior colleges.
As a compromise measure, just for that year, the school-based students in Nagpur were given admissions in vacant seats, while the next year less than 1 per cent of CBSE students opted for school-based exam.