India sees steep rise in students taking Cambridge qualifications


The number of schools entering students for Cambridge qualifications in India has risen significantly over the past year. Schools in India made over 27,000 entries for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level, seeing a rise of 20% since 2011.

There are now more than 290 Cambridge schools in India and more than 9000 schools in 160 countries make up the Cambridge learning community worldwide.

The Indian regions that saw the highest growth of take up of Cambridge IGCSE during this period were Madhya Pradesh (247%), Rajasthan (145%) and Punjab (112%). For a full break down of growth in other regions including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, NCR and Tamil Nadu see notes to editors below.

The Indian regions that saw the highest growth of take up of Cambridge International A Level during this period were Gujarat (50%), Kerala (30%) and Karnataka (24%). For a full breakdown of growth in other regions including West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra see notes to editors below.

The core subjects which remain most popular among Indian students at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level are Maths, Physics and Chemistry. To find out about the fastest growing subjects in India at Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level see notes to editors below.

Andrew Sortwell, Regional Manager for South Asia, University of Cambridge International Examinations said, “A Cambridge education is beyond purely learning facts. Instead, we support schools to develop students who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The entire approach fosters an active learner who has a love of learning, is self-directing and engaged at all levels with their education. The increasing numbers 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 today’s global economy.”

Dr Vandana Lulla is the Principal of Podar International School. She believes that the Cambridge programme offers an excellent inter- disciplinary approach for students which is both holistic and educationally challenging. “The Cambridge programme encourages critical reflection, creativity and higher order thinking amongst students and in the process creates 21st century learners. I strongly believe that it has provided an unparalleled learning experience and a global platform for all my students who are now placed in the best universities across the globe.”

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide as evidence of academic ability and is taught by over 2600 schools worldwide.

Cambridge International A Level is typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education. It develops a deep understanding of subjects, as well as independent learning and constructive thinking skills – abilities which universities value highly and is taken in over 125 countries.

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