STEM courses are the most sought after by Indian students in Cambridge International Examinations

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030On 19 May, 2016, Cambridge International Examinations announced the results of its second March examination series for students in India. This year, for the first time, nine popular Cambridge International AS & A Level subjects were introduced to the March series, alongside a range of Cambridge IGCSE subjects.

STEM subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry made it to the list of the top five subject entries in both Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level examinations. English and Hindi were also in the list of the top five subjects.

Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations, said, ‘I would like to congratulate students across India on their commendable performance in our March examination series.

031Since we introduced a March series of exams in India last year, entries have more than doubled. We are delighted to see such an enthusiastic response from schools. This year we extended the series to include some popular Cambridge International AS & A Level subjects – specifically to help our Cambridge learners bridge the gap between the international board examinations and the application cycles for Indian universities. We are really pleased to support students in gaining entry to higher education in India, and wish them success in their future endeavours’. She also said,’The March series has been extremely useful to our students who plan on studying in Indian universities. Within just a year of introduction we have had more than 300 students taking the Cambridge IGCSE and International AS & A Levels in the March series’.

Students also showed an increasing interest in subjects such as Environmental Management and Global Perspectives. These innovative subjects are skill-based and place academic study in a practical, real-world context. They provide students with the opportunity to cultivate the critical thinking, research, communication and collaboration skills needed to be successful in school and university as well as in their future careers.

The entries for the March exam series in 2016 have more than doubled to 26,000 compared to 11,000 entries in 2015. The series caters specifically to Indian students applying for places at Indian colleges and universities by releasing results in time for the May application deadlines.