MUMBAI: This year, the state school education department will allow students to appear for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations — which are equivalent to Class 10 board examinations — to secure provisional admissions to first-year junior colleges (FYJC) on their predicted scores. But it is unclear whether the admissions will be cancelled later if the students’ actual scores are lower than the predicted ones.
Predicted scores are an estimated score of the students’ performance in the exam and are not always accurate. The final scores are likely to differ from the predicted grades.
Since its inception, the FYJC online admission process has never accepted predicted marks. Students have always been required to submit their original scores and mark sheets while applying for admissions.
The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) conducts the IGCSE exam in May-June, October-November. Those appearing for May series get their mark sheets in August, while admissions to Indian colleges open in June. Hence, they were not allowed to apply in the FYJC online admission process-which had refused to consider predicted scores. For this, the board had, two years ago, offered exams in March exams only for Indian students so that their results are declared by June, in time for them to apply to colleges.
But this year, education officials were puzzled by a government resolution issued last year on July 25, as it states that students taking the IGCSE exams in May can apply for FYJC online admissions on the basis of their predicted scores or provisional marks.
“IGCSE students should be given provisional admissions on their predicted scores till the time their actual results are declared,” stated the GR issued by Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary of education.
However, the GR doesn’t explain whether colleges can cancel admissions of students if their actual scores are lower than the predicted ones. “This is a confusing GR. We received it last year but did not implement it because admission process had already begun,” said a senior education official from the deputy directorate of education, Mumbai region, which conducts the admissions.
Officials said that even giving provisional admission on the basis of predicted scores will be unfair to the rest of the students. “Even if we cancel the admission later on, deserving candidates from other boards, might lose out their seats to others with higher predicted scores,” said the official.