Cambridge International March 2018exam results: STEM subjects sought after byIndian students; Global Perspectives continues to gainpopularity


  • 13 per cent growth in entries for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level exams in India in March 2018
  • Mathematics, First Language English, Physics, Chemistry and Biologyare the most popular Cambridge IGCSE subjects, while Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Businessemerge as most popular subjects for Cambridge International AS & A Level
  • Entries for Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives rise by 79 per cent, showing growing appetite for studying across traditional subject boundaries

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Chennai, May 2018 –Cambridge International today announced the results of its March 2018 exam series in India forCambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications. With more than 38,000 entries, the March 2018 series witnessed a growth of 13 per cent over last year.


Entries for Cambridge IGCSE grew by 12 per centon March 2017, with more than 30,000 entries. Entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level increased by 16 per cent on last year with more than 8,000 entries.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects continue to remain popular among Indian students. The most popular subjects at Cambridge IGCSE wereMathematics (without coursework), First Language English,Physics, Chemistry and Biology. At Cambridge International AS & A Level, the subjects with the highest number of entries were Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Business.


Global Perspectives and Computer Science saw the highest growth in entries at Cambridge IGCSE – up 79 per cent and 52 per cent respectively on last year.AtCambridge International AS & A Level,Information Technology and Accountingsaw the highest growth –entries increasedby 153 per cent and 24 per cent respectively from March2016.


Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International said: “We have continued to receive an overwhelming response to our March exam series since its introduction in India in 2015. We hold exams in March specifically to enable students to get their results in time to meet university deadlines in India, and are adding more subjects to the March series every year. It feels particularly great to see the popularity of a cross-curricular subject like Global Perspectives that nurtures critical thinking, research and collaboration skills through the study of global issues. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the students getting their results today, and thank the teachers and parents for their relentless support.”


Kiran Merchant, Principal, APL Global School, Chennai added, “Earlier our students would find it challenging to handle the board exams along with other competitive exams which largely happens in April/May. The introduction of March series by Cambridge International has taken that pressure off and has proved very helpful specially for Cambridge International A Level students as the results are declared in time for their admission to the local colleges. Since we are an inclusive school, Cambridge qualifications and programs have helped us in meeting the needsof every type of learner. With a plethora of subjects and three exam series, Cambridge International has provided flexibility that the students need to pursue their qualifications. This has helped the students to choose the right subject in concurrence with their abilities, interest and passion and therefore their learning then is very meaningful for them. We have witnessed constant growth for the March series with a 63% increase in the number of entries in 2016 and 77% increase in 2017 since 2015 when this series was introduced for the first time.”


Based on feedback from schools, parents and students, Cambridge International added three more subject options to the March 2018 exam series: Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design and Cambridge International AS & A Levels in Psychology and Global Perspectives & Research. More subjects will be added in 2019 in response to demand from schools. Students in India can also choose to take Cambridge exams in June and November.


The Cambridge Pathwaycurriculum offers flexibility and choice for learners and schools with over 70 subject choices at Cambridge IGCSE and over 55 subject choices at Cambridge International AS & A Level. Currently, there are over 420 schools in India offering Cambridge programmes and qualifications.


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Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.


Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work.


Cambridge International is the short name of Cambridge Assessment International Education.


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