South Point will finally be allowing it’s students to opt for the CBSE board. The previous West Bengal board will also continue to be present along side. Needles to say, this top prestigious institution is headed towards a major infrastructural revamp following this change. The administration must be accomplishing awareness and training drives to prepare the existing faculties for the challenge. New faculties might also be included in the new system.
But like all new beginnings, there are risks, speculations and expectations associated with this move. The guardians of the students have already been doing the analysis with data and information from various as to what are the pros and cons of the system if their ward is to pursue under either of the boards, what might the future implications be like. There are several factors that come into play when one starts to think of this scenario.
Change of syllabus and pattern
The students who have so far been studying under the West Bengal board will suddenly be facing a new environment, where questions get objective instead of subjective, where clear concepts to solve unknown mathematics problems become more critical than solving some generalized huge problems, where techniques of studying will have to change from referring to limited number of books to a ocean of books. Choosing the right books will become crucial as CBSE being an all-India board will have a decent high number of options when it comes to books to choose from for every subject. It might not be that serious a issue because with the quality of faculty and guidance South Point possess, but the students will also have to be proactive to accustom themselves to this pattern.
Varying pressure and study load
The pressure of study will be one of the biggest change that students will experience. Minds will feel more free and less burdened. Rather than memorizing answers to questions 3-4 pages long, points and specific details will come to the forefront with higher priority. Needless to say, solving the question papers is going to form the integral part of the study plan of the students. I am not going into the study plan details now. But this less burden on the mind should not be interpreted at any cost that you can manage by studying less. On the contrary, you should be following a more strategic and systematic study plan. Smart-working students come off with far better performance than their hard-working counterparts with the same amount of effort.
All India Entrance Examinations Exposure
Most of the all India entrance examinations have their syllabus nearly same as the CBSE/ICSE syllabus unlike the West Bengal board which synchronizes only with the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination. So if you are opting for the CBSE board, you might just have the edge over your West Bengal board counterparts when it comes to the All India exams which opens you up to an array of institutes to pursue your higher studies across India. But it’s a win-win situation. Look at it this way, you have an edge on the All India exams which have much higher competition as it is on an all India basis, but your counterparts from West Bengal board have an edge on the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination which has much lesser competition compared to AIEEE and other national entrance exams. So this becomes a deciding factor.
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Update (10 hours later)
As far as I know, number of students selected for science will be 350 as it happens every year. But if the number of students opting for CBSE crosses 200, separate sections might be started, thereby taking the total count to 550.