This marks the beginning of a new series, a short one, to guide eleventhies post-class X Board results about admission process for other schools. But before I give my words of advice, I feel the need to rant about the CBSE a bit.
CBSE is exactly what it stands for, ‘secondary education’. They think that education is secondary and the most important thing in life is to know how to mug up things and create xerox copies of standard answers in your Boards. I suffered because of that, getting a 79 in English last year, which really hurt my overall Board marks. I could have easily got a 95% with better English marks, and it still hurts me a lot. And why pray did I get less marks? It’s because I made the heresy of using humor and sarcasm in my board paper, apart from new vocabulary. Okay, I admit that mocking CBSE in my English paper essay was a BAD idea, but still…
And it’s not only me, many others who’re good at English have suffered. Those who get 80-90s in school regularly get 60-70s in Boards, and those who get 60-70s in school and frankly don’t know the XYZ of English end up getting 80-90s. Students who’re good at English regularly lose out because they generally express their own perspective in opinion based questions in the Boards, and the Board then wants only a few standard answers.
Anyway, coming back to my main topic – admissions. I know for a fact that many students feel very attached to their old schools because they’ve spent years studying there, made loads of friends etc etc, but believe me, once you make the switch to a better school, you’ll enjoy it too. All that talk of not fitting in and all is rubbish. Take the DPSs for example – there’s a 100% increase in the number of students in class 11th because so many students get in. For this though, you need seriously good marks. And if you do have them, say more than 90%, you should definitely make the switch. I admit that your peers can get boring because they’re mostly all top rate nerds (I don’t fit in there), but they’re pretty amazing to meet. The main reason though are the teachers – believe me, they are far better than what the smaller institutions can offer.
Having made three (or was it two?) futile attempts to get back to the main topic, I do so now by giving a school-by-school guide. Since I’m at DPS VK, future editions of this series will concentrate on that.
- DPS R K Puram: The flagship school of the DPS family, its admission process is online. Go to www.dpsrkp.net and register yourself, and wait for their cutoffs to come out. Generally, if you don’t have more than 94-95%, forget about it. They won’t even consider if you have an extraordinary extracurricular record. They’ve stopped taking an admission test because of the huge demand, and give admission purely on Board marks. It’s huge, the number of students who get admission – around 500 (they have around 23-24 sections of 11th each year), and almost everyone is 94-95% sorta guy. Do note that criteria is lower for hostel students. Also they release multiple lists, but don’t wait if you have got 92-93% because you probably won’t get through.
- DPS Vasant Kunj: Coming to my school, you can find the updated admission procedure to be put up soon on the school site www.dpsvasantkunj.com (although it’s pretty boring looking, I know). If you missed the first round of admission which is on the basis of a test and your pre-board marks, you can apply now. For commerce and humanities, there’s no test and candidates shortlisted on the basis of Board marks get called. For science, there’s an admission test, generally in June. About 500 students apply, only about 250 make it through – and last year almost every new student had got more than 90%. The admission test has English, General Science and Mathematics. I’ll put up a detailed post on that later. After that, you’ve the interviews, and then you get through.
- Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri: If your parent(s) work in the government, then you can get in easily, otherwise it’d be pretty tough. The school has a site, but it’s not at all update. Go to the school campus for information. There’s an interview based on your marks. Do note that their total number of students in 11th is less, and the school’s better in commerce and humanities. Keep this as a backup option if your dad / mom works in the government while you’re applying to other schools. They take in about 30 students, but you’re generally required to make the decision to join it before the results of other schools’ interviews come out, so you need to make a conscious decision based how well you have a chance of getting through in others. Amazing infrastructure though – after all what do you expect when almost every government arm gives them crores of funding?
- Mother’s International School, Aurobindo Marg: It’s a good school, although sort of conservative in its outlook. Infrastructure, especially the labs, is old. The teachers are good though. However, they take in very few students each year after a test, and that too you need to apply early. Their website is www.themisonlin.com (and there’s is NO spelling mistake that I made here).
- DPS Mathura Road / DPS Noida / DPS Gurgaon: Go for these ones if you live incredibly close to the school. Academics-wise, these are pretty okay, but do try for the other, better schools of the DPS family. The selection criteria in these is lower than DPS RKP or DPS VK.
Watch out for more on my blahg about school life in these institutions, opportunities for extracurricular activities, about their admission tests, etc etc.