All you need to about recognition/equivalence of IGCSE Level A/AS for Admission through NEET/JEE
Students planning to appear for NEET/ JEE Mains (Advanced) often have some issues in terms of identifying whether the course list they are choosing for the XII equivalent is sufficient for making them eligible for these examinations. This article is primarily for AS and A Level and IGCSE students who intend applying for admission to Indian educational institutions. The qualification requirements differ vastly from humanities and the technical courses. AIU (Association of Indian Universities) provides equivalence certificates to students from foreign boards. As a student first, you need to choose the subject you want to study at university.
General Equivalence Guideline for XII
Equivalence of Cambridge International AS & A Level
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the organisation that awards equivalence to foreign degrees in India, has granted equivalence to Cambridge International A Levels, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Levels as follows:
- 5 Cambridge IGCSEs or O Levels including English Language and
- 2 or 3 Cambridge International A Levels
Eligibility for JEE and other State Entrances for Engineering
In addition to Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE Main and JEE Advanced), there are state-level and institution-level entrance examinations. You will need three Cambridge International A Levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry/Biology/any technical vocational subject to meet eligibility requirements. Cambridge International A Levels that can be categorised under technical vocational subjects are: Applied Information & Communication Technology, Computer Science, Computing, Information Technology and Biotechnology.
Please note that for entry through JEE (Main) exams, you will need four Cambridge International A Levels in specified subjects and one Cambridge International A Level in any language (or Cambridge International AS Level in English Language). For further details, refer to the information bulletins published at www.jeemain.nic.in and www.jeeadv.ac.in
Medicine and Dental-NEET(UG)
The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-UG) is the single common entrance exam for medicine and dental undergraduate admissions in India. You will need Cambridge International A Levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as Cambridge International AS Level in English Language to be eligible. A passing grade in Cambridge International AS Level English Language is mandatory even though the scores are not considered in the preparation of the merit list (that is, the list of students who succeed in the NEET exam).
Grades to Marks-IGCSE
Most students who take Cambridge examinations receive a percentage uniform mark (PUM) alongside grades for each subject on their statement of results. The percentage uniform marks correspond to grades and are always calculated out of 100. The percentage uniform mark should be used in India for admission purposes, wherever a numerical score is required. For Cambridge students from countries where percentage uniform marks are not issued, the midpoint of the PUM range of each grade should be used to convert grades to marks for admission purposes in India. For example, the percentage uniform mark for Grade A* ranges from 90 to 100 and so the midpoint is 95 marks. If you need help converting your Cambridge grades into marks, you can find the grade conversion sheet on the Association of Indian Universities website at www.aiu.ac.in/Evaluation/evaluation.asp Percentage uniform marks achieved in Cambridge International A Levels are treated on a par with marks of Indian senior secondary examinations. For their eligibility criteria, all institutions use aggregate percentage marks achieved in the qualifying exams.
How to calculate your aggregate percentage score
Add up the percentage uniform marks of all Cambridge International A Levels, or subjects specified to meet eligibility criteria, and divide the sum by the number of subjects. The midpoint of the PUM range of each grade should not be used if your statement of results mentions percentage uniform marks.
How do i get Equivalence Certificate?
Check with the admitting institution to see if you need an Equivalence Certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Most universities have an eligibility department that issues Eligibility Certificates for specific courses of study, and these will not require an Equivalence Certificate if you have studied in India.
The Equivalence Certificate is issued by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Find the application form in the Evaluation section of the AIU website, listed under ‘AIU Advisory to Students’ at www.aiu.ac.in/Evaluation/evaluation.asp
Frequently Asked Questions
I am applying for JEE and will sit A Levels in June this year. Will you send my marks to JEE?
Starting 2017, JEE (Mains) no longer requires candidates results from exam boards. Please note that if you sit A Levels in June, your Cambridge A Level result will not be available by the deadline set by JEE. Kindly refer to the official website of JEE for details.
Many common entrance exams in India for engineering degree courses require exam boards to send marks to them for preparing the merit list. Does Cambridge send marks to them?
We release results data to a few common entrance exam bodies in India who request the same. Keeping in mind data protection laws, we require students to sign the Consent Form to be able to release their data. We are unable to release results data of students who have not signed the Consent Form. Please contact your school/ centre for further details.
The IITs require students to be in the top 20 percentile of the exam board cohort or secure at least 75% aggregate marks in class 12 equivalent board examination to be eligible for admission. Can Cambridge provide information showing the top 20 percentile of students?
Information related to results is provided to admission bodies upon their request. The 75% cut off in A Levels is computed on the basis of the result documents that a student submits directly to JEE (Advanced). However at the time of admission, the JEE (Advanced) admissions committee may require a letter from the exam board specifying the candidate’s aggregate marks to confirm their 75% aggregate marks cut-off. Please email Recognition Manager South Asia for the same.
Are foreign nationals required to sign the Consent Form if they apply for JEE (Advanced)?
No. For foreign nationals from countries where Cambridge issues only grades, upon their acceptance of the allocated seat, Cambridge students should request a letter from India office to show conversion of their grades to equivalent percentage marks. Please refer to JEE (Advanced) 2017 Additional Information for Foreign Candidates available on their website.
Does JEE accept IELTS/TOEFL in lieu of AS Level English for admission purposes? I plan to take IELTS for admission overseas if I don’t get through JEE. But I don’t want to study for both AS English and IELTS?
JEE (Mains) require study of one language to meet eligibility requirements. This requirement can be met by studying any A Level language or AS Level English Language. It does not accept IELTS/TOEFL in lieu of any language subject. Please check the bulletin available in the official website of JEE (Mains).
Does NEET-UG accept IELTS/TOEFL scores in lieu of AS Level English for admission purposes?
Students taking NEET-UG are required to study AS Level English Language to meet eligibility requirements. Further students are advised to sit AS English Language in year 12 of their schooling. Medical Council of India does not accept IELTS/TOEFL scores in lieu of English language subject for study of medicine in India.
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