A comparison Between Educational Boards Of India

CBSE vs ICSE vs IB vs State Boards

In the competitive environment  the manners of  education is in a phase of drastic change.  Today’s era belongs to the fittest, there came the task of choosing the board of education among the available. The attention of parents began to focus on the educational boards and their standards before their child goes to preschools. Actually the third eye or the future vision of your family decides whome you are in the academics and in work place. The selection of acqurate board or institution would be the  most toughest and hectic question every parent facing today. Every parent wants their children to be better than others not only in academics and the holistic atmosphere there are living with.

In India, the various curriculum bodies governing school education system are: State Government Boards – Majority of Indian children are enrolled in this Board. CBSE – Central Board Of Secondary Education Board. CISCE – Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations. IB- International Board. – Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations.

State Government Boards

Mllions of students are choosing Government boards for their education, here they are appearing in government schools, aided schools or management schools following each states curriculum they are residing. Our constitution had provided a path for raising the literacy standard among citizens by offering  educational rights to children which is mandatory from 5 to 14 years of age. This helped the society to be well enriched with culture and  courage. Todayng the lifestyles had changed along with people’s​ outlook towards education. Each state government had provided time based upgradation to their curriculum to compete with other boards. But which was not enough to raise the standards in state boards. CBSE and other curriculum bodies had began to move fast in our country. Everybody needs to achieve their goal, which needs good command over English, had to raise problem solving skills and a lot more to crack the higher education exams. Engineering, Medicine or any other stream with this kind of professional skill providing courses had a entrance exam which cannot be easier for the state students without an additional coaching. But still millions of students appear for Class 12th board examinations every year in India. A large number from the state boards opet for any graduation courses mainly on  humanities and other science courses. Still there are students occuping great positions in and outside the country who came from government schools. But there are really a minor category.

CBSE – Central Board Of Secondary Education

CBSE mainly covering application based learning with the base of curriculum. Today we have so many institutions following this curriculum. In the beginning the scenario was not like today. CBSE mainly focused for students of employees who are in a transferable job. This provides their children an assured standard of education any where in India. But today people never think about this advantage they are calculating the positives of this board including the competitive exams like NEET and JEE. CBSE well equipped students with the knowledge of cracking them. And a good command over English language is an other advantage. The first choice of students generally passing out of CBSE schools is either Engineering or Medicine. Both provides a person with well esteemed job and a good career opportunities. This board covers more importance for maths and science. It offers syllabus which is accepted and in-line with most undergraduate entrance exams. All CBSE schools follow standardized textbooks (NCERT). s following CBSE Board. Lesser number of subjects and less flexibility with regards to deciding the subjects as compared to ICSE Board.

ICSE – Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations.

The national boards which share the maximum number of schools across India along with CBSE. ICSE is more tough to learn and provides practical approach towards subjects. Same importance given to all subjects. Language is very much cared here. Entrance exams abroad like SAT and TOEFL, students from the ICSE syllabus are better placed than those from CBSE due to more emphasis on English language and literature. Students have provision to choose subjects from the available. ICSE Board curriculum is considered to be tougher because of higher number of subjects. Still they have flexibility to follow any textbook of their choice. Today people opet the curriculum based n the future choices of their career if they are good at arts or languages they chose for ICSE. The main thing to remember is a lot more to study when compared to other syllabus available.


the last decade, CBSE has brought in various changes in its curriculum. CBSE now focuses more on application-based learning. The first choice of students generally passing out of CBSE schools is either Engineering or Medicine. Since it is the CBSE that conducts all-India entrance exams like JEE and NEET such students are well equipped to crack them. As Savita Arora, Principal of Delhi’s Bharti Public School puts it, “CBSE curriculum covers the syllabi of most competitive examinations, whereas ICSE pays additional focus on English. If you want your child to apply to foreign countries for college education, IB curriculum will be helpful. However, International Baccalaureate schools are generally ‘international’ schools and leave a huge hole in the pocket of a middle class parent.”ore choices and freedom for students to decide the subjects. Some of the teachers feel that CBSE students have an edge over others when it comes to taking the UPSC and other administrative service examinations whereas for entrance exams abroad like SAT and TOEFL, students from the ICSE syllabus are better placed than those from CBSE due to more emphasis on English language and literature. Students have provision to choose subjects from the available.

IB – International Baccalaureate

International curriculum like IG Cambridge- UK and IB are much advanced courses encouraging children’s creativity, exploration and research. Lately, boards like IB and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) have gained prevalence in high end schools in India. These international boards focus on all-round development of students with an inquiring, caring and knowledgeable mind-set. It has 3 sections, the PYP (Primary years program) – KG to 5th std, MYP (Middle years program) –Std 6-10 and the DYP(Diploma years program)- Std 11 and 12. Students who complete schooling from these international boards seldom stay back in India to complete their higher education. The reason for migration is that only a few colleges in the country accept these scores. Another issue is that by the time IB results are announced application process in  of the colleges get over and so a student has to wait for year to get into an Indian college.

More expensive than other boards. Less number of schools compared to others. Based on analytical skills of children more importance for humanities and language. Difficult to find private tutors. Beneficial students who pursue higher eduaction from abroad. Where most parents want their children to go to international universities, following an international curriculum makes more sense. The choice depends very much on the academic performance and interest of students too.

The purpose of a board and its curriculum is to prepare an individual who is not only successful in career but also in life. With changing time, boards have upgraded and adopted new techniques so that their children are better than others. A pertinent issue is the quality of teaching and remuneration of teachers. In the US, school teachers are well paid and the system ensures that they keep on upgrading themselves as they realise their responsibility to shape future generations. Thus, to encourage quality delivery of education in India, teachers should be paid well and undergo training programmes to stay abreast with the changing scenario.


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