CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the main board in India for school level education. It conducts the All India Senior School Certificate Examination every year and this examination serves as the basis for students to pursue their higher education, once out of school.

Popularity

CBSE is one of the most preferred boards in India. It follows the national curriculum along with additional subject matter. The board conducts two examinations — the All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE (Class XII).

A number of private schools have started to offer CBSE. The CBSE syllabus is very structured, highly predictable and controlled. All national entrance examinations are conducted as per this syllabus.

Uniformity

CBSE is recognized by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) with the aim to operate a chain of central schools (Kendriya Vidyalaya) that could cater to the government employees who are in transferable jobs. CBSE is affiliated to a large number of schools all over India. The board allows both regular candidates, who study in CBSE schools, as well as private candidates from non-affiliated schools to appear in the exams.

Medium of Instruction

CBSE approves both English and Hindi language as the medium of instructions. CBSE board prescribes a certain teaching approach and have undergone a significant change over the past 10 years. The focus has majorly increased on learning through experience and experimentation rather than through one-way teaching.
Competitive exams, a priority.

Call it a perception or a mere belief, parents in the city are increasingly opting for CBSE curriculum to ensure their kids are best prepared for competitive examinations.

Going global

With an increasing number of schools going ‘international’ worldwide, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has created a Foreign Schools Cell (FSC) which will ensure that CBSE schools outside India are given the right academic and administrative support. CBSE also has the benefit of a desirable status with International universities. For proof one can see CBSE Schools in operation in Singapore, Russia, Africa and Middle East. If a student longs to study abroad, that won’t be a hindrance, given the fact that CBSE is an internationally recognised board.

Pros:

  • The CBSE syllabus is easier when compared to that of other boards, mainly due to fewer subjects and a more compact structure. Secondary subjects like Environmental Education are not compulsory under the CBSE syllabus. The subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology fall under the general umbrella of Science, and History, Geography and Civics fall under the spectrum of Social Sciences.
  • A certificate from the Central Board of Education is recognized throughout the country, in all colleges and academic centres. The syllabus is more application based under CBSE, as the board follows a concentric curriculum.

Cons:

  • Not much focus is laid on inculcating practical knowledge in students. The CBSE syllabus also does not lay as much emphasis on core English knowledge as its counterpart does, choosing to lay more importance on the disciplines of mathematics and science.
  • The subjects in a CBSE syllabus are approached in a theoretical manner, and true emphasis is not laid on real-life concepts behind the science. Although the syllabus is application oriented, it does not provide room for effective understanding.

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