Differences of different boards

1. CBSE Central Board of Secondary Education

About :
This board follows universal pattern and is the first choice for parents with transferable jobs in India. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools, and most of the schools approved by central government of India.
Examination Pattern :
All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) for Class 10 and All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Class 12.
Facts :
  • Total Number of Schools Affiliated with CBSE are approx. 14808 in India.
  • Operates around more than 25 countries along with India, Malaysia, Dubai etc.
  • Major engineering and medical entrance exams syllabus are based on CBSE like IIT, AIPMT etc.
 
Medium of Instruction :
English and Hindi both are available
Benefits :
  1. Quality of Content (No Errors/ No Printing Mistakes) in Textbooks is good.
  2. Continuous And Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) is a new system of education adopted by CBSE for 6th to 10th grade students. In this there’s no marking system but has grading system which has a series of curricular and extracurricular activities.
  3. Easily tutors, books and other activities for all classes can be found.
  4. Few subjects to learn and very less syllabus comparative to other board.
  5. Recognition by all colleges in India for admission.
  6. Centralized system for transferring across all CBSE schools.
  7. Number of talent search and scholarship exams like SSTSE, NSEB, NSEC etc are held at local and national level based on CBSE syllabus.
Fees :
CBSE schools generally have less fees compared to other board. So that even a common man can afford.
Drawbacks :
  1. Although Entrance Exams syllabus is based on CBSE, therefore the seats for those courses are welcomed for all students in India. But colleges which are coming under state universities have more seats reserved for state boards students. So if CBSE board student who fails to crack entrance exams may face problems in getting admission in state university colleges due to very less number of seats for CBSE Board quota.
  2. Less options to explore in the field of Arts and Literature for students.
2. CISCE Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
 
About :An offshoot of the Cambridge IGCSE that existed during the British regime was taken over by the Anglo Indian Board and is now governed by the ‘Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations’.
 
Examination pattern :
This board conducts 3 examinations viz.
• ICSE (Indian Certificate Secondary Examination) for class 10
• ISC (Indian School Certificate) for class 12
• CVE (Certificate for Vocational Education) for class 12
Facts :
  • Total Number of Schools Affiliated with CISCE is approx. 1000 in India.
  • Operates at India, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia.
  • Subjects Offered in ICSE – 64 with 23 Indian languages and 12 foreign languages.
  • Subjects Offered in ISC – 50 with 23 Indian languages and 12 foreign languages.
 
Medium of Instruction :
Only English and no option for Hindi.
Benefits :
  1. A wide range of topics and course curriculum to explore overall growth of students.
  2. Gives more practical knowledge and focuses more on analytical skills rather than concentrating just on theory.
  3. Subject selection options is available to students from 9th class.
  4. The board has equal focus on languages, science and art thus students can choose from various topics / subjects for their Class-12 exam.
 
Fees :
Higher fees makes it more complicated for middle class parents to afford. The fees vary for different schools but are generally more than 50000 INR.
Drawbacks :
  1. Syllabus is vast as compared to CBSE, a lot of extra things need to be studied but this habit may prove beneficial for student opting for higher studies in research fields.
  2. Students from ICSE would find it difficult to shift to other boards or Pre-Science Colleges (11-12 Standards) due to different study pattern.
  3. Although Entrance Exams syllabus is based on CBSE, therefore the seats for those courses are welcomed for all students in India. But colleges which are coming under state universities have more seats reserved for state boards students. So if ICSE board student who fails to crack entrance exams may face problems in getting admission in state university colleges due to very less number of seats for ICSE Board quota.
3. IB International Baccalaureate (IB)
 
About :
IB formerly known as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968.
Examination Pattern :
It offers 3 educational programs viz.
• PYP or Primary Year Program for KG to Class-5
• MYP or Middle Year Program for Class-6 to Class-10
• DP or Diploma Program for Class-11 and Class-12
Facts :
  • Number of Schools are approx 3500 worldwide & 130 in India.
  • Operates around 144 Countries including India, USA, UK, Australia etc.
 
Medium of Instruction :
English only.
Benefits :
  1. International Board is recognized by most of the Universities of the world for higher education.
  2. Students can apply to Foreign Universities as CBSE and ICSE board is not recognized by some of them.
  3. Recognized by UNESCO, Council of Europe, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
  4. Curriculum focuses on application and experimentation.
  5. Better Infrastructure of Schools providing different extra curricular activities for students to develop.
  6. Best option if parents are NRI or are planning to move abroad due to availability of schools at different countries.
Fees :
Very high fees making it affordable only for rich parents like business man, celebrity and VIP people.
Drawbacks :
  1. Found only in metropolitan cities and Tier-1 cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc.
  2. Difficult for IB students to shift boards if needed.
  3. Tuitions, Books are not available easily.
4. IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
About :
It is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate and CIE A-level.
Examination Pattern :
It offers various programs such as:
• Cambridge Primary is typically for learners aged 5 to 11 years.
• Cambridge Secondary 1 is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years.
• Cambridge Secondary 2 is typically for learners aged 14 to 16 years. It offers learners two routes: Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level.
• Cambridge Advanced is typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education. It offers learners two routes: Cambridge International AS and A Level and Cambridge Pre-U.
Facts :
  • Number of Schools offered by IGCSE is approx 200 in India
  • Operates around 120 Countries including India, USA, UK.
Medium of Instruction :
English only.
Benefits :
  1. International Board is recognized by most of the Universities of the world for higher education.
  2. Students can apply to Foreign Universities as CBSE and ICSE board is not recognized by some of them.
  3. Recognized by UNESCO, Council of Europe, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
  4. Curriculum focuses on application and experimentation.
  5. Better Infrastructure of Schools providing different extra curricular activities for students to develop.
  6. Best option if parents are NRI or are planning to move abroad due to availability of schools at different countries.
Fees :
Very high fees making it affordable only for rich parents like business man, celebrity and VIP people.
Drawbacks :
  1. Found only in metropolitan cities and Tier-1 cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc.
  2. Difficult for IB students to shift boards if needed.
  3. Tuitions, Books are not available easily.
5. State Board
 
About :
Found in state only and beneficial for respective state students. It is governed by State Government. Every State Government provides Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education program in its respective state.
 
Examination pattern :
• SSC: Secondary School Certificate board for class 10
• HSC: Higher School Certificate board for class 12
 
Facts :
  •  Operates across every State and Union Territory of India.
Medium of Instruction :
This board is the only board to offer students all languages including English, Hindi and regional language.
Benefits :
  1. Preferable for parents without transferable Jobs.
  2. Textbook, tuitions are easily available.
  3. Reduced curriculum gives options for students to explore more extra curricular and co-curricular activities like Dancing and Sports.
  4. More number of seats is reserved within the state recognized colleges.
Fees :
Very less fees and this makes it affordable to parents of all class.
 
Drawbacks :
  1. It depends wholly on the State government to maintain the quality of education.
  2. Quality of Teaching varies according to school.
  3. Lack of basic facilities and depends on the school.
  4. Quality of Content (No Errors/ No Printing Mistakes) may be questionable sometimes.
However, to conclude with we can only say that the board selection is merely dependent on the individual’s requirement and also availability of particular board in the area. But it is upto the school to provide facilities to its students and kind of mentors offered by them. Choose wisely after looking at all aspects. Hope this article will give you basic scenario to choose from for your young ones.
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