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How To Choose The Right Board For Your Child - CBSE, ICSE or IB

Nitin Pandey, Education Expert


Sep 14, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 20 PM

When a child steps into his or her academic path, the dilemma of choosing the right board of education becomes a major concern for parents. If you are stuck and unable to decide which board is better for your child. Register Now for a Live Chat with our Education Expert - Nitin Pandey to get your answer. 


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Hello, My son is 3.5 yrs old now. We have started with IB school for him when he was 3 and started w....

Hello, My son is 3.5 yrs old now. We have started with IB school for him when he was 3 and started with preschool. Not sure if we should continue with the same and for how long.

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Hi Pratiksha! How's your experience been? which part are you unsure about IB schools? Also, want to highlight that Preschools don't have an IB curriculum as such, only guidelines. It's only once PYP (Primary years program) starts that the formal IB curriculum sets in. 2018-09-14 15:04:14
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It's been very good experience so far. Not sure about further classes like till 5th standard and further..if it should be continued or not.If after 10th standard, child wants to pursue medical or non medical courses..would he be able to go through those competitive exams if he has studied IB curriculum till 10th and will other CBSE schools be taking IB students for 11th and 12th standards. 2018-09-14 15:19:04
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hi my daughter is 4.5 in eurokids preschool. next year we are going to start her formal education. w....

hi my daughter is 4.5 in eurokids preschool. next year we are going to start her formal education. which board is best to choose for further education.

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Hi Ankita! each board has its own pros and cons. It completely depends on what do you expect from your child's school and what would you want for your child. 2018-09-14 15:11:17
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Pls read this blog to understand distinctions between various education boards. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-or-ib-how-to-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2018-09-14 15:12:11
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Hi, my son is 5 years old and he is CBSE board. my all friends are sending their childrens in IB bo....

Hi, my son is 5 years old and he is CBSE board. my all friends are sending their childrens in IB board. they all prefer IB bcz there is less pressure on the children. can you please give your advice on the same.

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hi Mala! i get this question all the time. shall share a perspective on this. 2018-09-14 15:13:30
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It's true that early years - primary years program (PYP) at an IB board is more fluid and relaxed from an academics perspective but it keeps getting more academics focused as a child moves to Middle years program (MYP) and get's really tough in Diploma Program (grade 11,12 equivallent). And in that sense it's a misnomer that IB doesn't have academic pressure. 2018-09-14 15:15:28
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so, it completely depends on what would you want for your child? If you want an academic rigour right from the early years then CBSE/ICSE it is, but if you would want that academic rigour to flourish post early years then IB is relaxed early on and then gradually becomes tougher. 2018-09-14 15:16:53
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Moreover, I would advice you to visit the schools, and meet a few parents whose children are in MYP and DP in these IB schools to get a complete perspective and then decide. I know that you won't just go by hear say and that's why you are perhaps also asking this question to me. best wishes! :) 2018-09-14 15:18:15
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my daughter is nov 2016 born . when should i apply for admission and which board is best ? We plan t....

my daughter is nov 2016 born . when should i apply for admission and which board is best ? We plan to move abroad in future.

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Hi Nikita! For gurgaon, most of the schools have a criteria of the child being 3 years 6 months or more by March. So, there is still some time for you to apply for admissions. Considering that you would move abroad, there are several boards available depending on the country you are moving to. 2018-09-14 15:24:34
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For e.g. if you are moving to UAE /saudi countries, they have CBSE schools as well. But in case you are moving to USA/Australia/Europe then, you could opt for International Board schools. 2018-09-14 15:25:38
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my daughter is studying ukg now she is in CBSE but lot of syllabus and she is more stressed about th....

my daughter is studying ukg now she is in CBSE but lot of syllabus and she is more stressed about that but how she has to get on

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Hi Rajitha! Preschools in UKG with a lot of syllabus is slightly concerning. Could you share some more details about what kind of academics are they covering in UKG at this preschool? 2018-09-14 15:28:13
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This may also be a case of the preschool going overboard with syllabus/academics rigour or could even be a case of a particular teacher's teaching style. UKG should not be excessive pressure at CBSE given the course curriculum. Have you spoken to the teacher and the preschool Principal about it? Are other parents also complaining about similar things about this preschool? 2018-09-14 15:29:46
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I suggest that you speak to a few fellow parents from your child's class and then meet the teacher followed by meeting the principal in case need be. Pls keep me posted about it here or parentune education corner about your talk with them and shall advice you for ahead accordingly. 2018-09-14 15:31:18
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hello my daughter is in 5 std n she is in cbse board upto 4 she is in state board can i continue wit....

hello my daughter is in 5 std n she is in cbse board upto 4 she is in state board can i continue with cbse

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Hi Sakshi! I understand your worry, as your child may be facing some initial settling down/adjusting troubles to the new curriculum and board. 2018-09-14 15:34:10
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I suggest that you could meet your child's teacher on a more regular basis in this grade and keep understanding from her about your child's progress, also keep her informed about your child's progress at home. In a way, you would need to collaborate with her to get your child adjusted smoothly into the new environment and curriculum. 2018-09-14 15:35:25
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More importantly, has your child made any friends in the new school as yet? she may be missing her friends from the previous school, so please do help her here. You could make friends with some of your child's classmates' parents and visit them informally to help your child get familiar with the new school and feel welcomed and accepted. That can go a long way for your child's comfort in the new school. 2018-09-14 15:37:00
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Academically, I advice to do a board change till grade 4-5 and ideally no later than that as these are the building block years and it's important that the child is not confused between curriculums at such formative stage. So you have made the shift in good time. Just be supportive and encouraging with your child, and help her find familiar faces at schools by helping her find more friends. :) 2018-09-14 15:38:45
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Hi, my son is 3.7yrs old now. he is study in cbsc board. All is right but he is not attentively in s....

Hi, my son is 3.7yrs old now. he is study in cbsc board. All is right but he is not attentively in study, he is very fickle. please suggetion....

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Hi sougata! I understand your worry. 2018-09-14 15:40:59
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Your child is in his early years, and it's now that his brain development is happening at a very fast pace, faster than any adult. He's soaking in and grasping everything in his surrounding. So, it's completely normal if your child is not focused on one thing for long. Having said that, it's also important to help a child during such early years. I am sharing a blog written by Carol with some very handy tips on how to improve a child's concentration levels. Please let me know how it goes once your try these tips. 2018-09-14 15:43:59
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https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-improve-concentration-levels-for-your-child/547 2018-09-14 15:44:03
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my child is May 2015 born n is in play group...pls suggest at what age he should be in class 1 as p....

my child is May 2015 born n is in play group...pls suggest at what age he should be in class 1 as per me he will be 7yrs. which board to choose for higher education?

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hi chhavi! a child needs to be a minimum of 5 years by 31st March to start in grade 1, so your child should ideally be more than 5 and under 6 to start grade 1. 2018-09-14 15:57:02
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pls read this blog to choose between the boards - https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-or-ib-how-to-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2018-09-14 15:57:58
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l have 2 kids study in cbse school. my worry is both r my support in their study time they are sitti....

l have 2 kids study in cbse school. my worry is both r my support in their study time they are sitting with their book but they can't complete their work

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Hi Khadeeja! I understand your concern. 2018-09-14 15:50:54
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As I see both your children are in primary classes. It's now that they would build an approach to learning concepts and the concepts of timelines and how to solve a problem. 2018-09-14 15:51:59
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Introduce a reward basis how they perform daily with their study time. Don't push them to study at a certain time but instead link their play/favourite activity time to finishing their studies or project on a day-to-day basis. 2018-09-14 15:53:03
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For e.g. if your younger one likes to play outside with friends, sit down and agree with him that he could play anytime he would like once he finishes his studies/homework. With the older one, you could ask her to share the summary of her work/reading through a small note to you and she could then do her favourite activity. 2018-09-14 15:54:50
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You could also do some basic hacks to make study time more interesting for your child through simple hacks. Read this blog for more details. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-improve-concentration-levels-for-your-child/547 2018-09-14 15:55:33
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my school icse has the cut off age for 1st class as being between 5 and 6 yrs age as on May. is it c....

my school icse has the cut off age for 1st class as being between 5 and 6 yrs age as on May. is it correct

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Hi rashi, the minimum age for grade 1 for ICSE should be 5 years 6 months by march 31st. 2018-09-14 16:03:19
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Some times it can vary on the upper age bracket from school to school, but ICSE doesn't lay down a cap of 6 years . It mentions 5 years 6 months as minimum. 2018-09-14 16:04:06
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my daughter is 6.5 yrs and studying on 1st class in a CBSE school. shifting her to ICSE school is ok....

my daughter is 6.5 yrs and studying on 1st class in a CBSE school. shifting her to ICSE school is ok. is it true that ppl chose CBSE schools becoz its scoring whereas ICSE board is for studious kids..

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Hey Meenakshi! very interesting query. :) 2018-09-14 16:05:29
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While board plays a role in your decision, please remember to also make a choice of the school as it plays a big role in what your child will eventually experience and learn. 2018-09-14 16:06:07
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Scores in any boards start playing a role mainly in middle and senior grades, and even if that matters, what perhaps matters more is how well is your child learning these concepts as none of the competitive exams in our country select basis just the scores. They want students to crack the entrance exams which they hold. So, your decision would ideally be the basis of where your child will learn better, and would be able to grow better. 2018-09-14 16:07:52
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Also, please read this blog on a comparison between various boards - https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-or-ib-how-to-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2018-09-14 16:08:18
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My Child is in nursery class and has admitted her in CBSE board school. M worried for the thing that....

My Child is in nursery class and has admitted her in CBSE board school. M worried for the thing that, will my child be able to cope up all these overburdened studies at the age when they have to live up with their childhood, bcoz it's a huge portion of syllabus compared to SSC board.

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Hi mayuri! I understand your concern about your child being burdened with academics at such an early age. It is definitely one of the key aspects but there are more which would be important for your child. 2018-09-14 16:09:42
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for e.g. what's the teacher:children ratio in your child's classroom? Is the school receptive to taking parents' feedback? do they help their teachers with training and support. 2018-09-14 16:11:28
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Your child would be able to do well with your and the teacher's support and encouragement. :) 2018-09-14 16:12:15
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hi. my son is 6 yrs old.he is in 1st std. he never. pay his full attention while studying..even in c....

hi. my son is 6 yrs old.he is in 1st std. he never. pay his full attention while studying..even in class also.. handwriting is too bad.. pls suggest.

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Hi Ekta! I understand your worry. Please find some handy tips on improving concentration levels in your child in this blog from Carol. 2018-09-14 16:13:22
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This is a blog by sukanya - has some very good tips. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-improve-your-childs-concentration-skills/2276 2018-09-14 16:14:12
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On the handwriting part, please read this blog for some good inputs. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting/2324 2018-09-14 16:15:23
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Hi, my question is my son is in kg and studying in apeejay noida where the student and teacher ratio....

Hi, my question is my son is in kg and studying in apeejay noida where the student and teacher ratio is 50:1, and teachers hardly speak with kids in english. should i change his school or i should continue its a cbse board.

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Hi Meetu! An acceptable teacher: children ratio for early years (Nu,KG) is 1:30, may be 1:35 at best. 1:50 is fairly high and I would support your thought of exploring more options for your child. 2018-09-14 15:20:14
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Ideally in preschool, I recommend a ratio of 1:15 or 1:20. This is clearly very high. Recommend you to re-evaluate this school as a choice. 2018-09-14 15:21:03
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which board is better icse or cbse

which board is better icse or cbse

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Please read this blog for a detailed comparison between various boards. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-or-ib-how-to-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2018-09-14 16:17:03
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Hi.. my daughter is 3.6. seeking admission for lkg.which board best cbse or icse. what difference be....

Hi.. my daughter is 3.6. seeking admission for lkg.which board best cbse or icse. what difference between Montessori and other cbseschools. Branded preschool chains having lkg and ukg . what is difference between kindergarten of preschools and kindergarten of schools . will there be same type of displine as there in school.

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Hi Asha! answering your queries one by one. :) 2018-09-14 16:18:02
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1. Please find differences between various boards here: https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-or-ib-how-to-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2018-09-14 16:18:32
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2.The biggest single difference between preschools and school-nursery wings is that of personal attention and that of an environment . while preschools (chain/pvt) focus more on the child, and have a more open environment for earlyv years. schools miss this. Schools are more about academics rigour and less about individual care and attention and that is why I recommend preschools in early years to be better than schools. 2018-09-14 16:20:46
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Hope this helps. :) 2018-09-14 16:20:57
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respected sir, my daughter is 3.9yrs now,we start her education at the age of 3.now is in prenurshar....

respected sir, my daughter is 3.9yrs now,we start her education at the age of 3.now is in prenurshary she done well but sometimes she wrote some alphabet in opposite direction i.e mirror image..via.p write as q ,R

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Hi reena! Your child is in her early learning years and is going to learn a lot in these years. It's important to give her as many avenues and ways as possible to learn various concepts. it may happen at times, that she may feel fatigued while writing or it may just be lapse of interest at times when she does these minor mistakes. 2018-09-14 15:46:12
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You need to worry only if you find her drawing mirror images of alphabets regularly, in which case I would guide you to next steps. Doesn't seems to be the case right now, so don't worry. best wishes! 2018-09-14 15:47:16

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