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ICSE, CBSE or IB? How to Choose the Right School Board for Child?

Ankita A Talwar
7 to 11 years

Created by Ankita A Talwar
Updated on Sep 12, 2014

ICSE CBSE or IB How to Choose the Right School Board for Child

How does one go about choosing the right board, perhaps even before looking at various schools for one’s child? The first time, this dawned on me was when my daughter turned 30 months. I realized that, when it comes to choosing a school for your child, perhaps, one crucial aspect to be considered is, choosing the right board for your child—ICSE, CBSE, IB, or SSC? I then met friends and experts, and of course have now got an interesting summary of my understanding from all my research on various boards. We bring to you a lowdown on each of these boards, with their pros and cons. Read here and I hope this shall help you in making the right choice.

What Are School Boards in India?

Here are recognized school boards from which you choose for your child. Read pros & cons & more here.

SSC-

SSC board is primarily syllabus focused and the entire curriculum is driven to complete the syllabus. It has its own limitations such as limited infrastructure, low on technology resources and physical infrastructure but this also makes it a reasonable choice from the point-of-view of fees. On the flip side, it lacks flexibility in cases of change of location/state/city. Also, in competitive exams, SSC becomes a bit of adjustment upwards.

HSC-

This is also referred to as the State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Each state has their board examination which is run in private as well as state-run institutions. The curriculum is based on the ideology to incorporate the entire syllabus through rote learning and often lacks the idea of experiential learning. They bring the freshness of regional language which gives your child the required mileage if they aspire to appear in civil services examination conducted by PSC (State run service commission) and UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

CBSE-

This is the largest education board in India and is has been flaked in the past to have been highly focused on syllabus coverage. But, offlate CBSE has got a new assessment called CCE-wherein they are trying to change and become project-oriented and continuous and ongoing in their assessment of the child in both- scholastics as well as coscholastics. It also has now tweaked its curriculum to incorporate a balance between scholastics and co-scholastics. While the intent is great, it has been meeting its own challenges in reaching an ideal state. A big advantage with CBSE is that it has maximum number of schools and hence the standardised syllabus enables easy movement for a child between cities and schools within India.

ICSE-

ICSE is a board focussed on project-based learning and understanding concepts right from the beginning. It is not much biased towards syllabus completion, but at the same time is competitive enough. The assessment framework of ICSE has been focused on academic as well as extra-currics. It also has a good balance between science subjects and arts, in fact at times has been blamed to be biased towards an excessive focus on language learning. ICSE is about electives and therefore gives a child the freedom of choice to nurture his/her interests. But on the other side, it is a smaller community of schools compared to CBSE and is clustered in prominent places within the town area of India in Southern and Northern States like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Karnataka, Delhi, Chandigarh, UP, MP, AP and Telangana. The availability of ICSE-run schools has grown multi-fold in urban India over the past few years.

Also READ: Explore experts advice on selecting board or school for your child

IB— International Boards

This is a concept that is gathering a lot of steam recently. The schools that choose to go in for IB board have to follow stringent rules for correct infrastructure, extra-curricular activities, teacher training, staff and even curriculum. These criteria have been set by international universities. IB gives children a very good edge when it comes to preparing for an education abroad as the model is loosely based on international education structure. Students are required to give dissertations, more MCQ and concept-based exams and are judged heavily on projects. It is very hands on too that helps strengthen the foundation of concepts. With the introduction of smart board education, most of the IB Board schools are offering tablet as the basic hardware for the Middle Years Programme (Class 6-10) and the Diploma Programme (Class 10-12) On the flipside, it is an expensive affair and most schools that go in for IB have very high fees. Also, if you want your child to take on Indian competitive exams it might not be a very wise choice.

Indian Board Curriculum Comparision

Here's an extensive breakdown of the ICSE, CBSE, SSC and IB board and answers to all your important questions. Read more. 

Academics Metrics ICSE CBSE SSC IB
Academics/syllabus focus Moderate, project based Moderate, Moving to project based high Moderate, practical learning, smartboard based
Extra-curricular moderate Low low high
Exam-focused yes Used to be high, now changed to low in primary and middle school Yes Dissertations, Exam focus in higher classes
Grading marks Grading marks credits
Infrastructure prerequisites Moderate enforcement Moderate enforcement Low enforcement Very stringent
Geographical movement Not easy; lesser cities with ICSE schools Very easy, largest education board by schools in India Not easy Not easy when moving within India to Tier 2, 3 towns. Very easy when moving globally
Teacher Training Average training, Moderate enforcement Below average training, Moderate enforcement Below average training, Low enforcement Exhaustive & regular training, Strict enforcement
Fees moderate Low to moderate Low High
Preparation focus for competitive exams high high high Low for Indian competition, High for entry into global universties
Flexibility for the learners to choose subjects as per interests Moderate, you could choose a mix of art & science too Moderate Moderate High
Teacher:children ratio 1:30-35 1:35-45 1:45-60 1:12-25

 

Beware of Some Fake Indian Boards Operating in Delhi

While you explore the aforementioned boards to pick the right one from, for your child, it is imperative that you are aware of some fraudulent boards running in smaller institutions in the national capital, Delhi.

In one of the recent reports published in TOI. There are 12 boards which have been declared as fake by DoE (Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi). Here goes the list.

  1. Urdu Education Board
  2. Gramin Mukth Vidhalyai Shiksha Sansthan,
  3. Delhi Board of Secondary Education
  4. The Central Board of Higher Secondary Education
  5. National Open School
  6. Board of Secondary Open Education
  7. Higher Secondary Education Board of Delhi
  8. State Council of Secondary Open Education
  9. Delhi Board of Senior Secondary Education
  10. Board of Higher Secondary Education of Delhi
  11. Council of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Delhi
  12. The Central Board of Higher Education Delhi

 

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| Sep 14, 2018

very useful...

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| May 30, 2018

Hi, I read your blog it's very informative. similarly to give more understanding of these curriculums I have a blog : http://www.drsinternational.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-ib-cambridge-cie-igcse-and-cbse/

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| Apr 20, 2018

Thanks for the info. But my doubt is whether to admit a child in a school which is not affliated to either of the board CBSE or ICSE

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| Apr 20, 2018

Thanks for the info. But my doubt is whether to admit a child in a school which is not affliated to either of the board CBSE or ICSE

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| Mar 12, 2018

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| Mar 12, 2018

thank you for the valuable information..

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| Mar 12, 2018

thank you for the valuable information..

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| Mar 12, 2018

thank you for the valuable information..

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| Feb 20, 2018

Thanks.. really good analysis.. what are the career options after 10th

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| Feb 16, 2018

Thanks for valuable information.

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| Feb 16, 2018

very useful blog

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| Feb 03, 2018

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| Jan 04, 2018

What would be best curriculam as per the current trend and competitions

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| Jan 02, 2018

could you pls explain about IGCSE syllabus as well

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| Dec 14, 2017

thank u for valuable information

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| Nov 24, 2017

Hi Carol, thanks for taking time to provide such detailed explanation for my questions. This clarified lot of ambiguities I had about CBSE,CIE and IB curriculums.

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| Nov 23, 2017

Manasa, Here is the reply for your query on Cambridge curriculum. I. e CIE or what you call IGCSE (IGCSE is the name of the 10th grade exam). The curriculum is called CIE (Cambridge International examination). The main difference between CIE and IB is that CIE has predefined content for each grade. Meaning there is a prescribed syllabus for each grade and they have textbooks to follow and it is more of application based. Where as IB is not a curriculum but a curriculum framework (methodology) which tells us what the student will be able to do at the end of primary year band or middle year band or end of diploma. The focus is on developing skills. The schools have the freedom to design their own syllabus for primary and middle years. IB can be combined with any national curriculum like cbse or icse or schools can come up with their own syllabus for PYP and MYP but it has to follow IB methodology and fulfill the framework requirement. Cambridge education is more popular in common wealth countries, it's a little cheaper than IB. In CIE, one can skip math in 11 and 12 the grade where as in IB it is mandatory to take math in IBDP (at least the math studies which is supposed to be the easiest of all the 3 types of math). In AS and A levels (11 th and 12th grade of CIE), one can take lesser subjects (4) compared to IBDP which requires at least 6. Cocurricular actvities are manadatory till 12th grade in IB as it focuses o. Students' overall development whereas one can skip them in CIE. These are just the basic differences. For the rest of the parameters mentioned in the table they are just almost the same as that mentioned for IB. Hope this helps

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| Nov 23, 2017

Hi Manasa, In the blog it is not mentioned that IB is considered to be low for indian competitive examination. It is mentioned that there is not much focus on Indian competitive exams. In Indian competitive exams mostly the questions are on facts esp in science e. g when a particular event happened, or who invented something or a definition for a term. The focus is not on why or how. In IB the focus is on skill developments using the knowledge content (factual) as a medium. I don't agree with the general perception that IB is low or very easy compared to Indian system. In fact it is one of the challenging programmes for 11 and 12th due to the requirement of 3 core components. One of the core components is 4000 word extended essay which has to be submitted after a research work in any subject of interest. This will be done through out the year. The other components are theory of knowledge and CAS. The amount of work to be put in for these 3 components is massive. And apart from that there are 6 mandatory subjects which test the students ability to apply the principles they have learnt and there will not be any question on definition or description that is given in the book. Since the diploma takes all of students' time, there will not be any time to prepare for the INDIAN competitive exams which are mostly full of facts. And IB students are not equipped with that. It can only make the life miserable for the student if he/she tries to prepare for both.

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| Nov 23, 2017

This is a nice article, which I have been looking for from a long time. However, now a days we are hearing a lot about IGCSE syllabus as well,which is not mentioned here. Can that also be added to the above comparison table? Also,I see it is mentioned that IB syllabus is considered to be LOW for Indian competetive exams. I definitely agree to it but ,I would love to know considering what aspects or basis this has been derived. It will be very helpful if anybody can explain. Thank you.

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| Nov 17, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Nov 17, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Nov 09, 2017

tq for the wonderful information

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| Nov 09, 2017

tq for the wonderful information

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| Oct 21, 2017

thanks for the information Carol

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| Sep 19, 2017

thanks for good information.

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| Sep 19, 2017

thanks for good information.

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| Sep 18, 2017

Hi Irabati, please check this link to find the IB schools. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/find-an-ib-school/ As you may know IB has 3 programmes and schools don't have to choose all the 3 programmes. They can opt for just one or 2 programmes too. Even with one programme the school will be called an IB world school. So search for each of these programmes separately. Btw this link will not show the candidate schools (i. e schools who are in the process of getting IB affiliation. )

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| Sep 17, 2017

good information. but, could you please share school names having IB patterns.

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| Sep 15, 2017

Good information for all t parents to better life their children. tq.

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| Sep 11, 2017

Very nice information thanks for providing so much details .

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| Sep 11, 2017

very good information thank you so much. but still confuse. do you have idea about shree shree ravi shankar school in mumbai?

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| Sep 11, 2017

very good information thank you so much. but still confuse. do you have idea about sheer sheer ravi shankar school in mumbai?

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| Aug 29, 2017

good information

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| Aug 22, 2017

thnku for the valuable information

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| Aug 04, 2017

Very nicely complied details. The learning part could also be added. where the depth of knowlegde is wider for SSC and slightly deeper in CBSE and ICSE, its more in IB. Focus on book based learning in the 3 boards could be the reason its more experiential learning in IB. The education is syllabus based in SSC, ICSE and CBSE, its student centric in IB. The teachers start from how much the child knows and not from what has to be taught.

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| Jul 21, 2017

goos information

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| Jul 20, 2017

nice information.

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| Jul 07, 2017

Good information

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| Jul 06, 2017

thank you for sharing such a wonderful information... it will help a lot

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| Jun 08, 2017

Good information

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| Jun 08, 2017

My both children studied in ICSE board. This academic yr my younger son passed his 10thwith good %. Then i was in biased view for taking his admission in 11th std(whether ICSE Or CBSE)as everybody said JeeMains syllabus goes parallel with CBSE. But finally we decided to go with ICSE as its books r very descriptive.

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| Jun 06, 2017

We are getting admission in igcse, is it good idea to change in higher standard Cbse.

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| May 08, 2017

Hi mam.. my son is in 6th class ..his memory is very poor.. Jo bhi learn krta h bhul jatta h.. he is very slow ...what should I do with him.. I m very tensed for him

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| Apr 13, 2017

nice and very good article on board selliction

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| Mar 20, 2017

Thanks for sharing useful information with us about which syllabus is better for children. After reading this post, I joined my daughter in one of the best ICSE schools in Hyderabad. At that school, X-seed programme is there for the students to reach their academic challenges by developing their skills. i. e. , Niraj Public School To know more information about education at Niraj, visit - http://www.nirajpublicschool.com/

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| Mar 18, 2017

How to teach English. But idont know pluently English.. but OK my mother tongue telugu. Hindi also I am speaking.

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| Mar 18, 2017

My son is 7yrs old. Present I am living coimbatore. Plz tell me CBSE is good. I don't know how to teach them.

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| Feb 27, 2017

thankyou for sharing such information

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| Feb 27, 2017

Thanks for sharing useful information to choose the right school board for your child https://www.parentcircle.com/article/how-to-choose-the-right-school-board-for-your-child/

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| Feb 04, 2017

thnaks a lot for Sharing such information

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| Jan 25, 2017

This is very basic and superficial information. I will come up with in-depth analysis within a few days. But the view that the board plays too vital role is erroneous. On the contrary the school and parents do play very pivotal role in child's education.

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| Jan 24, 2017

what about matriculation schools

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| Jan 22, 2017

Thank u so much for this useful article

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| Jan 21, 2017

In the long term none of this matters. When it was time for my first child to go to school I too got anxious about the board and type of school and what not. But soon, I realized none of this mattered. What was most important is that the leadership of the school was committed to giving the children their best. And as a parent, it was my responsibility to give my children the values required to stand up on their legs, think right and explore the world by themselves. Just to make all those people comfortable - Tata Group Chairman Chandrasekharan attended a Tamil medium panchayat school. Now, is all this discussion is necessary? I know what many people think, I thought that too, My child is not Chandrasekharan... Let me tell you what I discovered with Siddarth, they have the potential to be better than that!! We just need to believe! All the best! irrespective of whichever board you select for your child!

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| Jan 20, 2017

Basic information for choosing board

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| Jun 24, 2016

Tushar, I agree ECA varies from school to school. but the moderate, high or low in the above table indicates how much importance is given to art/PE/Music. In certain boards, these are included for assessments. In IB, till 10th grade art,PE and music are compulsory. there are specific infrastructure and teacher training requirements before they become IB world schools. I guess even in CBSE /ICSE / state boards, there are certain infrastructure requirements to be fulfilled before they get affiliated to that board. But yes quality of teachers varies which you need to find out from parents whose children are going to those schools or by visiting the school.

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| Jun 08, 2016

This classification confused me. Needed more views on ICSE and CBSE. ECA varies from School to School and not with boards. The same is with Teaching Staff and infrastructure.

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| May 31, 2016

my son is 3 yrs and 6 months, very active (hyper) and a quick learner. i have admitted him to ICSE syllabus school, problem is he do not sit or concentrate more than 10 minutes in 1 activity how to go about it??? need suggestion and help.

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| May 10, 2016

Hi Chandrashekhar! I understand your worry. Dubai does have CBSE and ICSE board schools. Singapore has several options for CBSE board schools. Your child shall be able to continue in ICSE/CBSE schools in both these locations, so don't worry.

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| Jan 14, 2016

Nice explanation though I found some ambiguities like Extra curricular activities (ECA) These are mostly depending on the schools rather than boards. It will not always be the right way just to chose schools based on the board only. I have seen lot of schools with ICSE having low education system then Kendriya Vidyalayas which are CBSE and govt schools. So before chosing schools please check the school's infrastructure, their staff, track records, way of teaching etc.

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| Jan 12, 2016

Thanks for sharing the information. My son is 4th grader now. Earlier he was in ICSE board but the school has shifted him to IGCSE board (since he is doing well in studies). Actually I would have preferred him to stay with ICSE but in near future I might get shifted overseas. Mostly in Singapore or Dubai. I believe that at both location there are schools with ICSE syllabus. I am little confused whether to shift my son back to ICSE, in case I do not get shifted. Which will give my son an edge for competitive exams in India in future..... Pls. advice

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| Jan 06, 2016

Very much useful. thank you

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| Jan 05, 2016

My daughter is 6yrs old and she is reading in a ICSE board based school,but many of my friends and relatives told me to change the bord from ICSE to CVSE. but i was a little bit confused to take decision to choose a right school for my daughter. but now after reading this blog i am fully satisfied about my decision. Thanks.

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| Dec 31, 2015

Very useful

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| Dec 31, 2015

Thank you for the valuable information in the blog. The discussions are equally interesting & valuable. I believe that all the education boards has their own strengths and weaknesses. For me, It is not important to choose a particular board rather a good school is crucial here. If the school or the institution where you want your kid to study, doesn't practice the high degree of overall quality education, then slecting that school merely on the basis of board becomes irrelevant. Just look around among your friends and relatives, many of them has studied in the ordinary schools yet they have achieved so much in their life & career. So, for me the quality of education is important, rather than board.

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| Dec 29, 2015

Hi Nitin, Is IB syllabus very different from the competitive exams in India? I was of the opinion that the syllabus is more or less same as ICSE but only the teaching methodology and the type of assessments are different. I am currently thinking of enrolling my daughter in pre-k at a international school since i liked their teaching methods. Though it's too early to think about competitive exams, I do want her to study in India after her IBDP. So want your opinion on this.

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| Dec 21, 2015

Hi Ganga! Professional degrees, entrances are getting more and more board independent. In fact most of them accept candidates across the boards. CBSE, ICSE alike. While ICSE syllabus is still very much in line with most of the competitive exams in our country, IB has a different syllabus.

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| Dec 16, 2015

I am still confused .

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| Dec 15, 2015

Hi, Good topic. I am doing research on this topic for my kid. She is in UKG now and i want to take a decision about her medium before next year. Hope, still we didn't covered one topic on this. What is the scope of each medium when they are looking for professional degree in future. Professional degrees are mostly based on the SSC exams only. I want to put my daughter into BI/ICSE. But not sure, how will be the selection process? or Will they give priority to this students at state level?

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| Dec 14, 2015

Hi I got a 10 year old girl. I want to encourage her into reading habbit. Pls suggest

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| Dec 13, 2015

Very useful information

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| Dec 13, 2015

Which syllabus is good for children

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| Dec 12, 2015

Hi

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| Dec 12, 2015

few days back i have taken admission fr my kid in cbse board. unknowingly i have covered all the above criteria . very useful info.

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| Dec 11, 2015

I admitted my 2. 11 yrold son to south point school Kolkata which is icsc, should I look for bharatia bidya bhavan? A cbsc school.

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| Dec 11, 2015

I recently changed my daughter from the cbse board to Igcse. I find a world of difference in her. The platform is fantastic for any child to flourish. This is true education and the thirst for knowledge among children increases. The Co curriculum is well thought out, such that there is no real need for the child to join other classes after school. My daughter has become completely independent in her studies as well.

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| Dec 10, 2015

Hey i am just thinking to admit my son in ICSE school he is just above to start his education should i continue or CBSE???

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| Dec 10, 2015

My daughter is in 4th now in icse school .Should I move to cbse board or continue in the same as I have heard that icse board 8s difficult in secondary.

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| Dec 10, 2015

very relaxed... thank you...

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| Dec 09, 2015

Important info given.... thanks :-)

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| Dec 09, 2015

Can you give us study about state syllabus

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| Dec 08, 2015

thanks yar, valuable information

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| Dec 08, 2015

Thank you. Very good information for the parents.

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| Dec 08, 2015

Thank u for wonderful info. It means a lot

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| Oct 27, 2015

Thanks for the info. very useful. Good initiative for mutual sharing

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| Oct 26, 2015

Hi All, My daughter will be eligible for nursery/pre-k admissions next year. I have a good school close by in mind, which follows the IGCSE/IB curriculum. We are not planning to go abroad and I would want her to continue her studies in India after 12th grade. Will it be a wise choice to put her in this IB school? Or should i put her in CBSE/ICSE school a little farther from home? Also would it be fine for her if I put her in IB school till 7th grade and then move her to CBSE/ICSE from 8th grade? I am confused and would like some advice in taking the best decision for my daughter.

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| Oct 18, 2015

Hi all, My son will be 4 yrs next year. We are based in singapore. My question is if we plan to relocate to india(pune) suddenly when there is no school admission done for my son in pune then what happens? I mean is that year for my son is wasted till i get admission for mext year for him?

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| Sep 07, 2015

What about IGCSE? A lot of schools are offering this board too and its important to know how IG fares against the other boards?

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| Sep 07, 2015

Hi all. I m a mother of 4 yr old. She goes to school where she is required to speak in english. She spends most of d time with my parents who baby sit here when I am at office and speaks in hindi. I have started speaking to her in english, but she looks at me blankly as if not understood or will answer me in hindi. She never speaks in English or try. What should be done?

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| Sep 06, 2015

Hi,my son is in 9th grade with CBSE board. He has a lot of interest in science n wants to go for research in future. Should we continue with CBSE or some other board will be more helpful in research as a career? Please share which exams he needs to appear to go in research field ?

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| Sep 05, 2015

Good and Useful info... Thanks a lot

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| Sep 05, 2015

Hi, my daughter studying pre school, please suggest me which board will be best for her education..

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| Sep 05, 2015

Hey can u plz guide which syllabus is more difficult cbse or icse?

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| Sep 04, 2015

I wonder how does IGCSE board does not feature in this discussion forum? Could somebody throw light on this as well please. thanks

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| Sep 01, 2015

Hi, I admitted my daughter in Primus bangalore,she is in LKG, they have IGCSE board. I was under impression that they also have ICSE, but late I came to know that they only have IGCSE. Can you suggest that I should change her school to any renowned ICSE/CBSE school from LKG or 1st standard? We have not seen the future and do not know if we will go abroad or not. But main focus should be that the kid should be strong enough academaically to accomodate in any place (India or abroad) as per the time. Please suggest.

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| Aug 21, 2015

thanks Ankita for sharing your views and results of you efforts. some time back I happened to come across this article http://schoolsbangalore.blogspot.in/2010/11/cbse-or-icse-which-is-best-for-your.html .. may be it can also come of any help.

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| Aug 05, 2015

Namita Khemka - hi! either of the board at this stage are fine namita. In terms of competitive exams, though it's true that CBSE is the reference point for them, but then there is hardly much difference between ICSE and CBSE syllabus. They are almost identical, with a few concepts in one grade or the other. So, ideally you should compare between the schools in this case, and choose a better school for your child.

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| Aug 04, 2015

I want her to do ib but am worried that wil she be able to cope up with the entrance exams of nata nid etc

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| Aug 04, 2015

Hi, my daughter is in Icse board 10th grade... she wants to pursue either designing architecture or town planning. which board should she choose for her 11th and 12th grade

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| Jul 30, 2015

In thane where we r shifting most good schools are icse ... Isce and cbse syllabus are much differ or same ??

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| Jul 30, 2015

Hi !! My daughter is in 4 th std under cbse board .. Next year we are shifting so should i get her admissions in cbse school or igcse or ib board. Do change of board ll be difficult for her . I want her to appear in Indian competitive exams in future so which board ll be best for her? Pls help

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| Jul 29, 2015

gud information

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| Jul 29, 2015

Very clear and detailed information. Makes the decision a lot easier.

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| Jul 28, 2015

Very informative????

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| Jul 28, 2015

Not great info.... IGCSE is missing from comparison

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| Jul 28, 2015

Hi can any one give a better difference between iCGSC, CBSE-I , CBSE. ?? One more question is Nalanda school in mumbai is good and the school follows CBSE SYLLABUS ??

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| Jul 28, 2015

Thanx Carol

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| Jul 28, 2015

Very good info.... I completely agree with the parent Kritika.

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| Jul 27, 2015

Hi my son is in 5th std in cbse-i. Please suggest me should i continue with this or i switch it to cbse. I am confused about cbsei's future after reading your comments.

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| Jul 27, 2015

I would love to read a detailed comparison between IGCSC n IB

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| Jul 18, 2015

V helpful blog

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| Jul 14, 2015

I loved this post and also all the comments. Carol has been very informative and elaborate in her replies. We have been struggling through schools and boards for our son's admission this year. Here are some observations about IB board, which is otherwise a great board: 1. IB at class XII does not have any scope for commerce students who would want to pursue CA or Actuarial. 2. There is no proper degree / certification courses in IB available for teachers in India so teachers have to go through conferences which gives them certifications, that can be a concern if the teacher is not a B. ed either. 3. Most of the International Universities are making their way to India, so 12-13 years down the line students may not have to go abroad to get best of education. 4. Countries are looking up to Indian syllabus for their students so is it really required for us to get into IB for our kids. I feel a right mix of Progressive way of teaching supported by Indian syllabus would be an ideal mix for me. At the end of day we would not want our child to look only for a foreign university for higher education and he should have avenues open in India as well.

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| Jul 06, 2015

Can you also please provide similar details on IGSCE.

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| Jul 06, 2015

hi Latika Malik - Your son is in the what is called the "Building Blocks" grades. It's these grades, VI, VII, VIII which are cucial for building concepts for a child. On the other hand, it's a popular misconception that Grade 9 onwards are most crucial, or perhaps grade 11 and 12. These are important grades as well, primarily because the results in these grades drive a young adult's career fwd, but the key concepts to excel in these are formed in the middle classes from grade 5 till 8. From what seems like, your son likes his school. My guess is that this is Scottish High. Let me know if not so. While it's thought that grade VI, VII, VIII are easier in comparison, that's not necessarily the case. A little here and there, the challenge levels will not change much. On the other hand, your son needs help and guidance in finding interest in math as a subject. Clearly, if he's a good student with other subjects, it's not so much seriousness as "evoking interest" in the subject, which seems to be a challenge here. You could spend some time with his teacher to find out what does he struggle with, also help him in learing math through alternative approaches like, pen/pencil-less methods, pictorial/graphical approaches to learn mathematics, and once he develops good grasp of concepts, he may do better. The idea to meet a Counsellor is good, but please avoid a IIT JEE/FITJEE kinds and meet someone who's genuinely an expert at this. Do keep me posted too and I shall also try and help.

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| Jul 06, 2015

Very good information.

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| Jul 04, 2015

Hi I am a mother of 14 yr old boy studying in ICSE X th. He want do BS comp. Sci. in USA. IB diploma or ISC XII which one will be more beneficial to him for getting admits from US high rank universities. Sudden change in study system from ICSE to IB will it suffer his Career?

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| Jul 01, 2015

Hi... i am a mother of 13 yr old currently in one of the Good schools of NCR in ICSE / IB board in class 7th... am in a constant state of anxiety of looking into possibilities of shifting to cbse . My son is a naughty boy like any other boys of his age , observant , always wanting to be a part of any discussion in the class , intelligent, ..science is his favourite subject and keeps researching on various topics ...but careless as a result he fares between 75-78 % in the class... Maths being his weakest subject for the simple reason of non practice which brings down his overall percentage to mentioned above ..else his other subjects are good... my concern is i am confused in two things-- should i let him continue here assuming with age and maturity he will start taking studies seriously and excel since he is overall an intelligent child ... OR if shifted to CBSE ,,, he will fare better and the maths level would be slightly simpler than the ICSE ...is that correct... at present it is difficult to make out what stream he wants to take and where his mind is inclined towards ..as these days kids are more into overall gaming ..music.. and lot of other attractions apart from studies.. he is a footballer in his school and in the school team ... i have broached the subject of changing school which was not very nicely digested ...but continuos talking at home has got him to the level of thinking about this ... but still not sure ... can i take him to a councillor who can review him and advise what would be best suitable .. many thanks

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| Jun 28, 2015

Thank you Ankita, you made it very easy with the help of chart for evaluation. I also wanted to know that do all CBSC school has French language ??

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| Jun 28, 2015

In fact I would say Igcse is in no way easy... it's similar to icse to some extent... bt mugging is v less.. more project oriented... and practical approach... lots of theory applied process rather than mugging

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| Jun 27, 2015

Hi I m staying in Dubai... can u pls guide which school will be good for my 3 yr girl

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| Jun 27, 2015

Thanks a lot for the information. Really nice . I would like to know what is 'CORE' form of education

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| Jun 27, 2015

Very nice. Info... Even I'm in a confusing state..

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| Jun 27, 2015

hi carol which school would you suggest in western Mumbai

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| Jun 27, 2015

Thanks Ms. Ankita

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| Jun 26, 2015

Hi my daughter is in kg now. I'm very confused which board can I go.

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| Jun 15, 2015

Thank you so much carol and nitin for your guidance.

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| Jun 10, 2015

Thanks carol.. but can u help with one one infomation.. which pattern is followed by ARBOR GLEN . Public school n is it suitable for my kid thanks..

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| Jun 08, 2015

Hi jaanvy, I would say the same as What Nitin said. It depends on your future plans. If you will be moving to any common wealth countries, choose Cambridge International. If Europe, US, choose IB. If you will be continuing in Canada, you can consider Ontario curriculum as it is considered of higher value in US universities too. But American and Canadian curriculum and their approach are almost the same. Montessori schools are mostly private schools and most private schools are run by churches. So they may have religion as part of the curriculum. you may look for non religious institutions that follow Montessori approach if you are particular about Montessori.

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| Jun 07, 2015

Hi Jaanvy! What are your future plans? Are you going to relocate to some other country from Canada in future or is this now a location for some time. In case you shall stay at canada for times to come or will you move to another us/european country. If the options are US and european countries then IB has a great network and there curriculum is more standerdised than igcse. In case, you plan to relocate to some other country will suggest as per the country. Montessori is an approach, a philosophy around which the curriculum and the resource material is modeled around. It's not religious but yes has some influence. It's a good approach and doesn't hav anything bad as such. But i would suggest you to spend some time in understandig in detail about what is the preschool's approach to learning and care of toddlers

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| Jun 07, 2015

Hi Carol.. I am in Toronto. canada my son's preschool will be starting in sep i am confused about my son's schooling.. i want to know which board wl b better for him? IB or IGCSES. N in terms of preschool is motessori preschool is a good option or normal preschool? I have been told in montessori they follow some specific religion and they teach the same religion to child.. please help

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| Jun 04, 2015

What abt IGCSE ?? Is it same as IB?

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| Jun 03, 2015

According to me, CBSE and ICSE are almost similar except that when the child gets to higher classes the syllabus might get a bit tougher. Actually, more than the syllabus, I think it is the exams that are tougher in ICSE. But, one great thing about ICSE is the detailed English syllabus. English is the primary subject as far as ICSE is concerned. The student will be awarded a certificate even if he/she fails in Maths or Science but not in English. The idea is that you have to pass English and a required number of other papers. But the child is guaranteed to be well versed in English if he/she studies in ICSE for 10 years. A child has the opportunity to learn two complete Shakespeare's plays by the the time she passes Plus-2. CBSE earlier was having a higher standard but now it has come down to the level of SSC. The syllabus is nowadays more or less similar to SSC. As you said, there is a plan to merge these syllabuses. This may be seen as an initial step. The problem with CBSE is that it doesn't encourage the study of local languages. Also, the English teaching is sub-standard in most schools. Of course, if you can find a good school that is affiliated to CBSE then it won't matter. SSC is perhaps the easiest syllabus to study. I feel it is also the most systematic. It doesn't put much pressure on the children. But, the problem is that we can hardly find any good schools that follow this syllabus and that is a very serious issue. Because, what's the use of studying if it is not in good schools and not being taught by competent teachers?

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| May 29, 2015

priyesh2903 - great tip. thanks!

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| May 29, 2015

Lakshmi Santhosh - Don't worry, preschools are not board driven. Also, it's not that each school under a particular board is alike. They vary quite widely on multiple parameters. Evaluate the schools and just not the boards is my suggestion.

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| May 29, 2015

My son z 3yrs old n I ve joined him in kidzee. Bt in our place v dont ve icse schools. N I m lil worried if cbse z k fr his future persuance r nt

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| May 28, 2015

Priyanka Bhandari - Carol has given some great insight on IB. The bigger difference between the IB approach compared to others is that of fostering wonder and introduction of concepts,especially in the early years (PYP). That's on the curriculum framework basis. But the mapping of syllabus is a different thing altogether, and it's true that the concepts between IB and some of the Indian boards are differently mapped - as per the grades, while some are covered first in other boards, a few happen first in IB. Also, IB fosters more of wonder and exploration in early years, whereas for e. g. CBSE fosters memorization, retention and to some extent, competition from an early age. Both have their own positives as mentioned in the blog, and it's not necessarily one being superior to the other. On the board for your child, there's still ample time for you to decide on that, as preschools are not driven by the Board as such, and should be chosen largely on parameters like surroundings, nearness, approach, transparency, teachers'/caregivers' quality.

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| May 28, 2015

I've heard dat IB is a bit slower in academics as compared to CBSE as wat dey teach in 2 nd class is wat IB teaches in 3 rd grade..... Is it true???? N my child is 18 months old wat board shud i opt fr hm???? Is IB a gud choice?????

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| May 28, 2015

Carol@divyap - CBSE-I is fairly recent, started as a trial of sorts-around 3 years before, there's more confusion than clarity. IB and IGSCE have a long drawn history of putting in place, what is perhaps a wider and more global approach to learning. CBSE-I has a long way before it can implement a wider/global approach to teaching and learning. If looking at an IB/IGCSE, CBSE-I is not a peer-comparison at all.

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| May 27, 2015

@Divya Patil - did not understand, please elaborate

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| May 27, 2015

What about CBSE I

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| May 27, 2015

Hi Tasnim, ICSE and CIE (Cambridge international examination) have same syllabus/ content. but as Nitin said they are very different too. They are different from each other in terms of assessment. Also in language more focus is given for descriptive writing and figurative speech. CIE needs more application based knowledge. Learning the concepts is not enough. One can't predict what questions will be asked in the examination as they will be based on a scenario where one needs to apply the concepts learnt. For e. g a 3rd grade questions for assessment in science is "what happens when the earth stops spinning on its axis". or in language the question is to choose a favourite destination and write about the places of attraction and the dos and don'ts that would help a tourist plan a trip" The questions will not be direct. So the child needs at least a year or 2 to get adjusted with the language and the exam pattern. There will be a checkpoint exam in grade 8. So if you move your child in grade 7 or 8, there will be enough time to find out the area of weaknesses so she could improve. IGCSE ( Cambridge secondary 2 ) of CIE is a 2 year course. So shifting to CIE at the beginning or end of grade 9 is not advisable and it will not be easier too as getting admission may also be an issue. If your child is focused on a very specific field or subjects, then CIE would be the right choice. But in terms of effort, it's very difficult to say which would be harder or easier as it depends on how well an individual performs.

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| May 26, 2015

Hi Tasnim! IGCSE is not much similar to ICSE but it may not mean that it is easier. She can choose electives in both boards and in both she will have to put in effort. I would suggest you to find out her comfort level and also to find her interest area in terms of stream to choose. Grade 8 is still ok to change the board and would be easier than doing it grade 9 or further. Igcse will have a sync with international studies options as well.

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| May 26, 2015

Hi. My girl is in std 7 icse. I would like to know if icse or igcse be easier during her board. Shes not interested in engg or medicine. I feel icse is just memorising the book for the exam and projects are done by parents for grading. Kindly advise.

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| May 26, 2015

Good iformation.

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| May 26, 2015

Carol - great to read your inputs on this blog. Thank You for being a true proparent and helping fellow parents.

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| May 26, 2015

Very informative blog thanks

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| May 25, 2015

Mansi Atul Kulkarni - 3. 5 months or 3. 5 years?

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| May 25, 2015

My son is 3. 5 monthsThis is very useful information.

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| May 25, 2015

Hi.... 4 the fees u mentions for CBSE board Seema moderate.... BT the fees charged 4 CBSE schools on hyd iz very high

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| May 19, 2015

Very good comparison/information on single page

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| Apr 26, 2015

Thank you so much for the patience

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| Apr 26, 2015

Hai carol you are right. It means national curriculum of England. Can you please detail about this. Thank you.

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| Apr 26, 2015

Hai, I have seriously no idea what British curriculum means. It's popular in Saudi. I am sorry.

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| Apr 26, 2015

Hai carol, thanks for the reply. But still I can't decide which school to choose. Here in riyadh cbse schools are not good at all. Only British, American, igsce curriculum are popular.

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| Apr 26, 2015

Hi Parveen, It depends on whether you are planning to move back to india or move else where. It also depends on whether you want him to do IBDP or A level in high school and where you want to send your child for his higher studies. If you want to go for IBDP or if you are planning to send your child to US or canada for higher studies, choose american curriculum. in India there are only a very few schools that offer american curriculum. in bangalore only stonehill and BIS follow american curriculum.

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| Apr 26, 2015

So looks like the indian education board takes CIE into consideration when planning entrance tests as compared to IB boards. .

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| Apr 26, 2015

Hello, I will be moving to riyadh,Saudi Arabia in a couple of days. I have made an initial payment In a British curriculum school for my son for year 1. He is the class topper in his (cathedral high school, Richmond Road, icse based) previous ukg class. We are for middle East international school which is igsce based. There are American curriculum schools in riyadh. Can you please suggest me which curriculum is best for my son. Also can you suggest me good schools in riyadh. Thank you.

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| Apr 24, 2015

Hie carol, right now my son is in sr. kg. m little bit confused about cbse board and icse board for his next step into std 1st. Plz help me out which board is better for his future.

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| Apr 24, 2015

I need details abt I GCSE

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| Apr 23, 2015

The information is very helpful for all parents... Thanks Carol... Looking forward for the CIE blog..

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| Apr 23, 2015

Thanks a lot,Carol for the info.. looking forward to the blog..

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| Apr 22, 2015

Thanks for the clarification,Carol.. any idea about the method of study .?.

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| Apr 21, 2015

Hi Carol, could you please explain about Montessori schools? Is it possible to put my child in Montessori school for her kindergarten and shift to CBSE from first grade?

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| Apr 21, 2015

Very informative piece of information by Carol.. was very helpful. . I would just like to know a little more about igcse boards..

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| Apr 21, 2015

Hi My daughter is in Grade 8 IGCSE board .....and she wants to pursue Arts as in try for FIT , NID, NIFT etc..... and otherwise if she goes for normal college ..I would want her to go for liberal art colleges in India ......so shld I shift her to CBSE in 9th... will it be difficult to cope up ...or shld I change in 11 the ..where she gets to choose 5 subjects only and won't have to study SST and science ....very confused

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| Apr 21, 2015

That's a good piece of information at least to basically help and decide .....however I have recently shifted to Mumbai and have got my son admitted to an ICSE sch... promoting to 4th std.... before the sch starts I got him books of 3rd std to have an idea... as this is a change from CBSE to ICSE.... the idea has worked well and he is finding it comfortable now... and will be ready to atleast face the change ....

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| Apr 20, 2015

Good info

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| Apr 20, 2015

What about IGCSE board????

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| Apr 20, 2015

Nice blog

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| Apr 20, 2015

Nice blog

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| Apr 20, 2015

I would suggest go for IB only if you are 100% sure that you want the child to pursue higher education abroad. In the preschool phase, it is very child friendly though. Their results are declared late and are not compatible with Indian systems. ICSE is very English literature centric, Shakespeare oriented etc. Though they assign bombastic projects, only the top 5-10% in the class learn. They are impractical projects which parents need to do. CBSE curriculum gets updated with the need of the hour, once in 2-3 years. Very compatible with national level competitive exams in all fields. Now their assessment methods are also changing, increasingly more concept oriented and projects that the child can do her own.

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| Apr 20, 2015

Heyy i stay in ahmedabad my child is 1 yr old.... whch will b the be the best board for him in future years ... i m a little more inclined towards IB or ICSE ..... as he would b gnig for bachelors outside india... i dnt want him to get into the typical result n board percentage oriented syllabus.... instead it shld b focused on learning ... from base to output... plz help

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| Mar 31, 2015

Deepa marwah - I agree with Carol . ICSE in grade VIII is not going to be as difficult as perhaps grade X, but then, you need to introspect whether the reason to shift is more out of shifting the school or is it really about shifting the board.

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| Mar 31, 2015

Sonal - hi! It's not true that ICSE syllabus is not relevant for competitive exams Sonal. Also, this would be an important time for your daughter to excel in her chosen electives, so I would not advocate a change of board unless you are missing something very important at your child's current school.

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| Mar 20, 2015

Hi ankita, my daughter is appearing for her class 10 th exams thru icse board. I am lil confused whether to continue with the same or change it to cbse as everyone around is insisting that icse has a vast syllabus which is irrelevant for her entrance examinations for engineering, pls help....

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| Mar 03, 2015

Hi my daughter is in class 8 in cbse school in delhi.. Planning to shift her in icse school .. Will she be able to cope up .. Is it wise decision to shift at this age... Pls suggest

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| Mar 03, 2015

Hi carol, my daughter is giving her class 9 final exams right now n will go to class 10 soon in a CBSE board. She is very good in drawing n drama n not so academically inclined. I researched that the best is IB for art n drama as CBSE is not so good? My query is will she able to cope with an IB board and since u would like her to go abroad, is IB a better choice than CBSE ?

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| Mar 02, 2015

Thanks for such a good n precise info... can u pls help in getting info for icse schools in Gurgaon

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| Mar 02, 2015

My daughter is in icse board in her boarding school but from 11 onwards she is coming back home which board she should opt then as mostly schools are with cbse board also my son is going in IB board ... Really confused as u mentioned it will be difficult for an ib student to get through Indian universities like IIT .. Shall we shift him to cbse after 5 grade ... So pls suggest...

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| Mar 02, 2015

Thanks for sharing information.

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| Mar 02, 2015

CBSE is the best in every aspect bcoz I've been a student of it from my childhood days. The focus is on the overall development of the child. Others are below par...

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| Mar 01, 2015

Hello, My child is in ICSE board std 6th right now. If I have to send him aboard for further studies post 10th. What exams will he have to give and when

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| Mar 01, 2015

Is CBSE syllabus very difficult compared to SSC syllabus?

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| Mar 01, 2015

my son is studying in grade 8 in IGSCE board. I wld like to know whether he wld be able to persue Chattered accontany or MBBS in India. Being frm IGCSE board wld it be possible for him to appear for any professional course after 12 in India. As we dont intend to send him abroad for studies. I choosed IGCSE board bcoz i liked the concept of teaching as compared to our Indian boards. As this board is based on how to learn method n application method rather than parrroting method of indian boards. So pls suggest

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| Mar 01, 2015

Please tell me which board caters more to IIT syllabus

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| Mar 01, 2015

Thanks for the imformation but i really wanna know that in a city like mumbai which board is better as all the above boards r easily available .imean which board gives more scope for future .my son is in Icse board .have a made the right decision ???

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| Mar 01, 2015

Thank u for ur information right blog at right time

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| Feb 28, 2015

What about cbse i

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| Feb 28, 2015

Hey parents, Despite being a teacher i also am confused which syllabus wud gv an overall dvlpment for my child. We live in saudi arabia where i hav a choice between cbse, igcse and american curriculum. Planning to put my son in the american school n send him for higher studies to US or UK. What are your suggestions regarding this. Please help. Incase if he has to settle in india inbetween will it be easier for him to adapt to indian curriculum? Any experiences pls share.

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| Feb 28, 2015

My Son studying in icse is unable to cope with the studies in the syllabus. any suggestions if i shift him to SSC board will help.

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| Feb 27, 2015

Any inputs about IGCSE (CIE) ?

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| Feb 27, 2015

What about recognition for Indian college professional courses? Is ib red recognized in premier Indian Institute

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| Feb 27, 2015

Very useful info. Thanks

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| Feb 27, 2015

I m sorry but the ratio mentioned here should be 1:55 for icse

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| Feb 27, 2015

Very useful information. Thanks for sharing... I can now make a wise decision about my son's schooling And can provide him a good platform where he learns and progresses.

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| Feb 27, 2015

Thank so much

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| Feb 26, 2015

Ah.... I was in dilemma .... my daughter was facing problem's in her current school tht is cbse so I decided to shift her school not only school even board .... igcse I hve opted don't know whether its wise decision or not

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| Feb 17, 2015

It is said that IGCSE is like IB...... is it so?as per ur blog IB curriculum dont focus much on Indian competition...... then what about IGCSE?

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| Feb 17, 2015

Really a very nice blog.... but just now i want to know is it good to shift from ICSE to IGCSE

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| Feb 16, 2015

Hey its a nice blog with very useful information in very simple way and with good comparison. I have put my kid in CBSE-I curriculum. Can you please provide me pros and cons for this as well.

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| Feb 16, 2015

Very basic information..

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| Feb 16, 2015

Gud1

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| Feb 16, 2015

Really useful....

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| Feb 15, 2015

Thank you. Cleared more doubts.

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| Feb 15, 2015

That was a great info... wish you added more about the Cambridge board too... the Cambridge board is a great way of learning as it starts from primary where it is Cipp and then a child gives checkpoint at class 8 and then 10... after cambridge I would suggest The Ib DP board at the 11 and 12th... most of the schools say it is an IB board but for parents it is very important to ask the school whether it is a full IB programme. The whole IB program is Pyp(kg- gr 5th) MYP ( 6th -10th) and then DP(11th-12th).. most of the schools in India are not complete IB they only follow the DP. So parents pls ask schools about this information too.

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| Feb 14, 2015

Very precise compilation. ... useful .....Thanks.

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| Feb 06, 2015

omg u solved so many queries that i had.. thanks a lot.

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| Feb 02, 2015

Can u tell me abt dilexia

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| Feb 02, 2015

Usefull blog.. Thanks..

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| Jan 28, 2015

@salma! we shall definitely curate a detailed blog on this. Thank You for your suggestion

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| Jan 27, 2015

That was good piece of info... I would also like to know the differences between Indian curriculum (cbse/ices) and British curriculum (o level and a level)

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| Jan 20, 2015

Even I feel that till 5th kids can do IB and 6th onwards depending on my experience will shift to a CBSE school..

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| Jan 15, 2015

hi PRATIMA CHOPRA - we would work on your suggestion, and work on a focused blog on the area soon. Meanwhile, we would also try and help you address the current dilema. Would need more details though, could you email us in detail on helpdesk@parentune. com and we shall do our best to help.

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| Jan 14, 2015

Hi Ankita ..thanks for writing & sharing the info with us its really helpful. I would like to request you to also help parents like myself in deciding which board to take in class 11th & 12th .My daughter appears for her class 10th this year but i'm completely lost as to where to put her as she also has L. D. (Learning Disability) and wants to take up Arts in 10+2 so what would you suggest please... thanks

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| Dec 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing the information. Really very usefl

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| Dec 16, 2014

very useful blog.

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| Dec 05, 2014

I want to know the basis of this topic. How much data was collected to derive to a conclusion? I stay in a city where most of the IITians are from SSC board, as their MATHS, SCIENCE is strongest. The teachers are trained to take a separate class to bring the CBSE, ICSE students to the SSC level MATHS, SCIENCE. It's not the board, but how you decide the curriculum is important. Most of the schools now are mixed curriculum where they take the best syllabus from each boards ( CBSE, SSC, ICSE,) to teach the children but exams will be from respective boards. This way it is ensured the child learns the best. Coming to practical education comparison, all the boards have smart classes now, so all boards are equally inclined to practical education. Moreover it's not the board, but your child's capability to learn decides their foundation.

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| Nov 09, 2014

Thank you!

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| Sep 19, 2014

Thank you so much for the information... Right blog at Right time.. :-)

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| Sep 19, 2014

great comparison! very useful information

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| Sep 19, 2014

Very useful for proparents

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| Sep 19, 2014

Nice information Thnks for sharing

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| Sep 19, 2014

Is IB is same as IGCSE.

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| Sep 18, 2014

Hi Nitin, IB curriculum focuses on overall development of the kid, hence in initial years it is good.. but later on the burden of study multiplies hence better to shift to a CBSE school.. these days CBSE schools are not less than any other board..

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| Sep 18, 2014

Thank you so much for the information. I happened to read this at just about the right time. ?

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| Sep 16, 2014

very useful blog

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| Sep 15, 2014

very informative

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| Sep 15, 2014

Mamta Kalra - await to hear from you. :)

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| Sep 13, 2014

very good compilation

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| Sep 13, 2014

Good perspective. .. could hav been bttr.

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| Sep 13, 2014

hey Ankita thanks a lot for the info... it has made my concepts clear about the board in a very simple way...

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| Sep 12, 2014

Mamta Kalra - interesting approach mamta, would love to know so as to how have you arrived at this

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| Sep 12, 2014

Will help a lot in choosing school for my little one.. thanx

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| Sep 12, 2014

good info.. based on my understanding and research I have planned to put my kid into IB till 5th standard and then into a CBSE school..

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| Sep 12, 2014

good for parents get lot information at one place

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| Sep 12, 2014

this blog is really helpful... it gives a view to these boards in such a simple manner.

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