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Education Boards in India


Indian education system, which is considered one of the most rigorous ones in the world, is much diverse like the country itself. And like any other education system, India’s education system also consists of different education boards that have their unique style of imparting education. None can be considered inferior among others, because it’s all about what suits the needs of the student and what kind of atmosphere they want.

Deciding which board to choose for your child can be quite confusing. Therefore, you have to know the primary features of these boards. Here’s a quick little insight on the same:

1.  CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)

CBSE board is the most commonly found education board in schools throughout India. It was officially established in 1952. It conducts AISSE (All India Secondary School Examination) for Class 10th and AISSCE (All India Senior School Certificate Examination) for 12th. It also conducts AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test). Furthurmore, it formerly conducted AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination), thus, having immense experience in preparing students for the competition ahead. It has most number of schools in the country with an estimated 16000 affiliated schools, present in 21 nations.

Pass Percentage for CBSE has been good enough: 96.21 for AISSE 2016 and 83.05 for AISSCE.


Rigorous teaching methods

Highest presence through the country

Special emphasis on technical subjects

Affiliated schools are present almost everywhere.

Follows the pattern of competitive examinations


Rigid, non-flexible syllabus

Syllabus has been shortened too much in recent years, thus lacks many supporting topics

Doesn’t emphasize much on Digital methods of teaching

2.  CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations)

This education board was established in 1956 and administers the University of Cambridge’s examination system in its affiliated schools in India. It conducts ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) for Class 10th and ISC (Indian School Certificate) for Class 12th.

Number of CISCE board schools in India is around 2200.

The recent Pass Percentage of this board for year 2016 has been impressive: 98.50% ICSE and 96.46% ISC.


Wide range of subjects to choose from

Non-conventional methods of teaching

Good teaching reputation and recognition

Equal emphasis on all subjects

Good presence throughout the country

Upgraded according to changing trends in syllabus

High quality and detailed syllabus


Does not closely follow the pattern for competitive examinations

Study material is not easily available

Very few affiliated schools in the city and rarely found in under-developed cities

3.  IB (International Baccalaureate)

International Baccalaureate was found in 1968 and is a global education board found in about 140 countries, with about 16% affiliated schools in Asia-Pacific, of 4,527 affiliated schools around the world. It is generally available in International Schools in Metro or Tier-1 cities.

It has a unique education system, which is divided into 4 types on the basis of age of the students:

a) Primary Years Programme (Age range: 3-12)

b) Middle Years Programme (Age range: 11-16)

c) Diploma Programme (Age range: 16-19)

d) Career-related Programme (Age range: 16-19)

The difference between DP (Diploma Programme) and CP (Career-related Programme) is that DP is generally a school level programme, whereas the CP is an advanced form of the DP, consisting of DP, as well as career related studies. The latter helps the student develop a wider vision regarding available career options.


Excellent teaching methods

Digital Classrooms for interactive learning

High emphasis on personality development

Education system is categorized according to age range.

High quality education


Very high tuition fee

Found only in Tier-1 and Metro cities

4.  State Board

Each state in India has its own board of education, which is called State Board. State Boards have different syllabi and each board focuses on the education related to that state. Though, the syllabus of technical subjects as generally the same. State Boards conduct exams for 10th and 12th.


Indigenous education system which focuses more on Indian information.

Beneficial if one aspires to study in top state colleges.

Easy native methods of teaching

Presence even in rural areas

Rigorous teaching methods


Lags in terms of Digital methods of teaching.

Least global recognition

Lesser exposure

Less focus on personality development of the student.





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