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Education Boards in Mumbai

 

 

Which board to choose from SSC, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and IB ?

 

Choosing the board most suitable for your child can be a harrowing experience. Many parents are confused with which board to choose. There are namely four common boards

State Boards (SSC for 10th & HSC for 12th ).

Central Board (CBSE -Central Board of Secondary Education for 10th & 12th )    

CISCE Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination ( ICSE for 10th ,ISC & CVE for 12th )

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge University)

IB (International Baccalaureate)

 

A common misconception is that CBSE and ICSE are both education boards similar to SSC boards of state government. CBSE is an education board but ICSE is the certificate offered after completion of the course and it is not a board. Still ICSE board is commonly used to mention this course.

State Boards SSC (Secondary School Certificate) & HSC (Higher School Leaving Certificate


Secondary School Certificate, commonly known as SSC, is a public examination taken by students in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Goa in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, after successfully completing at least ten years of schooling. It is followed by Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC). SSC is an equivalent to GCSE in the England.

State Boards are comparatively limited in the content and subjects as compared to other boards. The syllabus is easier and hence less stressful to the students. These schools being state centric are excellent for parents planning to stay in the same state for life. The State language is compulsory. As the concepts are generally lagging the kids have to be given external coaching, if planning for IIT, CAT and other competitive exams. These schools are great for kids who are focused on extracurricular activities like sports etc.

Pros

1. Favorable for parents without Transferable Jobs.

2. Easily available Textbook, Teachers.

3. Moderately loaded curriculum giving options for Students to explore more extracurricular activities like Dancing and Sports.

4. Lower Fees.

5. More reserved seats within the state recognized colleges


Cons

1. Depends wholly on the State government\’s competence to maintain quality of education.

2. Quality of Teaching varies according to school.

3. Might Lack in basic facilities.

4. Quality of Content (No Errors/ No Printing Mistakes) may be questionable.

 

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)


Central Board of Secondary Education: Know as the CBSE board. It prepares the syllabus for students up to Class 12. The curriculum is set by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The board conducts India\’s two nation-wide board examinations: the All India Secondary School Examination for Class 10 and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination for Class 12.

 

Many schools are affiliated to CBSE syllabus. All major cities have CBSE schools, hence easy to move around in the country. The curriculum is very good when it comes to general knowledge and general subjects. It allows the kids to experience subjects without going deep into them thus helping them to choose the focus after Xth. This board prepares kids for competitive exams like the IIT, CAT, IIM and all entrance exams which are held at national level and it gives better chances for appearing for Armed Forces Exams, NDA, IAS, IFS, IPS.etc. The schools also focus a lot on extracurricular activities Most of which are compulsory thus assuring an overall growth of the child. One disadvantage is the length of the syllabus. It has vast syllabus

 

Pros

1) The diversity factor in schools with CBSE board is high as more students from different backgrounds are likely to end up in the same class. 

2) Quality of Content (No Errors/ No Printing Mistakes) in Textbooks\’ is good.

3) Continuous And Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), a new system of education implemented by CBSE for students of sixth to tenth grades. It removes the marking system and introduces grading system based on a series of curricular and extracurricular activities.

4) Easy to find tutors, books and activities for all classes.

5) Focus on Science and Mathematics as well as application based subjects.

6) Recognition by all colleges in India.

7) Centralized system for transferring across all CBSE schools.

8) Numerous talent search examinations and scholarship exams such as SSTSE, NSEB, NSEC etc held at local and national level base their content on CBSE syllabus just because it is more prevalent.

Cons

1) Although Major Entrance Exams syllabus is based on CBSE, the fact that the seats for those courses are open for all students in India. And colleges which are coming under state universities have more reserved seats for students from state boards. Hence students from CBSE board who wouldn\’t crack entrance exams face problems in getting admission in state university colleges as they have very less number of seats for CBSE Board quota.

2) Fees can be on the high side for some schools.

3) There aren\’t enough options to explore in the field of Arts and Literature.


 

 

CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination)

The ICSE is short form of Indian Certificate for Secondary Education. It was established by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. The council conducts an all India exam for Class 10 called ICSE (Indian Certificate for Secondary Education) and for class 12 called the Indian School Certificate (ISC).

The ICSE board follows the basics strengthening syllabus. The standard basics are introduced and repeated as the student moves to higher classes. Even questions are based on the basics. This makes the basics of the topic very strong. This helps the student a lot of confidence when higher studies are involved. As his basics are very strong, half the job is done. There is lot of focus on language and literature. It is good for kids wanting to make a career which involves writing, reading, talking, debating, arguing, surveying, historians, geologist etc. This curriculum is very good when it comes to general knowledge and general subjects. However it is unnecessarily vast.

This board is also good for competitive exams like IIT, IIM, CAT, All India entrance exams, but needs extra time and coaching. Even Armed forces exams can be appeared after this board. ICSE syllabus is particularly important for students who prefer higher education abroad. Exams like GRE, TOEFL and GMAT have a lot of verbal ability testing. It is also excellent for those who are migrating from abroad as the curriculum is close to international board. One important distinguishing feature in ICSE syllabus is the importance given to projects. Projects are very important and they form the basis of marking scheme in the performance of the student. This makes the student extremely active and it improves his thinking ability.

Pros

1. Course curriculum is wide, covering a range of topics to explore overall growth of students.

2. CISCE prefers to give more practical Knowledge and focus more on analytical skills.

3. Subject selection options available to students to follow their liking for a particular subject.

4. The CISCE board has equal focus on languages, science and art and encourages students to choose across diverse topics / subjects for their Class-12 exam.


Cons

1. Students may find syllabus a bit cumbersome.

2. Students would find it hard to shift to other boards or Pre-Science Colleges (11-12 Standards)

3. Higher Fees

4. Although Major Entrance Exams syllabus is based on CISCE, the fact that the seats for those courses are open for all students in India. And colleges which are coming under state universities have more reserved seats for students from state boards. Hence students from ICSE board who wouldn\’t crack entrance exams face problems in getting admission in state university colleges as they have very less number of seats for CISCE Board.

 

 

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education (Cambridge University)


International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate and CIE A-level.

Pros

1. International Board recognized by most of the Universities of the world.

2. Students can apply to Foreign Universities wherein CBSE and ICSE board is not recognized.

3. More advanced curriculum and variety of subjects to choose from.

4. More emphasis on English and Technical Subjects

5. Best option if parents are NRI, or are planning to move abroad.


Cons

1. Fee is on the higher side.

2. Found only in metropolitan cities and Tier-1 cities of India

3. Difficult for students to shift boards if need arises.

4. Tuitions, Books not easily available.

 

 

IB Board


This board is excellent for kids whose parents are globe trotters as it enables kids to get admission into any IB school across the world. There are very few students in each batch, hence ensures quality focus on each child. The syllabus is taught in most interesting and interactive way with the best of equipments. The overall atmosphere in the school is international, with kids taking teachers as their equals. However these schools can be extremely expensive!

Pros

1. International Board recognized by most of the Universities of the world.

2. Students can apply to Foreign Universities wherein CBSE and ICSE board is not recognized.

3. Recognized by UNESCO, Council of Europe, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

4. Curriculum based on application and experimentation.

5. Better Infrastructure of Schools.

6. Best option if parents are NRI, or are planning to move abroad.


Cons

1. Fee is on the higher side.

2. Found only in metropolitan cities and Tier-1 cities of India

3. Difficult for students to shift boards if need arises.

4. Tuitions, Books not easily available.

 

 

Board

Examination

Recognition

Type of Curricullum

Area of Operation

Fees

Pros

Cons

 

10th

12th

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Board

SSC

HSC

State Govt & also Govermnent of India

Theoretical & Simpler

State as well as across India

Low /Average

Prepare students for State Level entrance exams

More Theoretical & Not much Practical knowledge

 

Syllabus is more simpler

 

Easy to find schools

Lags in providing Commnication Skills and Confidence in students

CBSE

AISSCE

All Colleges in India

Focus on Mathematics & Science

Across India , Middle East

Average

Continuous And Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE),

Less focus on Languages

 

Easy to find schools

Prepares students

for entrance exams.

More Theoretical & Not much Practical knowledge

CISCE

ICSE

ISC

Recognized by Many universities across globe

Practical & Analytical Knowledge

India,UAE, Singapore,Indonesia

High

Syllabus is more concrete & complete

Cumbersome Sylabus

 

Focus on Language, Science and Art

Difficult to shift Boards

 

Less Seats available for State Board Colleges

IGCSE

O Level

A Level

Worldwide status & credibility

Application oriented curriculum

 

Very High

Larger Choice of Subjects

Difficult to find tutors

 

International Curriculum for 9th & 10th

Books not easily available

IB

MYP

DP

Most Universities in the World

Based on Application & Experimentation

144 Countries including India,USA,UK, Australia

Very High

Students can apply to Foreign Universities

Found only in Metropolitian cities

 

Better Infrastructure

Books not easily available

Holistic Learning

Difficult to shift boards

 

 

What we have attempted here is to give a non biased analysis of each schools. However each board has its own merits and demerits. The choice is up to you to decide which syllabus is most suited for your child.

 

 



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