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The education boards in India is rather diverse and equally qualitative when it comes to providing education. However, there are 4 boards that the Indian education boards provide for you to choose from. They are as follows –

Different Education Boards in India

  • Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
  • Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • IB School
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Secondary School Certificate (SSC)

The Secondary School Certificate also goes by SSC or Matriculation examination is a public examination. Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan conduct this as a complete exam of secondary education. Students of class 10 can appear for these. Moreover, it is equivalent to GCSE in England. And also the first two years of high schools in the United States.

Further, students are eligible to appear for this exam after completing at least 10 years of schooling. TThe eligible students should be from any one of the following states:

  • Maharashtra,
  • Madhya Pradesh,
  • Gujarat,
  • Andhra Pradesh and
  • Goa

It is followed by Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC). SSC is an equivalent to GCSE in the England.

State Boards of the education boards in India are smaller in scope of content and subjects when in comparison to other boards. Moreover, the syllabus is easier and hence less stressful to the students. Also, the state language is compulsory. Since the concepts are not up to date, the kids will require external coaching, if planning for competitive exams.

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination is a private board of school education in India. The aim of this board is to provide a general education examination, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986(India), through the medium of English.

Candidates appearing for the examination have to study six subjects, with one to three papers in each subject. Therefore, making up a total of eight to eleven papers, depending on the subjects. ICSE results considers the best five of the six subjects. However, English marks is mandatory and are always inclusive.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

Another board/structure of the education boards in India is the CBSE board. This is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools. The Union Government of India is responsible for controlling and managing the board functions. Further, CBSE requests all affiliation schools to follow only NCERT curriculum. There are approximately 20,299 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.

Originally, the passing criteria was set such that a student had to get 33% in both the theory and practical components. A student who does not manage to pass up to two subjects can write the compartment in those subjects in July. And students failing the compartment, or failing in three or more subjects must rewrite all the subjects in the next year.

For class 12 students the promotion criteria is 33% overall, with 33% in both theory and practical examinations (if applicable). Also, a student who does not manage to pass in exactly one subject, he/she can write the compartment for that subject in July. For those who fail the compartment, or those who fail in two subjects or more, he/she must rewrite all the subjects taken in the next year.

Read this article to know difference between CBSE and ICSE.

IB School

This board is excellent for kids whose parents who wish that their kids travel the world and acquire overseas education. However, there are very few students in each batch, therefore ensuring that all students receive qualitative focus. Further, the syllabus is taught in an interesting way without the use of mainstream teaching techniques. This board is one of the reasons for a great development in the Indian education system over the years. The overall atmosphere in the school is international, with kids taking teachers as their equals.

FAQ on Education Boards in India

Which is the best board to choose for your child?

Choosing the right board and the right school depends on various factors. Before choosing, it is important that, as parents, you understand the pros and cons of all the boards. Also, keep in mind the future scope and the best board that matches your child’s capabilities. Understanding the abilities of the child, along with the market scope and financial status, are crucial for this decision.

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