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It’s a well-known fact that Class 10 is one of the major milestones in our education system. Our Class 10 Board results also determine our future course of action to a large extent. One of the quintessential questions that invariably arise after crossing this milestone is, ‘ Which board to choose after 10th?’ Thanks to our education system, there are many choices like CBSE, IGCSE, ISC, and State Boards. In this article, we’re going to throw some light on the various Boards that you can choose from after Class 10.

For your benefit, we’ve put together an overview of each of these boards as well as their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision. Hope these help you decide on which board to choose.

Which Board To Choose After 10th?

CBSE: The Central Board of Secondary education is one of the most popular boards of education in the country. Most of the Central government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Army Public Schools and Air Force Schools fall under the purview of this board. Private schools like the DPS society schools follow this system too. The following numbers are a testimony to the popularity of CBSE; as on Sept.2016, the board had 18006 schools including 210 schools in 25 countries. There are 1113 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 2635 Government/Aided Schools, 13657 Independent Schools, 587 Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalayas, and 14 Central Tibetan Schools. CBSE has been conducting exams for class 10th and 12 since 1962. CBSE also conducts JEE-Main currently and used to manage the AIPMT Exams until recently. Overall CBSE is a very decent choice as far as educational boards are concerned.



· If your parents have a transferrable job then CBSE could be ideal for you as almost every city in India has a CBSE school.

· CBSE gives you an edge as the syllabus are followed by most competitive exams like JEE, NEET, etc.

· The syllabus has greater flexibility and is more student-friendly as compared to the State Boards.

· The emphasis is on an overall growth of students with encouragement in sporting and extracurricular activities.

· CBSE certificate is recognized throughout India.

· The approach is more theoretical and not much emphasis is given to real-life concepts behind the science.

· Fewer subjects when compared to ICSE.

· The focus is mainly on Maths and Science and not much importance given to core English knowledge.

· The student picks a stream in 11th & 12th i.e. Science, Commerce, Arts, etc. instead of individual subjects.

IGCSE: The International General Certificate of Secondary Education is developed by the University of Cambridge and has certified many schools across India. The schools are privately owned and mostly located in Metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. The board offers international curriculum, which stresses on the overall development of the mind with a nuanced touch. The programs conducted are extremely flexible and students can opt for something they like. This board offers more than 70 subjects in 120 countries across the world.

Pros Cons
· The syllabus has a larger choice of subjects.

· It’s the precursor to the IB curriculum in many international schools for Class 11 & 12.

· The students are assessed on their oral and written abilities.

· The syllabus is application oriented.

· Students pick the core subjects and then one from a group of 5 subjects (i.e. Maths group, Language group, etc.)

· If your parents are likely to relocate globally of if you want to pursue Undergrad abroad then IGCSE is ideal for you.

· There is always a dearth of teachers who coach in this curriculum.

· More expensive than CBSE or other boards.

CISCE: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is a private board, which offers curriculum for class 11th and 12th in India. Established in 1958, it is one of the most sought-after boards in India. The curriculum offered is one step ahead of the one in CBSE. Students from this board are generally more prepped up when it comes to problem-solving and analytical skills as it stresses on a detailed analysis of the syllabus.

Pros Cons
· The syllabus has equal focus on Science, Arts & Language.

· Offers a large variety of subjects to choose from.

· Ideal for those interested in more applied learning than rote learning.

· The English syllabus is considered to be best in the country.

· Greater focus on practical learning but not as much as IGCSE.

· The syllabus is considered tougher and more extensive than CBSE.

· The comparatively tougher syllabus can hamper the focused approach required for the Engineering or Medical competitive exams.

State Boards: Each state in India has its own board of secondary education. These boards offer curricula to state schools and colleges with pre-university courses. The curriculum of the state board changes according to the state and thus is different in many aspects. There are a few state board colleges that are renowned for their good teaching staff and facilities provided.

Pros Cons
· Unique to every state in India.

· Easier than other boards with an all- inclusive curriculum that accommodates students of all capabilities.

· Ideal for students with other interests such as sports, as the workload is not much.

· The curriculum allows you to score high and at the same time focus on extra classes to prepare for entrance exams like JEE.

· The syllabus is not comprehensive enough as compared to other boards.

· Traditionally has been more of rote learning.

· State language could be mandatory although it varies from state to state.

To conclude, which board to choose, depends on your priorities and what you want to do in life. If you are interested in engineering or medical courses, then CBSE is a safe bet. If you are inclined more towards science and commerce, then IGCSE or CISCE might be helpful.

Although it is important to decide which board to choose after 10th, it is equally important to choose a good school regardless of the board of education it falls under. Check out our list of the top schools in India.



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