All about CBSE, ICSE, State Board & International Boards | SchoolWiser Blog

Last updated on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

India is proliferated with three domestic education boards – CBSE, CISCE (ICSE/ISC) & State Boards with two International Boards selectively sprayed – IGCSE & International Baccalaureate. All the four boards are among those education boards in India that have been awarded acceptance by Indian Universities. Following is the information you need to know before making the choice of education boards in India for your child.
1. CBSE Board
The full form of CBSE is Central Board of Secondary Education. Having more than 17000 affiliated schools, CBSE is the most popular school Boards in India. CBSE Syllabus is very structured, highly predictable and highly controlled. CBSE provides quality education to promote intellectual, social and cultural vivacity among its learners.
CBSE conducts the following examinations:
1. All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) or Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in grade 10
2. All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for grade 12
3. Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to major engineering and architecture colleges in India including IIT
4. All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) for admission to major medical colleges in India
Checkout the list of CBSE schools in Gurgaon with parent reviews and ratings at SchoolWiser.
Often parents are not very sure about ICSE. They are eager to know what ICSE Board is. There are various school boards in India for your child but ICSE Board stands out in its own way. It differs a lot from CBSE Board. ICSE envisions a robust, vibrant and holistic school education that engenders excellence in every sphere of human endeavor. Course curriculum in ICSE is wide, covering a range of topics to explore overall growth of students. Read further to know what ICSE Board is.
The full form of CISCE Board is Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations. It was originally setup to adapt the University of Cambridge Local Examinations to the needs of India.
It conducts the following two key all-India examinations:
1. ICSE Board - ICSE full form is Indian Certificate Secondary Education (grade 10)
2. ISC (Indian School Certificate) in grade 12
Checkout the list of ICSE schools in Gurgaon with parent reviews and ratings at SchoolWiser.

Still confused which Board is better? Study the detailed information about the difference between ICSE and CBSE.



State Boards sets the syllabus based on the government in a particular state. As the name suggests, each state has its own board of education that conducts certificate examination. It conducts two state-level examinations:
1. Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in grade 10th
2. Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) in grade 12th



The full form of IB is International Baccalaureate; it is a board founded in Geneva, Switzerland. In contrast to the Indian boards, IB assesses student performance against set standards and not by comparing them to other students taking the same course.
It offers the following three key programmes:
1. PYP or Primary Year Program from KG to grade 5
2. MYP or Middle Tear Program for grade 6 to grade 10
3. DP or Diploma Program for grade 11 to grade 12
Checkout the list of IB schools in Gurgaon with parent reviews and ratings at SchoolWiser.

IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14 to 16 year olds developed by the University of Cambridge. It starts with a foundation of core subjects and concludes with IGCSE Board assessment conducted by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) that also conducts the A level examinations. Checkout the list of IGCSE schools in Gurgaon with parent reviews and ratings at SchoolWiser.
International Boards differ from ICSE and CBSE in many ways. Unlike ICSE and CBSE, it gives freedom to the students to choose their own specialty and subject. If you are still confused whether or not to choose ICSE or CBSE over International Board, read the differences between International Boards and CBSE/ICSE and make your mind.