Indian Curricula - CBSE and ICSE/ISC

The two well-known Indian school level curricula are those of the two Boards of Education – CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ICSE ((Indian Certificate of Secondary Education). The quality of education of both these Boards is excellent. The focus in these two curricula is not on memorisation; it is on critical thinking and problem solving – two essential skills needed for university education and employment afterwards.


CBSE, the most popular Board in India, is governed by the HRD Ministry of the Union Govt. of India. Set up in the year 1962 with 309 schools, the Board today has around 16,000 schools including around 200 schools in 23 countries. It follows the syllabi of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). In addition to the class 10 and class 12 exams, the CBSE conducts the entrance exams IIT-JEE and the AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test), which are based on the CBSE syllabus).


It is an examination conducted by CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations), a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. ICSE was first administered by the University of Cambridge during the British regime. The board conducts an ICSE examination for class 10, and an Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination for class 12. ICSE prepares students for studies abroad as its course structure is similar to many international curricula. It is recognized around the world by schools and universities; for example it is at par with the Higher School qualification of the University of Scotland.

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