Which is the Best Syllabus for kids future ??? ( state, Centeral, ICSE, IGCSE or IB or any other) Please Discusses

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GIRI1111 2010-03-01 10:53:26


Dear Parentreens,

Please Discuss on this it will help the new parent like me to Get some Knowladge on the Education for their Future...

I have done state Syllabus & now am a MBA but my friend who studied in some recidencial school he is a MBA & MFA Graduate & he is earning 5 times more than me is it based on how we study & where we study?????

Please Let me know more on this...

some14u 2010-03-03 11:37:29



This is what i had found when i was in same confusion ,i think this may help u .




Much like the socio-economic diversity in India, school education also offers a multifaceted model. Overall, the schooling in India is split in different levels – primary, secondary and senior secondary. The school age begins once the child is three years and is normally completed at the age of sixteen. The secondary and senior secondary level, from grade VIII to XII is the most important in terms of career goals and achievements.

There is often a wide debate on accrediting the best school and the best board governing the secondary and senior secondary education system. The question –What is better for the child, CBSE or ICSE, often becomes serious for the parents, as it is them who have to decide. So far as CBSE or ICSE are concerned, one has to know about their structure and how they function, so as to arrive at any positive conclusion.

Technically speaking CBSE and ICSE cannot be clubbed together, as the former refers to the board and the latter to an examination conducted by a different one. Let us examine the two boards and see what do they offer.


CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education is one of the most popular school boards in India. The board is responsible for preparing the syllabus for class 9 to 12th, secondary and senior secondary level. Another important function of CBSE is to conduct examinations based on the prescribed syllabus. It is a recognized board and its syllabus incorporates the national curriculum as well as additional subject matter. The board conducts two examinations – All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE (Class XII).

ICSE on the other hand is one of the two examinations conducted by yet another board, CISCE or Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is similar to AISSE conducted by the CBSE. Its (CISCE’s) equivalent for AISSCE is the Indian School Certificate or ISC.

First Dissimilarity – The Medium of Instruction

The first and foremost dissimilarity between the two boards is the medium of instructions approved by the board. Whereas CBSE approves both English and Hindi language as the medium of instructions, CISCE or ICSE does not recommend Hindi.

Regular and Private Candidates

CBSE is affiliated to a large number of schools all over India. The board allows both regular candidates, who study in CBSE schools, as well as private candidates from non-affiliated schools to appear in the exams. Contrary to this, ICSE does not allow a candidate who has not been studying in ICSE affiliated school.


Both CBSE and CISCE are self-financing education institutions. However, CBSE is recognized by Indian government and ICSE is not. Although the certificates provided by both of them are globally valid, yet CBSE has a better footing in the subcontinent than ICSE. The ISC by CISCE is recognized by many foreign education systems as equivalent to senior examination or high school. Therefore students qualifying ISC are not required to go for bridge courses while seeking admission in colleges abroad.


The syllabus prepared by CBSE is more suitable for qualifying in various entrance examinations, including the medical and engineering professional exams. The syllabus of ICSE is more detailed and requires the student to remember a lot. CBSE is comparatively easier than ICSE.


One more point of distinction between the two boards is the evaluation and assessment of students. In ICSE, internal assessments are vital and practical tests are aggregated with the overall scores. ICSE lays more emphasis on lab work.

Environmental Education

The ICSE has made it compulsory to include environmental education as one of the subjects. CBSE does not ask for the same.

Other than examinations and syllabus, the two boards are engaged in a number of education related activities. Research and development is the secondary initiative taken by CISCE. CBSE also has been engaged in similar exercises, including the research on creating better learning environments.

I hope this would have cleared some douts .



Eswar 2010-03-03 12:21:27



I liked ur detailed review. Thanks for the same.

However, for my child of 3 years, I have an option coming from PoornaPrajna Educational trust in TIppasandra, which is a StateSyllabus school. Would appreciate in feedback  or suggestion on StateBoard standards in Karnataka.

Thx in advance.


mickey 2010-03-03 13:05:59


Hi Eswar,

Very good  comparision by Some14U about CBSE and ICSE.

IGCSE and IB are also recognized in India. They are more accepted  at international level.

I think at school level any board will do. All u need is to  have clear concepts and qualify in the entrance exams and secure a seat in a reputed college/institution.

 Our earnings do depend upon the institution where one has studied ,his or her knowledge ,talent  and communication skills.

The take off level of a candidate passing out from an esteemed universitiy / college/institution  will be definitely high than those  passing out from mediocre colleges.

But it cannot be generalised. There are exceptions too. A person can surely pick up the required skills and can reach heights .They may  earn more  than their counterparts from Premier Institutions.

At the initial level , a Premier and a well known institution can offer a very good launch pad.

However i feel , it does not matter where you come from,social or educational strata
what matters most at the corporates is - What and how you Deliver !

All the apprehensions relating to a mediocre institute/school fade out over a period of time if one is a person of substance. Talent ,dedication, knowledge and time management can  make you a successful business person.

I am not aware of  Karnataka Board as Iam from Hyd .But i feel ,CBSE school would be better for overall development  for your child.

All the Best !!




queen 2010-03-03 16:25:55


Hi Giri 1111,

                   I can understand ur confusion becoz as a parent I have gone through the same confusion. What I have understood about CBSC and ICSC  is this ;

1) In ICSC a child needs to know the subject which he is learning thoroughly if he wants to score well in the exams. In short he should grasp the concept well.

In CBSC the question and answers come in a written form which means even if the child doesn't understand the concept, if he by-heart the answers his teachers give him he can score well. That is becoz cbsc has exact syllabus , which icsc doesn't have.

2) Icsc gives more importance to literatue. He will become excellent in english language.

Cbsc gives more importance to maths.

3) The child gets the freedom to choose or avoid maths to a certain extent in the high school level in  icsc.

Cbsc doesn't have that freedom.

4)Icsc is good if he wants to go for higher studies out of I ndia.

Cbsc is good if he wants to score in various tests in india.

5) In icsc learning hindi and the native language is a must.

     Most important thing is if the child is studying in an icsc and if the child is not able to cope up with it he can join cbsc. But in  later stages it is impossible to move the child to icsc from any other syllabuses.



VManek 2010-03-05 20:54:07


Thanks Guys to start this discussion and sharing it.

I would also like to know about IGCSE, I have heard that its very similar to ICSE but the way it is taught its different. So, if one has any information on IGCSE, it would be helpful.




mickey 2010-03-06 18:11:35


Hi VManek !

There are a couple of  International schools in the city  which offer IGCSE.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (abbreviated IGCSE ) is an internationally recognized qualification for school students, typically in the 15-16 age group.

 Once a student is armed with an IGCSE education, there is virtually no looking back.

(IGCSE) is  taken at the Class 10 level, similar to the Class 10 examinations of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle years Programme of the IB.

A student who has passed IGCSE is eligible for any +2 level qualification, like Class 12 CBSE/ ICSE or any international pre-university programme, like the IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US), and A/AS Level & AICE (UK).

The IGCSE syllabus is broad-based compared to ICSE and has a very strong stress on application-based learning. It lays emphasis on inculcating the spirit of enquiry. It teaches you to teach yourself as opposed to being taught. This approach is what makes it very special, not only for those planning to study abroad, but also for those who define education as the creation of an independent thinking mind.

The IGCSE programmes are recognized around the world and in India. The curriculum, pedagogy and activities focus on international perspectives making students global citizens in the true sense of the word. The curriculum contains five groups from which the students may choose as per their inclinations and talents.

To know more about IGCSE ,follow the link





GIRI1111 2010-03-08 18:23:56




Thank for your guidence & Thank you very much for all the participents who took their time to guide for my child's education...





GIRI1111 2010-03-08 18:29:07


Dear parents,

Please discuss more about the Free Education by Govt. Governament is spending lakhs of Cr.s on Child education are we utilizing it??? If what change come in Govt. Free Education, we will face towords Govt. Schools????

Govt. is spending on Food, Books, Uniform Transport etc. etc. why we are not utilizing it??? is it we mesuring them through money????




chaitalee 2010-09-28 23:33:05


Could we discuss about Nation Open University/Board. Some of the alternative schools in Bangalore are affiliated to NIOS and that makes me nervous. Although I did read up on the net that it is completely Govt. of India approved as well as by IITs and other good institutions in India and abroad (CWG countries).

Any perspective on this will be appreciated.





appu2000 2010-12-12 20:52:05


Even I like to put my son in Govt school. I went to many schools and saw, it is pathetic. I am not talking about infrastructure. other things. I feel govt. schools are better in semi urban places. not suitable for urban cities



Hitz 2011-01-05 02:28:13


Hi! Mickey,


While, I fairly understand the difference between ICSE & CBSE, your reply on the same is well elaborated. As far as ICSE is concerned I believe the school & its staff need to be more matured (Academically & otherwise as well) in handling the syllabi in the manner it should be and groom the child’s over all personality. Not sure which school will provide the right approach for ICSE in Hyderabad and also be easy on pocket.   

As you r from Hyderabad, I would like to know the difference in CBSE and A.P State Board’s approach, syllabus & its contents and competitiveness after 10th/12th.  

My kid is 2Yrs 7 months now looking forward for a school in Hyderabad without much importance on location & board/certif.

While I don’t understand how diff. schools of CBSE have diff Age entry criteria for the admission process.


Kindly help.




rkrish 2011-01-07 18:31:45



could anybody give me a review about poornapragnya school at tippasandra, i want to join my son for nursery and i am looking at cbse syllabus schools.



rkrish 2011-01-07 18:34:27


hi mr eswar,


i would like to join my son for nursery this year for cbse syllabus schools, coul du give me a review abour poornapragnya school at tippasandra,


Sadhaya 2013-03-26 15:13:56


 Dear All,

Is ICSE pass out accepted in premier Indian engineering colleges?or only 12th CBSE is accepted?


sathya143mohan 2016-01-10 19:03:14


Difference between CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB and State Board With the Beginning of admissions’ season across cities in India, parents face dilemma as which board would fit best for their young ones. India Schools offer both Indian and International Syllabi namely: 1. CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education 2. CISCE: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) 3. IB: International Baccalaureate 4. IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge University 5. State Board:State Government Recognized Board Let’s consider each one of them…. A. CBSE Central Board of Secondary Education A Board which follows universal pattern is the first choice for parents with transferable jobs. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools, and most of the schools approved by central government of India Examination Pattern: All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Class 10 and 12 Facts Total Number of Schools Affiliated with CBSE: 14808 Areas of Operation: 25 Countries including India, Malaysia, Dubai etc Major entrance exams syllabus based on CBSE viz. IIT, AIPMT etc 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. So 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. Top Pune CBSE Schools Top Mumbai CBSE Schools Top Delhi CBSE Schools Top Bengaluru CBSE Schools Top Hyderabad CBSE Schools Top Chennai CBSE Schools Top Ahmedabad CBSE Schools B. CISCE Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) Examination Pattern: This body conducts 3 examinations, namely • ICSE (Indian certificate secondary education) exam for class 10 • ISC (Indian school certificate) exam for class 12 • CVE (Certificate for vocational education) exam for class 12 Facts • Total Number of Schools Affiliated with CISCE: Approx. 1000 • Areas of Operation: India, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia • Subjects Offered ICSE in 2013-64 with 23 Indian languages and 12 are foreign languages. • Subjects Offered ISC in 2013- 50 with 23 Indian languages and 12 are foreign languages. 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

123nikki 2016-11-25 16:01:59


I want to know about IB curriculum Can any one tell about that

San1516 2017-07-07 05:07:06


What system is good?


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