Right age of admission for Nursery ?

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Smile4u 2014-11-16 13:10:51



My daughter is 1st Jan 2013.. she will be 2.5 years in June 2015.
I would like to know the right age of admission for Nursery ? Will she be eligible ... ? Also i m confused between ICSE board or CBSE board. plz suggest accordingly.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Acenam 2014-11-17 17:06:04


Hi Smile4u,

She would be become eligible for 2016-2017, i.e. for Jun 2016, currently 2015-16 admissions are on for nursery for kids born in 2012.

Now to sort your confusion around CBSE/ICSE, do search on the net you would find information, for eg, i've picked one up for you from http://www.happyparenthood.com/parenting/childcare/cbse-vs-icse-what-is-best

Ignore the newer board part in the write up, as ICSE was founded in 1941 and CBSE in 1958 and recognition part but you will have a basic understanding, all the best!

In India people give higher importance to education. Parents always try to give best to their child in terms of education. There is always confusion for parents to choose between CBSE and ICSE. Very few know what are the difference between them and their education patterns? advantages and disadvantages of their education pattern. We have given some details about both education patterns to make you easier to select right pattern for your child.

CBSE vs ICSE what is best for your child

Difference between CBSE & ICSE


Full form CBSE â€" ICSE CBSE â€" Central Board Of Secondary Education ICSE- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education

advantages of CBSE pattern

Advantages of CBSE CBSE is more popular in India as compare to ICSE

CBSE being older more schools follows CBSE pattern syllabus and education methods. That is why CBSE pattern is more popular. This will help you to find a school for your kid in case you are switching to new city in India. If you want to travel abroad then you will find more CBSE pattern schools outside India than ICSE schools. CBSE is recognized by Indian government and ICSE is not. Popularity of ICSE is growing day by day though.

  • CBSE is recommended for parents who have to move in different cities in India as part of their job profile. CBSE has more schools in India their children will not face any issue while switching schools.
  • ICSE is recommended for parents who have to move in different countries as part of their job. ICSE is more compatible to the world as compare to CBSE. ICSE child will face less difficulty which changing his school internationally.
CBSE has less syllabus compare to ICSE CBSE has less syllabus volume as compare to ICSE

Some students may find ICSE syllabus vast as ICSE have more syllabus and subjects. Sixth grade ICSE student will face 12-13 subject examinations while CBSE student will face on 5-6 subject examinations.

CBSE board helps more in engineering and medical field

CBSE is more focuses on maths and science. This helps students for engineering and medical entrance exams. Prior CBSE experience will be always helpful for students doing their medical and engineering.

CBSE has more Scholarships and talent search exams

ICSE being newer has got less numbers of scholarship exams. CBSE has lot of talent search examinations for the students. All major competitive examination in India are based on the CBSE syllabus. (IIT-JEE â€" Indian Institute Of Technology Joint Entrance Examination, AIEEE â€" All India Engineering Entrance Examination, AIPMT â€" All India Pre Medical Test).

advantages of ICSE pattern

Advantages of ICSE ICSE has more balanced Syllabus for child’s overall growth

CBSE syllabus is easier as compare to ICSE. CBSE syllabus is focus more on Science and Maths. On the other hand syllabus followed by the ICSE board is more comprehensive and complete, which gives all fields with equal importance. (like â€" science, maths, language, arts, home science, agriculture, fashion design,cookery). By choosing ICSE you are giving opportunity for your child to work on his overall growth.

ICSE prefers to give more practical knowledge and teach better analytical skills

Compare to CBSE, ICSE is more towards giving practical knowledge to the students. They taught their syllabus theoretical a well as practical. This gives students effective understanding of subject and learn better analytical skills.

In ICSE student has more Subjects Flexibility

ICSE is having advantage here. Students in ICSE can choose different subjects. They could select vocational courses as per their interest. In CBSE students have to follow more pure academic subjects.

ICSE prefers more student Assessments

In ICSE (internal) assessments are very important. More practical tests are conducted with all the subjects and scores. ICSE gives more preference to lab work it is more practical oriented.

ICSE board helps more on management carriers

The way ICSE syllabus, its subjects and teaching methodology is designed it will be more helpful for students who wants to pursue their carriers in management streams.

ICSE certificate will be recognised around the world

Certificate given by ICSE to the students will be recognized more around the world as compare to CBSE. Overall syllabus (like languages) of ICSE will give slight upper hand in english to their students. This will help them some exams which are based on english.

CBSE  ICSE common points

Common factors between CBSE and ICSE
  • CBSE and ICSE both recognised by colleges in India.
  • Subjects taught in ICSE and CBSE are almost same.
  • Quality of education provided by both boards is excellent.
CBSE and ICSE both follows learn through experience teaching method

CBSE & ICSE both education patterns follows way of learning through experience. To follow methods defined in respective pattern is always depend on school and teacher.This can be vary from school to school.

What parents should do

Both these boards CBSE and ICSE have their own advantages and disadvantages. Parents have to choose the board for their children based up on what future you aspires for your child.

Parents always have concern with quality of education. You should identify the best school for your child who will give him quality education. Which means for you selecting right school should be on priority instead of selecting right board for your child.


Acenam 2014-11-17 17:14:11


Another good article, I found and you can go in detail in the comments as well as for the top and this link. http://www.learnhive.net/blog/2012/12/everything-that-you-wanted-to-know-about-cbse-icse-igcse-and-other-international-syllabi/

Education in India is very highly dependent on the syllabus offered and most parents choose schools based on the syllabus it offers rather than on the kind of education imparted by the school.
Schools in India offer both Indian and International syllabi some of which are: National â€" CBSE - Central Board of Secondary Education. ICSE- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education State Board- Approximately 30 State Boards. International â€" Cambridge University Programs. IBO Programs and a few others such as â€" Ontario from Canada, EDEXCEL- From UK

Why and how CBSE ?

  • Started by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) with the aim to operate a chain of central schools (Kendriya Vidyalaya) that could cater to government employees who are in transferable jobs that involve mid year movements.
  • A number of private schools have started to offer CBSE since a number of private sector employees are also moving place to place
  • The CBSE Syllabus is very structured, highly predictable and, highly controlled
  • All national entrance examinations are conducted as per this syllabus.
  • A number of changes have been incorporated lately, the prominent decision being to make board examination at the end of Grade -10 optional
  • Board exams conducted:
    •  Grade-10 (Optional )
    •  Grade-12 (Mandatory)

CBSE Question Papers

ICSE â€" Indian School Certificate Examinations

  • An offshoot of the Cambridge IGCSE that existed during the British regime was taken over by the Anglo Indian Board and is now governed by the  ‘Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations’.
  • Has taken in a lot of structures from the NCERT
  • At Grade-10 as of now is the toughest board examination
  • Almost similar to CBSE in terms of controls, difference being this is quasi Government.
  • Board Exams conducted:
    • ICSE â€" Grade-10
    • ISC- Grade-12

State Boards

  • Each state has its own variance from the NCERT syllabus and adds up its local flavor. State government predominantly dictates languages taught and medium of instruction.
  • Relatively easy syllabus for board exams.
  • Age is another factor that varies from state to state.
  • As per the new government directive, many state boards have adopted the NCERT syllabus for Math and Science in Grades 11 and 12. This move is aimed at a common entrance examination for Engineering and Medical colleges which is expected soon.
  • Board Exams Conducted:
    • Grade-10.
    • Grade-12 (Also called P U- Pre University).
    • Some states also conduct a Board Exam in Grade-8.

Alternate education

National Open School- Highly suited for students who have Learning difficulties or who are involved in other activities such as Sports at National / International level. Accepted as equal to other streams.

International Education-

  • IBO- Three levels PYP (Primary Years Program -Up to Grade-5), MYP (Middle Years Program â€" Grade 6 to 10), IB Diploma (Grade 11 and 12). IBO conducts an External Exam only for Diploma; School assesses other programs. Currently there is a plan for introduction of External exam at Grade-10 level (Completion of MYP).
  • Cambridge Program- Currently focused on IGCSE at 9 &10 and A Level at 12 Grade (Also commencing Cambridge Diploma Program at Grade-12).
  •  Biggest advantage of International curriculum is freedom offered in delivery of curriculum.
  • This provides opportunity to school to try innovative approach to help children understand concepts than just follow textbook teaching.
  • Assessments can be differentiated and thus learning can be made fun.

While International syllabi are compatible with higher education in India, the biggest limitation of International Education in India is that, as of today it is offered only in the high-end expensive schools.


amruta004 2014-12-31 14:38:30



Is there any review for Ram Ratna International school, Bhayander? I would like to get admission for my son in Sr. Kg. Is this school a good option for IGCSE board?

Please help as we want to change his school this year.




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