Other than the State Boards, the schools in India are affiliated prominently to either the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) or to the International Baccalaureate® (IB). CBSE is a board while the other two are a council and foundation respectively. Each board or council has its own criteria and methodologies to impart education. Similarly, every board has its own significance and limitations when it comes to higher studies or admissions into other institutions within and outside India.
The CBSE schools are most popular other than State Board schools in India. They are spread throughout in India and also across 21 nations across the world. This board offers more emphasis on Science and Maths with application based knowledge. The focus of teaching lies through experience and experimentation. The CBSE schools have varied quality deliverables and competition is a tough one. Similarly the CBSE curriculum offers an advantage to students when it comes to entrance exams within India as they find it easy to crack them. This makes the CBSE schools in India more popular.
ICSE schools have gained huge popularity in the last decade. This council lays its focus on languages, science and art and encourages students to choose across diverse topics / subjects for their Class-12 exam. The Council conducts the ICSE exam for class X and the ISC and CVE exams for class XII. These schools have a competitive way of coaching the students with a focus on practical applications of all the subjects and equal preference given to art, language and science. The vocational subjects offer scope to select subjects that have practical applications in life. ICSE schools are also located abroad and these students find it easy to qualify for admissions in overseas universities.
The IB schools in India are becoming prevalent over the last few years. IB is a non-profit foundation that has its schools in several countries. IB schools have come up in India and are gaining prevalence. These schools focus on the all round development and have a curriculum that emphasizes the physical, psychological, intellectual and social development of kids. The curriculum is quite different and innovative as compared to the state and central boards. Parents who travel for business reasons or aim for high education for kids prefer IB schools.
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