Everything that you wanted to know about CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, and other international syllabi

By Captain Unni Krishnan,

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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:

  1. NationalCBSE - Central Board of Secondary Education.
  2. ICSE- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
  3. State Board- Approximately 30 State Boards.
  4. InternationalCambridge University Programs.
  5. IBO Programs and a few others such as – 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)

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ICSE – 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 – 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 – 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. 

Boards of Secondary & Senior Secondary Education in India

State Board Year of Establishment Administrative Set-up
Andhra Pradesh (i) Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary  Education, Hyderabad – 500 001 1953 Part of the State Department of Education
(ii) Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Hyderabad – 500 001
http://www.interboardap.nic.in/
1971 Statutory
Assam (i) Assam Board of Secondary Education, Guwahati – 781 021 1962 Statutory
(ii) Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, Guwahati – 781 021 1984 Statutory
Bihar (i) Bihar School Examination Board
Patna 800 017
1952 Statutory
(ii) Bihar Intermediate Education Council,
Patna 800 001.
1980 Statutory
Goa Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education
Goa- 403 521
1975 Statutory
Gujarat Gujarat Secondary Education Board,
Sector 10-B, Gandhi Nagar – 382 043
1960 Statutory
Haryana Haryana Board of Education,
Hansi Road, Bhiwani – 125021
Tel.  91-1664-44171
Fax: 91-1664-41611
1969 Statutory
Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, Dharamsala-176216. Distt. Kangra. 1969 Statutory
Jammu & Kashmir J&K State Board of School Education, Rehari Colony, Jammu- 180 005 (Nov.– April)
Lalmandi, Srinagar 190 005 (May–Oct.)
1965 Statutory
Karnataka (i) Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Bangalore 560 003 1966 Part of the State Deptt. of Education
(ii) Karnataka Board of the Pre-University Education
Bangalore-560 001
1970 Part of the State Deptt. of Pre-University Education
Kerala Kerala Board of Public Examinations, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 012 1949 Part of the State Deptt. of Education
Maharashtra Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Shivajinagar, Pune 411 010.
Home Page : http://www.mah.nic.in/msec
1966 Statutory
Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, Bhopal -462 011 1959 Statutory
Manipur (i) Manipur Board of Secondary Education,
Imphal – 795 001
1972 Statutory
(ii) Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education, Imphal – 795 001 1992 Statutory
Meghalaya Meghalaya Board of School Education, Meghalaya-794 102 1973 Statutory
Mizoram Mizoram Board of School Education
Aizawl-796 012
1976 Statutory
Nagaland Nagaland Board of School Education, Post Box, 98, Kohima -767 001 1974 Statutory
Orissa (i) Orissa Board of Secondary Education, Bajrakabati Road, Cuttack -753 001 1965 Statutory
(ii) Orissa Council of Higher Secondary Education, Bhubaneswar – 75 1955 Statutory
Punjab Punjab School Education Board,
Mohali -160 059
1969 Statutory
Rajasthan Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education,
Ajmer- 305 001
1957 Statutory
Tamil Nadu (i) Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education, Department of Govt. Examinations
Chennai- 600 006
1908 Part of the State Deptt. of Education
(ii) Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education, College Road,
Chennai-600 006.
1982 Part of the State Deptt. of Education
Tripura Tripura Board of Secondary Education
Agartala, Tripura West -799 006.
1973 Statutory
U.P. U.P. Board of High School & Intermediate Education, Allahabad – 211 001 1922 Autonomous Body under the Deptt. of Education
West Bengal (i) West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, 77/2, Park Street,  Calcutta -700 016 1951 (Reconstituted in 1964) Statutory
(ii) West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
Calcutta- 700 091
1929 (Reconstituted in 1962 Statutory
All-India Boards (i) Central Board of Secondary Education 2, Community Centre, Shiksha Kendra, Preet Vihar, Delhi- 110 092
Tel.# 91-11-2249602, 2249628
Fax:  91-11-2215826
Home page:  http://www.cbse.nic.in
Autonomous body under the Government of India
(ii) Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, Pragati House, 47/48, Nehru Place,
New Delhi – 110 019.
Home Page : http://www.cisce.org
1958 Registered Society
(iii) National Open School
A-38, Kailash Colony, New Delhi-110 048
Tel.#91-11-6481455,57-59
Fax:#91-11-6211453
Home Page : www.nos.org
1989 Autonomous body under the Government of India

About the Author:

Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a ‘Sword of Honor’ from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army.

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Captain Unni Krishnan is a Founder and Director of LearnHive; he is also the Founder and Managing Trustee of Primus Public School, Bangalore. Prior to that he was the Founder and Trustee of Indus International School. At Primus, he has been instrumental in implementation of new teaching pedagogies. He has seamlessly integrated the International and Indian syllabi to help prepare students for higher studies both in India and Overseas. Capt. is a 'Sword of Honor' from the prestigious Officers Training Academy of the Indian Army. Learnhive (http://www.learnhive.net) is an online learning community of students (K through 12), parents, tutors and educational content creators. Our goal is to enrich the curriculum based learning experience of the students and to make learning more fun and effective.

1,213 comments on “Everything that you wanted to know about CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, and other international syllabi

  1. Ipshita Hs on said:

    My daughter studies in an excellent Montessori school in Hyderabad which follows Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and guidelines (in terms of materials and skill development across the various developmental stages of the child) in word and spirit. I am extremely happy with the school, its teachers and the learning environment. The school is also near our house and is very convenient in terms of travel time etc. The school is affiliated to CBSC board for class 10 and 12. I want my children to do the ICSE syllabus because I would prefer the detailed exposure to English which ICSE provides. I myself did ICSE and feel my children will miss out on the joys of discovering Shakespeare or reading Dicken’s novels in the original. Of course I could do Shakespeare with them at home but doing the plays and novels in class with friends would make such a difference! I am happy with the CBSC curriculum otherwise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you feel you would like your child to pursue ICSE then you must get them admitted to a good ICSE school and not bother about anything else.

  2. soumya on said:

    Hello Sir,
    Thank you so much for providing a lot of information to all parents who have so many questions about their child’s future in education!
    We are currently in USA and planning to return back to India. My daughter is in grade 2 here. I was reading about ICSE, CBSE and IGCSE syllabus in India to look for a suitability for her. If we join her in a school in India, how do we make sure the syllabus is child friendly and helps her understand concepts and why and how of the topics rather than learning it by-heart? Also, my friends in India have told the math there is quite direct in terms of statement problems. Here in my daughter’s math syllabus I see statement problems which make her think rather than direct questions like “what is the sum”. Is it true? I want her to have good comprehension and analytical skills rather than just doing it for the sake of finishing or scoring for that matter. Which board is your recommendation if I want her to be strong in concepts?

    Thanks!
    Soumya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Soumya,
      It is good that you are focussed on your child understanding what is learnt rather than just score marks. In your search for the right school, you must look out for schools that have a similar philosophy rather than worry about the Syllabus. There are a number of schools in India that do offer concept based learning environment but this can be checked out only with a physical visit to the school or through reference from existing students and parents. You may find more of the IGCSE schools that will offer such an option since the Indian Boards have a larger restriction on schools and hence those schools are limited to text book based education.
      Rgds

  3. Sagarika Sahana on said:

    Truly, a syllabus based education does necessitate the parents to be wise enough to get an admission for their child in a stream – that ever bring their child an escalating career throughout (apart, one’s choice & child’s real potentiality would count a lot too; thought to be primary, yes).

    Information given on various educational boards, tremendously accurate and justifies someone’s searches for the said topic. So detailed!

    Is child’s real capacity (apart from selecting syllabi that parents would mainly approach) counts when selecting a board? And if yes, how can we make it out (instead the parents may come to know that their child is not suitable for existing stream so far)?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sagarika,
      You have rightly understood that a one size fits all approach to education will not help since very child has a specific skill set and liking. The content of almost all syllabi are the same, the difference is in the delivery of the content and it is necessary for a parent to look at that while selecting a school. Do not choose school based on syllabus but on the learning environment that the school offers. Another important aspect is that the priority is different at different levels of education. In the KG and Primary classes, the focus must be on emotional development and all round personality which means the child must get exposure to a number of activities. The middle school must focus on good understanding of concepts and a strong foundation. Since in our country we will need to have a tangible result to apply for higher education, the senior school must prepare a student to do well in examinations.
      In the junior classes when a child is exposed to all activities, a parent will be able to see potential and help the child progress further in that field. In today’s world there is no dearth of opportunities.
      Rgds

  4. Rizwan on said:

    Hello Sir
    We have returned from USA and my son has joined a private school with CBSE syllabus. Being orthodox muslims, we have stayed away from music and dance and my son is finding difficulty in accepting the music and dance classes (which according to Principal are mandatory). In USA, my son was exempted in music classes due to religious reasons and was made to go to the library when music class was in session. On discussing this with Principal here, Principal informed that these classes are mandatory as they help build the child. I can understand the notes in music etc but dance classes like Bharatanatyam for Boys, I don’t understand. Please advise on what are the alternatives. Is home schooling an option?
    Regards
    Rizwan

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rizwan,
      Education is not about Mathematics and science but about personality of a child. I fully agree with the Principal that Music, Dance, games etc are essential for all children especially in the junior classes. With regard to dance, in whatever form it may be, it helps in developing the Gross motor skills and body coordination which is extremely essential for development of a good posture. While you have the option to choose another school that may not make learning the extra curricular activities mandatory but I feel in the interest of your child , you must allow the boy to be exposed to all these skills.
      Rgds

  5. Tikam Sethi on said:

    Dear Mr. Unni Krishnan,

    My son is studying in class X in DPS Nagaland,Dimapur.He is interested in information technology or software development.Please provide me guidance for his future studies in class XI and XII.Which course will be better for him and which institution preferably in South India Bangalore will be suitable.I am familiar to Bangalore as my relatives are there.

    Thanks a lot

    Tikam Sethi

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Tikam,
      To pursue higher education in Information Technology and Software development the best option in Grade 11 & 12 is to join a CBSE school so that his preparation for the entrance examination is in sync with his school studies. There are a number of good CBSE schools in Bangalore and it would be ideal for you to visit the schools in person and understand the most suited option. There are a number of coaching classes as well that integrate the Grade 11 & 12 studio with preparation for entrance examinations and that is also an option.
      Rgds

  6. Meghana on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I am highly impressed and thankful that you are attending each and every question with the same importance, as they important for us in making our children’s future.
    My Kids are studying in UKG in Dubai with CBSE board. They are good in studies. Plus the schooling is practical oriented and is much inclined towards projects and research etc. Though it is too early to predict but still we plan to send them for higher studies in America or Canada. Now question is, can this kind of teaching and CBSE board help them to do so in their later future. Or still you suggest that they should opt for ICSE or the Other board.

    Secondly as we all know the best Indians who are picked for American companies or go for PHD and all in America or Canada are people who have completed IIT or given the higher competitive exams from India. Then why do we have to send them to ICSE board or so. As you said in earlier post all this competitive exam needs CBSE syllabus. This for my knowledge please I don’t mean to doubt you on any cost.

    Thanks in advance.
    Meghana

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Meghana,
      Your point that only the alumni of IITs or such institutions are high achievers is a misnomer. In today’s world , there is opportunity for everyone to do well whatever be the talent one has. Many of the people who today are high achievers have actually benefitted from what they learnt at work rather than at school/ college. It is to reduce the learning at work period that the education system is going through a change.CBSE is a good system but owing to the intricacies of the system, change is slow. In an IGCSE syllabus , the education is more application oriented thus producing students who have an understanding beyond text books and marks.
      In today’s dynamic world , it is good to have an option of looking at non conventional channels rather than a run of the mill. If a child has a good understanding of concepts then it becomes easy to even take up rote learning for exam specific studies.
      Rgds

  7. karthikakrishnan on said:

    Hello Sir,
    We are settled in Bangalore. My son is December born and he will be 2 and half year old this June 2015. Can we join him in Pre-Kg(cbse). If so,will there be any problem regarding his age when he is writing his 12 th exam?
    Thanks.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Karthika,
      Officially the CBSE Board does not lay down any specific age for appearing in the Grade-12 Board exam. I suggest you must give the child enough time to enjoy childhood rather than rush to save one year.
      Rgds

  8. Harish on said:

    Hello Sir,

    My son is studying IX in DPS Bangalore North and he is an average student.. He gets about 60 to 70% marks and very week in English. We made him take up Sanskrit as 2nd language and that has helped him to some extend..

    He has not show any clear signs on his interests ( or we are poor in identifying one..)… We expect him to clear 10th with about 60% – 70% scores..

    Since he is very week in English, obvious choice has to subjects where his English skills are not important.. But since his overall marks is expected to be be lower than 70%, we don’t expect him to get PCMC or PCMB groups.. We parents are really worried about his future.. I need your advice as to what subjects should he choose post 10th Std so that pressure on him reduces at the same time he can find a course which has good job opportunities.. Will taking up Diploma/Polytechnic a good choice or should he pursue Commerce… As parents we are confused.. Please help.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Harish,
      It is heartening to note that as a parent, you are wanting to support your child rather than put unwanted pressure on him. Polytechnic/ Diploma courses are a good option if his understanding of science concepts are good. NITTE in Bangalore offers good technical diploma courses. If science is not his field of liking, Commerce is a good stream and today it offers a number of career opportunities. In both of these cases, from Grade-11, since the focus is on the core subjects and only one language is required, he will be able to focus better.
      Rgds

  9. RAJESH SANGHVI on said:

    Capt,
    You have provided a wealth of information. Its really amazing. Great work

  10. Kanika Gupta on said:

    Dear Sir
    My son is in Grade 8 in The Doon School – ICSE board. The school offers both IB and ISC in Grade 11-12.
    I read in this blog that Indian – CBSE education is the best Board in east Asian countries and prepares students for abroad suitably, over IB-DP and other boards. It is also mentioned that ISC is the toughest board among CBSE, ICSE and IB.
    Is it advisable to opt for ICSE (the toughest) in 11-12 or move the child to a CBSE school, since IB wouldn’t help him much to pursue undergraduate studies in India?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kanika,
      To ensure a good mark list , the best option is CBSE especially if the main focus is to study in India.
      Rgds

  11. Hi, Mu dauaghter completed her 10th from CBSE and is now in the PU board of Karntaka 1st year.Is PUC board admissable qualification for US/UK under garduate programs.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kiran,
      Yes PU is considered as a qualifying exam for admission to under graduate programs in UK/ US etc. In addition to clearing Board exam,colleges ask for scores in SAT . For some courses such as Engineering and Medicine, a student has to appear for General SAT and also Subject SAT in subjects they wish to pursue. You will get the details of eligibility from the website of the universities you wish to apply. It would be ideal to appear for SAT before you finish your Board exam so that admission process is easier.
      Rgds

      • Is there any advantage of IB over PU if you are planning to join a US/UK undergraduate program in terrms of admission or aid.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Some of the Universities especially in the US give preference to students who have completed IB Diploma with a good grade. Some universities also offer a waiver of one semester for IB students. The best option is to look up the Universities short listed and make a choice accordingly.

  12. Bhavika Shah on said:

    Hi,

    I think you are actually explaining each and every parent at a stage where they are so confused. Its really great effort. My son is 2 yrs and am looking forward for taking his admission in school from Nursery. I am sure that i dont want him to go for CBSE or ICSE as i dont believ in text book study. I want my son to grow in all direction including sports, music , art and i believe that these things are taken care off in IG and IB boards. But now i am too confused between IB and IG. I need clear understanding between both. Also i need to know the best schools if you can guide me for Mumbai Kandivali, Borivali area. Also what i know is that in IB PYP is IB education and MYP is again IG education till 10th. After which he can go for Diploma IB for 11th and 12th. Also i would like to know what is the future scope of IG or IB student in India as most of the parents have view point that they have to go abroad for future education or there is no value for this board in India. Also some people have reviews that they will never be able to cope up in India in comparision with CBSE and ICSC students.

    Your answer will really be helpful to me.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bhavika,
      The international syllabus does offer children a wider spectrum of knowledge which is not limited to text books and helps in better understanding of concepts. Most International schools in India offer the IB PYP program in primary, the MYP program in Grades 6 to 8 and then offer IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10. They shift to IB Diploma in Grade 11 & 12. The main reason for taking up IGCSE in Grade 9 & 10 is because the MYP program does not have a Board Exam in Grade-10 and hence it becomes difficult for a child who has passed MYP Grade-10 to take up any program other than IB Diploma.
      The option of joining an International school that offers PYP and then IG in Grade 10 is perfectly OK. Bothe the IGCSE and IB Diploma are accepted in India for higher education but it will be difficult to compete in the entrance examination since the entrance examinations are held based on CBSE syllabus.
      A good option would be to complete IGCSE unto Grade-10 and then take up CBSE in Grade 11 & 12 . This will need you to keep your child in touch with the Indian system of with practise of Math and science problems from CBSE books. This can be done at home so that the transition in Grade-11 is easy. By this approach , you will have benefit of both International education and Indian rigour.
      If your child is getting into nursery then you can choose the international school as the education system is bound to change over the next 10 years and as per the change , you can take decisions later.
      Rgds

  13. sameer ahmed on said:

    Respected sir,
    I belong to lucknow( UP). I am a teacher and i teach only one class i.e class 10 and only one one board i.e icse board since 2002. On 2 september, i read in hindustan time exclusive(hindi edition) that icse board is not recognised by any govt body or by and legilative assembly and centre parliament. The centre govt told in that column that it is totally independent body.I am very confuse on this topic as i am expert in class 10 icse board examnation.
    warm regard
    sameer ahmed

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sameer,

      I suppose what the article would have meant is that the ICSE Board is a not a government body. The ICSE Board is a quasi government body but both the ICSE and ISC Board exams are accepted not only in India but across the globe. The Association of Indian Universities, have equated the ICSE to Grade-10 and ISC to Grade-12 and students who pass these exams are eligible for admission to any further education program in India.
      Rgds

  14. Hi,

    My son is in 11th standard in indian school muscat.
    my contract is completing this march and i have to move to another country within the gulf region.

    is my son will get a admission in 12th standard in any country in gulf region?

    what is the procedure to be followed, kindly advise.

    Thanks,
    sampath

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sampath,

      You can change schools if they follow the same Board and will need to get permission from the local regional office and embassy to transfer registration.
      Rgds

      • dear sir
        I have been studying in UAE for 10 years in Sharjah indian school and had also studied in Indian School Muscat before for 2 years.I have just completed my grade 12 this april from Sharjah Indian School.It is possible to get admission into grade 12 in UAE but is very difficult as most schools do not accept admissions in grade 12 as their seats are full for the grade 11 students going to 12th grade.But some schools might give admission for grade 12.More information can be found through the school websites and also by meeting the staff of the respective school.

  15. Dear Sir,
    Now a days syllabus for KG-I, II is so vast.Is there any syllabus defined by CBSE or schools are taking
    their own decisions i regarding syllabus.I deeply feel little kids should not have huge syllabus.It seems schools wants to
    teach everything ti kids in play,LKG and UKG.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Umesh,
      I fully agree with you. Kindergarten is the time for children to play and incidentally end up learning the basics. Unfortunately nowadays even in KG the focus is on projects, evaluation, assessments etc.The end result of course is that children are not taught social skills that so much essential in life.
      As per CBSE, the fouled syllabus is given for Grades 9 to 12 and schools must prepare the children for that. In the current scenario, all schools seem to be worried only about getting toppers in Grade 10 & 12 and hence the focus on learning is lost. It is only marks that matter and this has taken away the fun from childhood.
      There are a few non conventional schools that are trying to be different and they are good options.
      Rgds

  16. saravanan on said:

    My child wishes to complete her final year of secondary education (grade 12) in India for the Year 2015-2016 because my job transferred to India.

    Currently she is studying (grade 11) in Scotch College Adelaide, Australia under Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS) syllabus.

    Kindly asssit whether she will be admitted in Indian school under CBSE, ICSE or State board.

  17. Hello Captain,

    Thank you so much for coming with this platform to clear the doubts of many parents on the education systems. I have gathered a lot of information from your blog. I have the below situation. Please help me with your inputs.

    My daughter is in Class 3 (ICSE), in Bangalore. We are moving to Kuala Lumpur in June/July next year, and will be there for atleast 4 years. I learnt that CBSE and IGCSE are options available in KL. There are equal chances that we would be returning back to India, or, moving to another country after 4 years. Which curriculum do you suggest to opt for, in Malaysia. And, do you have any suggestion on good schools to consider in KL. From your inputs to many other parents, I understand IGCSE is better, but would like to have your word too.

    Also, I understand the academic year in Malaysia starts from April for CBSE, and September for IGCSE. If we opt for CBSE, will the school accommodate my daughter in Class 4, considering she would have missed two months by the time we move there.
    If we opt for IGCSE there, her academic year would end only in July. If we move to India or any other country, what is the likelihood that schools will accommodate her for the next class, if she had missed a couple of months in the academic year by then.

    Thanks!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Indu,
      From an overall exposure point of view, it may be a good idea to opt for an IGCSE school. It will be a good experience for the child and when you come back to India , you can either continue with IGCSE ( There are a number of schools offering that in India) or shift to CBSE. As you must have understood from the blog, IGCSE is accepted in India as equivalent to Grade-10. When you come back to India and seek admission to CBSE, while the old conventional schools may make it difficult to admit the child who joins late but most of the new private schools will accommodate your request. You can do some catching up at home once your plan to return is finalised. Even when you are in Malaysia and undergoing IGCSE, it may be worth keeping in touch with the Indian Syllabus especially in Math and Science. On line platforms like Learnhive have number of resources which can help you in this .
      Warm Regards

  18. Prabhu on said:

    Hi Sir,
    We are planning to join my son in a school from next year, from oct we are planning to put him in play school. He is 2.5yrs old now. We are in confused state whether to select the IGCSE or CBSE syllabus from starting. As we understood from the replies after 10th, it would be better to select the syllabus based on their interest of undergraduate. But for now, to give him a good basement from lower classes, we need your suggestion, whether to go for IGCSE or CBSE?

    Please suggest!!

    Thanks,
    Mr and Mrs Prabhu.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prabhu,
      Rather than syllabus, please check out the school, its delivery of curriculum and emphasis on overall development of the child which are the key factors in education especially at a younger age. You can shift from one syllabus to another when the child enters middle or senior school.
      Rgds

      • Prabhu on said:

        Thanks for the reply!!!

        Can you plz suggest for such organisations in Chennai. It would be helpful for us to decide with your guidance.

  19. Hi

    We are moving to the UK next year from Dubai. I will be finish my 10th Std CBSE Board Exams in March 15. I will complete 16yrs in June ’15. Please advise if I have to apply for admission into Sixth Form/A level or do I have to do O level. Do I need a migration certificate?

    Also my brother is in 9th Std CBSE. Which year will he need to apply for admission? Year 10 or should he apply for Year 11/O levels board exam? He will complete 14yrs in May ’15 (he is a year young for his class).

    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi,
      After your CBSE Grade-10, you can apply for A level and it is better you take migration certificate. I suppose you have opted for Board exam in Grade-10. If you opt for school exam then you cannot join A level.
      For your brother, he will need to join O level
      Rgds

  20. My daughter is in grade 10 studying in CBSE . She wants to do biotechnology and genetics later. But some people say that it is necessary to take math in grade 11&12 And some it is not. But is bad at it. She is scared to take math . I would kindly like to know wether to take math or not.

    Raja

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Raja,
      In most Universities, it is not mandatory to have taken Math at Grade-12 level if you wish to pursue Biotechnology.It is OK to drop Math after Grade-10.
      Rgds

  21. Hisham Ahmed on said:

    Hello Captain Unni Krishnan

    First and foremost like many other parents I would like to thank you for the invaluable information you have shared here. I am sure in this spam filled internet this is one of the very serious works done.

    I have the following questions for which I request your comment, confirmation:
    1. What is the difference between IGCSE and ICSE, which is better?
    2. Reading through the question/answers in this page, I understand one of the best options is to let the kids study under ICSE from 1st to 10th Grade and then move them to CBSE for 11th and 12th so that they are eligible for higher education in Indian universities. Correct? which one is better 1-10 IGCSE/ICSE then 11-12 CBSE or 1-12 CBSE?
    3. In case we continue 11th and 12th in IGCSE/ICSE also what are the drawbacks?
    4. Which one is the least expensive CBSE or IGCSE or ICSE?
    5. Knowing Indian universities are not in the first 100 or 200 in the worlds best for both Engineering and Medical, if I want to keep my options open for international universities, which would be the best syllabus to follow?
    6. For your kids which option of syllabus did you choose? -)

    Thank you very much in advance.

    • Hisham Ahmed on said:

      Ofcourse I would like to know if IB stands better compared others as well.

      Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Hisham,
      There are no perfect choices in life and similarly there is no syllabus that is the best option. In the blog, I have detailed the pros and cons (to the best of my knowledge) of ICSE, CBSE , IGCSE and IB. All these syllabi are accepted in India and Abroad for admission to Higher education. Each may have certain benefits and certain limitations. The main point to consider before choosing the syllabus is the kind of education you would like for your child and the quality of delivery of education in the school that you choose.
      With regard to expense, considering the fact that most CBSE schools are government run, it is the least expensive.
      While many top colleges do prefer students from the IGCSE and IB streams but Students who pass Grade-12 in CBSE are eligible to study abroad with an additional pass in SAT. Thee are a number of students from CBSE who have also qualified for scholarships in universities.
      Please note that irrespective of the syllabus / school you choose, the most important aspect is the effort put in by the student to learn and the intent to excel.
      With regard to my son, he completed his IGCSE in Grade-10 and then shifted to Karnataka State Board ( They incidentally follow the CBSE syllabus in Grade 11 & 12).
      Rgds

      • Hisham Ahmed on said:

        Thank you Captain for your input.

        I understand from the posts that the learning method used in IGCSE is better than CBSE.

        What exactly is the difference between ICSE and IGCSE?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Hisham,
          While the content in both may eb more or less same, in ICSE learning is more text book based and questions in the exams are more or less from the text book in IGCSE learning is more concept based and the examinations are aimed are at understanding of concepts. If implemented well, IGCSE method of learning enhances understanding among students. IGCSE also offers options of subjects to choose from which helps students focus on subjects that they are good in and wish to pursue.
          Rgds

          • Hisham Ahmed on said:

            Captain
            How is Australian curriculum compared to CBSE/IGCSE?

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Sorry Hisham, I am unaware of the Australian bit.

          • Hisham Ahmed on said:

            Captain

            Pls advice – IGCSE syllabus is available from which grade?

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Hisham,
            Cambridge offers syllabus for all classes starting from Kindergarten . It depends on the school as to which class they would like to commence the syllabus from. The IGCSE Board exam is conducted based on content covered in Grade 9 & 10 . Some european countries do the Board exam in Grade 11.
            Rgds

    • banasree banerjee on said:

      my child is studying in IX grade in ILS, Lagos.Due to some problems we had to come to India in July 2014 but keep the hope of going back whose date is uncertain. Under this condition can my child get admission in CBSE school so that he can appear SA1.Please suggest me and my child has not been withdrawn from ILS yet.

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Banasree,
        If your child had been studying in a CBSE school, then a transfer would permit the child to continue Grade-9 in the new school.If it is a transfer from a non CBSE school, then you will have to check details with the school where you are seeking admission. If they have not registered their students with the CBSE Board , the it should be possible to accept the student. The school may seek TC when you apply for admission.
        Rgds

        • banasree banerjee on said:

          Thank you so much for the information. I must inform you that Indian Language School, Lagos is under CBSE. Only I am worried if my child is registered here and if we happen to go to Lagos again, will he be allowed to appear for X board exams? What would happen to the registration procedure then?

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Change from one CBSE school to another is permitted by CBSE Board. You an seek the assistance of the CBSE regional office for transfer of registration. The point to keep in mind is choice of subjects, if the subjects chosen by your child are available in the new school, transfer should not be a problem.

          • banasree banerjee on said:

            Sir,
            I need your guidance. My child will get admission here in ahmedabad after coming from Lagos, Nigeria, but Hindi would be his second language in SA1. As he had French in his previous school in 9th grade, can it be changed to french in SA2 if we move to Lagos again in the same grade?

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Generally registration of students and their subjects is done in Grade-9 but I am sure if you write to the regional office , they will permit change of second language. Change may not be permitted in Grade-10.

        • banasree banerjee on said:

          Sir,
          I am thankful to you for your valuable suggestions.
          Regards,
          Banasree

          • Banasree Banerjee on said:

            Respected sir,
            Once the CBSE board registration is done in india for 9th grde, is my child eligible to get admission in lagos, Nigeria if we move there by the end of this year where he has previously studied ?

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Banasree,
            CBSE does permit change of school ( From one CBSE to another CBSE) with same registration. You may contact the regional office and seek transfer.
            Rgds

      • Banasree Banerjee on said:

        Respected sir
        I badly need your guidance.The transfer certificate which I received from ILS, Lagos has the date if issuance on 8th sep’14 and the last date attended by the child as mentioned is 8th july. The school in ahmedabad is not ready to accept the date of issuance as they say there is a big gap between last day attended and date of issue of TC. Though i told them that the school in lagos was closed down due to break out of ebola virus. They want to show my child’s admission on 31st july to avoid complications in registration procedure with CBSE. I have requested the former principal for the date change and do me a favor. If not agreed, then my child will loose a year(presently he is gr IX) and SA1 is already at the doorstep. Is there no consideration for overseas children? or what should I do to save my child’s one academic year?kindly suggest at the earliest.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear banasree,
          Please request the Indian embassy to issue a letter confirming that the school had to close down because of Ebola and at Ahmedabad, approach the regional office and meet the secretary and request for special permission. You can request the school to go ahead and take the date of admission as 31 July and consider his registration.
          Rgds

          • Banasree Banerjee on said:

            sir,
            things are getting difficult on our part to put the child for admission in 9th grade,CBSE as time too short. Is there any option for admission after SA1 which is very near?
            we could not imagine things would be so difficult.
            please suggest as to how we can save one precious academic year.
            regards,
            Banasree

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear banasree,
            CBSE schools have a lot of regulations and all decisions are regulated by the Regional office. Please contact the regional office with your concern. Another option is to opt for IGCSE which is lenient in regulations and easier to deal with.
            Rgds

  22. G Shankar on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My daughter will complete IGCSE (year 11) in Malaysia and we would like to admit her in a CBSE school in India for +2. Since she will complete year 11 now, is she eligible to go to 12th directly or she has to do +1 and +2 in CBSE?

    Thank you very much.

    Best regards,
    G Shankar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shankar,
      The IGCSE Board exam is equivalent to CBSE Grade-10 and hence your daughter will need to join Grade-11 in CBSE or any other Plus 2 program that she chooses.
      Rgds

  23. Krtika on said:

    Thank for Sharing informative post which helps parents to choose the best syllabus for their kids. I moved to Bangalore recently and I joined my kids in Candor International school which is providing IGCSE curriculum.

  24. Sankar on said:

    My son is in 12th.( Did his 10th in india) studying in Bahrain. We may have to move back to india in October 2014. He studies commerce, economics, accounts, physical education in 12th.

    1. If we move does he have to appear as a private candidate?
    2. If we manage admission in a cbse school but that particular combination group is not available what is the recourse ?
    3. Will he lose a year , because I am moving ?

    Regards
    Sankar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sankar,
      If your son is studying in a CBSE school then it is possible to shift to another CBSE school in India which offers the same subjects if not then he will have to appear as a private candidate. Please check with the CBSE regional office/ CBSE website for exact details.
      Rgds

      • Sankar on said:

        Thank you very much for the immediate response.

        Assuming we get a CBSE school that has the same subjects except one ( mostly PE, as this combination is not widely available ) is there a provision to accommodate in that school? And will he get an option to write that subject as a regular candidate ?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          That should be possible if the school writes to the CBSE board for permission.

          • Sankar on said:

            Thank you Mr.Unni. I have approached the right person for the information. My best wishes for your concerted effort to support people with information. may your tribe increase.

            Regards
            Sankar

  25. hi,
    I am a resident in gulf region.i have two kids studying in grade 8 and grade 2 (CBSE) curriculum.i am planning to settle now in india.Will my elder son get admission for grade 9???,please help me to get your advise ASAP.Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rosy,
      Transfer from one CBSE school to another is surely possible and also it is a good that you are planning to shift in Grade-9 instead of Grade-10 so that there is time to settle in the new school.
      Rgds

  26. My daughter is in 10th grade Maharashtra board. She is very good in studies and wants to get into iit for undergraduate level. (Btec, BSc).
    My question is which is better for her in 11th and 12, State board, cbse, icse, or igcse?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Deepa,
      If you intend to have your daughter study in India then CBSE and State Board are the best options.
      Rgds

  27. jyothi on said:

    hello sir,
    my son is 7th class cbsc syllabus in Andhra Pradesh. Now we shifted Indonesia but my son is in hostel. he want to become a doctor, next year i want to shift my son here. is this correct decission or not, In Indonesia how is the education and what about medicine. i dont understand anything.
    please give me a good suggestion.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jyothi,
      Indian education is the best option among all eastern countries moreover it is the most affordable. I suggest if your son is comfortable , let him continue his education in India.
      Rgds

  28. Sandhya Arun on said:

    Dear Sir,

    We are planning to put our twin kids who are 2 yrs to montessori school till UKG & then we are planning to shift them to another CBSE school from 1st std as this school in Chennai is having ICSE syllabus in their school. KIndly let me know whether the kids will face problem while learing the CBSE from 1st std as there will not be much writings in montessori school. will they get adjusted to the new environment of CBSE?

    regards
    sandhya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Sandhya,
      Yes it is a problem adjusting to CBSE after montessori but at the same time , Montessori is a good learning experience for children. As a compromise formula, you may help the kids at home and prepare them to improve their proficiency so that the transition will be easier.
      Warm Regards

  29. Nihal Rahman on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I have studied in IGCSE system from class 5 to class 10(O level),and now have to transfer to CBSE system due to parents job transfer,will it be very hard for me to adopt in the CBSE system from IGCSE?
    Honestly i am not much of a good student,average B or worst C grade is what i get.
    Is the studying difference very high,and is CBSE harder than IGCSE?
    Simple explanation and comparison would be really thankful.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nihal,
      In Grade-11, any syllabus requires more effort than what is required in Grade-10. You must be willing to put in at least 50 % more time for study and in that case, it will not be very difficult to manage the change from IGCSE to CBSE.
      The major difference that you will find is that in CBSE you will have to be thorough with the text book and very thing covered in it. The advantage is that you can prepare well and be more or less sure of what is expected in the exam.Passing Grade-12 in CBSE is relatively easier.
      Rgds

  30. Ravindran TM on said:

    Dear sir,
    My Son completed IGCSE at Mauritius and joined for 11th std (CBSE) in India recently.At the time of joining, the school authorities not demanded migration certificate.Please advice whether the migration certificate is necessary at later stage, for registering for CBSE examination . How can I get the migration certificate from IGCSE Board(Cambridge university)?

    RAVINDRAN

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ravindran,
      If your son has passed IGCSE Board exam then Cambridge University will give migration certificate. You can apply and keep it for any requirement at a later date.
      Rgds

  31. Ajay Borana on said:

    Hello Sir,

    I have read all the above questions and after all these i hava a few doubts. I want to admit my daughter to 1st standard this coming year. I want to select between IGCSE and IB, because i want her to have more exposure to new pedagogy.

    Now as i understand IGCSE is only for 9th and 10th, then what curriculum do they follow from 1st standard to 8th standard and again for 11th and 12th standard.

    Thank You

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ajay,
      Most International schools ( in grade 1 to 8) follow PYP and MYP programs offered by the IBO. In Grade 11 & 12 they offer IB Diploma.
      Rgds

  32. Hello Unni Krishnan,

    I’m moving to India from US with family for few years. My kids are in 5th(county public school) and 1st(Montessori) grades. I would like to know which curriculum in India(Chennai/Hyderabad/Bangalore/Pune) suits best for them. We have plans to move back to US after few years again. Can you please advise?

    Thank you in advance,

    KC

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Krishna,
      Since you are clear that you would shift back to the US , it is best to seek admission in an International school that is affiliated to the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation)or the Cambridge University. This will help in ease of transition both ways.
      Rgds

  33. Sir,
    My daughter has given Xth class exam in Kenya (IGSCE). I want to admit her in class XI. Schools in India have given her a provisional admission and asked for migration certificate. How to get this certificate. What will happen if this certificate is not given by the board. Please reply fast

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Tipi,
      Any student applying from a different board has to apply with migration certificate. This is essential especially if you are applying to an Indian Board. Migration certificate is issued by the Board that conducts the exam. One point you will need to check is whether your daughter has appeared for the IGCSE Board exam conducted by Cambridge / Ed Excel Board or was it only a school exam. If I am not mistaken, in Kenya, Board exam of IGCSE is conducted in Grade-11. After a Grade-10 school exam, you cannot take admission to Grade-11 in another Board and hence this is an important information.
      Rgds

      • In this case can she get admission in Tenth class in India or not. The cbse schools say she will be admitted in Ninth class. Gujarat board schools say admissions for Xth are full…so what to do..please advice

        • She has not taken board exam in Xth in Kenya..it was a school exam..I cannot continue her studies in Kenya and now she will further study in Baroda..Gujarat…

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            No , I do not think you will get admission in Grade-10 since schools have to register students for Board exam in the beginning of Grade-9.You can try and get admission for her in an IGCSE school for Grade-10.

  34. Gurditta Singh on said:

    HI,
    My daughter is just promoted to 8th standard studying in Delhi in CBSE and average student she scored 60% in 7th, i have been shifted to Mumbai and seeking for admission in CBSE but not able to get, i an getting an option in CIE, will it be a good idea to shift her to new board or shall i wait for an year and let her continue in delhi and try next year again in CBSE.
    Regards

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Gurditta,
      CIE is a good option and after Grade-10, you can shift to another CBSE or State Board school for Grade11 & 12. Check for the right subjects in IGCSE and also choose a school that offers the Mar- Apr exam option.
      Rgds

  35. Suneks on said:

    Thanks much!
    Please suggest good IGCSE schools in Bangalore so that I can join my child for Grade 2.

    Thanks!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      All schools have their own speciality, you must visit and check for yourself which one suits you. Primus Public School, is one good option.

  36. Suneks on said:

    Hello Sir,

    Great site and wonderful information what exactly each parent requires. Thank you.
    My daughter is studying in Bishop Cotton Girl’s School in Class 1. While I was going through this blog, I understand that IGCSE is good for child’s over all development. But for Indian competetive exams, CBSE is better option. Hope my understanding is correct.
    Having said that, When I see, IGCSE schools offer the curriculum only in Grade 9 and Grade 10 only, not from Grade 1. Each school has their own curriculum until 9th grade. Is there any school in Bangalore that offers completely IGCSE curriculum?
    Secondly, as my daughter is ICSE, is there a need to move her to CBSE sooner as we are not sure whether we send her abroad for higher studies or not at this point in time.

    Pl. advise.
    Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suguna,
      Most Schools that offer IGCSE in Grade-9 & 10 will have differentiated delivery of curriculum in lower Grades as well and that all be with the aim to prepare students for IGCSE. Many International Schools offer the Primary Years and Middle Years programs in lower classes and this program is offered by the IBO based in Geneva. You must visit the school and understand the program for better clarity. With regard to Indian Syllabi, ICSE till Grade-10 is OK and you can then decide to change to CBSE after that.
      Rgds

      • Suneks on said:

        Sir, Thanks for your reply.
        In general, do you suggest that studying in IGCSE schools is better option from Grade 1 till Grade 10 ? And then based on whether the child plans to study abroad or in India, we can opt for CBSE in Grade 11 and Grade 12. Pl. suggest.

        Thanks

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          That would be an ideal option and also get the child to do some extra exercises in Math and Science from Indian syllabi books.That way you will be prepared for both India and Abroad.
          Rgds

  37. Smita on said:

    Dear Captain,

    My son is studying at Jr. KG SSC board at Maharashtra, We are still confused whether we continue with SSC board or shift him next year to CBSC or ICSC board , please advise

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Smita,
      More than Syllabus, you must consider the school that offers a good learning environment and moulds the child. All syllabi are more or less the same.
      Rgds

  38. Prabhu on said:

    Dear Captain,

    My daughter studied in the USA till 6th grade and we moved back to India. She is currently in 8th standard under CBSE syllabus. We like to send her to USA for undergraduate studies.

    Will it be helpful if we switch her to ICSE or IGCSE syllabus from 9th standard onwards or continue in CBSE syllabus?

    Thanks.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prabhu,
      Since you are very clear that your daughter will take up her undergraduate studies in US, it would be beneficial to join IGCSE now and in Grade 11 join an IB school.
      Rgds

      • Prabhu on said:

        Dear Caption,

        Thanks for your response and it is really helpful.

        Do you or anyone in this forum has experience with schools in Bangalore offering IB program?

        Regards

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Prabhu,
          There are some good IB schools which include TISB. You may like to check the website for more details.
          Rgds

  39. We are in Coimbatore,TamilNadu. My daughter is studying in 4th grade in IGCSE syllabus. She always says that she want to become a dentist. Nowadays I’m getting afraid what will be the future after IGCSE A level exam in TamilNadu. Because no recognition for this syllabus in TamilNadu for professional courses.
    So, I’ve planned to admit her in 11th Std in a StateBoard school after her IGCSE exam (10th grade). Is it right? Will it be possible for her to study stateboard syllabus after IGCSE. I mean, the method of studying in StateBoard/CBSE is mostly “Studying and writing what is in the book as it is”. First of all, atleast for 11th Std, will they admit IGCSE students. How do they evaluate them for 11th std admission.
    I’m also afraid to admit her in CBSE 11th std, because the StateBoard will give priority to the StateBoard students first regarding Medical course. For CBSE students, I think only few seats are available.
    And if I want her to join in ICSE, then it is also a problem. Because, for that also there are less chance. To be frank ICSE students are not at all evaluated correctly in TamilNadu, when compared to StateBoard.
    I’m in confused state. I could not leave IGCSE syllabus because the method of teaching is very good and she understands the concepts very well. So, I want her to study in this board atleast 10th grade.
    Please advice me.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Uma,
      Your understanding of the situation is very correct. Yes IGCSE is a very good method of study and helps children analyse and understand concepts very well. The students who pass IGCSE grade-10 with 5 subjects including english are eligible for admission to Grade-11 in any syllabus. It will be a good idea to shift your daughter to State Board in Grade-11 if she continues her interest in joining for Dentistry.To help her keep in touch with Indian system , it may be a good idea to make her go through Indian syllabus books at home.
      Rgds

      • Thank you very much for your quick and correct advice. But, let me clarify this thing also. That is, the situation of CBSE students are also Poor in TamilNadu for Medical/Engg seat. Isn’t it?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          since Tamil Nadu state offer admission to professional courses based on marks obtained in Grade -12 Board exam and does not offer any additional weight age for CBSE , ICSE or any other syllabus, all students who choose state board are on a standard platform. Students who take up CBSE have a better preparation for the All India entrance examinations.

          • UmaVijayakumar on said:

            Sir,
            You have informed in this blog that your son completed IGCSE and then joined in Karnataka state board for 11th & 12th. I’ve few doubts.
            1. If my daughter completes IGCSE exam and joins in Tamilnadu stateboard exam for 11th and 12th, will she able to pickup. Because stateboard syllabus is more of memorising the concepts rather than understanding. Is it true that in the state board examinations they expect to write the texts as it is in the text book? Will it be more difficult for IGCSE passed students?
            2. I compared the syllabus of TN stateboard, CBSE, ICSE and IGCSE. I feel Math is very less and very slow in IGCSE. My daughter is studying in 4th grade. She has decimals only upto 10th place. Division (that too by a single digit divisor) is just introduced. Where as in CBSE, ICSE boards, they learn upto 100th decimals. In State board, they are able to do division even by 2digit divisor. I feel IGCSE is too slow in Maths.
            3. Regarding physics in IGCSE, they learn Newton’s law only in their ‘A’ level exams. But, in stateboard this is in std X itself. This is just a sample. But, there are many such differences.
            4. Regarding Math, IGCSE cannot be compared to CBSE/ICSE. It can be just compared to State board syllabus. For eg. set theory, quadratic equations are coming only in extended curriculum. But, in stateboard it is compulsory.
            Because of such differences in syllabus, I have a doubt that why should I spend more and make my daughter to study in IGCSE. Is there any other advantage?
            Also, If I want my daughter to study medicine in India, (particulary in Tamilnadu) how far this syllabus will form a foundation for her. Can you please tell me Sir?

            I request you to ask your son how does he feel the stateboard /CBSE syllabus after studying IGCSE. Will it be easier to follow?

            Regards,
            Uma

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Uma,
            There may be some minor differences with regard to certain topics but more or less, most topics covered in both syllabi are same. I am sure you will agree that if a student has understood decimals unto 10th place, then to solve problems unto 100th place decimals is only further working. In Indian syllabi, students get limited to being taught what is in the text book and are asked problems covered in the text book. In the IGCSE style of teaching, once the process is understood, a student must be able to apply the same for similar situations and work towards results. This improves the thinking ability of children.
            With regard to rote learning, I do agree that the State Board is more of rote learning. The reason for getting my son to to do IGCSE upto Grade-10 and then shift to State Board was that I wanted him to avoid rote learning for 12 years. As of now , he has to do it only for 2 years ( Grade-11 & 12). His IGCSE has helped him think and analyse and as of now, he has the advantage of combining his preparation for Grade-12 exam and entrance exam since both of these are based on the syllabus that he is undergoing now.
            There is a change in study pattern in Grade 11 & 12 and I had mentally prepared him to be ready for that and that has helped him in adjusting well with the change over. We need to understand that in life we must be prepared to manage change and not use that an excuse for not doing well. ( When in Rome do as the Romans do).
            Please understand that the education system is changing especially in the current scenario and it will be difficult to expect similar situations through out. The only way to stay abreast is to focus on what you are doing and do it well and be able to adapt to any changes when they come your way.
            Rgds

    • Hi Captain,
      We are from USA and want to move to India next week 21 July 2014.
      Two kids one in grade 6 and other in grade 2.
      Need your advice on which to select: cbse or icse.
      Also is it too late to move now as school already started or we can catch up by hard work.
      Please advice.

      Thank you

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Hi Jay,

        From a long term perspective, CBSE would have an edge since after Grade-12 the entrance exams are based on CBSE syllabus. However, at the stage your kids are in, the key aspect to look for in a school is the method of teaching and quality of overall program rather than the syllabus since the overall content in all syllabi are more or less the same. You can choose to shift to CBSE in Grade-11 & 12 after assessing the situation at that time. With regard to catching up, in a conventional school, the support from school to make up for missed out portions may be less but if you choose any of the newer schools , you may get better support in making up the lost time.
        Rgds

  40. Kishan on said:

    Hello Captain

    Greetings and many thanks for assisting people with the information or clarification they need on various syllabus in India. The information you are giving is very helpful as seen in the above posts. My daugther is currently studying overseas under IGCSE syllabus in year 7. We would like to relocate her to India for studies and also to persue her extra activity which is Chess. She is a very good chess player and has participated in several international events. I have been recommended that she continues to study in IGCSE syllabus in India and also train & play comeptitive chess in India. Infact there are now schools in India which include chess in their extra activities and have chess clubs too. What are her furture prospects in India and overseas after studying under IGCSE syllabus in India. Will her skiils and achievements in Chess be an extra advantage for her when she seeks admission to universities / colleges in India or overseas. Kindly advise.

    Regards

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kishan,
      Yes a number of schools in India do offer chess as a part of school activities and have chess clubs for a larger interaction among the chess fraternity. Surely IGCSE is a good option to follow and the IGCSE syllabus is accepted in India as equal to CBSE, ICSE and State Boards.Admission to colleges and schools are the prerogative of the institution and hence depend on the management policy of the institution. A number of colleges in India do have special quota for students who excel in sports and related activities and you should be able to leverage your daughter’s achievements in chess during the admission process
      Rgds

  41. Lakshmi on said:

    Dear Captain,

    We came to USA on April 2014 after my son completing his 5th std in ICSE school in chennai. Here in USA, he has to study 5th std again because their age regulations.

    After 3 years when we return back to India, i.e after completing 7th grade in USA, can he get admission in 9th std ICSE in India?
    We don’t have green card. So We have to go back to India when my husband visa expires in 3 or 4 years. So my son cannot pursue his high school in USA.

    We have 2 following options.

    a. Continue studying 5,6,7th grades in USA , its ok to loose a year in India. Instead of 9th std he can go to 8th std ICSE.

    b. Don’t loose a year, plan to go back to India now itself. So he can have continuous study till 12th in ICSE/CBSE.

    I am leaning toward option b.

    Please give us your suggestions ASAP. Thank You.

    Note:

    Regards,

    Mother Lakshmi.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi,
      I understand your predicament. In US age guidelines are strictly followed and you may not be able to get an exemption . With regard to your options when you return to India, you will find it very difficult to get admission to a higher Grade than what he has passed if you seek admission in a conventional school. Some of the new International schools may offer an exemption but this is a chance you will have to take. Another challenge you may face when you return after 3-4 years is of the difference in level of study and method of study between US and India. While from a learning perspective the US method may give the child better exposure but content wise , the child will find it difficult to cope with the Indian system in Grade 8 and above. If you are very keen that you stay in line with the Indian system , then it would be best to get back now itself and restart the Indian system he has been following. If you would like to give your child an International exposure (which I must say will surely help him in life) then it would be worth staying back and allowing him to study there and return to India and get him admitted in a class that suits him even if it means a loss of 1 or 2years. The 1 or 2 years lost are actually not going to make any major difference in his overall life span but the exposure can be an advantage. To be in touch with the Indian system, you can probably provide help at home in Math and science. This can be done using books that you can get from India and on line educational sites. www.learnhive.net is a good online option.

  42. Joshi Jacob on said:

    My daughter is studying in 8th standared ICSE syllabus at kerala. Can my daughter get the admission at CBSE/Kerala state board higher secondary schools after 10th pass? As my daughter does not know malayalam, is it mandatory to attend malayalam paper to pass 10th?

  43. Rathod on said:

    Very innovative post.. The international schools follow different teaching methodologies to help students to better understand the concepts. My Kids have been studying Inventure Academy since 3 years. I was extremely happy with their education structure & extra-curricular activities.For my kids I have seen an improvement in the last two years, earlier I had to be strict to make them studies but I think not onlythey have grown up but I think they have ‘grown up’ A little credit indeed to inventure academy !

  44. Kush on said:

    Sir,
    My son has just passed to std 5 SSC board …the school he is studying is going for igcse ,they tried for icse but could not get for reason known to them ..i am confused whether my son should continue with SSC or go for igsce ….and what would the future prospect be for him in securing admission in colleges in India post his 10th std .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kush,
      IGCSE Grade-10 is accepted in India and after Grade-10, you can have your son shift to CBSE/ State Board if you want him to study in India. The advantage of doing IGCSE is that it will give him a wider perspective of understanding since the approach is more analytical and concept based unlike the Indian syllabi which are text book based.
      Rgds

  45. Nilanjan on said:

    Sir

    I’m currently in class 12 in a CBSE affiliated school in West Bengal and after my 12th class, I’d like to move to the UK and take up actuarial science for my undergraduate education at LSE.
    I have browsed through my desired college’s website and the admission criteria mentioned
    for A level: AAA (to include Maths at A2)
    for IB: 38 points with 7,6,6 at HL (7 points for Maths).
    I read the above article in this page but still have some doubts regarding how much do these scores mean. Please help me with that. And also please guide me through the admission process for getting into a UK college and let me know how many exams, like IELTS, do I have to appear for to meet the college’s requirements.

    Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nilanjal,
      Since you have a specific plan to study Actuarial science in UK, it is best to visit the LSE website and study the qualifying standards and prepare accordingly. They have separate categories of requirements for students from different countries. I suppose, students from CBSE may need additional qualifying standards such as SAT/ IELTS/ TOFEL etc .
      Rgds

  46. Bala on said:

    My daughter is currently doing her cbse 12th class. We have to move to the UK now under some circumstances. How will she be able to continue her studies there?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bala,
      The best thing to do is to somehow get her to complete Grade-12 CBSE in India and then shift to UK for Under Graduate program. You may even consider leaving her with some relatives/ friends if not a hostel.
      If there is no chance to get the above done , then you can get her to take up A level in Uk but this will involve a different style and approach to studio which may be stressful for her.
      Rgds

  47. UDAY PANDYA on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son gave exam of IGCSE level. Pl advise what is best for higher education means AS LEVEL/A LEVEL OR CBSE OR STATE BOARD. He took ‘ A’ group.
    thanks,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Uday,
      If you intend sending your son for Undergraduate program in India then CBSE/ State Board is the best option. If the plan is to send him outside India then A level is better.
      Rgds

  48. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    GM SIR,
    MY DAUGHTER HAS SECURED ADMISSION IN ISC COLLEGE SCIENCE, OPTED FOR ENGLISH, PCMB FOR XITH AND XIITH SCIENCE.
    SECURED 90% IN XTH ICSE.
    COULD YOU SUGGEST IF WE NEED TO GO FOR COACHING FOR XITH AND XIITH SCIENCE?
    OR ESLE PROVIDE COACHING ONLY FOR ENTRANCE EXAM PREPARATION.

    SHE WISH TO PURSE CAREER OPTION IN BIOLOGY FIELD.

    KINDLY ADVISE CAREER OPTION AND WAY FORWARD.

    Best regards,
    Jayashree Balaji

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear jayshree,
      For a good student, coaching may not be mandatory but would surely help enhance scoring more marks. If your child is in a good school, then coaching can be limited to entrance exam preparation and sincere study at school should help get good marks in Grade-12.
      Rgds

      • Jayashree Balaji on said:

        Dear Sir,

        Thank you for your valuable feedback.

        Could you guide on career options in BIOLOGY OTHER THAN MBBS?

        Best regards,
        Jayashree Balaji

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Jayashree,
          There are a number of options for students who like Biology. Some of the main stream that come to my mind:
          Bio Medical Engineering, Bio Technology, Microbiology, Oceanography,
          Rgds

  49. Reema on said:

    Dear Captain Unni Krishnan,
    My daughter is in the IGCSE board in Mumbai and has just passed out securing 84%. I want to put her in a good arts college but most of the top colleges have a cut off percentage of 87%. In the circumstances i want to explore my other options and would be grateful if you could provide some information on the following:
    1.Do CBSE higher secondary school provide arts curriculum?
    2.If yes, can she complete her undergraduate studies in a CBSE college and then move further into the arts stream?
    3. Considering that most CBSE students get percentages ranging from 85% to 99%, do you think it would be advisable for her to take up the CBSE board?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Reema,
      84 % in IGCSE is a good achievement and it does indicate good understanding of concepts by your daughter. Unfortunately, as you have rightly understood students passing from Indian Boards get higher marks (I will not get into how justified these high marks are) and thus push up the cut off percentages for higher studies.If by Arts stream what you mean is subjects from Humanities , then yes CBSE schools do offer those subjects and it would be easier to score high marks in Grade-12 and ensure admission to good colleges. You can also look at ISC as an option since the course content for Arts stream is better in ISC. In the meanwhile, you may also check with the colleges where you are seeking admission if they have a special quota for students from foreign boards (Some colleges do have such an option and even through the fee for such seats may be higher ha regular it will be worth trying).
      Rgds

  50. Reema on said:

    Dear Captain Unni Krishnan,
    My daughter is in the IGCSE board in Mumbai and has just passed out securing 84%. I want to put her in a good arts college but most of the top colleges have a cut off percentage of 87%. In the circumstances i want to explore my other options and would be grateful if you could provide some information on the following:
    1.Do CBSE higher secondary school provide arts curriculum?
    2.If yes, can she complete he undergraduate studies in a CBSE college and then move further into the arts stream?
    3. Considering that most CBSE students get percentages ranging from 85% to 99%, do you think it would be advisable for her to take up the CBSE board?

  51. Angana on said:

    My questionis that I have heard there will be only board from 2015 , cbse and icese will not be there and one stae board,.is this true

  52. Sir,
    I am doing a research to put my daughter to school. She is in monetssori currently & we are pretty happy with the methodlogy. We are looking to put her in valley school or the likes. My question is :IGSCE is accepted in indian colleges?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ravi,
      Yes pass in 5 subjects including English in IGCSE Board Exam is accepted as equivalent to a CBSE Grade-10 or ICSe.
      Rgds

  53. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    GM SIR,
    MY DAUGHTER HAS SECURED ADMISSION IN ISC COLLEGE SCIENCE, OPTED FOR ENGLISH, PCMB FOR XITH AND XIITH SCIENCE.
    SECURED 90% IN XTH ICSE.
    COULD YOU SUGGEST IF WE NEED TO GO FOR COACHING FOR XITH AND XIITH SCIENCE?
    OR ESLE PROVIDE COACHING ONLY FOR ENTRANCE EXAM PREPARATION.

    SHE WISH TO PURSE CAREER OPTION IN BIOLOGY FIELD.

    KINDLY ADVISE CAREER OPTION AND WAY FORWARD.

    Best regards,
    Jayashree Balaji

  54. Saswati Majumdar on said:

    If I choose igcse syllabus can I eligible to apply for entrance test in india like IIM and IIT? Which board (ICSE or IGCSE) is better for for IIT/IIM/futute study?

  55. Gnanasekaran on said:

    Dear sir,
    My daughter was studied Hindi as second language in class X in Odisha. Now due to my transfer in Tamil Nadu, she wants to take TAMIL (in class XI) in the school as second language (In matriculation school). she knows Tamil very well. What will be the procedure & formalities to change second language from HINDI to Tamil?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Gnanasekaran,
      There is no specific formality for change of second language in Grade-11. In your choice of subjects, you have to indicate your option and that is accepted.
      Rgds

  56. Gnanasekaraan on said:

    My daughter was studied Hindi as second language in class X in Odisha. Now due to my transfer in Tamil Nadu, she wants to take TAMIL (in class XI) in the school as second language (In matriculation school). She was studied up to 8th class Tamil as a second language. What will be the procedure & formalities to change second language from HINDI to Tamil?

  57. Lokesh on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am based in UK and would like to return to India. Since my son has studied in UK till now I would like him to join the IGCSE (Cambridge stream) in India. One thing in UK education is that no child is failed unlike CBSE and state boards in India where I have seen children failing. My 9 year old son suffers with mild autism and I understand and accept that he may not be as successful as other children of his age. However what I want to make sure is that he does not lose any year due to failure at school at least up to A levels. After that I have to accept whatever his performance. My question is does ICGSE ( Cambridge stream) in India guarantee that a child will be awarded grades and not failed and asked to repeat a year (before A levels)?
    Thanks,
    Lokesh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Lokesh,
      Even in Indian syllabi schools, it is mandatory that all students must be passed till Grade-8. Most IGCSE schools in India will allow a student to be promoted to next grade till he/ She reaches Grade-10 when it is necessary to appear for the IGCSE Board exam . All over the world, a student has to pass the IGCSE Board exam to be eligible to progress to A level.
      Considering the fact that your child has been identified with mild autism, I feel more than worry about the chances of failing you must look at supporting him in the learning process and expose him to subjects that he shows interest/ capability in.
      Rgds

  58. Anuradha on said:

    Dear sir,
    My son is studying in 7th std state syllabus, 2014-2015 Karnataka state, Mysore dist,they were telling that syllabus has been changed to N CERT syllabus is it true. Waiting for your reply. Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anuradha,
      The Karnataka State Board has adopted the NCERT syllabus for Grade 11 & 12 and it is the plan of the government to standardize syllabus across all Grades and syllabus and hence it is possible that this has happened in lower Grades as well. Please ask the school for written confirmation in this regard.
      Rgds

  59. Anuradha on said:

    Dear sir,
    My son is studying in 7th std state syllabus, Karnataka state, they were telling that syllabus has been changed to cbse is it true.

  60. Anand on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My kid studied in US till 4th grade and is currently enrolled in an Indian school under ICSE curriculum for the past 2 yrs.
    I see that though the board(ICSE,CBSE,PUC) does not make much difference, CBSE or PUC
    seems to be preferred for Engg/Medical entrance. I am considering these 2 scenarios for my kid
    1) The kid studies till 12th here and goes to USA for undergrad
    2) The kid after completing Undergrad in India goes to MS

    1)For the first Scenario IGCSE seems to be the best option. Also for the past 2 years in India the kid took Hindi as the second language and has been studying Hindi by working hard since we are not a native speaker of hindi. We don’t speak hindi at home.
    For Undergrad in US, Is Hindi accepted as a foreign language in their criteria for foreign language or we need to take some other language? Is language an issue for admission into US colleges? Should the kid switch to French or spanish from 8th?

    2)For the second Scenario do you think shifting to CBSE or State board from 8th would be
    the best option. Should the kid change to any other language in this year 7th std, though did
    hindi for 2 yrs? I hear people taking Sanskrit, French for scoring marks.
    Is it true that one can score marks in these 2 languages? Is it true that in CBSE or PUC board French language
    starts at 11th standard and is at an easy level? Please clarify.

    Also in either Scenario 1 or 2 is 12th std language marks important or is it just ok that
    the child just passes and concentrates on the other important core subjects. Our stay would
    be in Bangalore and there is a possibility that we might move to Chennai. So would like to know
    if any of the answers would differ if we moved to Chennai. I would be eager to know your knowledgeable
    advice on each of the questions I have. Please provide your suggestions/ideas/comments.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mr Anand,

      While most colleges in US are not particular about a second language. Admissions are based on Grade-12 marks and SAT scores if required. There are a number of students from India who complete CBSE with Hindi as second language do take up Under Grad courses in India. With this as a background, it is Ok to continue Hindi as a second language if it can be managed.
      Regarding admission to under grad programs in India, It is surely an ideal option to take up CBSE/ State Board. Yes, French in PUC is beginner level.
      Admission criteria to colleges vary from State to State and for different Universities. Most have weightage for both Grade-12 marks and entrance exam. In some states as Tamil Nadu , colleges generally go by Grade-12 percent only.
      Rgds

  61. Malligah on said:

    Hi Sir,
    May I know the differences between matriculation and cbse?

    Thank you.

  62. Ruchika saini on said:

    Respected sir,
    I am ready to take up ohers subjects too in IB. I want to know that is IB board good enough? Are there only limited universities or we can say colleges in india because there is a one month gap for the results to be announced in IB board.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ruchika,
      Both IB and A level results come at the same time ( Mid August) and will have the same limitation. With regard to IB, the only challenge will be that since you will have to take up almost 6- 7 subjects, you may not be able to focus on your core subjects. Also since your marks in CBSE Grade-10 are not very high, you will need to put in lot more effort in Grade 11 & 12 and hence I recommend A level.
      Rgds

      • Ruchika saini on said:

        Okay. The only problem is that I’m scared that I will have only limited options for colleges later ! Thankyou for your help though! :)

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          For a larger choice, take up an Indian Syllabus ( CBSE/ State Board) and also opt for A level Art and Design as a private candidate.

  63. isha varshney on said:

    sir
    my brother has choosen sanskrit as an optional subject with commerce in class 11. he wanted to discontinue and switch to commerce with physical education. will it be possible to switch in class 12?? if yes then what will be the procedure?
    reply awaited.
    regards
    Isha Varshney

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Isha,
      You cannot change subjects in Grade-12. You will need to continue with same subjects as class-11.
      Rgds

  64. Ruchika saini on said:

    hello sir,
    I have passed my 10th grade with 62% , I was in CBSE board and now I want to discontinue it. I want to take IB board but I am not sure if I will go overseas for my further studies. I can also go to a cambrige school. I really need your help to know more about IB board. I want to go to JJ SCHOOL OF ARTS , MUMBAI after my 12th… So is IB board suitable? Or the cambrige one? I cannot take CBSE because i have limited options of schools which have cbse board. PLEASE REPLY TO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I NEED YOUR HELP.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ruchika,
      Cambridge Board will be a better option since it will help you choose limited subjects ( May be Arts, English and one more subject ) and help focus on your interest. In IB , you will need to take up more subjects.
      Rgds

  65. krishna on said:

    Hai sir. . My son age is 2.5 . . Which syllabus is best for him whether cbse or igcse. . Please reply me. . Which s useful for him in future. .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Krishna,
      At that age, it is the school that matters and not the syllabus. Look for a school where your child will be exposed to a lot of activities and fun and games.
      Rgds

  66. prakash on said:

    Hi sir,
    My daughter has completed grade 10 cbse in uae. Now l have got a transfer to indonesia. which syllabus should she follow there so that she can apply for engineering and medical entrance test in lndia ?
    If she chooses igcse syllabus can she apply for entrance test in india?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prakash,
      If you intend applying for professional colleges in India, it would be ideal to take up CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  67. Amit on said:

    My son just complete X from ICSE board. He want to appear in engineering entrance exams in India and also SAT. He is keen on taking admission in Christ College that has Karnataka Pre-University Education Board. Is this board recognized by SAT?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Amit,
      SAT is an independent assessment examination and is not based on any Board. SAT scores are accepted by various Universities Internationally as an admission criteria. Indian Universities do not consider SAT scores unless you are a foreign national. To appear for Engineering Entrance examination, Karnataka Pre University is a good option.

      • Amit on said:

        Thanks Sir. I did not phrased my question properly. After SAT score, does foreign (American) universities recognize Karnataka Pre University? I am told that CBSE and ISC board are recognized by foreign universities. Is there any issue of recognition of Karnataka Pre University by foreign universities?

  68. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    MY DAUGHTER HAS SECURED 90% IN XTH ICSE 2014, PLEASE ADVISE SHOULD I CONTINUE WITH ICSE BOARD OR SHIFT TO CBSE OR HSC
    SHE IS INTERESTED IN SCIENCE.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jayashree,
      While it is good to continue with ISC but if she is planning to take up admission tests for professional courses, CBSE would be a better option since all entrance exams are based on CBSe Grade-12 syllabus. Many State Boards have also adopted the CBSE syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 and that is also a suitable option.
      Rgds

      • Jayashree Balaji on said:

        THANK YOU SIR FOR YOU UPDATE, OK WILL PROCEED TO TAKE ADMISSION IN CBSE COLLEGES.
        SHE WOULD WISH TO PURSUE MEDICAL AFTER 12TH SCIENCE BUT NOT AS SURGEON BUT SOME OTHER LINE IN MEDICAL.
        PLEASE SUGGEST THE COURSE SHE CAN TAKE AFTER 12TH SCIENECE AND THE ENTRANCE EXAM SHE NEEDS TO APPEAR FOR.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Jayashree,
          Do you mean MBBS is not the choice , but fields related to Biology would be preferred. In that case may be streams such as Bio Technology, Bio Medical Engineering etc are good options. The are also courses such as Radiology within Medical stream which could be an option.

  69. Amit on said:

    Hello sir
    My son is studying in IB school and now i have questions arising that should i keep him in IB or shift him to ICSE or CBSE schools. As some one has said that after 12th my son will have problem in getting admissions in Indian colleges due to the month gap of period of exams.

    What will be the best to opt for IB , ICSE or CBSE.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Amit,
      If you intend taking up admission to Indian colleges, then the best bet is to take up CBSE.
      Rgds

  70. manisha on said:

    dear sir,
    i finished my IGCSE 10th examinations and is planning to change to a kerala syllabus school for my 11 & 12 grades .But the school has required me to provide them an equivalency certificate for which we will probably have to send an email to the Education Department of Kerala (Trivandrum). What is the purpose of an equivalency certificate ? And are there anymore formalities for shifting from IGCSE to Kerala syllabus?
    Please help.
    regards,
    manisha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Manisha,
      Yes you need what is called a eligibility certificate from Kerala State Education Board which even the Cambridge University Office should be able top provide. Please ask your school to ask the Cambridge Office to send you the letter which will be faster. The eligibility certificate is mention stat students who pass IGCSE can be admitted to Grade-11 in the State Board
      Rgds

  71. Swati Kerkar on said:

    Sir , My son finished his 7th standard first term in an ICSE school in Mumbai, India . We had to re-locate to UK in October 2013. He goes to a state school now & was qualified for 8th class here In UK as his birthday falls in the month of May . If we have to return back to India in April 2016 , will he be able to cope up with the 10th std ICSE syllabus after having skipped the 8th & 9th standard in India ? His grades were always between A+ & A in all the subjects except Hindi ( B grade ) in India . Here in UK , he is in Set 1 in all the subjects & his grades are similar to those in India . I am confused as I am not sure if he will be able to cope up with the 2 years gap & also prepare for the 10th exams which are very competitive . Please advice . Many thanks in advance .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Swati,
      Most Boards require students to be registered in Grade-9 and admissions in Grade-10 are avoided unless there is special permission from the Board. Please also note that in UK students take up GCSE ( Board exam) in Grade-11. The best option for you would be to return before Grade-9 commences or else if you do not get permission for Grade-10 , repeat Grade-9.
      Rgds

  72. Mohammed Rehan on said:

    dear sir. I finished grade X in a cbse syllabus school in dubai in 2011. i was away from school for personal reasons for the past 2 yrs. I dont plan on going back to school. is there some other way of doing my gr12 metric without doing grade 11. as i have the board certificate of grade 10 with me. I want to join a university the following year.
    i was advised by my friends to show my grade 10 certificate to any university and ask them for a foundational course of 7 months and aftr that it is possible for me to continue at the university. is this possible. please reply asap.
    thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rehan,
      There are Universities which offer admission to courses based on Grade-10 certificate and a foundation course. This is specific to certain universities and specific courses. You mud contact the University for this. Another option you have is to take up Cambridge University A level exam which you can appear in one sitting for the subjects that you wish to pursue. With A level, you are eligible to appear to any University.Please also check the NIOS website under which you can take up Grade-12 exam as a private student.
      Rgds

  73. Padma Rai on said:

    Sir, my daughter just passed 9th class and entered class Xth in Delhi. She has been selected by UK school for sixth form. Going to UK skipping her xth class exam. will be a loss to her or not. She will qualify her GCSE board from there.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      There should not be a problem except for the fact that many UK school take up GCSE Final Board exam in Grade-11 which will mean your daughter will need to study for one more year before being eligible to take up Board exam.
      Rgds

  74. Harsha on said:

    I have heard that there are two different bodies promoting Cambridge Syllabus, if so what are they and what is the difference between the two?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Cambridge program is offered only by CIE ( Cambridge International Examination). IGCSE is offered by CIE and Ed Excel.

  75. tanisha ghorpade on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I have just completed my tenth standard in the SSC board. I want to discontinue SSC and study either ib or igcse.
    I looked up many sites, but I still fail to understand the difference. Could you please let me know which is better after the tenth standard ib or igcse. Also it would be great if you could probably suggest a few schools accordingly.
    Thanking you,
    Tanisha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Tanisha,
      If you intend to go abroad for Under graduate studies, then it would be good take up IB or A level ( IGCSE equivalent). Both IB and A levels are more application oriented studies and unlike the Indian Boards, the exams are also not text book based. I suggest you check the IBO website for all details with regard to the subject combinations and other requirements. The best option would be to visit an IB school and personally understand all details.
      Rgds

  76. tanisha ghorpade on said:

    Hello capt. Unni Krishnan,
    I have just completed my tenth standard in the SSC board. I want to discontinue SSC and study either ib or igcse.
    I looked up many sites, but I still fail to understand the difference. Could you please let me know which is better after the tenth standard ib or igcse. Also it would be great if you could probably suggest a few schools accordingly.
    Thanking you,
    Tanisha

  77. Dhayanandanh on said:

    Dear sir,

    My son studing state board in v std in chennai i am interest to change icse syllabus in VI std my questions is whether he will manage or not pls give me a suggestion

    thanks and Regards,
    dhaya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dhayanandhan,
      It is surely possible to manage the ICSE syllabus. In the first term he will need to put in some extra effort to adjust to the new system and after that it should be fine.
      Rgds

  78. Madhukar on said:

    Dear Sir:

    My daughter has passed Karnataka Board – SSLC exam. I want her to do IIT. The integrated school is asking to take up CBSE Board for the Plus Two. My daughter wants to be with Karnataka – PU Board. Can you please let me know if State Board students can cope up with CBSE .

    Regards,

    Madhukar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Madhukar,
      From the year 2012, Karnataka State has also adopted NCERT syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 and hence CBSE students and PUC students have to study the same content.
      Rgds

  79. Radha on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I have contacted the school about my admission.
    But they said for CBSE, I must join the plus 1 class and not the plus 2.
    So now, I can only take ICSE as I have done it in Singapore.
    May I know the difference between Singapore Cambridge A Levels and the ICSE in India?
    Which is eaiser?
    Thank you

    • Radha on said:

      Dear Sir,
      Are IGCSE and ICSE the same? (Cambridge A Levels)
      If not what’s the difference?
      Thank You

      • Radha on said:

        hi Sir,
        please reply me as soon as possible as it is very urgent.
        So sorry for the inconvenience caused.

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Radha,
        IGCSE is Cambridge equivalent to Grade-10 and after passing IGCSE, it is mandatory to complete 2 years either in CBSE or ISC or A level to be eligible for Under Graduate programs.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Radha,
      Grade 11 & 12 are a combined program and hence you will not get admission to Grade-12 directly.I have not understood what has been your last examination passed and in which year. Only after knowing that can I suggest what you are eligible for.

      • Radha on said:

        Dear Sir,
        I have done Cambridge A Levels in Singapore just last year and I would like to take it again in India. ( all science subjects).
        Could I have your advice on which syllabus to take?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Radha,
          Cambridge A level are enough to join college but if you wish to take up an Indian Syllabus ( CBSE or ISC), you will have to join Grade-11 and take the complete 2 year course.
          Rgds

  80. Vinit on said:

    Hello captain,

    I am vinit. I had just given my 10th exam from cbse. I want to be a wildlife photographer. Tell me the procedure about it……like which stream should i have to choose and then what next…. and all the necessary things……

    Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vinit,
      Sorry about the delay in reply. It is great to know that you wish to become a wild life photographer. It is indeed an interesting and challenging profession. With regard to study of subjects , while it is essential to have a good knowledge of basic physics ( specially light and its effects) and math ( angles and perspective) but it may also be good to have a deeper understanding of Animals, their habitat and specie details. It may be worth taking up Biology and Geography as subjects in your studies.
      Rgds

      • Vinit on said:

        i am not able to able to understand you please tell me in detail…

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Vinit,
          While there is no specific subject that is a must to become a wild life photographer but it would be ideal to Prioritize Biology and Geography as subjects in higher studies. If possible , you may take up Physics also. To be able to make choices of subjects individually it would be good to take up A level offered by Cambridge university in Grade 11 & 12.

  81. Akash Tirkey on said:

    Dear Sir, I have recently given my ICSE examination and is doing my std 11 from the same school.However i had applied for other schools as well. i have been selected in Woodstock school situated in Mussoorie. It has IGCSE board and provides an Indian marksheet for admission in indian schools.My parents are insisting me to go to woodstock as it is one of the best in the world but I am uncertain if i should leave my current school which has ICSE and go to a woodstock which has a foreign board.I want to do IIT . So will i be able to sit in the IIT/JEE entrance examination if i go to woodstock ? and i be able to cope with the students of india who are studying in CBSE AND ICSE boards?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Akash,
      If you are keen on appearing for IIT, in garde 11 & 12, NCERT syllabus is best . NCERT syllabus is followed in CBSE schools and State Board schools (in States that have adopted NCERT syllabus). Please make your choice accordingly. I do not understand how Woodstock will provide an Indian Mark List after an International Syllabus.
      Rgds

  82. Siva on said:

    My daughter has completed 7th grade in ICSE and we are planning to put her in IGCSE 8th grade. Now, we learnt that the checkpoint exam at the end of grade 8 tests all concepts learnt from grade 7 taught in IGCSE curriculum. But as she was in ICSE in grade 7, she would find it difficult to cope up. Can you please suggest your views?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Siva,
      Please note that as per International Core Curriculum standards most syllabi cover similar concepts ( especially in Math and Science) and hence even if you change to IGCSE check point , your child will not face adjustment problems. The major difference is in the method of questioning and by the time a student completes one term, he/ she gets a hang of the type of questions and then they are well set for the IGCSE program in Grade-9.So do not work about the change. I am sure the school will also support the transition.
      Rgds

  83. Gautami on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to know how cbse(grade 12) differs from igcse(grade 12) since the topics are quite similar..

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Gautami,
      The Grade-12 equivalent from the IGCSE stream is called A levels. You have rightly understood that the topics / concepts are the same in CBSE or A level. The difference is in the way it is taught and applied. While CBSE is very text book oriented and limits in depth understanding and application, A level is more about application and trans topic integration. The assessment is also different from CBSE in a way that the questions are more analytical and case study based rather than direct questions based on topics taught in class.
      For students with an analytical approach to learning , A level is a good option. In CBSE, the examinations are more predictable and easier to score high.
      Rgds

      • gautami on said:

        Hi Sir,
        What is the difference then between cbse and matriculation? Say I’m based in chennai and would like to pursue medicine..

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Gautami,
          If you intend to appear for the national entrance exams, it would be good to take up CBSE ( Offered by NCERT) but if you are keen on Medical colleges in Tamil Nadu , then Matriculation ( Offered by Tamil Nadu Board) is OK.
          Rgds

          • Gautami on said:

            Hi Sir,
            I am unsure about the national entrance exam. What is it for and why for entering tamil nadu medical colleges it is not needed? kindly advise and thank you so much.

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear gautam,
            The National enhance examinations are for AIIMS, JIPMER etc. Most colleges in Tamil Nadu either have a separate entrance exam based on State Board or else use the Grade -12 marks to create the merit list.
            Rgds

  84. Radha on said:

    Hi sir,
    I am Radha from Singapore. I have already taken cambridge A levels in Singapore. Howeever, I want to do medical in India and for that I need physics. So, I am planning to take plus 2 in India.
    I am really confused as to which syllabus I should take (cbse or igcse)?
    Could I have your advice on this please?

    Thank you!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Radha,
      I suppose you have completed, English, Chemistry and Biology in A Level in which case, Please take up Physics A level so that all your qualifying subjects are from the same board. CBSE and ICSE will not allow to take up one subject in isolation. If you are planning got take up all subjects in India for Plus -2 then you must join CBSE.
      Rgds

  85. Lavanya on said:

    sir,
    my son is 5.5yrs old studying LKG in Padma sesadiri,cbe-cbse.we are getting transferred to mumbai..which is the board for my child

  86. Sudha on said:

    Dear Sir,
    We live in Sweden and My son is in grade 4 here (10 year), as the syllabus in Nordic countries is very much different compared to what we have in India, can you please suggest which is the good time for my son to move to Indian school system(just now or may be after 3-4 years?)…your expert comments will be a great help for us…Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sudha,
      International exposure is very good for children and in the long run will be a good differentiator. With regard to return to India, it would be ideal to join the Indian system before Grade-8. Considering the fact that there are Board exams in Grade-10 and Grade-12 , this will give the child time to settle down before serious exam preparation. In the meanwhile,with a little additional help, you can keep a tab on Math and science in Indian syllabi. Leranhive exercises may be a good option.
      Rgds

  87. Surya on said:

    Dear Sir,
    1.I did very well in FA1,FA2,FA3,FA4 and SA1 but my maths exams went very poor in sa2 (board based) due to illness while other exams went very good. I know that minimum passing grade is D. Is it both for board based sa2 and school sa2 students or only for school sa2 and board based sa2 need to gain minimum marks IN SA2 too in order to get promoted?
    2.Sir Will i be declared pass if I get overall Grade including FA and SA D for a student apperared in Board conducted sa2?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Surya,
      There is weightage for FA and SA-1 grades in final Board based exams also and so you must be OK and should pass overall.

      • Surya on said:

        Yes sir I contact cbse and came to know that there is 70% weightage for FA,S AND SA1 and only 30% weightage for board exams after introduction of cce. And to be promoted the only requirement is to manage grade d overall. (That,s the reason is why 99% students passed cbse class 10 previous year,.)

  88. Reema Rajab on said:

    Sir I’m a student of Jabriya Indian School in Kuwait – CBSE. The school forced me to leave for some reasons, after writing my 9th grade exams and passing, I left the and got a transfer certificate from the school. After asking for admission in other CBSE schools, I found out that a student cannot shift schools in the 10th standard unless the board accepts. The other schools said that I might get a reply from the CBSE board and I might not. Jabriya Indian School never told me about this rule even after signing the transfer certificate. Kindly help me and answer as soon as possible as it is so urgent.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Reema,
      It is true that Board does not encourage students shifting schools in Grade-9 and 11 and hence there is a permission required to be taken from the Board. You must immediately contact the Regional office of CBSE or try on line on the CBSE official website and request fora transfer permission. The Board does grant this permission you may have to follow up to get it fast.
      Rgds

  89. Dear Sir,

    We are moving from United States to Tamil Nadu (Madurai). My Daughter was born in January 2008 (6years and 3 months completed). There is a CBSC School (Maharishi Vidhya Mandhir) where we are about to place her in. Which grade will she be placed, is it grade 1 (1st) or grade 2 (2nd)?

    Please help me with this….

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Siva,
      This will depend on the school policy anyways, I do not think you must worry too much about it since in the long run one year is not really going to make any difference. You must look for good education and easy settling down of your child.
      Rgds

  90. Aditya on said:

    Hello,
    I m aditya and had just given my 10th exam from cbse board. I want to take admission in icse board for class 11. I too want to get three digit rank in iit. so please tell me that which board is better for me cbse or icse?
    tell me everything about cbse and icse, like their merits and demerits and which is better?

    thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aditya,
      The only way to ensure you get a three digit rank in IIT is to study really hard and be thorough with all concepts. From a compatibility stand point , CBSE is a better option since the syllabus for IIT entrance and Grade-12 CBSE is same. From a knowledge stand point all syllabi are good and if a student is sincere , results will be rewarding. I am sure you would have already started your preparation for the IIT exam. Try and get as much study material as you can and practice a lot. If possible, you can take up extra coaching from some good tutor/ tutorial.
      All the best

  91. RAJANI on said:

    Hi Sir, My son is in class 12 cbse in kuwait indian school under Humanities & Informatics stream. He got zero in all the tests for informatics. I hope he will get in Board exam also same. So can he adjust that mark with physical education in plus 2 board exam ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rajani,
      You cannot adjust mark of one subject for another. Please get him to study hard and at least pass . After he passes, You can apply for a course in which he is good.

  92. deepali on said:

    I HAVE HEARD THAT STUDENT FROM IGCSE BOARD FAIL TO COMPETE IN ENTRANCE EXAMS FOR MEDICAL & ENGINEERING DUE THE PATTER THEY STUDY…..IS IT TRUE….PLS GIDE….THNKS.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Deepali,
      It is surely not true. Any student irrespective of the syllabus of study,who wishes to appear for a competitive examination has to put in additional hours of study specific to the exam preparation. Any student who is willing to do that is sure to do well in the exams. The study hours in Grade 11 & 12 have to much higher than in Grade -10 and below especially if the aim is to get high marks and also clear entrance exams.
      If the aim is to have more time to prepare for entrance exams, then it may be worth taking up CBSE/ State Boards that have adopted CBSE syllabus in Grade 11 & 12.
      Rgds

  93. Nithin on said:

    Sir,

    My son is studying in Diploma in Electronics & Comm six sem in Karnataka. He wants to continue his studies. Pls advise his higher education course to continue.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nithin,
      There is an option of shifting to BE/ B Tech after completion of Diploma and that would be a good move. I understand that such students are also eligible for waiver of one year of studies. Please check with an engineering college for the details.
      Rgds

  94. Sajath on said:

    Dear Capt,

    My daughter is getting an admission for grade 2 in CBSE school which is not afflicated . Is there is any problem next year she might be locating back to a CBSE school in Dubai. Is the TC obtained will be considered for admissions in Dubai ?

    Regards
    Sajath Syed

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sajath,
      Generally in the lower classes most schools are not strict about such matters. As a back up, you may get the TC countersigned by the District Education officer.

  95. S Meena on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter will be taking French as a second language from 6th std in CBSE. We are planning to shift our residence after 3 years. If the nearby school does not provide French, Is it possible to study second language French privately and write board exam through school ? How does it work in CBSE in TamilNadu ? Please help. Thanks a lot.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Meena,
      It is surely possible for the school to offer the option of self study for a subject not offered in school I would suggest , you may please speak to the school in advance.
      Rgds

  96. Rajimon on said:

    Hi Captain , me and my family are UK citizen’s but my daughter is studying in India 10th ICSE now after 10th should she come back or continue in India , if so is it better to stay in the same syllabus or change ?
    or should she study till +2 in India and come back to UK for a higher study’s ( university) ?
    or in her school IGCSE is given there should she go for that but in her school it’s very weak so what to do ??
    plz reply fast we are waiting …..

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rajimon,
      It is perfectly OK to continue the same syllabi till Grade-12 and then shift to UK for higher studies. There may be a need to take up SAT before applying to some universities. You also have the option to change to a better international school in India and pursue either IB diploma or A levels in Grade 11 & 12.
      Rgds

      • Rajimon on said:

        Dear captain what do you think that is a better and easier choice for my daughter.
        Plez replay fast

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Having studied the Indian system till Grade-10, it may be better to finish Grade-12 in the same pattern and simultaneously prepare for SAT. The fee structure for International syllabus A level and IB is also very high. It would also be easier to find good schools that offer Indian syllabi

      • Rajimon on said:

        Sir can u suggest some good coaching schools for A level in the South India

        We are waiting for your replay..

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          The number of schools in India offering A level science are limited. You will need to search on line for schools that offer the subjects that you wish to take up.

  97. S Meena on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am opting to take French as second language in CBSE for my daughter in 6th std. After 7th or 8th std I am planning to shift my residence and if the nearby school does not offer french, Does CBSE board allow to take French as second language privately ? Will the school provide admission if we do not opt second language provided by school ? Please help. Thanks a lot.

  98. ruman on said:

    Dear sir,
    I have completed my 11th std in Tamilnadu and am wanting to join 2puc in Bangalore is it possible?

    Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ruman,
      Please contact the Karnataka state PU Board with your Grade-11 mark list and request for admission to PU-2 .

  99. sunny on said:

    Dear sir,
    I want to know the difference of syllabus between ICSE and CBSE.my concerns are:-
    - Is there any huge difference between syllabus?
    - how much it is different for class IX and X

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sunny,
      The concepts in Math and science are more or less the same. Languages in ICSE in Grade-10 are a bit higher. In Grade 11 & 12the CBSE syllabus is slightly easier than CBSE. However the point to note is that all entrance examinations are based on Grade11 & 12 CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  100. Eswar on said:

    Hello,

    My child is in IX th grade ICSE syllabus. Planning to change her to CBSE for Xth grade. Understand that the change in board will be taken by the respective CBSE school before admitting. After approval from CBSE board, if we think of continuing is it required to again sent a request through present ICSE school for approval process.

    Regards

  101. Deaar sir My daughter compleated her seventh grade from saudi arabia under cbse syllabus...but she is 14 years already. She is good at her studies. We are planning to shift her school to kerala...we are planning for a grade skip..she can cope with the eig on said:

    Dear sir

    My daughter compleated her seventh grade from saudi arabia under cbse syllabus…but she is 14 years already. She is good at her studies.
    We are planning to shift her school to kerala…we are planning for a grade skip..she can cope with the eighth grade portions now itself.so is it a good idea to skip grade eighth and go to grade nine? Will the school functioning under cbse syllabus allows it?ear si

  102. Nithin on said:

    Sir,

    I am studying karnataka state syallbus. In IX std, I took Kannada as my first lang. Now i want to opt English as my first lang. Can we change the lang in X std. Pls advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nithin,
      The Board can permit change of language but I am not sure if you will be able manage the change in Grade-10
      Rgds.

      • Nithin on said:

        Thank you Sir. Hope first lang is for 125 marks. Am i correct? I also understood in Karnataka for X std, the board exam is for 80 Marks written exam and 20 marks internal marks provided by respective schools and also the result is based on Grade. Is it correct? Pls advise

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          I am not sure about the Grading system in Karnataka State Board as there have been a number of changes recently. You may need to check with the school for details.

  103. vincent on said:

    It is an inquiry about plus one admission for 2014. Our daughter currently lives and studies in England, UK. Her GCSE(general certificate of secondary education ) exams will be completed by the end of June and results will be obtained by August 2nd week only. Will it be possible for her to join in Kerala school for plus one education this year? If so what is the 1st step for admission as we can come Kerala only by the end of June. Is there an online application form we can fill in or can an application form be collected by one of our relatives to be filled in?
    I am waiting for your reply.

    Thanks
    Mr and Mrs Vincent

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mr & Mrs Vincent,
      Most schools in India offer admission to Grade-11 based on Tenth standard results and final pass certificates need to be submitted by end June or early July. However nowadays with acceptance of GCSE and IGCSE exams , some schools do offer admission based on predicted grades ( you can ask the existing school to provide this) and with permission from the State Board, final results can be submitted by 30 Aug. This is not a rule but more of a leeway provided to students from International Boards.
      To be realistic, you may find it difficult to get admission in conventional schools since they are very particular about general rules and would not take up any such cases. The new private schools may be a safer option. It may also be worth trying a CBSE school rather than State Board.In all these cases, you will need to contact the school that you wish to seek admission and get all details and options that they would offer.
      Rgds

  104. Jayesh Wala on said:

    dear sir, i m from ahmedabad. i came to know that one exam for fifth class student which conduct by cambridge. thas it i know only this. can you give me compelete detail?
    reply me to my mail jbwala@yahoo.com.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jayesh,
      The exam in Grade-5 is the check point exam and the main Board exam in the IGCSE program is conducted in Grade-10 and pass in this Grade-10 exam is accepted in India. Please check the content in the blog to understand about IGCSE program. You can also check the website www.cie.org.uk for all details of the IGCSE program.
      Rgds

  105. Jaisri on said:

    One of my friend’s son has taken CBSE 12th grade exam. He is not confident of passing in mathematics. If he fails in math, what are the possibilities – improvement exam in math alone? (if yes, when do they conduct it and will he be accepted as a normal candidate in college admission?) or can he rejoin again in CBSE school and do 12th regular class and do board again in the next academic year (any school gives admission?) or can he given admission in TN State Board to do 12th grade? Please advice.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jaisri,
      Students have option to appear for supplementary exam that is conducted within one month after results. However all students who clear in second attempt will always be considered as repeat candidates only.
      Rgds

  106. Jyothi on said:

    Dear Captain

    Please let me know the admission procedure for National Institute of Design Bangalore. What are the exams a student has to appear for admission in this institute? Admission is based on Common Entrance test?
    Please reply?

    regards
    Jyothi

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jyothi,
      Please check the official website of NID to get all details of admission. If I am not mistaken there is a separate entrance exam for admission. Information regarding dates, peers and qualifying criteria is mentioned in the website.
      Rgds

    • jyothi on said:

      Thanks Captian

    • Jyothi on said:

      Dear Captain

      Whether the CBSE and Kerala stateboard are teaching the same NCERT books for their plus courses?. Pls reply

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Jyothi,
        I think along with most other State Boards Kerala has also adopted NCERT syllabus for Grade11 & 12. However please recheck this with the school or State Board office.
        Rgds

  107. karan on said:

    is there difference in syllabus of PCS in punjab board and CBSE board …for class +1 and +2

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Karan,
      Most State boards have adopted the NCERT syllabus for Grades 11 & 12. For a final confirmation, please check with the Punjab State Board regional office.
      Rgds

    • Harsha on said:

      What are the 2 bodies promoting Cambridge syllabus and what is the difference between them ?

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Cambridge syllabus is offered by Cambridge University only. I suppose your query may be about IGCSE program which is offered by Cambridge as well as Ed Excel. The overall content is more or less the same in both there are some minor differences in Examination Patterns.

  108. niraj on said:

    what is the minimum age to give exam in cbse board in bihar

  109. Poornima Vijayaragahavan on said:

    Hi Sir
    We live in Chennai
    My daughter studies in a cbse school here
    My daughter has completed 5 yrs this March.
    But she going to class 1 this year (2014-2015)
    Will there be a problem because of her age when she comes to class 10?
    Because when I inquired in other cbse schools they are very particular that the child completes 5 yrs n 6 months when she enters class 1.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Poornima,
      The CBSE and ICSE Boards do not have any specific age for a student to be registered for Grade-10 exam.
      Rgds

  110. jasmine on said:

    Dear Sir
    Is it possible to do 12th class from CBSE after doing 11th from Punjab board? please reply soon .
    Thankyou

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear jasmine,
      Please contact the nearest Regional office of CBSE Board and they will give you all information. You may need NOC from State Board.
      Rgds

  111. jasmine on said:

    sir,
    I have done class 11th from punjab board but now I want to do 12th from cbse board. Is it possible for me to get admission in a CBSE affiliated school in class 12th with the Transfer certificate of class 11 from Punjab board. Please reply soon.

  112. Regina on said:

    Hi Unni,

    My daughter is studying in UKG, CBSE. I have a plan to put her in IGCSE from 1std. Please let me know if there will be a problem in future during her counseling stages(to join college) in india. Will they give priority for nationalized syllabus like state board, CBSE like that?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Regina,
      Undergoing IGCSE till Grade-10 is a good exposure. If you intend to study undergraduate program in India, you can shift to CBSE for Grade11 & 12.
      Rgds

  113. AKSHAY on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My Son is study in icsc board in class 6th, My wife is teacher in CBSE School ,she said tat after 8 th class we should change our son’s school board CBSC TO ICSE IS This is good choice , my son is always score above 95 % ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Akshay,
      CBSE in Grade 11 & 12 is a good option since all entrance examinations are held based on the CBSE syllabus. IF admission into Grade-11 in a CBSE school is not a problem then it may be worth completing ICSE and then moving to CBSE in Grade-11. If not then a shift to CBSE in Grade-8 would be good.
      Rgds

  114. Abeer on said:

    I have just given my 10th CBSE board examination. Is it possible to join an American curriculum after CBSE?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you intend to join Grade-11 in any International curriculum then CBSE Board exam is a accepted. If you wish to join American University after Grade-12 in CBSE then most universities ask for a qualifying grade in SAT also.

  115. kavya Singha on said:

    Hey There,

    Can you provide me more details about Ekya as i gone through this school and it is near by my place. Can you give some review about it. Here i am providing their school website link: http://www.ekyaschools.com/

    Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Sorry , we do not review schools. All schools are set up with a certain philosophy and it is for the parent to meet the school authorities and check if what the school provides suits their requirement.

  116. Kamil Pathan on said:

    Dear Mr. UNNIKRISHNAN,

    My son has appeared for his STD IX exams CBSE in March 2014 and now he wants to switch to STD X GSEB (Gujarat Board) as we are not going to change our current location in state. what is the correct procedure for this. Kindly intimate soon.

  117. Dear Sir,

    My son studied from kg1 to viii in CBSC Syllabus…due to personal problem, had to shift him in State board from 9th to 10th….now he got admission in ICSE syllabus for 11th & 12th in commerce… would like to know, if it will be difficult for him to study…thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Maria,
      Change from State Board to ICSE will need some extra effort but I am sure your son should be able to manage. You can use the vacation to do some extra coaching before classes begin in June.
      Rgds

  118. meena on said:

    my daughter is studying in oman CBSE 5th standard.she is very intelligent .she is is 12 year old.can she take direct admission to 6th standard by giving enternce test.she is already completed to kG1 TO 4TH standard.because of her age can i take admission to 6th standard.kindly reply.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Meena,
      The admission will be dependent on the school where you will seek admission. There is no standard policy in this regard. Some schools do offer the provision of appearing for an entrance examination and offer admission to the class applied for. Please check with the school where you intend taking admission. Personally, I would not recommend a push in that direction since I feel , it is better to be on the upper side of the age in a class than on the lower as that will help in better performance and lesser stress.
      Rgds

  119. Shanmugam on said:

    Sir,

    My son is passed out 7th std ICSC in Kerala and scored low marks.
    I like to change the syllabus in 8th standard for score better marks in 10th and 12th standard, same time I will move soon to Bangalore.

    Pl suggest which syllabus is recommended : CBSC or Kerala state,

    Do we have the school in Bangalore which following Kerala state syllabus or the Karnataka state syllabus school following with out Kannada language for 9th and above standards.

    Regards
    Shanmugam

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shanmugam,
      Low marks are not because of syllabus but because of lack of preparation. It is necessary to study hard to ensure good marks. However if there is a likelihood of your shifting to another state, it is better to take up CBSE syllabus so that transition is easy.
      Rgds

  120. SOMNATH DHAR on said:

    I am going to admit my daughter in a christan Mishanary school (up to class VIII), not yet affileated to ICSE, So myquestion is that if i want to change my board at class V/VI does any other board like CBSE or westbengal state board will allow me to admit her at there schools??
    Thanks.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Somnath,
      Schools must give admission to students coming from different boards. You may contact the nearest BEO for help if there is a problem.
      Rgds

  121. sanjeev on said:

    what will happen to the grade of a student if he puts medical in second term and got 1 rank in all other terms and finals ?

  122. Asish Basu on said:

    My son has given Class X board Exam and now he wants to pursue higher studies ,Can you help me what are the examination he can give that he can pursue higher studies he is average in Science & Maths ,He is sitting for NEE exam is there any more exam he can give to pursue higher educations

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ashish,
      After Grade-10, the next step would be to take up Grade-11 & 12 in a Higher secondary school or Pre University college. The admission to Grade-11 is generally based on Percentage of marks in Grade-10. There are a number of entrance examinations after Grade-12. What you must decide before commencing Grade-11 is to choose which stream and subjects your son would like to take.
      Rgds

  123. shivam on said:

    i am a student of cbse board class 10th. i am thinking to go in an icse board and study will it be a right decision i need your help

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shivam,
      What is the reason for you to take up ICSE? Most entrance examinations after Grade-12 are based on CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  124. A R A S U on said:

    We are planning to get admission for UKG in Cambridge Syllabus in Chennai. Not getting admission in CBSE. My son 4.5 Yrs Old. My question is if he continues Cambridge syllabus in chennai, do we need to change him to CBSE in during 11th standard to get B . E admission. We are not getting direct answer for this question

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Arasu,
      If you intend to try for merit seat, it would be ideal to change to State Board/ CBSE in Grade 11 & 12 so that there is no disadvantage . This is because Merit list is created based on marks in Grade 12 and entrance examinations. Since International Boards rate children in Grades, it becomes difficult to get the correct weightage of marks. The option of opting for management quota surely exists.
      Rgds

  125. P I Raju on said:

    Sir,

    My daughter will complete her ssc (Maharashtra board) exam today 25/3/2014. She is keen on joining for MBBS after 12th. For 11th she has to take admission in another school/college as her present school is only till 10th. My doubt is should i try for CBSE / ICSE or any college , which would help her for her career in medicine.

    Thankyou

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Raju,
      CBSE would be the first choice and if not then State Board is OK. This is because entrance examinations are based on CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  126. sanjeev trivedi on said:

    Respected sir / madam,

    my daughter study in Gujarat board in 2std. English medium we think to change the board (CBSE) BUT same points explain you we never change the state (Gujarat) it means non transferable job. we never prefer to send our daughter to out state for further study in fetcher. so please guide us what is benefited for further study admission. we belongs in general categari so guide me .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sanjeev,
      CBSE is a good option since the Government is planing to standardize the syllabus and entrance examination pattern across India which will be based on CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  127. sriniwas.maram on said:

    Dear sir,
    my Doughters are studying in 5th and 8th class CBSE syllabus in GULFCOUNTRY . i am warring about two things
    can they eligiblity for indian government jobs in future and can they eligibility for ENGINEERING SEATS OF Government collages after completion of 10th class in gulf. give yours valuable suggestions.
    thank you
    maram.sriniwas

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sriniwas,
      CBSE is a safe syllabus to follow. Admission to Engineering colleges is based on entrance exam conducted based on CBSE syllabus. After Grade-10, it may be a good idea to come back to India and complete Grade11 & 12 in India so that you do not have to apply for NRI quota.
      Most States have also adopted the CBSE syllabus in Grade11 & 12 so when you come back , you can seek admission in CBSE/ State Board school.
      Rgds

  128. kripalal on said:

    my daughter is studying in doha in cbse school. is it possible to change school affer 8Th standard. we are planning leave qatar. we need to settle in india

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kripalal,
      You can easily shift back to any CBSE school in India. Admission may be based on vacancy / written test in the school that you apply.
      Rgds

  129. hrutu on said:

    I’ve completed my 10th grade in CBSE school and I’m planning to do IB diploma further. I would like your suggestions on whether it is apt to go for IB after 10th, also is IB recognised by indian universities ????plzz I need reply soon………

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Hrutu,
      If you intend to study for Under Graduate in India , then please continue with CBSE but if you are planning to go to any foreign country, IB may be a good idea.
      Rgds

  130. Dear Capt. Unni Krishnan
    I had a query regarding school examination.
    My daughter is studying in a school of Delhi under CBSE board.
    And she is giving her exams summative assessment-2 examinations.
    And her exams are school based.
    My daughter has given her two of her exams and due to some urgency she has missed her 3rd exam which she was suppose to appear in today.

    QUESTION- Then what will be the consequences now? Will she be able to give her retest in school or she will have to give exam in the compartment? Since the exam is school based so what will be the final result? And her result will be withheld till august?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ritu,
      In all school exams, the school examination policy and guidelines will apply . You will need to get a response in this regard from the school.
      Rgds

  131. Vikas Bansal on said:

    Hello Sir,

    My elder son studying in 5th std DPS Navi Mumbai (CBSE Board), and my younger son studying 3rd std in DY Patil (IB Board).
    Now we want our both sons, to be in the same school, and we are confuse to choose the board.
    Please help us to choose the board.

    Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vikas,
      Please refer the Blog in which I have tried to sum up benefits and limitations of each of these syllabi . The points may help you make the decision. post that , if you have a any specific queries, please feel free to write to me.
      Rgds

  132. Vijayendar on said:

    Hi Sir,

    I am seeking Pre-KG admission for my daughter (2yrs 5 months) in Chennai. I got admission in The Ashram (ICSE Syllabus) and HIS (Hindustan International School – IGCSE Syllabus). Now I am confused of selecting the best among these. Could you please suggest me the best option ? Could you also let me know which among CBSE, ICSE and IGCSE would be the best option to select.

    Thanks,
    Vijayendar

  133. suresh babu on said:

    dear sir
    we r at hyderbad. my son has to opt third language at DAV for his class 4. his second language is telugu. planning to opt third language as sanskrit. if hindi is not studied at all, is there any problem in future? any where is it must to study hindi?
    thanks in advance
    suresh babu

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suresh,
      It is perfectly Ok to not take up Hindi. All syllabi Indian or International have options in Second language and Hindi is one of the options. If a student wishes he/ she can choose to leave out Hindi.
      Rgds

  134. My Daughter Studied 5th from April to Dec 2013 in Raipur she didnot appear for the second term (Final Exam), I got a opportunity in gulf so I have taken her TC in Dec-2013 (CBSE) The delay happend While I am trying to join her during March 2014 in Dubai schools they are saying that she should start from 5th once again, Is it any option to join her in 6th Grade in Dubai school. Kindly suggest.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Raju,
      Actually the admission policy is strictly dependent on school and it is surely possible for the school to consider admission to Grade-6 since as per Indian education policy, it is mandatory to pass all students until Grade-8. You can request the school where you are seeking admission and probably offer to have your daughter take up an admission test for Grade-6 .
      Rgds

  135. Sourav Dutta on said:

    Dear Sir ,
    I just wanted to know whether the ISC 2014 exam is following the best of 4 rule or the best of 5 rule? It would be very Helpful if you could help me out

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sourav,
      These decisions are dependent on the college where you are seeking admission. Please check the admission policy of the colleges where you intend taking up admission.
      Rgds

  136. Shilpa on said:

    My daughter is in VI std CBSE, and she is having Learning Disability (Discalculia) we live in Navi mumbai what facilities do CBSE give to this LD students in Board Exam, is there any consession of giving VII std maths paper in Xth. please give me the suggestion to continue her in CBSE school or shift to State board.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shilpa,
      CBSE does offers options of additional time and also a scribe in cases recommended. State Boards also have similar options. However in all cases the study content is the same for all students. NIOS is an option where a student can split and appear for exams and choose to do 2- 3 subjects in one attempt and the balance in the next attempt.
      Rgds

  137. ANGELO on said:

    Sir,i am from Kerala,India.I just wanted to know should every school promote the best of 5 policy in calculating the marks of ICSE 10th board exams ,can we look into the percentage by calculating the best of 5 marks in the subjects .by leaving one subject of low marks from total six ,thus increasing the percentage?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Angello,
      The best of 5 policy is generally adopted by calculating marks in English and the Core subjects that a student wishes to pursue in next higher class. Based on this pretext, Best of 5 is surely a very good policy. Unfortunately schools have their own criteria and hence there is no standard practice. I am sure most good schools will follow this policy.
      Rgds

  138. Ramakrishnan Mani on said:

    Hello Sir, I got admission for my son to 1st standard for 2014-2015 academic year just a few weeks ago.
    The school is AM jain school Chennai and it is “Awaiting CBSE affiliation”.
    is it safe?
    If CBS does not approve the school what will happen?
    At present they have till 5th std only and claim that every year one class will be added.
    I am very anxious.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear mani,
      A final CBSE affiliation is required before students are registered for the Board exam in Grade-9. Considering that condition, the school has another 3 year by when they can get the affiliation. I am going by the assumption that the school has already applied to CBSE and generally, if all regulations required are complied, the school must get the affiliation soon.
      Rgds

  139. Prasad on said:

    Hello, My daughter is studying in 8th Std in Europe in Cambridge Program School (Sept to June Academic year). Till her Std 6, she was in India in CBSE. For her to do college/university in India in Future, will she have to come back now for Std 9 to India or we still have a chance to get into non-IB schools (e.g. CBSE) in Std XI in future if we decide to come back after 2 years?
    Thanks in advance, Prasad

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prasad,
      Your daughter can come back and join any Indian syllabus in Grade-11 after she has passed the IGCSE Board exam ( Please note that school exam in Grade-10 will not be enough) I am specifying Board exam since in many schools in europe ,IGCSE Boards are taken in Grade-11 and in such cases a pass in Grade-10 school exam will not be accepted. Even to join an IB program, the student must have passed Board exam.
      Rgds

      • Prasad on said:

        Thanks a lot. I appreciate your quick response.
        1) You mean the cambridge checkpoint exams when you say board exams.. right?
        2) Her results will be out only in July-Aug that year when she comes back. so how do the admissions happen as the Indian term by then has already done 3-4 months of school?
        Rgds
        Prasad

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          You can ask the new school to offer Provisional admission based on predicted grades and then submit the final marks when results are announced. The point to note is that your child will end up without a summer break. You can also probably choose to appear for the Indian Exam schedule ( Mar – Apr exams ) . This is a new schedule starting Mar- Apr- 2015 and the results of this exam would be announced in June.
          Rgds

  140. shrawni on said:

    respected sir
    i want to know that, if i qualify the entrance exam (aipmt) but if my 10+2 overall % is below 60% can i get the admission in govt or private medical college??
    kindly reply
    thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shrwani,
      The private colleges have a qualifying mark which varies from 50 % to 70% , you must check on the qualifying percentage with the college where you are planning to take admission.
      Rgds

  141. melly on said:

    hi…appearing for current exams now 12th standard,just wanted to know, do they mark ISC board papers liniently?? they scale marks in icse but do they scale in ISC? or atleast mark well? beacause this years papers were veryyy difficult!! not easy papers like previous years,do they read all answers word to word?
    thankss

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Melly,
      You put in your best in the exam and I am sure the papers valuing teachers will be considerate.
      Rgds

  142. deepak sharma on said:

    dear sir ,
    i have done my 10th from cbse from chandigarh and as we had the choice to choose between hindi and sanskrit language i continued with sanskrit but now after graduation in some govt jobs they are demanding for hindi as a must in 10th class so can i take CBSE HINDI 10th standard exam now ?? and if yes plz tell the procedure…. thanku :)

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Deepak,
      I am not sure if CBSE permits students to take up individual subjects , please check with the CBSE regional office. The other option you have is to appear for Hindi in the NIOS system which is equivalent to CBSE.
      Rgds

  143. Jyothi on said:

    Dear Captain
    We are planning to seek admission for our daughter in plus one kerala. Now she is writing her CBSE class X Board exam. Since cbse results are publishing after sslc kerala results,what are the options available for admission in case of cbse student. Shall we apply before the cbse results of class x. or is there any special allotment exists?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jyothi,
      School/ college admissions are based on policy of independent school/ college, you will need to approach the concerned school and gather information in this regard. Some schools do have quota for CBSE students and some school give provisional admission subject to final result.
      Rgds

  144. Hi sir my son is currently in 6th grade in us the neighborhood we live is bad and the school is worse his standard is going down and we do not have enough time to help him all the time. We are considering to send him to india but the problem is language all he knows is English we are trying to find a school that language is optional. we are trying to find a good school in kerala..I am planning on hiring tution teacher for him will my son be able to improve and have a base standard? what is your opinion I need to save him from failing before its too late.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ancy,
      With some external help, you should be able to get your son pick up second language. There is also an option of choosing IGCSE Board where second language is not mandatory to seek admission in Grade-11. In IGCSE, a student must pass in 5 subjects including English to seek admission in Grade-11.
      Rgds

  145. Hello Sir,

    My daughter is currently in std sixth and is pursuing studies from Maharashtra State Board.She is finding it difficult to cope up with marathi…so i am thinking to shift her to another board….and now I am confused as to putting her in ICSE board or International board…Please advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kiran,
      In all Indian Boards , at least 2 languages are required till Grade-10. However in the International IGCSE Board, second language is not mandatory . A student has to pass in 5 subjects including english to seek admission in any Board for Grade-11.
      Rgds

  146. varsha on said:

    Dear sir,
    i completed my 10th grade from m p board, & now i want go for higher studies from pune board , please guide me what are the procedures ?

    Thank you
    varsha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear varsha,
      You will need to apply for a migration certificate from MP board and then apply to Pune Board with the pass certificate, Mark list and Migration certificate.
      Rgds

  147. Saheena on said:

    Dear Unni krishnan sir
    Respected……
    I live in Oman My daughter got admission in NIOS for appearing April 2014 if I appeared for 1 subject then She can’t appear for other subjects becoz due to some problems so can she appear remaining 4 subjects on October & her study center in Kerala so is it possible and how will i get my mark sheet? kindly, sir reply to me as soon as possible.iam so much worried about this matter,
    Regards,
    Saheena Nazim

    • Saheena on said:

      She is in 12th class

    • Saheena on said:

      Dear Unni krishnan sir,
      Respected……
      I live in Oman My daughter got admission in NIOS for 12th class to appear on April 2014 if I appeared for 1 subject then She can’t appear for other subjects becoz due to some problems so can she appear remaining 4 subjects on October & her study center in Kerala so is it possible and how will i get my mark sheet? kindly, sir reply to me as soon as possible.iam so much worried about this matter,
      Regards,
      Saheena Nazim

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Shaheena,
        It is perfectly Ok to appear for exams in October in a different centre. You can write to NIOS office with your registration details to have your mark sheet , certificate etc to be delivered to your new address.
        Rgds

  148. supti on said:

    dear sir
    My son is a class 7th student going to 8th in ICSE board.He is having LD in math and english.He is finding it difficut to manage the curriculum.Which board you think will be good for him. He is facinated about craft.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Supti,
      It may be a good move to shift him to an NIOS exam at least till Grade-10 since that is a more manageable syllabus. In Grade-11 , depending on his choice of stream, you can choose another Board if required or continue NIOS. To pass the NIOS program a student has to opt for only 5 subjects and this reduces burden. Please note that NIOS is considered equivalent to all other syllabi such as CBSE, ICSE State Board etc.
      Rgds

  149. sada on said:

    My daughter is studying in cbse grade 12 in the gulf but my salary is very less. She wants to do medicine but she cannot take entrance tests. She will be in management quota NRI. Why it is like that? They should see salary certificate? Isthere any choice left for them to get admission with NRI and can sit in entrance exams. Pls help

  150. sada on said:

    my daughter is studying in grade 12 in cbse school in gulf . i am not earning that much to pay for my daughter for NRI quota for medicine where she is interested as my annual pay is very less compared to what they ask. Why is it too much for all NRIs? Why we are also human beings who work here when we don’t get job in India? Why the children cant do entrance exam and get on merit like other children.? They should also check the salary certificate and allow preference to those children with less pay to do entrance tests.
    The only reason I kept my daughter with me is because of so many rape cases happening in India. I think I made a mistake of keeping her here.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sada,
      I fully understand your concern. Unfortunately, I am not part of any Policy/ decision making committee that can recommend changes. It is really sad that Indian students who study abroad are not given a chance to appear for Merit seat in professional colleges.
      I suggest you may try any of the New Private engineering colleges that may offer seat at regular fee since they are a number of vacant seats in these colleges.
      Rgds

  151. prim on said:

    my daughter studies in grade 10 in CBSC board if she clears this exam,can she join for international board for grade 11 as she isplanning to go abroad later for higher studies

  152. Chandra Sekhar Birusumanti on said:

    Dear Capt. Unni Krishnan,

    We are residing in USA and are planning to move to Singapore. My son is in 6th grade.
    Since he is born in USA, he neither knows hindi nor french. Wanted to join him in an
    Indian International school. We are interested in IGCSE. Is there a way to opt out of
    hindi or french as second language in the board exams. Please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Chandra Sekhar Birusumanti

  153. sanjeev lama on said:

    i want to change my state board to other state. and i hve just completed my 11th so is it possible to get admission to other state in 12th class

  154. Manish Kambli on said:

    Dear Sir, Right now we are in Abroad & my daughter is studying in 4th Std. with CBSE syllabus. We are planning to move back in India by next year. Problem is we have very less or null option of CBSE schools near by our house. Most of the schools nearby our house are with ICSE & IGSCE syllabus. Now we are confused with which syllabus to choose for our daughter;s further study. Seems, ICSE is much similar to CBSE, but we heard it is quite tough. On the other hand we are also thinking to switch from CBSE to IGSCE syllabus. Could you pls. advice us, which will be the better option? also could you pls. advice, incase if we select IGSCE, does there will be much impact on our child’s study for 5th standard? Whehter she can cop up with IGSCE syllabus? Pls. reply…
    Thanks in Advance
    Regards,
    Manish

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Manish,
      I do not think it will be difficult to switch to IGCSE syllabus since it is very student friendly and most schools that offer IGCSE are more accommodating.
      If you intend to continue with Under Graduate program in India, you can choose to shift to CBSE/ State Board after Grade-10.
      Rgds

  155. Saheena on said:

    Dear Unni krishnan sir,
    Iam from Oman my daughter studied her 10th class in Oman due to some reasons, she joined in NIOS on 31 / August/2013 and got admission in Nios ,they had delivered (physics,chemistry,biology&data entry operation) textbooks on 25th /September/ 2013 so due to some reasons she can’t attend the examination on April 2014 ,so can she attend her examination on June or any other month? becoz I don’t know about Nios and I try to call the study center they didn’t respond for that so, kindly reply in very soon as soon as possible because Iam so much worried about this matter.
    Thanks &Regards,,
    Saheena N.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Saheena,

      NIOS exams are conducted in April and October. There is an option to register On line and also get all information with regard to the course, exam, notices etc. Please check this link www.nios.ac.in.
      Rgds

  156. S.Manjulavani on said:

    sir my son is studying 7th in samachir pattern.now i want my to change to igcse.will he be able to manage and is it helpful for him? pls tell me.now he is studying in the school which is next compound but for igcse he has to travell for half an hour.but is it worth joining there?

  157. P V Suresh on said:

    Respected Captain,

    My daughter is studying in 9th std ( 2014 Feb) at Bishop Cottons at Bangalore ( ICSE). She is good in studies and stood first in the standard (250 Students) for last 9 years. Now I am in dilemma. Should I change her school for 11th and 12th or continue in Bishop Cottons ( ISC)?.

    Also , my daughter is reluctant to go to coaching for entrance and she says she would study on her own. Is this OK ?.

    In this crucial period in her life, I would like to give her best possible direction and guidance.

    Thanks in advance
    P V Suresh Bangalore

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suresh,
      It is great to know that you are daughter is doing extremely well in her academics and from what I gather, she also seems self motivated to perform well.The only reason most students shift to a CBSE or State Board school in Grade 11 & 12 is because the entrance examinations are based on this syllabus and hence it becomes easier to manage preparation for both Board exam and entrance.While it is Ok to continue in ISC, but she will need to juggle a bit with her preparation.
      With regard to joining a coaching centre, it is quite possible for a motivated student to crack the entrance exam if all resources are made available. The Coaching centers actually do not get too much into teaching but focus on preparing from an exam point of view and provide resources that are helpful in preparation. They also offer guidance of structure of preparation and the practice tests help a student in time management as well. Nowadays there are practice tests available on- line which also help in preparation.
      Rgds

  158. Sir,
    my son is in 9th grade and has made a subject choice for group III which he is finding very difficult.
    He wants to change his subject. He will be going in grade 10. please let me know in what ways can he change his subject at this stage.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bhavya,
      Generally, change of subject is not permitted in Grade-10 however it may be worth making a request to the Board through the school and hope for a positive response.
      Rgds

  159. M.Sivaji on said:

    Sir, my daughter studying in u.k.g in cbse school. can i put her in cambridge syllabus from I std onwards ?can she study in that syllabus till 10th std. after that can she change to cbse for 11th & 12th std?Will it be easy for her to cope up? First time i came know about this type of syllabus.how far is it applicable for an indian student? Please repy sir. thank you sir

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sivaji,
      International syllabi are accepted in India . The only point to keep in mind is that while Indian Syllabi grant marks to students International syllabi offer Grades/ Grade points . Under this condition, it becomes difficult to equate both and hence seeking admission under merit becomes difficult. However for management quota seats, studying International syllabi is Ok. If you intend to have your child enjoy and benefit from International syllabus and also attempt entrance exams , it may be a good idea to complete IGCSE till Grade-10 and then change over to an Indian syllabus. A student can adjust to the change by doing some extra work other than school work.
      Rgds

      • shobana on said:

        hello mr unni krishnan

        my name is shobana we are in usa . we are planning to move to india for good . i have a query related to my daughter she is going to go to 9th grade 2014-15 session i wanted to know what curriculam is best for her as she does not know any of the indian or foreign languages except for english . any of the curriclam which has language as optional where she does not need to study any of the languages can you help on this please can you suggest me some schols in delhi noida area reply asap

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Shobhana,
          It would be ideal to join any International school that offers IGCSE syllabus (Check for the Mar-April exam schedule). Under the IGCSE system , a student needs to pass in 5 subjects including English to be eligible to take up Grade-11 & 12 in any syllabus stream . Thus you can avoid taking up a second language.
          Rgds

  160. Dear Sir,
    I am currently in Gr.11, studying in Canada. I want to do my mbbs from India so is it a good idea to take admission in Gr 12 in a CBSE board school in India? Will I still be considered as NRI after I graduate gr 12 from there or will I be able to give the entrance exams for AIPMT? If i dont get selected through examination, will I still be able to apply under the nri quota?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi,
      You would find it difficult to change Board and school in Grade-12 since CBSE considers Grade 11 & 12 as a combined program. Under the current situation, it would be ideal for you to complete your Grade-12 in canada and then apply for NRI/ Management quota in India.
      Rgds

  161. archana balaji on said:

    Hi Sir,
    I have got admission for my 2 year old daughter in a international play school which folows cambridge universitiy of examination.But I have planned to admit her in a cbse school from her 1st std.Can you please tell me whether my kid will have any problem in change of syllabus from kg to 1st std?

    Thanks,
    Archana

  162. archana balaji on said:

    Dear Sir,
    Currently I got admission in a playschool which follows cambridge university of examiation.We are interested in changing her school to cbse school from 1st std.Will that be difficult for her to adjust the change in 1st std? Because, children from cbse school who are in lkg, ukg have good writting skills than children from international school. I wanted my daughter to purse her kg’s in international school and from 1st std cbse school.Please help me whether my kid will copup with other children in cbse school.
    Thanks,
    Archana

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Archana,
      Technically it may not be difficult to a CBSE school in Grade-1 for admission after having studied in a different play school but the challenge you face is of exposure of the child to second language since most case schools introduce Hindi in the play school and in International schools, learning is more towards English, numbers and activity based learning which improves fine motor skills,body coordination and comprehension of world around . You can look at an option of admitting your child to play school and introduce Hindi learning at home.
      Rgds

  163. Dear Captain
    My daughter is studying in Class X CBSE in Gulf. After the Exam for higher studies we
    are planning to shift her to native. We are based in kerala. She is preferring to take science in plus one and
    go for BArch. I want to know If she study plus 1 and plus 2 in kerala, she can write the NATA Exam .
    Whether she can write Engineering Entrance exams like AIEE,BITSAT etc
    thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jyothi,
      Surely your daughter will be eligible to appear for all entrance exams after studying Grade 11 & 12 in India.
      Rgds

  164. Dear Captain,
    My daughter is studying in Class X CBSE in Gulf. After the Exam for higher studies we
    are planning to shift her to native. We are based in kerala. She is preferring to take science in plus one and
    go for BArch. I want to know If she study plus 1 and plus 2 in kerala, she can write the NATA Exam .
    Whether she can write Engineering Entrance exams like AIEE,BITSAT etc
    thanks

  165. santhosh on said:

    Hello,

    I am planning to admit my kid for school in Bangalore for montessori this year and she is now 3 years. Is there an option to select CBSE/ICSE during this time or is it just general subjects.

    Regards
    Santhosh

  166. Prakash on said:

    Dear Captain,

    My son is studying in Vael’s Billa Bong and coming year he goes to 3rd grade. From this grade on wards school offer Cambridge syllabus. otherwise it offers ICSCE, which is their default syllabus. I’m a bit confused whether to choose Cambridge offered syllabus or leave as it is. I would appreciate your help.

    Thanks, Prakash

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prakash,
      The blog has all details of CBSE and IGCSE syllabus and the points that may help you make the decision.
      Rgds

  167. Dear capt.
    I am a Student of class XI and my subjects are PHYSICS , CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY.
    I wanted to change my school and subjects in class XII. SO I wanted to ask that , it is possible to change school in 12.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Juhi,
      You can change your school with permission from the Board but I do not think you can change your subjects in Grade-12.
      Rgds

  168. Prasanthi Bhagavatula on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My children are currently studying ICSE in Bangalore, Karnataka and have Hindi as a second language. The school offers French as an alternative second language. From next year (grade 5) we need to pick a third language. Is it possible to leave Kannada put all together? Is there an option in ICSE to study French second language and Hindi third language? Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prasanthi,
      You can surely leave out Kannada if you are opting for Hindi & French as Second and Third language in any order. ICSE Board had a regulation which permits students who have studied for at least 2 years outside India to choose French as second language this should have been altered . Please check with your school for the latest in this regard.
      Rgds

  169. Vijay Anand on said:

    Hello:
    I am a NRI planning to come back to India and put my son in Chennai Public school which has IGCSE till 8th and IB from 9th – 12th.
    My son is currently doing his 4th grade in USA and please tell which of these 2 are:
    a. Easy to learn and score good grade in 12th exam.
    b. Which one is valued more in India when he goes for college.
    c.Which of these 2 is valued more outside india when he goes for college

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vijay,
      First of all please recheck with Chennai Public School. They must offering IGCSE unto Grade-10 and the IB Diploma Program in Grade11 & 12. The Program offered by IBO ( This is the Board that offers IB diploma) in Grade 9 & 10 is called MYP ( Middle Years Program) and this does not have an external validation which means there is no external Board Examination in Grade-10. Of course for students pursuing IB Diploma, school MYP exam is a qualifying exam The limitation you will have is that you will have to continue with IB Diploma and cannot have any option after Grade-10.

      From an Indian Stand point, for higher studies at under Graduate level, the Best option is CBSE in Grade-11 & 12. IGCSE unto Grade-10 is good for an overall good learning experience.
      For Under Grad programs overseas, while CBSE is accepted, with a SAT score, some Universities prefer an IB diploma.
      Warm Regards
      Capt Unni

  170. Alex Puthenvilayil on said:

    Sir,

    Please let me know whether it is possible to change the second language in 10th std cbse. Pls. reply

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mini,
      I do not think you can change Second language in Grade-10 since registration of subjects is done in Grade-9 also practically it may be very difficult for the child to mange a new language in one year. I suggest push with the same second language so that your child can pass in it and anyways from Grade-11 , there is no second language.
      Wram Regards
      Capt Unni

  171. Dear Sir,
    I went thru all the comments & replies given by you & I am very clear about the board that I wud need to select for my daughter who currently studies sec1 in Singapore which is equivalent to 7th std in India. I have a confusion about the NRI status caz we have taken citizenship in Singapore and hv been staying here for about 13years. Basically my daughter was born in Bangalore & had an Indian passport but after taking citizenship & studying in Singapore from nursery to Sec1 she now wants to come to India & Study & also says she wants to cancel her citizenship in Singapore. She basically wants to do neuroscience in NYK so can u guide me does she have to complete here medical studies in India & then do her masters in Nyk university? and when she studies in India will it be under NRI quota & if she studies her 11th & 12thgrade & write her entrance & scores well is she eligible for scholarship because she is an NRI & what is her chances to get into professional college. also pls let me know that if she takes CBSE syllabus caz she wants to do medicine is her marks considered for getting admission to overseas universities or is it good to complete her O/ A levels is Singapore & then come to India for studying medicine & does she have to give entrance test if she studies A level in Singaproe.Pls reply to me as I am totally confused. Regds Amitha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Amitha,
      If you intend your daughter to take up MD in US, then it may be ideal to complete MBBS as well in Singapore or US. If your daughter will complete Grade11 & 12 in India, she would be eligible for a non NRI quota. However there is no scholarship for any NRI students in India on the contrary, the fee for NRI students is higher than General students. Admission to Medicine in India is based on entrance exam which is quite tough and the next option is to join the Management quota where the fee and Capitation fee is quite high. Students who pass Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English at A level are eligible for admission to Medicine in India and the selection will be based on equated marks of A level and entrance exam or Management quota.
      Students who pass CBSE Grade-12 are eligible for admission to MBBS with additional scores in SAT ( General and subject ).
      Personally, based on your points, I feel it would be ideal for you to choose to study MBBS in Singapore/ US and continue there on .
      Rgds

  172. Asad Khan on said:

    My daughter did the AS level english at the start of Year 12 and later on she took the physics, Chemistry, Maths and biology. Is this OK for Medical entrance in India. Secondly do we need equivalency certificate from Indian University Association.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Asad,
      AS level English and Phy, Chem, Bio at A level is OK for Medicine entrance and yes you may apply for an eligibility certificate (from AIU) and Migration certificate (From Cambridge). You can also attach the equivalency certificate provided by AIU to the school along with the application.
      Rgds

  173. Sir:

    My children have a PIO card. Though they were born in a different country and hold that country’s passport, we live in India and probably will continue to live in India till they finish 12th std.
    We are trying to decide CBSE Vs. IGCSE for their 10th board and 12th board exams. CBSE might give them that extra edge to enter in to Indian Universities is what we are thinking.
    But, at the time of admission will they be treated as citizens of a different country and will come under NRI quota? Or will they be considered Indian citizens because of their PIO status? If they will be considered as NRI, is there a generic % that universities usually give for NRIs?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anitha,
      You may refer the guidelines of Entrance examinations ( JEE, JEE Advanced,NEET and other State entrance exam ) specific to Indian students to get the intricate details of NRI quota and eligibility. Some private universities and private colleges have specific NRI quota with a different fee structure.
      Rgds

  174. My son is going to 5th std in cbse.We have to choose a third language option for him. He already has Hindi as a 2nd language.As we are in TN , which option Tamil/French will be better? Is French easier to learn?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Praneet,
      Third language is required from Grade5 to Grade-8 and is only a school exam and marks in this do not affect your career choice.If you intend learning a new language, it may be a good idea to take French.
      Rgds

  175. hello…i am in class 10 dps kolkata…i want to shift to delhi after 10 dat means in class 11…only in cbsc school..but i have opted for school boards can i change my state ?..it is not possible i heard it somwhere ? so can u gve me a solution for it ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Asmeet,
      If I am not mistaken, transfer from one CBSE school to anther should not be a problem even if you have taken School Board exam in Grade-10. The problem is if you want to change boards. Please contact your regional CBSE Board in Kolkotta for migration rules.

  176. Dear sir,
    I left my studies in the middle of my 12th grade (science) due to some reasons and moved to the UAE. I have passed my 10th in India by SSC (Maharashtra) Board. I scored 91% in 10th but faired poorly in 11th. I only have my 10th mark sheet with me. I now wish to take up my studies again after 2years and pursue Commerce. I would be grateful if you could kindly guide me how to go about it.
    Thank you.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aisha,
      You can take up Grade-12 Commerce under NIOS ( National open school). All guidelines, syllabus and process of admission will be available on line on the NIOS website.
      Rgds

  177. Dear sir,

    The information provided in this site is very much helping for us.
    My situation is
    1. Me and my family with two kids who were studying in grade 2 and 7 have lived in the US for the past 7 years.
    2.They dont know how to read and write the languages (tamil,Hindi)
    3. We got transferred to India and i Have joined my kids in an International school in CHENNAI.they follow the IGCSE curriculum.
    4. My question is i am moving to Bangalore in the near future and i want to know in which school i should join my kids (eg. schools following IGCSE curriculum, or CBSE or ICSE ).
    5.If i look for IGCSE schools, will my elder son have to study language and prepare for Board exam ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Chitra,

      If you choose a CBSE school, then second language is mandatory but if you pick an IGCSE school, it is not mandatory to take a second language. A student can pass in 5 subjects including english and be eligible for admission to Grade-11 in any board ( CBSE, ISC or State Board). You can visit www.primusschool.com for details on Primus school which offers IGCSE in Grade 8,9 and 10 and the offers an option of Indian Board in Grade 11 & 12.
      Rgds

  178. Mohamed Yusuf on said:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for your prompt reply. In case if we plan to shift post 8th grade from British Curriculum to CBSE wouldn’t the language like Hindi be a problem for him to learn, as in 8th the Hindi langauage would be advanced in CBSE and British curriculum doesn’t have Hindi as an option.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mohamed,
      Please be informed that CBSE does have a number of second language options out of which French is quite popular ( You can find the list of send languages offered on the CBSE website) in India so you can surely choose French as second language so that your son can continue with French in CBSE in Grade 9 and 10. Another important point to note is that Hindi is an option in Cambridge IGCSE and you can look for schools that may provide that option.
      Rgds

  179. Mohamed Yusuf on said:

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks you for such a wonderful site, it has been of so much help, words can’t describe.
    I am based in Dubai and I am planning to put my son in British curriculum (FS1/KG1). Can you please help me to know
    1) The possible options of schooling if we plan to shift Mumbai – India after he is in 8th grade
    2) Can he shift to a CBSE curriculum post 8th grade
    3) Is IGCSE and British curriculum the same.
    4) What are the college options after his schooling

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mohamed,
      The answers to your queries in the same order are as follows:
      a) There are a number of IGCSE schools in Mumbai and it should not be difficult for you to get admission into a similar curriculum when you return. You will also have the option of your son joining a CBSE or ICSE school in Grade-8. But some of the conventional schools may act difficult at that time.
      b) To ensure a smooth transition to a CBSE school in Garde-8, it may be a good idea to have some coaching done at home with CBSE books.
      c) IGCSE is equivalent to the British curriculum and in India IGCSE is offered by Cambridge University or Ed Excel.
      d) A pass in minimum 5 subjects including English at IGCSE Board exam (Grade-10 or Grade-11- This depends on the school you are studying) makes a student eligible to join any Pre University program (Grade11 & 12)
      Rgds

  180. Dear sir
    My son is doing u.k.g in Andhra Pradesh . I am planning to join him in ICSE school because of English standard. Which syllabus is better among Andhra state and ICSE for him if he wants to take Engineering/medical entrance after his 10+2 level

    With regards
    Vinay

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vinay,
      From a quality stand point, ICSE is surely better than State Board. For Entrance examination preparation, in Grades 11 & 12 CBSE is a better option.
      Rgds

  181. shubham soni on said:

    Dear sir
    I want to ask some thing about IGCSE board.?

    • tharun on said:

      My son is in class sixth and we are planning him to change from CBSE stream to IGCSE -Cambridge.Which stream of education is better for examination like Medical?Engineering?

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Up to Grade-10 IGCSE is a good stream as it focuses on application of concepts and helps in better assimilation. It also gives students an option to leave out subjects that they are very sure they would not like to pursue and thus is less stressful leaving time for children to take up creative hobbies.

  182. kishan bhandari on said:

    i got 80.2 % in icse 10th board exam when calculated by the formula of best 5 including english but what should i prefer to tell to other institutes or job profile , the % calculated by icse formula or the aggregate ??
    my scholarship of above 80% is at stake.

    kindly reply,
    thank you
    kishan bhandari

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kishan,
      All institutes have their own policies with regard to calculation of Percentage and this will vary based on the requirement. You may send in all your marks and mention both core subjects % and regular % so that they have both figures to consider.
      Rgds

  183. Fairoz Hussain on said:

    Sir,
    I live in Chennai and I have a 3 year old kid. As u know it is samacheer kalvi in Tamil Nadu and will it be better to opt a CBSE school for him? As both my daughters have completed their education in Matriculation Syllabus I do not have any knowledge about the CBSE schools and their syllabus. Will my son find it difficut in CBSE? Is that more competitive? And after school which board state or central is helpful to the students? Please help. Thank You.

    • Fairoz Hussain on said:

      If I opt CBSE is All India Exam for Medical and Engineering the only option to proceed coz I cant offer the capitation fee to join a college in TN… Are those exams easy to get through compared to 12th public exams in TN??

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Fairoz,
        To gain admission in any college on merit, it is essential to do well in entrance exam or Grade-12 Board exam based on what is the criteria. If you study well , all exams are easy and if not they are difficult.
        Rgds

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Fairoz,
      I am not very conversant with regulations in Tamil Nadu and hence cannot comment on the situation there. However all national entrance exams are based on CBSE syllabus . The CBSE syllabus is a bit more difficult than State Board but if a student follows that syllabus from the beginning it would not be difficult to manage. Regular study is a must to do well in all syllabi.
      Rgds

  184. Shweta Munshi on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to know if it is acceptable by schools to change the curriculum in 9th or 10th standard. For example if we choose Cambridge for our child (in PP1) right now and then decide in 8th grade to shift her to CBSE. Is it possible? and also how would the change from Cambridge to CBSE impact the child at that level.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Shweta

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shweta,
      It is surely OK for a student to shift from one syllabus to another before entering Grade-9 or after Grade-10. There will be some adjustment problems but if the student is willing to adapt to change , it is manageable.
      Rgds

    • J.ANAND RAO on said:

      sir,

      am working with PSU my daughter is studying in Ist class in A.P. State school. after 2 years i may get transfer to othe state. Is it difficult to change my daughter from A.P. state syllabus to CBSE Syllabus please guide me.

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Anand,
        If you are in a transferable job, CBSE surely is a better option so that the child will not have any adjustment issues. Generally, State Board syllabus is less compared to CBSE and as you move to higher classes, it starts getting difficult to shift from State Board to CBSE.
        Rgds

  185. Malavika on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I’m currently studying in 9th std in CBSE board. I had taken a couple of YLE and PET exams conducted by the British Council, in partnership with Cambridge University, and I was wondering if I would be able to change my school board to IGCSE at the end of my 10th std with along with these certificates, for I wish to pursue a career abroad in the states or US. I do not wish to continue in CBSE, but I was wondering if there was anyway for me to write a board exam in 10th and start my 11th grade in an IGSCE school.

    Your say on this matter would be highly appreciated

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Malvika,
      You can surely complete your Grade-10 CBSE and join for A level course or an IB Diploma program which are equivalent to Grade-12. These will tune you well to join an undergraduate program in the US or any other country.
      Rgds

  186. Hello sir
    I have put my 6 year old son at CBSE school. opted for Hindi as second language..My nephew studying 3rd std struggles to learn hindi, because we are not hindi speaking family. People commented that its very tough for kids when they move on higher grades. Can I shift them to Tamil. Pl Suggest me

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Padma,
      I do agree that Hindi in CBSE syllabus is tough for non Hindi speaking students. It is surely OK to take up tamil as a second language and more over in CBSE, In Grades 11 & 12 there is no second language.
      Rgds

      • Dear sir

        Thank you for your swift reply.. My kid is a fast learner. i really wanted him to learn Hindi, bcoz i did not get that opportunity.Is it possible for him to manage with outside coaching classes ? Will the school allow him to shift to Tamil in Class II.Pl help me out

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          It is surely possible to mange with some extra help and also a student can change second language in any class except after Grade-9.

  187. Shweta Baranwal on said:

    Hi Sir,
    I have done my A Levels in Accounting, Business Studies and English (AS Level) on Oct/Nov in 2013. And I got my results but I am not satisified with my Accounting grade. I want to re-rewrite this coming May/June. But the thing that is bothering me is – Will the universities in India wait till the results are out (i.e, till August) ? I really want to know about this, because if universities dont wait then I will have to waste my 1 year. Please do help me with this problem as soon as possible. Thank you, for taking some time and reading this and please do reply.
    Shweta Baranwal

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shweta,
      I suggest you must re appear for the exam in May – june to improve your Grades and in the meanwhile apply for admission based on the current grades. Thus you will not miss a year and also will be able to improve your grading. A pass in 2 subjects at A level is what is required for admission to Undergraduate program in India.
      Rgds

      • Shweta Baranwal on said:

        Thank you so much for the reply sir. But will the unversities consider about me as I am re-writing it? Would’nt they give more importance to the students who have passed with good grades? As such I have tried applying online but they won’t let me complete the process without my 12th results.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          That is true. Admissions will be based on performance . If you are very keen on any particular University and they have a cut off then I suggest you take a year off study and do well in the next attempt and then apply.
          Rgds

  188. Shebi K Hydrali on said:

    Dear Sir

    As I understand British curriculum A level is total 13 years and CBSE is only 12 years, from year 1
    If a student decides to pursue medical or engineering profession and he/she is studying in British Curriculum, do they need to complete 2 year A level or 1 year AS level to meet the minimum requirements of Degree courses in India.

    As they are from non-CBSE background, do they face problem because the medical and engineering entrance exams in India are conducted/supervised by CBSE.

    In terms of quality which curriculum is better?

    Thanks a lot in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shebi,
      It is not about number of years but about passing the qualifying board examinations. Please understand that the qualifying exams and their equivalent are
      Grade 10 CBSE , ICSE and IGCSE are considered equal.
      Grade-12, ISC, A level and IB Diploma are considered equal.
      A student has to pass an exam equivalent to Grade-12 CBSE, ISC, A level or IB Diploma to be eligible to apply for any Under Graduate Program.
      From an entrance examination point of view, CBSE students are more equipped while from an understanding perspective, IB and A level are better syllabi.
      Rgds

      • Ghanshyam Patel on said:

        Dear Sir,

        My Daughter is in 8th Standard of IGCSE Board and now as per your comments i have read, if my daughter has to go for competative exams i should shift him in CBSE board.
        Kindly guide me if my daughter has to join engineering/medical in India, she should remain in IGCSE board or she should shift to CBSE board?

        • Jayanthi on said:

          Hi,
          My son has opted for IGCSE curriculum in India for the the 9th and 10th grade. How easy or difficult it is to switch to CBSE curriculum for the 11th grade?
          (1) When are the IGCSE 10th Board exam results declared?
          (2) How much of a gap is expected with the commencement of CBSE classes for 11th and the joining of an IGCSE student?
          (3) Do they admit / block students in CBSE 11th grade before the board exam results

          Regards,
          Jayanthi

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Jayanthi,
            Efforts required by any student entering Grade-11 from any syllabus is the same. Grade 11 & 12 needs intense preparation and hard work and a student willing to do that will surely do well.
            From the year 2015, IGCSE has started an exam schedule for March – April specially for India and results of this schedule will be announced by mid may so that students seeking admission to Indian Syllabi in Grade-11 will not be delayed.This will help IGCSE students to take admission and join classes for Grade-11 along with other students from Indian Boards.
            Rgds

          • Jayanthi on said:

            Hello Sir,
            That was a useful info. Does the Mar- April IGCSE exam schedule opted at a school level which the school takes care of or can be decided at a student level

            Regards,
            Jayanthi

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            It is for the school to opt for the schedule but I am sure parents can request for the option or else choose another centre which is offering the Mar – Apr schedule.

  189. Sir…..I am a student of class 8 from cbse board….I want to know whether I should take cbse or igcse for 9and 10 grade ……in future I am going to prepare for medical entrance…pls reply soon….

  190. Subrahmanyam Vedula on said:

    I have 2 sons studying in ICSE board in class 8th and 6th. I got an opportunity to go to US for 1-2 years
    Now I am wondering whether to take the children there or not.
    WIll it be highly difficult to catch up with syllabus if the children come back when they will be in 10tha nd 8th (or it could be 9th and 7th too)
    WHat would be you suggestion?

    Regards,
    Subrahmanyam

    • Subrahmanyam Vedula on said:

      Also wanted to specifically mention about the point that in ICSE they have Hindi and Social (History and Geography) and level of english which they learn in Indian school along with the accent. Would you see any challenges?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Subrahmanyam,
      The best option for you would be to keep the children in touch with Indian syllabus by using On Line options or carry the books for Math and science that are followed in India. With regard to Social studies, if the language skills are good, they should be able manage even after a gap.
      On your return from US, you will also have the option to admit your children to a school in India that offers International syllabus.
      Rgds

      • Subrahmanyam Vedula on said:

        Dear Captain,
        Thanks for your suggestion. Would it be possible to throw some light on the online classes in terms of the links, etc.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Subrahmanyam,
          While there are a number of options , Learnhive as a platform also offers lessons and assessments that will help practice and monitor progress of the student.
          Rgds

          • Subrahmanyam Vedula on said:

            Hello Captain

            I am really thankful for your suggestions…I did check learnhive site for Indian syllabus and see that english, maths and science have been covered . However Hindi is not seen. Would it be possible to let me know how to search for Hindi syllabus in the site or is it a different site
            I would not really bother if they need not study hindi but looks like thats easy for them after studying for so many years

          • Subrahmanyam Vedula on said:

            Hi Captain,
            Thanks for your suggestions
            One last question
            I could not find hindi syllabus in learnhive site. Is there an option that I am missing to look in the site? Could you please direct me to the link that also has hindi syllabus? Or any other site from where I can teach the kids

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Subrahmanya,
            As of now Learnhive does not offer Hindi syllabus, I am not sure of a good Hindi site but if I come across one, I will send you the link.
            Rgds

  191. Reshma Ajila on said:

    Kindly would like to know if a student will do 11 and 12 CBSE in Bangalore will he be allowed to sit for entrance exams. Will he be considered as NRI.

  192. Sathyabama on said:

    Sir,

    Request your advise.

    My son is in X Std now ( CBSE syllabus). He usually gets C1 in Maths, Science & Social and B2 in English. He is interested in Computer Science and would like to do Group 1 (physics, chemistry, maths & Computer). But i doubt whether i will get seat in CBSE schools with this grade OR can i shift him to Tamilnadu State board.

  193. My Brother daughter was studying 10th standard cbse in malaysia. But due to professional work my brother has been transfered to chennai, india. Due to transfer my brother daughter is not able to continue school in malaysia and also her board exams going to commence in next month. So please advice or any procedure so she can write board exams in chennai in any school or any other board centre.

    Regards,
    Dilip

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dilip,
      Please contact the Local regional CBSE office in Chennai and request them for permission.
      Rgds
      Unni

      • Thanks for reply.

        I tried regional office in chennai but they ask me to contact delhi office. I tried several times to delhi office either line is busy or they keep me on hold.

        Regards,
        Dilip

  194. Dear Sir,
    I am currently working in Brunei Darussalam and my children are studying in a local private school here, which follows the syllabus given by the Brunei Government.
    We plan to move to Kerala in the next two years and enroll our children in the CBSE schools in Kochi.
    We plan to teach them Hindi and Malayalam at home in these two years so that they will be ready for the CBSE syllabus after two years. they will be enrolling in year 7, year 4 and year 2 in Kerala.
    Will there be any problem enrolling them in a CBSE school after studying in Brunei? They are not in the international syllabus in Brunei currently. that is why i am worried. they are studying in the local Brunei syllabus.
    Could you please tell me if our plan will be ok?
    Thank you
    Shanu

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shanu,
      Admission to CBSE school is dependent on the policy of the school where you seek admission. There is no official regulation that does not permit students from a different syllabus joining CBSE unless they are seeking admission to Grade-10. At best , you may need to get the Transfer certificate counter signed by the Indian embassy and then contact the local Block Education officer after you come to India.
      Rgds

  195. Saradhi G on said:

    My daughter is finishing her 10th Grade with CBSE. She prefers to take Maths/Physics/Chemistry in +2. But there is no known good school in Hyderabad, who offer +2 in CBSE and coach for IIT JEE or andhra state Engineering entrace. Please suggest on

    1. to conitnue with CBSE, where to get IIT JEE coaching – postal coaching or suggest a good institute with +2 and IIT coaching
    2. taking IIT JEE with CBSE is easy or Andhra state syllabus is easy
    3. should I move her to state syllabus to attempt IIT JEE and state entrance

    Please suggest

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Saradhi,
      Unfortunately I am not in a position to suggest any school . For this , you will need to visit the school and assess. If I am not mistaken, it may be good idea to take up CBSE and IIT coaching since the IIT entrance is conducted based on CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

    • vijaya damodaran on said:

      hi i am from hyderabad,
      my suggestion would be to take try for KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA branches for extra merit students they may consider giving admissions or write FITJEE ENTRANCE TEST (tthey have class room programs for plus one &two along with IIT coaching) but the admission fees is high
      pl dont opt for state syllabus as CBSE has more edge over state syllabus for IIT

  196. My daughter is currently in grade 10 in a CBSE curriculum school. She has been wanting to change to an IGCSE school. The question is, which will be better for her future, if she plans to stay here. Also, will IGCSE be easier on her or more hectic and harder? Also I would like to know if the stream selection is better in an IGCSE school, or CBSE.
    Thanks.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Leena,
      If you intend to have your daughter join for Under Graduate program in India, it is better to continue with CBSE syllabus so that admission to colleges are easier. IGCSE at the Grade-10 level is a good option but not so much in Grades 11 & 12.
      Rgds

  197. Hello Sir,
    I would like to know how many subjects are mandatory in XII standard CBSE. Does the child have to study a Second language ( Hindi or sanskrit etc.) for the board exam.

  198. DHIRAJ KUMAR on said:

    Could you give the address of the places where ICSE students are taught?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dhiraj,
      Are you looking for Tuition centers ? You have not mentioned the city and will probably have to ask some one locally.
      Rgds

  199. Sandhya on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I was looking at the email threads, and was hoping that you could probably help us with our problem.

    We are planning to move to India (Navi Mumbai) from US in summer 2014. My kids who would be going to 5th and 6th grade are not familiar with Hindi. But as I see it, it looks like in CBSE / ICSE, Hindi is mandatory as a second language.

    I would like to go for CBSE / ICSE as it provides more college options in India after XII. I am looking for schools that would offer other languages (such as Sanskrit, French, etc) as options for second language in Navi Mumbai area. Could you please suggest us good schools that would give us this option ?

    Also if we are left with IGCSE as the only choice, what would be the issues studying in this board, if we are trying to get admission to Indian colleges ?

    Do we have any other choices here ?

    Could you please help us out with the same. Thanks much for your help.

    Regards
    Sandhya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sandhya,
      First of all please note that both ICSE and CBSE do permit languages other than Hindi including french, many Indian languages and even Mandarin as a second language. You can speak to the school and also check the ICSE and CBSE website for details.
      Coming to IGCSE, you have an option of completing IGCSE ( equivalent to Grade-10 ) and then shifting to a CBSE Grade 11 & 12 if you are keen on taking up under graduate programs in India. Pass in 5 subjects including English in IGCSE will make you eligible to join any syllabus in Grade 11.
      Rgds

      • Sandhya on said:

        Dear Sir,

        Thanks very much for your kind response.

        I see in south India CBSE offering other second languages other than Hindi. But I am trying to get admission in Navi Mumbai, and having a tough time identifying a CBSE / ICSE school in that area that offers other languages such as French / German / Sanskrit as a second language.
        That is the reason I was wondering about that.

        Thanks a lot for the information you provided.

        Regards
        Sandhya

  200. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    Could you provide a list of colleges in Inida, who accept Edexcel A Level, XIth and XIIth for studies at graduation and post-graguation level and incase of medical field?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear jayashree,
      The Association of Indian Universities has accepted A level pass as equivalent to Grade-12. It is essential to pass in at least 2 subjects at A level and English at least AS level to apply for universities in India. In case of admission to Medical stream, Pass in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology is compulsory. You should be able to get the eligibility letter from the school where you are doing A levels.
      Rgds

  201. Srinivas on said:

    HI
    currenty my daughters are studying in UKG and IV th standard in a SSC board (AP) school and the school offer nothing more than good marks .No extra activities and sports are encouraged sp I am planning to shift my kids to a good school whcih does not sress on marks but on sports, arts and crafts etc. I am highly confused about he curriculam of CBSE and other ICSE etc.. I know about CBSE , but do others have any recognition by any state or central govt.? I dont think so.. I know only state borads and CBSE are recognised by govt. What is the sanctity of ICSE and other boards? please confirm..

    Srinivas K

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Srinivas,
      Both ICSE and CBSE syllabi are accepted in all schools and colleges across India and at times are preferred over a State Board syllabus. From the Academic session 2012-13, 26 State Boards have accepted the CBSE syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 as a part of the move by the government to have a common entrance examination for professional colleges.
      You can confidently shift your child to a ICSE or CBSE school if you feel the education pattern over there is better.
      Rgds

  202. Mithu raveendran on said:

    Respected sir,
    I am a student studying in gr X in Abu dhabi,under CBSE syllabus. My father and mother are middle class employees here and they are afraid that maybe they cannot afford NRI Fees for professional education in India… As one of my mom’s friend’s suggestion they are planning to shift me to kerala for my XI (staying in hostel) so that I’ll be exempted from being in the NRI quota but many of my parents’ other friends tell that doing so wont exempt me from being in NRI quota as my father is working abroad…..
    sir, I’d like to know your opinion regarding this matter ….
    regards
    Mithu

    • Shruthy on said:

      hello mithu
      even i was a student who studied in sharjah till my grade X.my parents still continue to work in the uae while at present
      im doing my second year in bds after giving the entrance exams .Shifting to kerala would definitely exempt you for the NRI quota as would become eligible to write the entrance exams by studying 11th and 12th grade in kerala(in addition to you being a keralite).it is mentioned in the entrance exam prospectus which might be available on the respective website.
      rgds

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mithu,
      Below is the response from a student who has already been in a similar situation as yours. I am sure you will make your plans accordingly.
      Rgds

      hello mithu
      even i was a student who studied in sharjah till my grade X.my parents still continue to work in the uae while at present
      im doing my second year in bds after giving the entrance exams .Shifting to kerala would definitely exempt you for the NRI quota as would become eligible to write the entrance exams by studying 11th and 12th grade in kerala(in addition to you being a keralite).it is mentioned in the entrance exam prospectus which might be available on the respective website.
      rgds

  203. Rashmee Anand on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I have a query. I want to know when French was introduced in the CBSE program. Also if possible who were the teachers/pedagogues who finalized the syllabus.
    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rashmee,
      You will need to address this to the NCERT since they are responsible for syllabus and teaching pedagogies in CBSE syllabus.
      Rgds

  204. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    My daughter is in XTH ICSE, Pawar Public Schoool at Bhandup-W, Mumbai-78
    She would like to pursue science, recently theri school has tied up with EDEXCEL London and admission in process for grade XI AND XII, A level.

    Would like to have your advice whether we can proceed to take admission in PPS, Edexcel London for XI and XIIth, and if so how far the said qualification is accepted in India.
    or else

    We opt for admission to any ICSE/CBSE SCHOOL for XI and XII TH Grade.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear jayshree,
      If you would like to have your daughter study Under Graduate program in India, then it is best to continue 11 & 12 in CBSE , If you intend to send the girl abroad for studies, ED Excel is a good option.
      Rgds

  205. sainadh on said:

    sir..
    iam studying diploma 2nd year state syllabus…

    i want to study cbse syllabus….

    is it possible..?

    what is procedure for studying cbse syllabus……..

    i wana intrest to learn central board syallbus..plz help me…….

  206. Dear Sir,
    My daughter studying 3rd std in CBSE syllabus with second language Hindi and third language as Tamil
    We are residents of Chennai, Is it advisable to change the second language to Tamil in 4th std.
    what are difficulties with hindi as second language.
    please advise.

    BrindaS

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Brinda,
      If you do not intend moving out of chennai, it may be a good idea to take Tamil as second language. Hindi in CBSE is a bit tough specially for those who do not speak hindi. The only challenge you may have if you choose Tamil as second language and then shift to some other state will be that the number of schools offering Tamil as second language will be limited.
      Rgds

  207. trinity on said:

    hi sir…
    plz help me out….
    i wated to take admission for my daughter in IGCSE board for nursery …..but problem is next year we will shit to our new home where only CBSE schools are available…..and somebody told me that u cant get transfer from IGCSE to CBSE ……PLZ help in this.
    whether i should get admission in IGCSE or not ……plz its not possible to take admission in CBSE than again i have to take admission in nursery in CBSE…………

    PLZ REPLY ME FAST BEZ 26TH IS LAST DATE OF ADMISSION IN IGCSE

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      There is no regulation which does not permit transfer from IGCSE to CBSE but most schools have their own regulation and hence these problems do crop up. If you are sure to shift to CBSE in the next year, then I would suggest you take admission in CBSE only and not go to IGCSE since in one year in KG in the IGCSE stream , the child is not going to experience any major difference in learning.

  208. Sir
    I am prently in Dubai and planning to move to kerala. Children are studying in CBSE school here.If they join CBSE school in kerala in 7th and 9th standards , is hindi a mandatory language for them?
    Expecting your reply
    Bindu

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Two languages are compulsory. If your children are doing Hindi as first or second language it is mandatory.
      Rgds

      • Sir
        They are studying english as first language , malayalam as second language and Arabic as third language. so what are the options for languages , they are going to join 7th and 9th.
        Bindu

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Third language is from Class-5 to Class-8 and I am not sure if the school you choose will offer Arabic as an option but then this is an internal issue of the school and you can discuss with them since it is not a mandatory subject in Grade 9 & 10 and in the Board exam. Malayalam is an option approved by CBSE as second language and the school can permit any student to take this language in Grade-10. You will again have to discuss this with the school where you seek admission and in case the school does not offer this language,the student can take up Malayalam as second language on self study/ Private tutoring and appear for exam in the school.

        • Devi on said:

          Dear sir,
          Please let me know if a child of std IX CBSE stream can change the second language Hindi to Telugu in class IX, where she has taken Telugu as her third language in class VIII.

          with regards
          Devi

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Devi,
            If I am not mistaken, there is no second language in CBSE in Grade-11 & 12. Subjects taken in Garde-11 cannot be changed in Grade-12.
            Rgds

          • Dear sir,
            Please let me know if a child of standard 9 CBSE stream can change the second language Hindi to Telugu in class 9,where she has taken Telugu as third language in class 8.

            with regards
            Devi.

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Devi,
            Generally change of subjects in Grade-10 is not permitted but you can write to the board and request as a special case. They may agree.
            Rgds

  209. MAUSAMI on said:

    Hi..,I was reading your blog and i found it really really informative and helpful…well i live in ahmedabad and my daughter is ready for her education..my confusion is that which board I should select for her..CBSE or IGSE or ICSE. As I am not aware at this moment what subjects my daughter would like to study Maths and Science or Arts and other subjects which IGSE can provide I also do not know that will see do her post graduation and higher studies in India and will need CBSE background to appear in national entrance tests..Also now a days all prefer IGSE board for its easy and different way of teaching but will she be able to cope up for future pressures and entrance tests? I am very confused and also please advise me does IGSE has board exams for 10th and 12th? If i am not wrong it has Grade A instead for 12th? and do all universities an collages give admission on grade A?

    Please advise me and help me in deciding..

    Regards
    Mausami

  210. Mausami on said:

    Hi…I have read u r blogs and found them really helpful it’s a blessing for parents like us who r very confuses when it comes to selecting best boards for kids..my girl is ready for her school and I soon need to select a school for her…we live in Ahmedabad and do not have any transferable job or any such issues my confusion is how to decide that which board is good for her…she is very young and yet I don’t know she wants to purse what in future she wants to go for science or maths or arts or any other field I also do not know she wants to study here or abroad and needs CBSE to crack entrance or not in that case how should I decide ? Alsoe if I put her in IGSE does that mean she has to change board for her 11th and 12th? Plz help me in selecting board for my daughter

  211. naman agarwal on said:

    1.pls tell me about the syllabus of class 10 commerce+maths in cbse board and icse board?
    2.what are the options after 12?

  212. Hello sir,
    i did find this blog very useful and informative, I would also like to thank you for replying to all the questions and doubts.
    I do also have a question My parents are shifting from Guwahati ( Assam) to Chennai where i reside at present and i have a brother who is studying in 9th (C.B.S.E) in Guwahati. The problem is that will he get admission in any C.B.S.E school in Chennai in class 10. If yes than how to find the schools who will get my brother admitted in class 10?
    Thanks & Regards

  213. Sukanya Anand on said:

    Sir,
    we are presently put up in Chennai and now we are getting transferred to Thane west. we have 2 daughters. the elder one is doing her 5th std. and younger one is in her 1st grade. both are studying in cbse board now. both are studying Tamil as their 2nd language.

    as we searched for a similar board in Thane west, we found DAV and KV. but the admissions in both the schools are very tough. we are very much bothered about their school admission now.

    what is the difference between cbse and icse board sylabus? is icse board govt. recognised? how heavy is hindi in both boards? kindly clarify us.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sukanya,
      Both ICSE and CBSe are equivalent Boards and recognized across India and overseas. Generally Hindi in CBSE is more difficult than ICSE. Some schools offer the option of French also as a second language and you can look at that option.
      Rgds

  214. Shubho Kundu on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am willing to pursue my 12th from ICSE school. I just want to confirm one think that after completed my +2 from ICSE can apply for BCA or BCOM from delhi university or any other university. and Is ICSE affiliated to COBSE.

    Warm regards
    Shubho

  215. Hi, I found this blog quite informative. Thanks for posting such a wealth of information. Currently, we are evaluating the option to move to Bangalore from Mumbai. We have two kids- one will go to class I and the elder one will go to class VII next year. I want to put them in ICSE or CBSE board. Want to understand what is ICSE and CBSE policy on language courses (especially in Bangalore). Being from North India, my elder kid is already struggling with Marathi in the current ICSE board (the other two languages being English and Hindi). Perhaps, it will be tough for them to learn Kannada, if they have to. Considering that, which board should be preferred between ICSE and CBSE?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shweta,
      Both CBSE and ICSE have 2 languages in all Grades and a Third language for Grades 5 to 8. You will find a number of schools in Bangalore where it is not mandatory to study kannada and you can opt or alternate options. Do check out the schools before you make the decision.
      Rgds

  216. Sqn Ldr Jaya Sundaraj (Retd) on said:

    Dear Capt Unnikrishnan,
    Jaihind.
    Glad to write to you thereby clarify my apprehensions. I served Indian Air Force for 10 years thereafter took VRS due to my passion for Agriculture. That decision enabled my family to be located near my native at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. My daughter (6th) and son (1st) are presently studying in ICSE syllabus in one of the good schools in Madurai. Having achieved whatever infrastructure development I had to make at my Coffee Estate in the last 7 years now I alone have moved to Chennai to handle a IT project as Project Manager. I am planning to move my family to Chennai. I am trying for admmission to a School named Lalaji Omega International School as they have good infrastructure out there. They have CBSE and Cambridge University Syllabus. I am given to understand that the admmission is easily possible for both my children in Cambridge Syllabus but whereas for CBSE my daughter could get and my son maynot get the admmission. My kids fair well in their present schooling obtaining Grades O,A,B and C in ICSE syllabus. My predicament is due to the fact that I want to be near my native for looking after the coffee estate whereas a better education is what a parent should give to the child foremost. My apprehensions are (1) What are the roadblocks if they study in Cambridge syllabus if they have to pursue their college education in India. (2) Am I right in understanding that knowledge wise rather than scoring wise Cambridge is a better option (3) Will Cambridge syllabus make a child get a cavalier attitude if the children are of an attitude that only when it is mandatory they study because I never tell them to study and their mom looks after their home work etc.

    It would be of immense help if you could guide me on these aspects.

    Regards
    Sunder

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sq Ldr Sunder,
      Great to hear from yo. With regard to your queries,
      a) There are no road blocks if a student studies in IGCSE syllabus since it is equivalent to CBSE/ ICSE/ State Board.However since admission tests for Professional colleges are based on CBSE syllabus, studying CBSE in Grade 11 & 12 may make it easier for preparation for these exams.
      b) Surely the Cambridge syllabus allows for concept based learning rather than Text book based and has a greater impact on student understanding.
      c) If implemented properly by the school, Cambridge syllabus makes children more independent in their learning habits without stressing them out.
      Reds
      Unni

  217. ankita sonkar on said:

    sir, i dont find ma college good enough to score above 95 % in 12 cbse although im in 11 i passed 10 with icse can i have option to change my present skool to do 12 after registration

  218. Dear Sir,
    Good Evening
    Today I was going through your pages …. thank you for your information
    My Query is that, my daughter is studying Grade 4 (ICSE) and earlier she was in CBSE from Nursery to Garde 2.
    Recently school team called and conducted a meeting stated that those parents who desire their ward to be part of the International Curriculum (IB) from next year onwards (Grade V)
    What is the differences between ICSE and IB, is IB really good for my daughter and we do not have any plans to go abroad for job / studies etc. How it really help to kids in future and is it valid in India to do engineering / medicine / any higher studies
    Thanks & Regards
    Naveen

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Naveen,
      IB style of delivery of Curriculum is quite student friendly and gives students exposure to activities and thus better understanding of application of concepts. While IB is accepted in India as equivalent to CBSE -12 or ISC but the problem you would face is in admission to Professional and other colleges that offer admission based on marks because IB does not provide marks but only grade points. Another challenge will be with regard to results of Grade-12 exam since IB results are declared in Aug/ Sep and admissions to Indian colleges happens much before that.
      Based on these points , you will need to decide on opting for the IB stream.
      Rgds

      • Dear Sir,
        Thank you for your swift and valuable response
        We are totally zero on this hence can you recommend shall I proceed to IB or ICSE which is she studying present.
        Now she is studying in Greenwood High / Bangalore school from last year.
        Since my sister’s daughter had completed Grade 10 in ICSE in Andhra Pradesh and she joined in Vijayawada for entrance coaching and she felt that other people who studied in state syllabus are advanced than this girl and she felt bit difficulty.
        Because of this reason your suggestion please
        Thanks & Kind Regards
        Naveen

  219. kuldeep mourya on said:

    dear sir ,

    i am kuldeep mourya preparing for iit jee . sir i have been applied for 12th mp board private even i have appeared in 12th c.b.s.e. last year . but i get low percentage because of some reason .so i wanna know is it per rule that i have done ………………………………please reply now its imp. for jee main……..

    thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kuldeep,
      If I am not mistaken, IIT board accepts first attempt marks for admission and so a better percentage in next attempt may not help.
      Rgds

  220. Sandhana on said:

    Hi!
    I presently stay in bangalore, but need to move to Gurgaon in the month of April, i have a Son who will be going to 9th grade. Can anybody advice, which are the best schools in Gurgaon, and is it right for me to shift him at this stage. Here in Bangalore he studied hindi as third language. Will it be easy for him to cope up.
    Please advice.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sandhana,
      IN CBSE and ICSE, Grades 9 and above have only 2 languages and so you will not have the problem of a Third language. With regard to change of school and city in Grade-9, while ideally if the Board remains the same , there should not be any problem but it may not be a proffered choice since the child has to adjust to a totally new environment of friends, teachers etc.
      With regard to good schools, it is advisable to get info from friends who stay there.
      Rgds

  221. Dear captain,

    My daughter is studying in year 10 in one of the British curriculum schools in Dubai where She will be giving her IGCSE Exams in year 11. All the schools in Dubai follows the same ie IGCSE in year 10 &11 (unlike in 9 & 10 in India) Sir ,Is it possible for her to take admission for IB Diploma in an IB school in India based on the grades obtained by her at the end of year exam? (Of year 10…ie without sitting for the IGCSE exams.) So that she can save a year .She is very good in studies and will not have a problem to cope up with the syllabus (IB). Also as far as I know there is no formal exam at MYP which is preparatory for IB Diploma.

    Regards,
    Ganga

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ganga,
      Technically, a student can take up the IB Diploma program only after passing a Board exam unless the student is undergoing the IBO Middle years Program. Anyways try and contact some IB schools and check if they are willing to make an exception.
      Rgds

      • Jayanthi on said:

        Hi, I have my son in Grade 8 studying in the UK. He will be opting for IGCSE curriculum for Grade 9 and it covers Year 9, 10 and 11. In case I wish to go back to India after his 10th in the UK, will I be able to place him in State board or CBSE. In India they complete GCSE in 2 years.

        If it involves loss of a year, then we would opt for coming back to india for year 9 itself into CBSE.

        Kindly advise me on this
        Regards,
        Jayanthi

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Hi jayanthi,
          In State Board, ICSE and CBSE schools, Grade9 & 10 are combined and they do not consider students for admission unless they are coming from same syllabus. You can plan to admit your son into Grade-9 in a State Board School or join an IGCSE school in Grade-10 since in India IGCSE Board exam is taken in Grade-10.
          Rgds

          • Jayanthi on said:

            Dear Sir,
            Thanks for your quick response. In that case can I not make my son study in the UK (IGCSE) only for 2 years 9th and 10th (not 11th though the curriculum is for 3 years here) and then come back to India and place him in CBSE or state board for 11th?

            Regards,
            Jayanthi

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Jayanthi,
            To join CBSE/ ISC or State Board Grade-11, it is mandatory to pass IGCSE Board exam which is conducted in UK only in Grade-11.
            Rgds

  222. sanjana on said:

    hi
    I am currently studying in grade 9 and the 2nd language I took is hindi.
    as it is not my mother tongue I am practically struggling with it.
    the portions is also very high.
    everyone else in my class is of the same opinion.
    can I change to French in tenth.
    I heard it is easier
    thanks

  223. Dear Sir,
    your link is very useful..my 5 years old daughter is currently in K2, Serra International school,
    Pune.
    1)I am in a dilemma ,whether to admit her in IB or in ICSC.
    We visited Victorious Kids Educare(IB) and VIbgyor(ICSE).Can you suggest the best out of these schools?

    2) In future we may move to Madurai(Tamilnadu) where we have no IB schools.(We can’t admit her in Kodaikanal International school since it is very costly)We will be here in Pune for the next 5 years. If she is in IB board till grade 5 ,is it possible to admit her in CBSE or ICSE later for 6 th grade ?
    3) in future is there any possibilities for the IB board to be accepted by indian technical or medical counsels?

    your suggestions are valuble..Thanks is advance.
    Regards,
    Usha Sundar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Usha,
      Considering the fact that you are likely to go back to Madurai and will need to follow the conventional schooling over there, it may be better to opt for ICSE even though the IB study methodology is more child friendly.
      Rgds

  224. sakala sreenath gupta on said:

    Respected Sir, My son is studying class X at Chaitanya Vidylaya (ICSE syllabus), Hyderabad.

    Need your advice on his further studies. Basically he is not interested in Medicine area and showing interest IB syllabus and SAT for further. pls let me know on this

    rgds

    sreenath gupta
    98494 56992

  225. Vandana on said:

    Hello Sir,

    I have asked you on November 28, 2013 about the schools in Bangalore (preferably near Bellendur area) which are based on Cambridge IGCSE syllabus or some other good standard schools.
    . Please help me in finding out the schools for my kid. as we are in Hyderabad currently so we have very minimum idea about Bangalore location.

    Thanks,
    Vandana.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear vandana,
      I had already replied to this on 01 Dec and you will find the response below. However I am pasting the same for easy reference
      Dear Vandana,
      I am surprised to know that you did not find details of IGCSE school in Belandhur area. Actually there are at least 20 IGCSE schools in this area within a distance varying from 2 Kms to 20 Kms. Please do check once again. By the way , I run an IGCSE School by the Name ‘Primus Public School’ which is within the vicinity of Belandur. You can visit www.primusschool.com for details.
      Rgds

  226. Shweta on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am 39 year old working as an admin-aide in a reputed company. Due to family problems I had to discontinue my studies after class 8. However I studied in one of the best icse schools, hence have a very strong command in written as well as spoken english – and that is how I landed up with the job as well. Now I want to complete my education and want to appear for cbse +2 directly as a private candidate. My concerns are:
    1. Which board/school offers this?
    2. Is it recognised in India as well as abroad?

    Thank you in advance,
    Shweta

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shweta,
      It is good to know that you would like to continue your studies. Under the current situation, it may be ideal for you take up Graduation directly rather than do Grade-12 exam. The ‘IGNOU- Indira Gandhi National Open University’ offers Graduate courses for students. For candidates above the Age of 25 and with work experience there is no qualifying exam required.
      I would recommend that you visit the website of IGNOU and find details to help you take this forward.
      Rgds

  227. Respected Sir Capt.Unnikrishnan,

    Thank you for your very informative article on the various education boards available today.
    I have a query regarding the admission process after completing IGCSE till 10th grade.
    Will the student who has completed his 10th from IGCSE board and resident of India get admission in State or CBSE colleges for 11th std.?and if so then will he be considered NRI and charged NRI fees or normal fees as anyother candidate from CBSE or ICSE or STATE board?Please clarify on this.I want to know the actual rule regarding the fee structure for such students as i have heard that colleges are charging NRI fees to such candidates.Kindly reply Sir.

    Thank you,
    Regards,
    Pooja.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Puja,
      A pass in 5 subjects including English in IGCSE Board Exam is considered eligible for admission to any Grade -11 program in India. Some states require an eligibility certificate from students who pass any qualifying tenth exam other than that State board and for all such students the Pre University Department issues the eligibility certificate. With regard to NRI quota and NRI fee this is a specific to institutions and there is no regulatory body which controls this matter. Institutions consider the students coming from IGCSE schools as having good financial background and hence demand higher fee and not because IGCSE is not equivalent to the Indian Boards.
      Rgds

  228. Vandana on said:

    Dear Captain,

    We stay at Hyderabad currently. in March we need to shift to Bangalore near Bellandur/Marthahalli area. I want to get my daughter (5 years) for 1st Grade admitted in a good Cambridge board based school as I like their way to teaching. I searched for the schools of this board near given location, but could not find any.
    Some Good schools name we found are New Horizon Gurukul, Ryan International etc. We could not find any Cambridge board based school.
    Sir, as you are based at Bangalore, can you plz help us in knowing about the names of the Cambridge board school in near Bellandur/Marthahalli area. Otherwise, where do we have Cambridge system based schools in Bangalore, plz inform.
    If there are no schools of this board, plz help us in telling some good schools names where Way of learning is concept and application based.
    Your feedback will be really appreciated & practically useful for us.

    Thanks,
    Vandana.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vandana,
      I am surprised to know that you did not find details of IGCSE school in Belandhur area. Actually there are at least 20 IGCSE schools in this area within a distance varying from 2 Kms to 20 Kms. Please do check once again. By the way , I run an IGCSE School by the Name ‘Primus Public School’ which is within the vicinity of Belandur. You can visit www.primusschool.com for details.
      Rgds

  229. Dear Captain,
    My daughter is currently studying in Class 10 – ICSE and is due to appear for her board exam in March 2014. She is an average student with her scores being 70 – 80% throughout her academic life. She is very keen on pursuing Engineeering in US ((stream still undecided) and wishes to seek admission at the undergraduate level itself (i.e after her Class 12). I heard CBSE is comparatively easier and less cumbersome compared to ISC, hence I am in favor of moving her to CBSE Board for her Class 11 & 12. But I am not sure if US/UK universities recognize/accept CBSE for their undergrad programs.

    Kindly advise if she can opt for CBSE and still qualify for her undergrad education abroad or should she stick to ISC only?

    Thanks,
    Aarti

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Arti,
      The point to consider is that there is a certain amount of proficiency required by a student to successfully complete an Engineering program and then get into a profession and use the knowledge gained. The aim of studying should not be for marks but to gain knowledge. The choice of CBSE because it is relatively easy seems OK. CBSE is accepted as ISC ivy any foreign Universities and in addition some universities ask for a SAT score.If you are sure you would like to send your daughter to a University in UK / US it may be worth taking up an A level program offered BY Cambridge University or an IB Diploma Program offered by the IBO. These courses are preferred and a good result in these exams may even result in some scholarship.
      Rgds

      • Thank you very much for the quick and prompt response Captain.
        It is my daughter’s strong desire to go abroad after her 12th and we as parents are supportive of her decisions. But again owing to our experiences in life, we know there are chances of “a slip between the cup & the lip” – and if such an eventuality should happen and my daughter is unable to go after her 12th – it leaves her with no other option but to pursue her Engineering in India itself. Keeping in view such unexpected eventualities, I want her to take up a board which is advantageous for both foreign as well as Indian education, hence zeroed on the CBSE board.
        I forgot to mention in my previous message that though she is an over-all average scorer, she does exceptionally well in Physics and has consistently topped her class from Class 7 onwards.
        And also she is planning to appear for her SAT & TOEFL/IELTS soon after her 10th Board Exam.
        So sir, would you advise her to opt for CBSE board or should she stay put on ISC board itself?

        Thanks once again,
        Arti

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Arti,
          It is a very mature decision to keep all options open and take decisions based on existing scenario. Considering the fact that the Indian Government is trying to standardize content especially in Grade 11 & 12 and is moving towards a common entrance exam for professional colleges, it would be ideal to switch to CBSE which is the base for all entrance exams.With good SAT and Grade-12 scores all options will be open. You may even look at Singapore as an option for Engineering.
          Rgds

  230. Dear Sir,
    Thank you for the informative blog.
    I am in a dilemma whether to admit my 3+yr old kid to a reputed school offering ICSE or a fairly ok school offering IGCSE since last year.
    From a child’s overall development point of view, which takes precedence? School or syllabus?Does syllabus influence a school’s character?

    Lastly, would there be any difficulties coping with a change of syllabus after 6 or 7th grade? If yes, what would a normal kid find tougher – ICSE to IGCSE/CBSE or IGCSE to ICSE/CBSE?

    Thank you for your answers.

    Regards,
    Dinesh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dinesh,
      This has been a query by many parents and I have addressed them in my Q & A . You will find all the info in the answers I have provided earlier.
      Rgds

  231. Hi , I have two sons in class VII and class II in DPS gurgaon CBSE syllabus, My elder son is youngest in his class been a oct born and in under huge academic stress, I am not very happy with the fact that he is not learning and we all at home are pushing to be able to cope up. I am in two minds to shift both to some other board which helps them to develop learning concepts and understanding. I am not sure about my eleder son since he is already in class VII will a change in board be good for him and he would be able to cope up. DPS gurgaon is one of the leading schools in gurgoan but for my son it is not helping since he is a person who need support and hand holding which in a class of 40 seems to be difficult, we have all options from ICSE to IB boards and they are expensive, we are ready to make adjustments to give the best to our kids.

    Please help, we all need some advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Neetu,
      It may be a good move to change school and admit the children to an IGCSE school which has a more application oriented learning process. You may also seriously consider getting the younger boy repeat a year in the same class he is in now . Since the school and friends will be different , the emotional issues related to repeating a class will not be there.
      Rgds

  232. Rajat Mahajan on said:

    Hi Capt.

    My son is currently studying in Sr KG in an IGCSE board school in Mumbai. While we are happy with his progress and the school (education system, teachers,overall development etc), but we are considering to shift him to the ICSE or CBSE board school due to the following reasons.
    1. Recognition compared to other boards in higher studies in India
    2. IGCSE curriculam may not suit the entrance examinations in India
    3. Transition from 10th in IGCSE and then to 11th / 12th in ICSE, CBSE may not be smooth
    4. Generally not a very good opinion in the social network.

    Need your opinion whether we are taking the right step forward given the reasons I have mentioned.
    Would be thankful.

    Best Regards
    Rajat

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rajat,
      Do not make any decision based on what your friends, relatives , in- laws, Out laws etc. suggest. Choose a school that will suit our child and will give the little one an opportunity to enjoy childhood.
      IGCSE is recognized by Universities in India and also the process of learning helps children understand concepts better. There is a long time for your child to prepare for entrance exams and for all you know the process of admission itself may change. If there is a requirement, you can always get the child to change to the Indian system in Grade 11 & 12 thus making him go through the regular system only for 2 years instead of 12 years.He may have to put in a little bit of extra work at that stage but then by that time they will be mature enough to be self motivated.
      Rgds

  233. Dear Sir,

    I wanted to know what is the minimum age at which a child is allowed to write ICSE board exam. My child will be 2 months younger than the cut off age set for the school (3yrs) for the pre-nursery course in one of the reputed schools in Bangalore, He will be 2yrs and 10 months as of 1/6/2014 request your kind advice if I should put him to a forml school or should i wait until 2015 to admit him to pre-nursery.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Tara,
      You may be able to admit your child to another regular school which is not specific about an age deadline even at the age of 2 yrs and 10 mths. However you must decide on this matter considering the ability of your child. The point for you to look into is the ability of your child to emotionally cope with the surroundings of a school and if you feel the child is mature enough to be independent and can adjust to the school environment then it is ok to admit to school or else you may give one more year and admit to a school in the next academic year.
      Rgds

  234. Raeesa N. on said:

    Dear respected Capt.Unnikrishnan,
    Sir,
    what is the difference between ncert Science book-”looking around” and cce book “Science ahead” for 5th class? which is the better Text book for CBSE kindly send me reply in very soon.
    Regards ,
    Raeesa

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Raeesa,
      I am sorry I am not in a position to comment on this since I have not done comparison of these text books . You can take the help of the teacher from school who will be able to provide you with the details in this matter.
      Rgds

  235. Yogesh Patil on said:

    site is very informative

  236. Yogesh Patil on said:

    Dear concern,
    The site is really informative…

    I also have one query …
    What certificates and documents we needed for to get job in teaching (as Teacher) in state of Gujarat.

    rgds,
    yogesh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dera Yogesh,
      The school that you apply to will have its criteria of selection and you will need to provide documents accordingly.
      Rgds

  237. Samir Manel on said:

    Dear Sir

    Is there a concept of ICSE – International akin to CBSE – International? We are given to understand that a leading ICSE school in Mumbai is going to offer ICSE – International in 2014.

    Regards

    Samir Manel

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Samir,
      I have not heard of such a development. Please ask the school for the official notification and you can also check the ICSE website for any information in this regard.
      Rgds

  238. Mohamed Yusuf on said:

    Dear Sir, This is a great site, where you have clarified so many doubts of people. I am sure, you will be able to give me some right direction. Me and my family are based in Dubai, I am interested in putting my son in British Curriculum (O level at FS-1). I am worried if we go back to India, the scope of eductaion would be limited and my son would not be able to able to cope up to the eductaion level as, CBSE and O level are 2 different types of educating. Looking forward for your advice.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mohamed,
      There are a number of Schools in India that offer the Cambridge university programs and you may not have any problem in transition if you have your child studying in an O level school. The O Level program is a good experiential way of learning and with a good foundation it is also not difficult to shift to a CBSE school at a later date. The only difference would be that in CBSE the student would need to have more text book orientation.
      Rgds

  239. Dear Sir,
    According to the current and future educational and for children work life which board of education system is good for the kids from the beginning? Is it ICSE or IGCSE? Or any other education board system. Which board of education gives good knowledge about mathematics, science and English? Please clarify my doubt. And also from which standard all this methods are applicable. I am not very much clear about this educational board systems so please help me to choose the best one for my son.
    Thank you.

  240. Respected Sir,

    Thank you very much for your Learnhive educational and enlightening blog.
    My daughter is 3 years old now and currently we are living in UK, my husband came here on contract job. So if I start my daughter schooling here at the moment and in middle if we come back and start her school in ICSE syllabus is that easy for her to continue or it will be completely tuff syllabus? Why because here the primary education system are play way method and are not equal to ICSE and CBSC syllabus. Only great benefit we acquire here is spoken English, according to my understanding about this UK state education system.
    My concern is that shall I start her education in UK or in India from the beginning itself? I am totally confused and very much anxious about this, that better we go back to India and start ICSE education or let her study here up to few years? So kindly guide me on this and help my daughter’s educational career in long term prospective. In India I need to apply school application in January 2014 to get admission, so please reply to my ignorance and guide me in right path.
    Thanks in advance for your support and guidance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rama,
      Please admit your child in a school in UK and allow her to experience the fun way of learning. In the initial years , it is not about how much you learn but how well you learn that is important. As you have rightly understood, children who study that system improve their spoken skills which is very important. If you are likely to come back to India, it may be a good idea to make the child read and write from the books that are followed in India.
      There are a number of schools in India that offer International education and ,when you return to India, admit your daughter in a school that follows International method of education so that there will be continuity.
      Rgds

      • Thank you very much for your reply Sir I am really very happy to read your reply and now I am bit stress-free from my anxious. Thank you again Sir.

  241. Vaishali Pawar on said:

    Dear Capt. Unni Krishnan,

    We are currently based in Toronto, Canada and are planning to settle in Chinchwad, Pune. For our daughter Apurva who is 7 years old (in 2nd standard) we have identified few schools with CBSE and IGCSE curriculum. We want to know your opinion about which curriculum will be better for her i.e CBSE or IGSCE.

    Currently she is studying in a school where education is concept based where topics are taught based on projects and ideas.

    We appreciate your efforts in educating/informing the parents through internet/blog. The Q/A is a nice source of information for us.

    Regards,
    Vaishali Pawar /Rajesh Pawar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vaishali,

      Considering the child’s background, an IGCSE school may be a better option so that the transition adjustments are minimal . Also concept based learning has a better residual effect and a child will benefit out of it. IN India, IGCSE is considered equivalent to Grade-10 and so there would not be any compatibility issues if you wish to consider India as the place for higher education.
      Rgds

      • Vaishali Pawar on said:

        Dear Sir,

        Many thanks for the quick response.
        One last query:
        Is IGCSE syllabus tough than CBSE syllabus. Please let us know.

        Regards,
        Vaishali/Rajesh

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear vaishali,
          The content is almost the same , the only difference is that in IGCSE, there is more of application oriented study while CBSE is more Text book based study.
          Rgds

      • Vaishali Pawar on said:

        Dear Sir,

        Thanks for your suggestion. Appreciate your quick responses

        Regards,
        Vaishali

  242. Dear Mr. Unnikrishnan,

    We are about to relocate to Kuala Lumpur. Our son is 5 years and 7 months old. He is currently studying in UKG under the CBSE syllabus in India. We are planning to admit him into an International School in Malaysia that follows the IGCSE syllabus. I have the following clarifications. Grateful if you could help me with your views.

    a) Would it be better, from a long term perspective, to admit him into a school that follows the IB syllabus than IGCSE? It would help if you could let me know the pros and cons of both.
    b) Would it be difficult for our son to cope up (after having studied in either IB or IGCSE) with the CBSE syllabus if we were to return to India after 4 or 5 years.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vidya,
      Both IB and IGCSE options are equally good from an experience point of view and for higher education options. The point to consider before selection of school is the quality of staff, infrastructure and delivery of education.
      With regard to getting back to CBSE syllabus, if you were to return to India before your son gets into Senior school ( Grade 8 and above), it should not be a problem to adjust. You could keep your son in touch with Indian syllabus in Math and Science with some help at home.
      Rgds
      Unni

  243. Raeesa N. on said:

    Hi Capt Unni krishnan Sir,
    Thank you for the previous answer to my question Sir,My daughter is studying in 5th class (CBSE)- NCERT Syllabus ,next year she change to new School ( The School Textbook is followed (CCE) in full Subjects, that School followed (1st-10th class)full CCE textbooks If She continued her studies is this better for her?Kindly concerned this matter &good solution for this.
    Thanx&Regards,

  244. Nelson on said:

    Pls guide,

    My Children are in the 7th and 2nd Std. Studying in an ICSE school in Bangalore. Both struggle with Hindi. I am observing that their fear of Hindi is impacting other subjects as my son falls sick before the Hindi exam and then all other exams are impacted because of this fear psychosis. The school offers no options.

    What can i do to help my child?

    thanking you
    Nelson.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nelson,

      There are a number of schools that offer options in second language it may be a good idea to look for a school that offers option of another Second language so that you can reduce stress for the children.
      Rgds

  245. Sweetha on said:

    Hi Capt.,

    My son is studying PreKG(CBSE ) near by school, it is OK kind of school in the sense they are more academic and i see a communication problem because most of the teacher interacts in Tamil only. So i am little worried.

    I have heard of another school which follows IGCSE is good but my concern is
    1) Will teacher will be trained properly to take the class
    2) I am little worried about the too much of mixed culture
    3) I want him to take common entrance exam after 12th will he be able to do that without any difficulty .Even if i move him from IGCSE to CBSE after 10th grade will he able to handle it easily.

    Looking forward from you sir.

    Thanks in Advance
    Sweetha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shwetha,
      IGCSE is a good option for exposure but it is essential to study the program in a school that is able to do justice. You will have to check out the standard of delivery in the school before you make up your mind. It is surely possible for a student who has done well in an IGCSE program to adjust to CBSE syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 and also do well in the entrance exams.
      Rgds

  246. krisharuna on said:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for posting this page with lot of info that every parent wants.

    My son is currently studying in LKG in a preschool. I have few questions in mind. Please clarify
    1. The current school seems to be good . Can I allow him to continue with the same school and get admission from First standard.
    2. I heard that getting admission from First std is difficult. Is it true. Should I try to get admission in UKG.
    3. I want my kid to learn hindhi ( Mine is a Tamil family) and a foreign language also. Is it school dependant or board dependent.
    4. There are very good schools nearby my house with in 3 km radious . But the best schools are far ( 7 -10 Kms) from my home. Is there any particular advantage of going to best school in bangalore traffic.
    5. It is too early to find the talent of my kid. So for the initial years till some talent is visibly seen, I want him to study in a school which gives importance to education and extra curricular activities. Overall which board emphasises on holistic development of the child.
    6. We only speak Tamil at home . So his language skills in english can develope only at school. I heard that ICSE is more into english and literature. Do CBSE students also have strong foundation in english.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Krisharuna

    • Unni Krishnan on