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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. niraj on said:

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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 ?

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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?

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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

  72. 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

  73. 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.

  74. 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

  75. 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

  76. 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

  77. 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

  78. 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

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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

  84. 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.

  85. 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

  86. 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.

  87. 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….

  88. 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

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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

  92. 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

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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

  99. 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

  100. 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

  101. 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

  102. 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

  103. 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…….

  104. 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

  105. 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.

  106. 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

  107. 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

  108. 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

  109. 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?

  110. 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

  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. 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

  114. 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

  115. 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

  116. 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

  117. 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

  118. 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

  119. 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

  120. 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

  121. 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

  122. 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

  123. 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

  124. 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

  125. 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

  126. 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

  127. 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

  128. 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

  129. 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

  130. 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

  131. 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

  132. 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

  133. Yogesh Patil on said:

    site is very informative

  134. 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

  135. 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

  136. 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

  137. 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.

  138. 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.

  139. 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

  140. 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

  141. 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,

  142. 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

  143. 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

  144. 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 said:

      Dear Krisharuna,
      It is perfectly Ok to have your child study in a nearby Play school till Grade-1 and then move to a regular school. The challenge is of getting seats in Grade-1 since most schools have their own KG sections and those students will get priority for admission. You will need to met the school where you intend admitting your child and work out details with them and if necessary shift in LKG itself.
      With regard to languages, a student has to compulsorily choose 2 languages from Grade 1-10 and a third language is to be studied in Grades 5-8, the choice of subjects is dependent on school policy.
      All schools are good but generally conventional schools have more emphasis on Academics and if the student strength is more , then opportunity to improve on extra curricular activities get limited. Schools that have a mix of Indian and International syllabus give children more exposure especially in the early years and hence it may be worth admitting your child to some of the new schools which offer a non conventional education. Most of the new schools have a mixed community of children and there language of communication is English and hence the child will pick up the language in school. Also it may be a good idea for you to start reading sessions with the child at home thus promoting a reading habit which is very good to improve the child’s language.
      Rgds

  145. Priya Antony on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My daughter will pass 8th from Tamil Nadu, in Tamil Nadu State syllabus, which she study for last 3 years. Before that she was in Kerala and studied CBSE syllabus. Now I am moving to Mysore, so is it possible to get admission for her in 9th under CBSE syllabus in Mysore. Also, is she required to study the local language.

    Another thing, this changing of state will become a hindrance for her to write state and central entrance for medicine and engineering.

    Thanks in advance,

    Priya Antony

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Priya,
      It is surely possible to join a CBSE school in Grade-9. In CBSE , in Grades 9 and 10 there are only 2 languages and you can choose to leave out the local language and continue with the First and second language that your child has been studying.
      Change of State has no hindrance in entrance examination except that many states have separate quota for local students in the State colleges. The advantage of studying the CBSE syllabus in Grade11 & 12 is that the common entrance examinations are held based on the same syllabus.
      Rgds

  146. Surabhi on said:

    Dear Sir,

    This site is really very informative and helpful.

  147. Raeesa N. on said:

    Dear Capt. Unni krishnan Sir,
    What is the CCE syllabus and I want to know about does all Cambridge affiliated international school (The king school)Kerala will follow this syllabus CCE(CBSE) or not ?kindly send as reply.

  148. RESPECTED SIR,
    I have given my O Level exams from IGCSE board and got Grade B in English and Hindi Grade C in Physics Chemistry Maths and Grade D in Biology. I want to take admission in Cbse board. Does CBSE consider me as high school passed or not ? Does Grade D is considerred as passed or not according to CBSE ?

    KINDLY REPLY
    THANKS

  149. Respected Sir,
    I have given my O Level 10th exams and have got Grade C (60-70%) in Physics Chemistry Maths, Grade B (70-80%) in English Hindi and Grade D (50-60%) in Biology. I have taken admission in CBSE Board in 11th before my result was leaked. I have passed in all subjects according to the IGCSE board. AM i considerred as high school passed student or not according to CBSE board ? Till what GRADE does CBSE recognise IGCSE students as passed ?

    KINDLY REPLY
    THANK YOU

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rohit,
      O level is equivalent to Grade-10 . As per details provided by you, you will considered as pass in Grade-10 and you can join Grade-11 in any Board.
      Rgds

  150. Humayoon Kabeer on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter is in 10th standard now following Kerala Board Syllabus. She would like to move to a new school for 11th standard to follow CBSE syllabus. Is that possible to move from Kerala board to CBSE once she completes her 10th in Kerala board?
    Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Humayoon,
      Yes, it is possible to shift to a CBSE School after passing Grade-10 Board exam.
      Rgds

      • Captain, I was wondering whether a person studying in Andhra Intermediate Board could switch to CBSE curriculum after completion of 11th. That is, finishing 11th in AP board and start 12th in CBSE. Please do reply.
        Thanks in advance.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Kavin,
          I do not think CBSE will accept students in Grade-12 from a different Board unless it is a special case for which, you will have to visit the local CBSE Regional office and emphasise upon them the reason for the shift.
          Rgds

  151. NAVIN NAHAR on said:

    Hi capt,
    I want to put my son in nursery for acd. year 2014-15 in IGCSE .. he will be 3.6 years when he will join nursery.. now 3.6 is eligiable for lower prep.. is it ok to put him in nursery at this age or shall i go for lower prep…
    I have another option to make his mid term admisson and put him in nursery from 1 dec 13… and then next year lower prep..
    what would be better form him .. next year nursery or mid term admission in nursery or or next year direct to lower prep

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Navin,
      Admissions are the prerogative of a school and you can take a decision based on acceptance by the school. Do not worry about syllabus because in the younger years there is no significant content in the syllabus. The difference is in delivery and this is strictly based on school.
      Rgds

  152. Pavithra on said:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for the article. It is very informative for young parents like me. I am a mother of a very young child about to start schooling and i would like to choose IGCSE for my child. However, i understand (from various net search) that IGCSE examinations are more application based while ICSE and CBSE are more memory based. I also came to know that, to be able to write competitive exams with in India, ICSE and CBSE are better as the assessment methods match. I would like to know if my understanding is right? And if a child studies IGCSE till 10th or 12th, will transition to higher studies with in India be difficult or challenging? I am also contemplating on alternate education for my child (my child is very normal) as i agree with their educational philosophy. Would appreciate your guidance. Thank you in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Pavithra,
      Application based and concept based studies is surely a good option when it comes to learning unlike book based option which is good for studying (You can refer another of my blog on Studying Vs Learning). Considering the fact that education in India is going through a change, you can consider the option of Studying up to Grade-10 in IGCSE and then shift to State Board or CBSE so that your child can be ready for Entrance exams. So long as a student is motivated to do well, it is absolutely not a problem in adjusting and actually from along term perspective the foundation on concept based learning will help in life.
      Rgds

  153. Respected Sir,
    I am a student of class 11. I have given my class 10 or O Level exams from IGCSE board but now i have taken admission in India in CBSE board in class 11. I got grade D in biology in my o level exams. I got admission in class 11 in India before my IGCSE result was arrived. Does CBSE recognise Grade D (50-60%) of IGCSE O level exams as pass or not? Will i get any problem in future in my further studies because of this grade in Biology? Does CBSE recognise me as high school passed or not?
    KINDLY REPLY
    THANK YOU

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Arbaz,

      Pass in 5 subjects (including English)in any Grade in IGCSE is considered equivalent to all Indian Tenth Standard Boards. You will not have any problem if you have passed in 5 subjects.
      Rgds

  154. drisya on said:

    dear sir
    which sylabus is followed by an anglo indian school.

  155. Sathya narayana on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I saw this site today and liked it very much. We have 2 children, in 5th and 6th std in CBSE syllabus, there are studying in Andra Pradesh with second language Telugu. we are planning to shifting our residences to Bangalore in 20014 is it possible to get admissions in schools in Karnataka who have Hindi and Kannada as there second language, we are giving home tutions in Hindi
    Than you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sathyanaryana,
      Sure shifting to a CBSE school should not be a problem so long as you can match the subjects.
      Rgds

  156. Milind Patel on said:

    Thanks for such a nice blog. It helps a lot in decision making. Just had one question the answer of which I did not get by going through this blog.
    1. In terms of quota/seats available in the Engineering/Medical colleges which is better State Board, CBSE or ICSE? In 1998, at the time of admission, the private AICTE approved engineering colleges had 90% of the seats reserved for state board students and 10% for CBSE students. Is the case now as well?

    Thanks,
    Milind

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Milind,
      There is a move by the Govt to have a common entrance exam for all Professional colleges but this has not yet been fully accepted even though 26 State Boards follow the NCERT Syllabus in Grade 11 & 12. The admission policy in Colleges is very dependent on State Govt. policies and this keeps changing. You will need to look at the policy prevalent in the year , you seek admission. You will find details in the websites of the State Governments.
      Rgds

      • Milind Patel on said:

        Thanks. If possible, could you please advise the current admission policy for say Bangalore or Maharashtra state for professional colleges.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Milind,
          Please refer the official website so that you will get all rules and regulations and related options.These are quite exhaustive and it is recommended that it be referred on the official website.
          Rgds

  157. Sir
    Under what circumstance can a classs 5 student be detained by the school(CBSE).
    please reply
    regards murli

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Murli,
      Officially , there is a policy that no student can be failed in any class up to Grade-8 but personally, I feel If a child has failed owing to lack of understanding, it may be in the interest of the child to repeat the class so that by the time, the child gets to senior class, he/ she can perform well.
      Rgds

  158. Dear Capt. Unni Krishnan,

    Thank you for this wonderful site!

    Would it be possible for you to point us to a detailed, subject-based curriculum for the IGCSE stream just like the website shows for ICSE and CBSE streams ?

    Thanks,
    Regards,
    Aarti

  159. Annie Binu Tom on said:

    Dear Sir ,
    My son studies in a Delhi school (CBSE ) . He is in 6th standard this year they have to take an additional subject (French or Sanskrit ) as their third language . The school says that only the first fifty students who has scored high marks in English will have an option to take french ( total strength of the class is 50 students and three section )So out of the 150 students only 50 can choose the third language .After much dialouge with the coordinator nothing much happenend and he continued studying sanskrit . One fine day they told him that he has been given french as his third language ……… and after atttending about five classes they told him that the name was wrongly announced and that he has to go back to the sanskrit class again . The boy didnt report this to the parents niether did the school…………. during the first SA 1 he wrote the French paper instead of the sanskrit . The school authorities have not informed me abt this … He has got high marks in all other subjects .they have not given us the french paper which is has wrote . the boy is very depressed as he is very much interested in learning french . As a parent what should i do ???

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Annie,
      This is school administrative issue and you must take up the matter with the school. You can write to the Principal requesting for an audience and explain your case. I am sure the school will consider your request if there is no limitation of total students they can accommodate in a French class.
      Rgds

  160. Partha Ghosh on said:

    Dear Mr Unni,

    Today I got to know from my daughter’s (in Std-II now) school that from coming year they will be moving from CBSE to IGCSE. Please tell me in this case if say after few years I need to move to another city (due to my job constraint) and if I do not find any IGCSE school in that new place then will it be possible for me to admit my daughter in other board say CBSE ? Is IGCSE certificates are acceptable to other Indian boards ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Partha,
      A number of IGCSE schools have opened up in the country and it may not be difficult to find an option of IGCSE school in most big cities. The challenge you may face is that IGCSE is generally offered in International schools and the fee of these schools re varied. With regard to acceptability, IGCSE is accepted as an equivalent stream in India and in Grade-10 , a pass in 5 subjects including English is considered as eligible for admission to Grade-11.
      Rgds

  161. sanchit on said:

    dear sir,
    sir i am an igcse student, and i am in 10th grade ,sir what would better for me cbse board or ib diploma
    for studying in India only.i know it would be better if i take cbse but i find ib better in terms of studies and also it suits
    me.sir could you please tell me which board should i take for my grade 11th and 12th as per the current situation of the
    recognition of ib students and cbse students in indian colleges.
    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sanchit,
      While IB is a more application based study system, to study in India, CBSE will be a better option in Grade 11 & 12 since most colleges have admission based on Percentage of marks. IB is accepted as equivalent to CBSE Grade-12.
      Rgds

  162. Dr Shweta Rathi on said:

    i went through the entire page and finally thanked god for helping me find a person who can guide me. My son is in Bhavans Vidyashram, Jaipur(Rajasthan) in class 6. I want to send him to Dhirubhai International School,Mumbai which runs ICSE Board. My son wants to go for administrative services in future as my family has I.A.S, I.P.S. So we need ur guidelines —would there be a problem if i send him to Dhirubhai Ambani International looking into academic point of view. What would u suggest as i want my child to study instead on indulging into other activities. Is this school good from academic point of view? or is it only a name sake….

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dr Rathi,
      It would be good idea to send your son to Dhirubhai International school since he will exposed to a wider spectrum of activities. To join the Civil Services, he needs to be a Graduate in any discipline and considering the competition, he should also take up some additional coaching specific to the entrance. It may also be worth getting the young man into the habit of doing extra work beyond what is done at school so that he is more focussed and will get into the habit of working hard.As an option, you can register him on www.learnhive.net for online assessments.
      Rgds

  163. Mahalakshmi Naik on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son is currently in class 10 (ICSE) and is actually struggling with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He is doing excellent with Biology and English. He writes short stories and poems too. He says he wants to do wild life photography and also write on them. Please advise what is best for him.

    Regards
    Mahalakshmi

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mahalakshmi,
      Good to know that your son is clear about what he wishes to do and is good in related subjects. A good option for him would be to join the Cambridge / Ed Excel A level program in Grade -11 so that he has to take up only subjects that he likes and do well in that. I suggest he attempt English language and Literature, Biology and any other subject he likes in A level and then go on to take up an Under Graduate program that will lead him to his career path.
      Rgds

  164. Surabhi on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I saw this site today and liked it very much. We have 2 children, one in 5th std in ICSE syllabus and another in play group. My husband is in UK and we’re planning to relocate to UK in the next academic year and will be there for 2-3 years. I have heard that the education system in UK is not that great and the standard is low compared to ICSE or CBSE. If we’re relocating to UK what syllabus we should look for my children? We’ll be definitely back after 2 or 3 years and then would it be a problem for my kids to adjust to ICSE or CBSE? Please advise.

    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Surabhi

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Surabhi,
      You can join any school in Uk that follows an International syllabus and since you are sure to come back to India in a 2-3 years. You can help your child do some extra work at home by practicing Math and science as per Indian Syllabus. This will help the children settle back easily when you come back. You can try the Assessments on Learnhive.net since they are available on line and will also give you a regular report of the progress of the children.
      Rgds

  165. shruti on said:

    Respected Sir,

    I am student of class 10th and I want to know what are the demerits of class 9th NCERT syllabus of class 9TH.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shruti,
      There is nothing wrong with the NCERT 9th Standard syllabus. Please concentrate on your studies and score high marks in your Tenth.
      Rgds

  166. Dear Mr. Krishnan,
    Many Thanks for a nice article.
    I am a NRI with British citizenship. All my education had been in India.
    Now I need to start my son’s (also British NRI) education who is near about 3 years now. We were in London till last year, but now are based in Jeddah, KSA. Here we have an option to choose either an Indian school (CBSE) or a British school (IGCSE). Because of my personal education being in India, I got great regards to it. While we were in London we didn’t had the choice, but here in Jeddah due to choices, my confusion is whether to put my son in Indian or British school. I didn’t really planned anything thing for the future, I wanted my son to explore options and choose a field. But as father wanted to provide best appropriate options. Could you guide me please?
    Many Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Tan,
      Both CBSE and IGCSE are good options. The benefit of IGCSE is that it provides the school with a lot of freedom in conducting projects thus helping better understanding of concepts. It also allows options to leave out subjects that a child may not be interested in but this is only in the senior classes. Since you are aBritish citizen, it may be appropriate to opt for IGCSe and take up additional exercises in Math and science to improve speed.
      Rgds

      • Many Thanks Mr. Krishnan. Your advice is of good value for me. Much appreciated.
        I am not sure if you would know good IGCSE schools in Jeddah KSA for a 3 year old kid. Just thought of asking here as, even if you don’t know, some of your followers might know and respond. Hope you wouldn’t mind.
        Many Thanks and Best Regards

  167. my child studies in 8th grade in a CBSE school in Mysore , she is a slow learner from the very beginning and now after counseling at spastic society of Karnataka (suggests she lags 2 years back ) advices us to take exams through NATIONAL OPEN SCHOOLING , my question is “dose the school have the right to remove her from the school or not give her a chance to give board exams” KINDLY REPLY, ALL I WANT IS A CHANCE FOR HER TO WRITE HER 10TH, IS IT POSSIBLE THROUGH CBSE

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear saleha,
      Government regulation that all students must be passed is applicable only till Grade-8 and hence the school has the option to not clear the student to go to Grade-9. Personally , I feel you must consider the option of NIOS so that it will be less stressful for the child also NIOS Grade-10 is equivalent to CBSE -10 and there is no difference in eligibility after that.

  168. Dear Sir,
    one of my friend son studied in igcse certificate in sudan….now they like to studied in chennai, if madras university wil accept this certificate for higher studies……

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vinoth,
      As per regulations, if a student passes in 5 Subjects with Grade-D and above in IGCSE ( Grade-10) and passes in minimum 2 subjects at A level( Grade-12), the student can join Undergraduate program in India. Some universities will need pass in A level in subjects that the student wishes to take up for Graduation. If the student is shifting to Grade-11 after IGCSE , then pass in 5 subjects including English is sufficient.
      Rgds

      • Dear Sir,

        From your previous reply to Mr.Vinoth I understand,
        “As per regulations, if a student passes in 5 Subjects with Grade-D and above in IGCSE ( Grade-10) and passes in minimum 2 subjects at A level( Grade-12), the student can join Undergraduate program in India.”
        Is there a minimum age limit or other conditions to this regulation? Say the student passes IGCSE (Grade 10) in November. Can the student attempt in following May minimum 2 subjects at ‘A level to qualify for Undergraduate program in India?

        Thanks and Regards,
        Velu

  169. Dear all,
    I nee to know abt IGCSE certificate,one of my friend son studied in igcse school in sudan….now they like to studying in madras university, if they accept that igcse certificate……

  170. Kokila Amarnath on said:

    Dear Sir,
    We have started a new school( Lower Primary).ICSE Board. We would like to get the syllabus
    for classes I, II and III for English, Mathematics and EVS. Can you kindly help?
    Regards,
    Kokila

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kokila,
      The ICSE Board has a booklet that provides guidelines on syllabus for classes from Grade1 to 8. You may be able to get it from the book dealers who sell ICSE syllabus books.
      Rgds

      • Kokila Amarnath on said:

        Dear Sir,
        Thank you for your prompt reply. We will surely try to get the booklet.
        Regards,
        Kokila

        • Kokila Amarnath on said:

          Dear Sir,
          As per your suggestion we tried for the ICSE Primary School syllabus booklet with the dealers like Cambridge and Orient Blackswan. They don’t seem to have anything like that. The net also doesn’t seem to be of help. It will be great if you could help us out.
          Thanks,
          Regards,
          Kokila

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Kokila,
            In which place is your school located?
            Rgds

          • Kokila Amarnath on said:

            Dear Sir,
            Our school is located in Banashankari VI Stage, off Kanakapura Road.
            Regards,
            Kokila

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear Kokilla,
            I have a copy of the syllabus . The address of the publisher printed on it is as below:
            The Inter State Board of Anglo- Indian Education
            c/o Pragati House, 3rd Floor , 47-48, Nehru Place,
            New Delhi- 110019
            Hope you will be able to trace it from there.
            Rgds

  171. Hello! Capt. Uni Krishnan
    I have a question for which If you can answer , will help me to plan for future education for my son:
    Currently my son is in grade -5 and studying in ICSE curriculum, in Dubai. I am willing to switch over to IB curriculum from class -9 onwards. Is it OK for him to switch at that stage? Can you please advise!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear HC,
      While it is OK to shift to Ib at any stage, If you are keen in benefitting from the IB system of delivery of education, you must have your child join the system in the early years.
      Rgds

  172. Dear Sir, Thank you for this informative write-up. I have a question related to college admission. If the child is of foreign nationality, but studies Grade 7 through 12 in India, will the child still be considered an NRI applicant for colleges and will he or she only have a limited pool of seats to apply for? Or because the child did schooling in India for certain number of years and completed the 12th in India, he or she will be considered as a local/native candidate for colleges? Could you please clarify what is the criteria ( e.g number of years of study in Indian school etc) for admission into Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Engineering and Medical schools? Similarly is there any criteria for IIT, and All India level Medical examinations so a student is considered as native student and not a NRI?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Meena,
      There is a lot of confusion on the admission policy and entrance exam process to Professional colleges and each State has devised its own method of admission. I would request you to check the individual websites of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Engineering and Medical colleges to get the latest on these policies. Please keep a regular tab on these as it keeps getting amended regularly.
      Rgds

      • Dear Sir, Thanks much for the input. What is the official website for TN college admissions. I found a variety of websites for TN but wasn’t sure which one was the official one. Could you direct me to the official website for TN? I found the Karnataka one @ http://kea.kar.nic.in/cet2013/eligibility_clause.pdf and hope that’s the right one.
        Thanks again
        Sincerely, Meena

  173. Jobi Vijay on said:

    Hai Sir,
    My daughter is 2.5 years old. I am looking to put her in school next year. I am confused about board which I want to put her whether its CBSE or ICSE. I liked the practical application approach followed by the ICSE syllabus which I feel is really important for the students. I want my daughter to approach for the All India Entrance Examination Test also for which the CBSE syllabus is desirable. Please suggest me what board can i choose for my daughter. Is it not possible to shine well in the All India Entrance Exam if my daughter takes up ICSE board. If its ICSE i want to put my daughter in St. Micheal’s Academy Adyar Chennai or if its CBSE should put her in Bhavan’s Rajaji or SBOA. Please give me suggestions. Thanks in advance

  174. Jobi Vijay on said:

    Hai Sir,
    My daughter is 2.5 years old. I am looking to put her in school next year. I am confused about board which I want to put her whether its CBSE or ICSE. I liked the practical application approach followed by the ICSE syllabus which I feel is really important for the students. I want my daughter to approach for the All India Entrance Examination Test also for which the CBSE syllabus is desirable. Please suggest me what board can i choose for my daughter. Is it not possible to shine well in the All India Entrance Exam if my daughter takes up ICSE board. If its ICSE i want to put my daughter in St. Micheal’s Academy Adyar Chennai or if its CBSE should put her in Bhavan’s Rajaji or SBOA. Please give me suggestions. Thanks in advance

  175. Dear Sir,

    Reading all the questions and your answers relieved my tension. My son has just started his KG1 this year n is currently pursuing CBSC syllabus in uae and it is a good school with latest ict technology. But I want to send him in a Cambridge school, mainly due to personality development but at the same time I don’t want him to be lacking in studies, in this 3 months he has already learned to write from a-p. I have observed his studies he is more interested in maths than English. He is a fast learner and picks up things quickly but he doesn’t like to write especially alphabets. Just wanted to know if IGCSE would suit him more and would it be difficult for him to switch to CBSC at any stage later. I am confused which curriculum to choose. Kindly advise on how IGCSE is better than CBSC and if I choose IGCSE for him will it be a good decision. I don’t want to regret later.
    Awaiting for your immediate response.

    • Sir Awaiting for your response

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Afsha,
      It is too early for you to get into making assessments that your child does not like to write or so. Please understand that the initial years should focus towards developing Fine and Gross motor skills of the child and improve social interactions. This is mainly dependent on the school and not the syllabus > Since most CBSE schools are very structure oriented , you do not find too much of out of the box methods adopted. I suggest you check out schools where children have fun along with learning and get your son admitted there, by the time he gets into Grade4 or so , you can decide what path you would want him to take and then choose the syllabus accordingly. There are a number of out of school and on line initiatives available to give the child additional exposure. Notes and exercises on Learnhive is also a great way to improve the Learning experience of the child , Try it !!

  176. Dear Sir,
    My son is studying in ICSE syllabus now at 8th standard. I am moving to Chennai next year. My questions is, can I put him in CBSE at 9th standard. Will it be possible / will he able to pickup. Please suggest.

    Thanks in advance,
    Thiru

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Thiru,
      I don not see any problem in your son being able to adjust to CBSE syllabus in Grade-9. Actually it is a good move since it will help him continue 11 & 12 in CBSE and all entrance examinations are held as per CBSE Syllabus in Grade-11 & 12.
      Rgds

  177. Sir,

    I have finished my 10th class from cbse board (cgpa 9.6) (had been a student of cbse since 1st class to 10th class) however, due to some circumstances I had to go for Andhra Pradesh state board syllabus in 11th class. Now as next year I would have my 11th class completed, is there any way to switch back to cbse again in 12th class? Considering that I have been studying in cbse since 1st class and also I’m an ex-serviceman daughter, will the cbse school accept me in 12th class?

    Thankyou!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shruti,
      From your study point of view, there should not be any problem since State Boards have adopted the NCERT syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 and hence you will have studied the same subjects and syllabus in Grade -11 of AP State Board, however change over is dependent on the CBSE Board and I suggest you meet the regional CBSE office/ check the official website for the process of change over. I am sure it is possible and if you start the process now, you will be well set for the change by the end of the year.
      Rgds

  178. Sir,

    How many subjects will the children have in their 10th if it is ICSE Syllabus.

    Regards
    Sunitha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sunitha,
      The ICSE Board has 3 groups in which , as of now a student needs to do 4 subjects Namely English, Second Language, Environmental Education and Social Studies, In Group II- 2 subjects are a must (List is on the ICSE website and most schools choose to offer Math and science). In Group-III- One subject is compulsory ( These are Vocational subjects and again the list is on the website). Based on these, a student ends up studying 7 main subjects and if you take actual subjects it is 11 Since Science has Physics, Chemistry and Biology and Social Studies has History, Geography and Civics.
      Rgds

  179. Dear sir,
    I have completed my 12th and i am repeating it as i got compartment in mathematics but i need the registration no. of 11th from where could i get the no.?

  180. Hi Capt.,
    Would you please

    Since we are needed to move to Mysore , we have to seek an admission for my son for the next academic year. So i want to know is there any C.B.S.E schools for 7th std, that teaches special english / Hindi / malayalam instead of the second language kannada ?

  181. Hello Sir,

    My daughter is now 2.9 months and by next June she will be joining one of the big schools. Could you kindly let us know which schools have foreign language as third language in bangalore. We are very keen that she picks up a foreign language (when she starts her third language).

    Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Keerthi,
      A number of schools offer languages such as French/ German/ Spanish as both Second and Third language. You will need to check this information from the schools directly.
      Rgds

  182. Aishwarya on said:

    Respected Sir,

    I live in Dubai. I am currently in Grade X in a CBSE school. Due to financial reasons, I have to go back to India. But as I am currently in the middle of the academic year, is it possible to continue to academic year in India in CBSE, or will I have to restart the grade again in April?

    I would prefer not to restart the year, so is there any other curriculum in India that will accept me and let me continue tenth or that will start the new academic year now (September)?

    Please reply as soon as possible.
    Aishwarya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aishwarya,
      Your best chance to continue Tenth Standard without losing a year is to apply to CBSE Board through your school and seek transfer to another school in India. CBSE is meant for students who are likely to be transferred and hence this should not be a problem. It will also help you in studies since all CBSE schools follow the same syllabus. The important part is to identify the school where you wish to join.
      Rgds

  183. peejay sekhon on said:

    respected sir,
    i am currently studying in grade 10 in a cbse school …can i change my school after completing grade 10 to igcse board…..please do list some advantages of igcse board over cbse …..and would it be beneficial for me to get admission in international universities..??

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sekhon,
      You can surely shift to the iGCSE stream after Tenth and it is called A levels. The only advantage of appearing for A levels is that you can choose individual subjects and appear for teh exam and you choice can eb diverse for Eg. You can choose English, Math, History, Economics and so on. To study in India for Undergraduate programs , it is essential to pass in English and the subjects you wish to pursue,The minimum subjects required are 2. While A levels is accepted in Foreign Universities and you will get a slight extra weightage but from an Indian context if you intend appearing for competitive exams , it is surely not a preferred syllabus if you
      Rgds

  184. Sunitha on said:

    Sir,
    My son is in 8th std. and he is Studying ICSE syllabus. When he goes to 10th std., is it required to study / refer books from different publishers. I am very much worried as the current syllabus is becoming tough but he is taking it very lightly and he studies well. Please advice in referring books. If so does he need to refer books for all the subjects or just Maths and Science will do.

    Regards
    Sunitha

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sunitha,
      While it is Ok to study the text books if the aim is to get marks in the exam but if you wish to get a good understanding of the topics and prepare to do well in competitive exams, reference books are a good idea. Additional practice especially in Math and Science will surely enhance performance. The aim of our providing practice exercises on www.Learnhive.net is to assist students in this endeavor to excel.
      Rgds

  185. ramanbrara on said:

    my query is that if a student has graduated from IGCSE board den is he eligible to appear for civil services exams in india?

    pls rply asap

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear raman, Passing in 5 subjects in IGCSE is equivalent to all other Boards and you will be eligible to appear for Civil Services if you are a Graduate.
      Rgds

  186. praveen on said:

    i am studing in 11th std in isc board in uttar pradesh.
    can i change the school in 12th std to kerala in same isc board.

  187. Vineet Agarwal on said:

    Hi
    we are based outside India. Kids are in IGCSE curriculum.

    Queries
    1) Indian universities accept students of IGCSE curriculum after some conversion of grades to Indian. where can I find more information on the conversion of IGCSE grades to CBSE for college (Under Graduate) admission.
    2) Does this conversion put the IGCSE students to any disadvantage.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vineet,
      Admission to Indian Universities after A levels ( grade-12 equivalent of IGCSE) is possible. The minimum qualifying standard as per ‘Association of Indian Universities’ is pass in at least 2 subjects at A level. However depending on the course applied for college, there may be additional requirements Eg.- For Engineering pass in English, Physics, Math and Chemistry is mandatory. With regard to conversion of Grades, there is no standard matrix and is again specific to college and University.
      Rgds

  188. Dear Sir,
    This is for my son who 3.5 years old. I am from Kerala and the admission to various schools for next year starts from this month onwards. Could you please compare new KeralaState syllabus and the CBSE? Which is better? Heard that new Kerala syllabus is more activity oriented( From the above readings can it be compared to IGCSE?). Final aim is, he can build up better (as you specified like IGCSE) but also can compete in the various exams later (without being a book worm). Is there any language (english, hindi) handling improvement by studying in CBSE. Please guide

    Thanks & Regards
    sijo

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sijo,
      I do not have information on the Kerala Syllabus and hence am unable to advice you in this regard. My advice would be that irrespective of the syllabus, your focus during selection of school must be the delivery of the syllabus and the learning experience which is specific to the school. While the Board may specify a system which is common for all schools but the results will depend on the methods adopted by the school.
      Rgds

  189. SHARAD RAJ SINGH MAURYA /ANAND BHAWAN SCHOOL.BARABANKI on said:

    SIR,
    I WAS STUDYING IN ANAND BHAWAN SCHOOL BARABANKI .NOW I DECIDE TO JOIN ANOTHER SCHOOL I NEED REGISTRATION NO.OF MY 9th REGISTRATION NO. PLEASE SEND IT.2012-13 ICSE BOARD ENGLISH MEDIUM . SHARAD RAJ SINGH MAURYA S/O SADHU RAM .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sharad,
      These are administrative matters and the details have to be sought from the school or the relevant board.
      Rgds

  190. pallavi on said:

    If a student had an history of ADD and shows signs of dysgraphia, dyscalculia and executive skills disorder then which board is right board for this student. Is IGCSE a good option? If yes, then what are the concessions provided throughout school years. Please provide details about IGCSE.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Pallavi,
      For a student with learning disability, IGCSE is an option and there is an exemption in second language. IGCSE Board also offers additional time during exams and provision to use a scribe . For al these , it is mandatory to submit relevant documents of disability to the Board. Another option avilable is the NIOS under which a student can appear for a few subjects at a time and thus reduce the load of preparation for the exam. Under both IGCSE and NIOs , it is required to pass in only 5 subjects at Grade-10 level. While all these provisions are provided by the Board, during school years, it is the prerogative of the school as to what concessions should be offered.
      Rgds
      Rgds

  191. harmuk on said:

    Dear Sir,
    We moved from US two months back and joined our son in sixth grade, ICSC syllabus. My son is a slow learner and he is struggling to catch up with all the subjects even after studying 2 to 3 hours every day. He felt disappointed as he did not get good score in first term exams. His optional languages are Telugu and French and he is new to both the languages. He has to put lot of efforts in languages as well to catch up with the syllabus. We came to know from the school that a student can drop one language in 8th grade.
    Is CBSE better suited for him? What is the language requirement in CBSE in class X.
    He may go towards accounting and commerce after class X.
    Which board is better suited for him so that his education is enjoyable. Can he get admission in USA universities for under-grad if he pursue in CBSE board till class 12? What other options does he have apart from joining CBSE board?
    -Regards.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Harmuk,
      It may be a good idea to join an IGCSE school since in IGCSE a student has to pass in 5 subjects including English to be eligible to join for Grade-11 in any syllabus International or Indian. All Grade-12 exams are considered as qualifying exams too study anywhere in the world.
      Rgds

  192. My 14 year old is diagnosed with moderate learning disability. t present he in 9th grade CBSE. will he benefit if i change hm to IB syllabus now.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bessy,
      IB is an intensive program and considering your child has a learning disability, the best option would be to take up A level from Cambridge University in Grade-11 under which pass in 2 subjects at A level will make your child eligible to join college.
      Rgds

  193. Rajveer on said:

    My son has completed his grade 8 from an icse board school in Mumbai and now we are shifting to Dubai. And the school there nearby us has a cie curriculum. So should we put him in a cie school or icse for grade 9.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rajveer,
      CIE is a good option but please check with the school if they take up IGCSE Board exam in Grade-10 or Grade-11.
      Rgds

  194. Alex Joseph on said:

    Hello Captain, I am an indian national working in Abu dhabi now and my son is pursuing his kindergatten in CBSE Syllabus ….

    I feel CBSE schools around is too pressurized with less quality teachers and less attention to have the students nurtured for right personality development which could be offered by schools following IGCSE (there are few)..

    But , does IGCSE make the the student tuned only for foreign studies after his 12th ?
    How competitive is the IGCSE to face indian entrance / civil services as compared to CBSE / ICSE student ?

    I want my son to have the best personality development possible and him to be competitive to check for his graduation options in India & thinking all sides , is CBSE OR IGCSE a better option ?

    Expecting your earliest reply…

    Alex Joseph

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Chris,
      IGCSE is a good learning experience and schools that offer IGCSE give children more opportunity to develop other aspects of personality in addition to academics. While International education is OK to appear for Civil Service entrance but if you wish to have a choice of entrance to IIT and such exams, it may be a good idea to take up the IGCSE up to Grade-10 and in Grade 11 & 12 take up the Indian National syllabus which is followed by CBSE and most State Board schools.
      Rgds

  195. My daughter right now studying in 10th grade, CBSE in Kuwait. She is going to do her 11th and 12th grade in Tamilnadu School State Syllabus. Is she eligible to apply for engineering and medical courses under state run quotas in which she gets good percentage of marks required by colleges.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Hema,
      As of now Tamil Nadu State Engineering and Medical colleges grant admission based on Marks obtained in Grade-12 Board exam. If rules do not change then what you have mentioned is right.

      • Dear sir
        Thanx for your response. Some of them say that she has to study atleast 3 years in state board syllabus in Tamilnadu to become eligible for admission into Tamilnadu Engineering and Medical courses. This is what confusing me. Pls. clarify.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Hema,
          There are so many variants in the rule that it becomes difficult to have a clear position in this regard. I would recommend you visit the Tamil Nadu Board and get a clarity on the matter.In the last few years there have been so many changes in rules that it is best to get info from the Board.
          Rgds

    • Sabiha Umrani on said:

      Sir, My son is 3 yrs now and I m planning to put him in highschool next yr. I m very confused as which board I should go foe ssc or icse. Which board would b easier. I dnt want any burden of studies on him.

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear sabiha,
        The best option to not burden with studies is Home schooling where you can personally decide the pace of study of your child and appear for Exam as and when the child is ready.
        Rgds

  196. Prema G on said:

    Sir,

    My husband has been transferred from B’lore to Mumbai. I have a daughter studying in Ist Standard – Karnataka State Board. I am looking for admissions for her in Mumbai schools. Though I want to admit her in CBSE schools, at present only schools following ICSE syllabus are ready to give her admissions. Will it be difficult for my daughter to follow the ICSE syllabus coming from a state board school. Also if tomorrow I feel my daughter finds the ICSE syllabus to be too tough, will it be possible to change her to a CBSE board easily. Kindly advise. I need your reply urgently.

    Regards,
    Prema.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prema,
      In lower Grades, there is absolutely no problem in adjusting to any syllabus, You may need to spend some time in the initial months on English because that can be the only problem area. Switching from ICSE to CBSE at a later date is also not a problem. The only point to keep in mind when you finalise the school is that you must look for a school where the child will have fun and not be stressed out and also there must be extra curricular activities which are an integral part of a child’s growth.
      Rgds

      • Prema G on said:

        Thanks for the guidance. I will keep your advice in mind while looking at schools.
        I think this is a good site for people who have basically seen only state boards and have lots of questions regarding the newer curriculums being introduced in schools as well as the new crop of international schools coming up in the country.

  197. Abhikalpa Ghosh on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am a student of class 10 (ICSE). I aspire to become an AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER. However, in light of the present Indian system of Education, is it advisable to study under IGCSE board in class 11 and 12 ? If so, do i have to take extra lessons in preparing for the Indian Entrance Examinations (in case i fail to go abroad for higher studies) or is the Syllabus enough to guide through the process??

    Regards,
    Abhikalpa Ghosh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Abhikalpa,
      If you intend studying Aeronautical Engineering in India, then the best option would be to pursue either CBSE or else State Board which has adopted NCERT syllabus . This will help you combine preparation for both Grade-12 final exam and the entrance exams.If you take up an International syllabus in Grade11 & 12, the content for Board exam and Entrance are not exactly in tandem and will result in additional requirement of time. Even if you follow the Indian syllabus, you are eligible to join a Foreign university so that must not be a worry. With regard to additional coaching for entrance exam, irrespective of what syllabus you follow, if you intend doing well in the entrance exam, additional coaching classes is advisable.
      Rgds

      • Abhikalpa Ghosh on said:

        Sir,
        Thank you for your advice. I have another question to ask, while preparing for SAT do i have to study subjects like History or Geography. Further, is it essential to learn a foreign language like French or Chinese for the same ?

  198. Raghu Abbigeri on said:

    Sir,
    Presently I am studying in class 11th of CBSE. Is it possible to change for Karnataka pu board for class 12? If it is possible please tell me about the procedure.

  199. Suresh on said:

    Hi,

    We are currently overseas and our son is studying in CLass-4 under IBO(PYP). We are coming back next year and he will be starting in V th grade. Currently we are teaching him Kannada. Will he need to learn Hindi as well or can he pick Kannada as first and Hindi as the 3rd language ? Will the approach be different in CBSE/ICSE syllabus?

    Thanks
    Suresh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suresh,
      I suppose you meant choice of Kannada and Hindi as second and third language since I think, you will prefer English for First language. With regard to second/ third language, the choice is dependent on the school where you will seek admission.As per regulation, any of them can be opted for Second and Third language.
      Rgds

      • Suresh on said:

        Dear Unni,

        Thanks a lot for quick reply. Yes that was my intended question!. If I understand correctly, second language starts from Grade-1 and third language starts from Grade 5. Am I correct in my assumption? Since we are teaching him Kannada at home, we are hoping to find a school where Hindi is given an option as third language so that he can start from the beginning of the class. Is my understanding correct?

        Once again, thanks a lot for taking time in answering the question. I find this webpage very helpful for the parent.

        -Suresh

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Suresh,
          Second language is taught from Grade-1 to Grade-10 and third language from Grade 5 to 8 except in state Board where it is a part of the Board exam.
          Rgds

  200. shivendra singh on said:

    Dear sir,

    my brother is 21 years old , he did not passed his 12th, now he wants to resume his studies is it possible in CBSE and ISC board

    to fill the private form ,as he was very studious till his 11th ,

    so please give me the links and some info about this it will be really helpful for us.

    or is there any other that he can pursue his studies further

    Regards
    shiven

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shivendra,
      It may be better and easier for your brother to complete his Grade-12 from NIOS ( National Open School) Since it will allow him to do all subjects in one sitting and it is equivalent to CBSE.
      Rgds

  201. Dhananjayan Nair on said:

    Dear Capt. Unni Krishnan
    Today i saw your site/blog, i really liked it very much. indeed your site if educating others, keep educating… keep it up.
    thanks
    with warm regards
    Dhananjayan.Nair
    Date 15/08/2013

  202. Dear Sir

    My son was doing ICSE 9th in bangalore and recently shifted to dubai. Here hejoined ICSe 10th.
    The issue is, he has studied Environmental Applications in Group 111 in bangalore and the school here in dubai has computer applications in luei.
    While I browse the websites of ICSE board ,they clearly sate the below
    Quote -unquote
    “No change of subject(s) is permissible. Candidates who are promoted to Class X are not permitted to change any of the subject(s) that they had offered in Class IX. Candidates who desire to change subject(s) after completion of Class IX would be required to repeat Class IX with the new subject(s)””
    The school has written to the board for change of subjects. I am very concerned whether it will be approved and he will be able to write his exams in computer applications

    Kindly advice

    Expecting your early & valuable rply

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anwar,
      While the rule is that no change in subject is permitted but surely the Board can make exceptions based on recommendation by the school and exigency involved in the case. The Principal of the current school must have put up a strong case and I hope the Board will agree.
      Rgds

  203. Veenna V Negglur on said:

    Sir,
    Can a child write SAT exams without undergoing any coaching for the same?
    What is your recommendation? Whether coaching is necessary for SAT or not?
    Please Sir, reply at the earliest.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Veena,
      Surely a student can appear and pass the SAT exam. What the coaching centers do is provide practice to improve speed and build familiarity of questions. Since it is not matter of passing but scoring highest possible marks, speed accuracy are important.
      Rgds

  204. MIN GUPTA on said:

    My son is 2.5 Years old. it is now time for him to enroll in a school.Right now he is in a play group. We are confused between ICSE and IG board. We have a fair idea of the ICSE board, But, More and more schools are shifting to IG board. Please let us know which is a better board? Going abroad after 12th grade is optional. The decision about higher studies will be taken by my son himself . Please let us know what are the options open to IG board students after the 12th. Grade. We are open to both boards.Its just that we do not wish to be in a situation where ,in the future, his options are limited.We do not wish to burden him with studies.

    • Abhikalpa Ghosh on said:

      It is advisable to pursue ICSE till class 10 and then switch over to some other board while in 11 and 12 (depending upon his ambition).

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Abhikalpa,
        Please visit the official site of SAT and get all information regarding syllabus. subject choices and other rules and regulations so that your preparation is along expected lines.
        Rgds

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        The advantage of being in a CBSE or State Board ( Which has adopted NCERT syllabus) is that your preparation of Board exam and entrance exam can be in tandem.

  205. MIN GUPTA on said:

    Hello Sir,
    Currently my son is in playgroup. I wish to send him in a big school from next year.I am very confused regarding ICSEor IG board. I m from a CBSE board.I know about ICSE borad ut i wish to know about IG board.Would my child be able to do Engineering or IIT or any other equivalent course if I send him to IG board.Will he be open to options after doing IG board?I will not force my decision onto him but i just don’t want to regret later on.I also don’t want to burden him with too much studies with no time left for him. Going abroad for studies in future is optional if he wish to..Kindly guide me sir .
    Thankyou

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mini,
      From a point of view of giving a child better understanding and also not missing the fun in the younger years, it amy be a good idea to choose a IGCSE. The IGCSE program is equivalent to CBSE and ICSE and so it is surely possible to be eligible for IIT and other entrance examinations. An ideal preparation would be to complete IGCSE ( garde-10)and shift to a CBSE or State Board syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 so that in the last few years the child has a common study syllabus which prepares for Grade-12 as well as for entrance exams. By this plan , the child will have a good mix of concept based learning and will also not miss out on the fun of childhood.
      Rgds

  206. Hello Sir,
    My daughter is in 4th of cbse board & son is in lkg. I’m moving to Johannesburg for at least 1 yr & afterwords may go to US. we will come back to india up to my daughter’s 8th then 1: where can i give admission to my children?(there local school or any particular) 2 : cbse or any other board will give them admission after coming back?
    plz reply me.
    Thanks
    Atul

  207. Nayan on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son is in Class 6 ( ICSE board ), in one of the very good schools of western Mumbai. He is doing well in his studies.
    Would it be right for us to switch to IB/ IGCSE in the 8th std. What are the advantages in case we do so? We don’t have plans of sending our son for studies abroad after the 10th standard.
    In case my son opts for Engineering after the 12th std, would it be right to stick to ICSE till 10th & opt for HSC in 11th or should we consider IB.
    Another query that I have is… at this stage (in class 6) is it right to send the child to extra classes ( I am not referring to tuitions) being conducted for Maths , Science etc. Will it help the child in future.. while appearing for various entrance tests or one should stick to what is being taught in school.
    Looking forward to your reply
    Thanks
    Nayan

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nayan,
      The biggest difference between doing an ICSE or IGCSE is the availability of choice of subjects in Grade-9 which allows students to leave out subjects which they are very sure they do not want to pursue. By this, a student can focus on his/ her strength and not worry about the subjects that they are not good at and would not pursue in higher education. Another important difference is the method of learning and assessment in IGCSE which is more on understanding and analysis rather than based on text books. This helps the children in improving their ability to apply concepts learnt.
      If you wish to give your son a wider perspective of the topics he is learning, it may be a good idea to try the IGCSE program.
      Coming to Grade-11, from last year most State Boards have adopted the NCERT curriculum for science and math and entrance examinations for professional colleges is being conducted based on this syllabus and hence it may be a good idea to join a CBSE or HSSC school in Grade-11 so that the preparation for Grade-12 Board and entrance exam can be done in tandem.
      Additional classes in Math and Science are surely a good move since it will not only give the child a larger perspective but also help him plan to take up more work which is very essential in Grade 11 & 12. If you will notice , on the Learnhive platform (http://www.learnhive.net/) also , we provide additional exercises that can be taken on-line and the progress of the student can be monitored.
      Rgds

  208. Srividya on said:

    My daughter is 15yrs old is is giving her IGCSE board papers in Oct 2013. Her subjects include accounting, business studies, economics, core maths, english. She is an average student and not very academically focussed, with grades ranging between 60-70%. She is still not sure what should be her career path. I am not sure if she should persue her 12th in a A levels, or move her to any local Indian Board. Would like to understand the merits and disadvantages of switching boards at this stage. Appreciate your response on this. Thanks.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Srividya,
      Considering the subjects your daughter has chosen and what you have mentioned about her, it may be a good idea for her to pursue commerce stream in a State Board so that what she has studied in IGCSE in Economics and Business studies will be a good start and she can do well in Grade-12 Board exam.
      Regards

  209. Dear Sir,

    My first child is currently in a playschool and I was planning to get him into a proper school from next year. I am currently working in an MNC and expecting to move out of country after 2-3 yrs, so which syllabus do you suggest that we get him into?

    Rgds
    Vamsi

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear vamsi,
      In the junior years, it is not the syllabus followed by school that is important but the delivery of education that you must understand. Considering the fact that you would be relocating after 2-3 years, it may be a good idea to try one of the new age schools that offer International style of delivery of education which will include a lot of activities. If you can afford, you can even choose an International School but surely not a must.
      Rgds

  210. Lalit Kumar on said:

    Hi,

    After staying in London for the last four year, i am planning to shift my family in India. My daughter has just completed Year 10 exam but not appeared in GCSE exam in UK.

    I want to know in which class she will be eligible to get the admission in India under CBSE board and what sort of formalities are required to be completed to get an admission in India.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Lalit

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear lalit,
      Ideally , your daughter must join Grade-10 in a CBSE school but I am not sure if any CBSE school will offer admission in Grade-10 however you can approach the school and check the possibility. As of today a number of schools in India also offer IGCSE and you can look at admitting your daughter in Grade-10 in one of them.
      Rgds

  211. Sir
    I think you are the right person to clear my doubts. I really appreciate the way you have replied everybody;s query promptly. Thank you very much, My queries is about
    School based Versus Board based exam …….

    Certificates are same for both …. No difference at all.

    So if a child wants to join a new school for 11th( might be either CBSE or other board) after giving school based exam in 10th how will the school giving admission know whether the child has given school based exam or board based exam…..

    So my question is ….. IF the child gives school based exam …. can the child go for some other school if the child does not get admission in the same school the child is studying // or the parents might get transferred to other place where CBSE school is not near by /// or the school refuses admission for the child on certain streams and forces the child to take certain stream which the child is not interested ……. Then what ?

    Kids wants to give school based exam only as….. School assures a seat in 11th ( but stream will be based on marks only). Teachers say that the kids can write whatever methods / shortforms that she has taught and they will get marks. otherwise in board based who knows who will correct . School hinted that there will be problem while issuing migration certificate if the child wishes to change board in 11th.

    I need urgent reply as the school is asking to enter whether they will take school based exam or board based exam.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rama,

      In the Indian context , there are so many new rules coming up and most importantly nobody gives full information. Please note that admission to a school is strictly the prerogative of the school and each school forms its own rule. With regard to Board exam Vs School exam, if a student wishes to change Board, it is mandatory to pass in Board exam. If you would seek admission within the same Board in a different school, it will depend on the new school’s admission policy.
      As per regulation there is no problem in migration certificate and all students are eligible for the same. On the correction of papers, there is a standard marking scheme and all teachers are supposed to follow that. If a student answers as per the scheme, marks awarded must be the same.
      I am sorry, I am not in a position to give you one single choice since there is so much ad-hocism in the process and you will need to take a decision based on the school your child is studying and where you would like to apply.
      Rgds

  212. craig on said:

    Dear Sir,
    my friend fail in icse due to two subjects,does he can do supplementary exam for that two subjects only which he fail

    p.s..my point is that student who fail in icse is allowed to do supplementry exam and can re-exam that two subjects only o have to do all over including rest of the subjects

  213. Anil kumar meena on said:

    Dear sir,
    i have completed my 12th class in 2011 with RBSE board ,but by cause of some reasons i wasted my next two years ,.
    so i want to know that can i do 11th & 12th class again with CBSE board??? means can i take admission in 11th class with cbse in 2013-2014 session…..

    plz reply as soon as possible………..

    thank you,
    Anil

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anil,
      I think once you pass the Grade-12 exam you cannot appear again. However, I suggest the nearest CBSE school and check with them.
      Rgds

  214. satheesh on said:

    Hi Sir,
    Reframing my previous question, Is it possible for a kid to study in UK or Germany until 6th or 7th class and continue in India? If yes then which board will be the most siutable?
    Kindly let me kow in this regards.

    Satheesh

  215. Simran on said:

    Dear Sir,

    We have moved abroad and may return to India after 5-6 years. Kids are in primary classes. We have only British Curriculum here. Please let me know if Hindi is a mandatory requirement, in case we return back or other languages can substitute esp. for 10 exams. Also which curriculum is best suited IGCSC or IB?

    Please advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Simran,
      If you are likely to come back to India in time for your children to take the Tenth Board exam (Please plan to return before they start grade-9 , 8th will be ideal) then IGCSE is a better option since there are a number of schools offering IGCSE in India and fee structure of IGCSE schools in India is lower than IB. With regard to second language, you can do foreign languages in CBSE and ICSE boards.Considering the fact that you would like to come back to India, it may be better to choose French as a second language since there are more schools in India offering French as a second language option.
      Rgds

  216. Simran on said:

    Dear Sir,

    We have moved abroad and school available are britsh curriculum, no CBSE and where Hindi is not offered. In case we return to india, will Hindi be mandatory for higher classes and X board or can we do with other languages? In this case which curriculum is most suited IGCSE or IB ?
    Please advice.

  217. anuja basrur on said:

    From which standard in the ICSE schools in Mumbai does French begin as a part of the syllabus curriculum for the primary section?

    Kindly reply urgently.

    Regards

    Anuja Basrur

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anuja,
      This is strictly dependent on the school since the Board officially specifies syllabus only from Grade9 to 12. Other classes are preparation to reach the standard required in Grade-9. Some schools start in Grade-1 and some from Grade-5
      Rgds

  218. Chandrasekar on said:

    My daughter is currently in std 10 ICSE syllabus.
    she is interested in joining IIT for which she is preparing from std 8.It is heard that she can directly write her class 12 board exam without doing her 11th std by taking special permission from the board..is this possible?It is also learnt that after 1 year from her 10th board exam she can write IIT JEE along with the 12 board exam. kindly let us know if this is permissible as per procedure…if so whom we have to approach?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Chandrasekar,
      Any permission for exemption is given only by the governing Board and so you must approach the Board under which your daughter would appear for Grade-12. With regard to IIT entrance, the only regulation they have is that when a student is to be admitted, he/ she must have passed Grade-12 Board exam and the marks obtained as per due weightage will be added to intimate position in merit list.

  219. miley on said:

    how result of class 12th will make by adding percentage of class 11th also like in class 10th in 2015

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      In India as of now, Grade-12 result is only based on performance in Final examination. No weight age for Grade-11 marks or class assessments.

  220. SK CHAUDHARY on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to know that I have read it some where recently that CBSE is going to intiate Integrated System of Education where the 29 State Boards shall be unified and conduct Board Examinations. I require clarification on the following aspects :-

    (a) Firstly, is this information authentic
    (b) if so, where was this information published or from where can I get it (Circular Number or other details from where I can get it)
    (c) and finally, if it is authentic, then when is the exact period, it shall be operational and functional.

    I shall be extremely thankful if you could inform me at the earliest. Looking forward to your information sir. Regards and have a great time. Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear SK ,
      The Government plans to have a common syllabus for Grade-11 &12 so that all students appearing for competitive exams would have been exposed to the same content and it is to achieve this that the Government has directed all Boards to adopt NCERT syllabus.From the Academic session 2012- 13 about 26 Boards have adopted the NCERT syllabus in Grade-11 & 12 especially for Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology ( Education being a State subject, States have their own implementation plan). However in spite of adopting the NCERT syllabus, exams will be conducted by individual boards. You will have to approach the State Government education department to get the relevant official document in this regard.
      Rgds

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sk,
      To help all students have a common base for the Entrance examinations, the Government has decided to have a common syllabus as per NCERT for at least Grade-11 & 12. since 2012-13 session 26 state boards have adopted the NCERT syllabus for Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology ( Education being a State subject all state have their independent implementation plan) . However even though the syllabus is common, Grade-12 examination will be conducted by the respective Boards. You will be able to get the relevant documents from the State Education department or from the school which would have got a copy of the letter.
      Rgds

  221. dewendu on said:

    dear sir
    my date of birth is 15th december 2002.i m now in class VIII in cbse school.i will be 13 plus by the time of class X exam.every one said i shall not be allow to sit for the exam since i m under age.i m not a weak student either.my marks are always above 90%.please help me sir.what am i suppose to do so that i would be able to sit for the exam without demotion.last year even in IIT one or two students who were 13 yrs passed, but how can they and why not I?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dewendu,
      The CBSE and ICSE Boards do not specify age for students appearing for Board Exam. Some states have a specification in this regard for students joining school in Grade-1. Please clarify this matter from your school and write to the Board directly.
      Rgds

  222. Ms Indu on said:

    sir,
    My son has done his 10th and 11th from IGCSE board from dubai and has passed he has the required pass in five subjects but with a c and D grade can he seek admission in NIOS senior secondary ie 12?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Indu,
      With a Pass in 5 subjects in IGCSE, your son is eligible to join any Board including NIOS for Grade-11. THere needs to be a gap of at least 18 months between passing Grade-10 and appearing for Grade-12.The Grade-11 that you have passed in Dubai is equivalent to Grade-10 in India because the IGCSE Boar exam is equal to Grade-10 Board exam of CBSE, ICSE and Sate Boards. In India schools have students appearing for IGCSE exam in Grade-10.
      Rgds

  223. Rajeshwar on said:

    I recently gave IGCSE boards and now i have planned to go for ICSE IN 11 class, so is there any problem which i can face by the council of ICSE. or they wont accept me
    Please reply fast !!!

    Regards
    Rajeshwar

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear rajeshwar,
      If you pass in 5 subjects including English, you are eligible to join any Grade-11 stream. There is an official letter with regard o this and you can ask your IGCSE school to give you a copy.
      Rgds

  224. Aneetha K on said:

    Sir,
    I have put my kid in IGCSE board in class 2 while he was in CBSE till class 1. It has been 3 weeks since his school started. I have not seen any homeworks or books given till date. Iam little scared on the decision I made. Is the syllabus like this only?Iam really confused . Pelase guide me to continue.

    Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aneetha,
      International education is more along experiential learning and students are expected to do a lot of activity and not just write question and answers and be overloaded with Home work. You must look for understanding in your child rather than await Homework. If you see a positive understanding of concepts then the school delivery is working. Let exams and home work not bother you.
      Rgds

  225. Mrs Alex on said:

    Sir, Pls let me know the CBSE or IGSE is more tough, and is it possible for a child studying in 8th std CBSE can go for IGSE syllabus. Pls reply.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mrs Alex,
      While the content in both IGCSE and CBSE is almost the same, the method of study and exam is different. CBSE especially at Grade-10 level is more predictable and a student can focus on certain pre determined material in text books and prepare questions and do well . In IGCSE it is more application oriented and student has to understand and answer questions. From a passing or even getting Grades A B and C point of view IGCSE is easier but for a child who is get at rote learning, CBSE will assure more marks. IGCSE is surely less stressful.
      Rgds

  226. nammu on said:

    hello sir
    I am studing XII mpc of IGCSE syllabus,because of my family conditions I may not go for SAT.so is IGCSE syllabus is applicable for my further studies like engineering in india?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Namnitha,
      To apply for Engineering in India , it is essential to pass in English, Physics , Chemistry and Math. The only challenge you may have is of declaration of results since A level results are announced only in August.

  227. S MADHAN KUMAR on said:

    Dear Sir,
    Initially my daughter was studied from L.K.G. and U.K.G. in Anglo Indian Board. Since I have transfered from chennai to Sivakasi I have posted my dauter in ICSE Board and she was studied 1 & 2 Std. Now again I have transfered to trichy now I have posted by Daughter in IGCSE Board for 3rd Standard. Now I have my own doubt that which Board is Good. Becuase when she was studied in ICSE Board she felt very hard but not now and she is enjoying her studies with IGCSE Board. But now my worry is if she continue till 10th Std in IGCSE Board, whether she can competite with CBSE & ICSE Students

    Kindly advise , If I want to change her Board atleast i will changes from 6Th standard.

    Thaking you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Madhan,
      Students find ICSE tough since it is text book based and the number of chapters in the text book are more. In an IGCSE system,the emphasis is more on understanding and not repetitions , this gives children more time to pursue other activities and thus makes their learning process more fun and less stressful. The content learnt by a child in both the syllabi is almost the same. It may be a good idea to allow your daughter to complete IGCSE upto Grade-10 and then shift to CBSE or State Board so that entrance examination will become easier to handle. To give a sense of hard work you can probably provide certain additional books for practice for Math and Science.
      Rgds

  228. Ashish K on said:

    Hello.
    I am keen on putting my son into a Cambridge school. However, what bothers me as an ICSE student is the pace at which certain subjects are taught. For example: In Mathematics, fraction was introduced to us in standard 5 and i understand that in Cambridge the same does not start until standard 6.
    Is the mathematics / other subjects similar to ICSE when the student reached standard 10 ICSE board exams or O level?
    Also, If you could please send / share the difference in curriculum at cambridge schools vs icse.

    Much thanks,

    Ashish

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ashish,
      Students find ICSE tough since it is text book based and the number of chapters in the text book are more. In an IGCSE system,the emphasis is more on understanding and not repetitions , this gives children more time to pursue other activities and thus makes their learning process more fun and less stressful. The content learnt by a child in both the syllabi is almost the same . On a class to class basis , you may find some changes but overall by the time they complete Grade-10 the content is almost the same. Actually students who undergo IGCSE have a better understanding of application of concepts. It may be a good idea to allow your son to complete IGCSE upto Grade-10 and then shift to CBSE or State Board so that entrance examination will become easier to handle. To give a sense of hard work you can probably provide certain additional books for practice for Math and Science.
      Rgds

  229. hemant on said:

    my son is studying in CBSE XII. For an admission in engineering to UK Universities requirement is IB score: 32-36 (5 in maths and science at Higher Level) and level AAA-ABB. Can you interpret it for CBSE student.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Hemant,
      Universities abroad have their own yardstick to equate marks obtained in Indian Board exams and a student who gets high marks in CBSE will surely be accepted by them The only additional aspect you will have to prepare your child for is Social work which has a lot of weight age in foreign Universities. This can be probably taken up outside school.
      Rgds

  230. Sai Dhanchander on said:

    hello, sir iam getting mad which board is best cbse or icse or state board for getting seat in iit-jee..?? sir plzz suggest only one board..that may me be useful for me.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sai,
      There is no one Board that is best, Content in all Boards are almost the same the difference is in delivery of the content and this depends on the school. You must focus on what a child is learning and not how many marks the child is getting in exam. Look for a school that focuses on making the child understand and enjoy school experience rather than worry about the Board that they follow.
      Rgds

  231. Sai Dhanchander on said:

    helo sir, iam mpc student of class XIth and took mpc and thinking wheter to take computer science,informative practises or hindi
    . my principal advice is to go for hindi..what do u say

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear sai,
      If your aim is to take up Engineering after Grade-12, it may be good for you take Computer Science or Informative Practices.
      Rgds

  232. satheesh on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I am currently working in Germany and I have a 2 year old kid.
    I am planning put my son in a public school here and was seriousl thinking about his future education.
    Like any Indian, I always want to be back home after 10 years or so. But after my kid’s education in Germany, will it be very hard decision to put him in a CBSE or a state board syllabus schools in India?
    Will he be in a big trouble to connect to the sudden variation in academic standards? I even was thinking of moving to UK for the sake so that he atleast learns English from begining and also better education based on statistics from OECD’s reports and so on.
    But my colleagues have told me that let be in Germany or UK you have no other choise but to put your child in an international school anywhere you go have the same standards as in an Indian International school. This worries me a lot because I have none near my locality and all I have are CBSE or state boards (kerala).
    My major querries to you are:
    (1) Are UK or German public schools not as good as Private schools?
    (2) Can my son survive the transition from a EU public school to an Indian CBSE or state board school?
    (3) Is there anything that I can do to ease the situation for him like teaching him extra stuffs at home?
    (4) Which education system is better, the Indian one or the EUs for his future?
    (5) Lets say he completes his 12 equivalent here in EU, can he come back to India and opt for his professional education (strictly and only if he wants) or he can only go for arts?
    (6) Is making him join an international school here in EU and putting him in the same in India, the only way?

    Kindly guide me in this aspect. I know it may sound silly or jumping out of the gun but I have to make a decision at some point of time regarding this.
    Hope you understand me.

    Thanks and regards
    Satheesh

    • satheesh on said:

      Hello sir,

      I am still waiting for your reply. Kindly do the needful.

      Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Satheesh,
      Sorry about the delay, the main factor that will affect all these questions is how long you would stay outside India. If you are likely to remain till you complete school education, then applying for professional colleges will need to be under foreign student category and rules as applicable to them will be applicable to you as well.
      If you were to come back after Primary or Middle school , it will reasonably easy to settle down with CBSE syllabus or else you can even opt for IGCSE which is becoming more easily available. All that you have to ensure is to keep your child in an english medium school and also exposed to Indian Syllabus. This is possible with on line help being available. Learnhive.com in itself offers options for students to study the Indian syllabus on line.
      Rgds

  233. aaron on said:

    Dear Sir,
    i fail in icse due to two subjects maths and hindi,can i re-exam the two subjects only or i have to do all over again including other subjects for icse?

    is it allowed to re-exam two subjects only in icse which i fail ?

  234. Fr. Binoy Jacob on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am Fr. Binoy Jacob The principal Alphonsa School Yadrav in Maharashtra. We would like to change our school syllabus from state board to CBSE. What is the procedure for the same. Can you guide me for the the same. With the interest of the parents we are going for the change.The total strength of the school is 1650 starting from nursery to tenth.

    Fr. Binoy Jacob
    Principal
    Alphonsa Schjool Yadrav

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Fr Jacob,
      Procedure for Affiliation to CBSE Board is listed in the CBSE website “www.cbse.nic.in “. As a first step, you will need to get an NOC from The Maharashtra State Government. Once you have that, you can even apply on line through their website.
      Wishing you all the best in your endeavor.
      Rgds

  235. G.R. Sathish Kumar on said:

    Respected Sir,
    I Joined my daughter in ICSE School From Jr kg now she is in 1st Std, Upto the sr kg the education was good But from 1 std the education is not up to the mark. because they started Question & answers directly after the teaching the alpabets. How can any child read sentences after learning the ABCD….Z. She is struggling to read. i asked the management & they say they have time limit to complete the syllabus. is that problem with the ICSE or all the School are fallowing the same thing. Pls
    help me.
    Thank You…
    Sathish

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Satish,

      The Kindergarten program actually trains a child to do more than just read and write ABCD. The learning progress from KG to Grade-1 is quite well coordinated if conducted properly. The reason your child may be finding this difficult can be based on the non completion of learning process in KG. Please find out if other children in the class are also facing the same problem and if so,you can request the school to reorient their teaching in Grade-1 to help children learn better. Generally all ICSE schools follow similar text books from Grade-1 it is only the KG program which is planned by the school.Rgds

  236. suman on said:

    Sir i am in class 12 in haryana board and i have shifted to chd now i want to take admission in punjab board is it posible now sir plz suggest me am realy very confused

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suman
      The decision for change of Board is strictly the discretion of the Board and each Board has its own policies in this regard. You will have to check with Punjab Board on their policy.
      Rgds

  237. suhana shastri on said:

    sir I am currently in class 12 in non medical stream. I just took it on the insistence of a close relative who had taken up the same without any counseling. but all through a span of 1.5 years, I have not been able to enjoy studying these subjects. moreover, I feel lazy on the course of studying these. I have never evaluated my strengths and weaknesses. but I have a keen interest in opting for playback singing as a career starting with classical training. but my parents do not approve my interest. so, how should I proceed, sir?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suhana,
      Having got this far, I suggest you must complete your class 12 as that is a basic qualification. You can start your training in Music as a part time and as you improve, you can convert that into a main activity. In the meanwhile, after your class 12 you can join any degree course which will not take up too much time and permit you to practice your music. By the time you can start a career in music, you will have a degree on hand which will keep your parents also happy.
      Rgds

  238. Naseef on said:

    I just want to know is Is karnataka secondary education examination board is under ICSE board. Is there any link between the two from any angle. I have been informed by the university authority that if u have english score 70 in english in ICSE or CBSE syllabus, you are waived for the english exam. But i did schooling from KSEEB and secured 79.

    Please kindly advise

    • Naseef on said:

      I mean the Karnataka secondary education examination board.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nseef,
      There is no official intimation regarding exemption of English. With regard to standard of study, surely there is a certain amount of difference between ICSE and State Board ( The State Board is a little easy). However with the new move to have a common syllabus between CBSE and PU in Grade- 11 & 12 the difference at Standard 12 is nullified.
      Rgds

  239. Amit Chavan on said:

    Dear Sir,
    We are living in Mumbai and son is 2 years old. He is in playgroup in The Tree House. There are three board in Maharashtra..State Board, CBSC and ICSC. We need need your valuable suggestion..regarding selection of Board.
    I have read the feature mentioned in www.leanhive.net and also search for comparison through net but not conclude on which board should we select. We are not considering State Board…please tell between CBSE & ICSC which should we select..

    Amit Chavan

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Amit ,

      Overall both the syllabi are the same and moreover by the time your child will get to senior classes , the education system will change quite a bit. I suggest , you must choose a school that will make learning fun rather than choose between CBSE and ICSE. If a child has a good learning experience, it will enjoy its child hood which is a very important part of growing up.
      Rgds

  240. mohamed yadulla davangere on said:

    RESPECTED SIR,
    my daughter going to complete 12 GRADE science (pcb ) CBSE in 2014 MARCH FROM INTERNATIONAL INDIAN SCHOOL RIYADH.she interested to study MBBS IN KARNATAKA .
    1)KINDLY WILL YOU PROVIDE ME INFORMATION FOR THE ADMISSION PROCESS THROUGH
    KCET .
    THANKS WITH REGARDS
    MOAHMED YADULLA DAVANGERE

  241. sir,i am going to sit IGCSE in next year June in malaysia..so i wanna know after finish the exam,can i go to university or have to study other ….like A levels??

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sai,

      IGCSE is equivalent to Grade-10 and hence before you apply to UNiversity for Under Graduate program, you have to clear A level exam. However if you intend to take up any vocational course, you can apply after IGCSE.
      Rgds

  242. Manish on said:

    sir,mam

    i am manish from delhi and i want my mothers class 10 certificate of up board and she have completed it in year 1976 from st thomas girls inter college mission compound meruth up plz help me in this thanks a lot…

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear manish,
      For the certificate, you will have to approach either the school office or the UP State Board office in Meerut with a copy of admit card or any other proof of your mother.
      Regards

      • Manish on said:

        sir/mam

        thanx for your feed back but i want some help from u that plzz guide me that how i can get my mothers 10 certificate by mail or through post what i do any web site or any helplines numbers please help me by this..!!

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Manish,
          Unfortunately our education system has not become sophisticated enough or customer friendly to offer the option of an on line assistance. you will need to physically visit the Board and hope that the document can be traced. You will understand that during that period , there was no computerization and those records will only be in files. To take a chance, you can log on to the State Education Department website and check if they are offering any assistance.
          Rgds

  243. Sir I have done 10th through ICSE and after 10th grade I have shifted to CBSE…but due to some circumstances I need to shift to PSEB in 12th grade…and they are demanding migration certificate. But the school where I have done my 11th grade (CBSE) are providing me the migration letter as they saying that they could only provide it after 12th grade….Half of the session is already over .What should do now?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Namita,
      Grade-11 and 12 are almost as a package and it is not advisable and possible to change Board in between (you can change schools with the same Board). I suggest considering all situations, it may be better for you to stay back for a few more months and complete your Grade-12 in the same school or else try and join another CBSE schoolGrade-12 in the new place.
      Rgds

      • Nami on said:

        Dear sir
        I have already changed the school .. because there is no CBSE school near my residence. I went to Chandigarh(head office) they put a stamp on the my school leaving certificate…The School where I m right now (PSEB) is saying that they will send to PSEB ..and they are not sure what they gonna decide….I m bit nervous…I just don’t want to do my grade 12th again.. I just want to make sure that Is that stamp is Ok?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear namita,
          The stamp by PSEB is what will accept your transfer and PSEB should not have a problem in approving your case since you have undergone the same syllabus while studying in CBSE school. I am sure things will be fine. It may be a good idea to personally meet the Director Education Department where the papers have been sent for stamping.
          Rgds

          • Thank U sir…for answering my all Questions…I m bit relax now!!! my last Ques. is….If any problem occurs in my documents , will they inform us in time so that other steps should be taken…Because people are saying that PSEB is not very sincere to handle all these matters??

  244. arham jain on said:

    i have done icse till 10th and got 93% in boards. Now i am thinking to shift to cbse as i want to get admission in DU and there is difference of 2%-3% between cbse and icse. I just wanted to know if i have taken a right decision. I have opted commerce with maths

    Yours Sincerely,
    Arham Jain

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Arham,
      In Grade-12, CBSE surely is a better option than ISC and with hard work, you can surely get enough Percentage to get Admission to DU. Work Hard and All the best.
      Rgds

  245. issac on said:

    Dear Capt,
    by doing nios exam will we get good salary and good jobs in the future?
    i know we cannot compare with icse which can provide better future than nios so my point is does nios gives beetr future also?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Isaac,

      Good salary and Good jobs are not given because you study a particular syllabus or in a particular school. You must ensure that you understand what you learn and must be able to apply it in real life circumstances. There are a number of people who have studied in the Open education system and who are doing extremely well in life and there are also individuals who have studied in best colleges who have failed to do well in life. Remember that all syllabi are only guidelines that help you learn in a systematic manner and are no guarantee of jobs or salary. Concentrate on gaining knowledge which will be helpful in life.
      Rgds

  246. rachana on said:

    Hello sir :)
    It is extremely kind of you to be answering to the many doubts that people have regarding to the different boards across country. I have recently completed my igcse and will be starting a levels in a few months. I tried to gain admission into a cbse school but in the country i am residing the schools dont have any seats left. Since a level results come out around july-august and i would like to appear for jee exams, is it fine if i write the NIOS exam and use it to appear for jee main ?
    could you please recommend the course i should follow to be able to sit for jee exams using NIOS ?
    yours thankfully,
    Rachana

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rachana,
      Students passing Physics, Chemistry and Math from NIOS are eligible to appear for JEE. The weightage for Marks of Grade-12 exam is 40% and balance for the entrance exam. If you take up good coaching and put in necessary hard work , I am sure you will qualify for JEE. Please visit the official website of NIOS to get all details about syllabus and exams.
      Rgds

  247. viswanath on said:

    hi,
    I have studied First PUC in bangalore and I want to continue 12th class cbse in hyderabad.
    Is it possible and suggest me some schools.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Viswanath,
      Change of Board from State Board to CBSE in Grade-12 is generally not accepted but since Karnataka State Board follows CBSE syllabus for PUC also , it may be accepted. Please ask the school in Hyderabad to take up your case with the CBSE Board.
      Rgds

  248. sree on said:

    can i get my +2 cbse certificate after 6 years of passing out from the school.I only got the +2 marksheet at that time.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sree,
      You are surely eligible for the pass certificate for the Grade-12 exam. Please contact your school from where you passed the 12th Std exam and they must be having it with them. If not please contact the CBSE Board with relevant document and you will be able to get the certificate.
      Rgds

  249. pranav tilak on said:

    sir my question is i hd appeard for 10th in 2011 but i failled in 1 subject and got clear with it this year.so can i give hsc privately this year by any of the ways

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Pranav,
      Generally no Board allows students to appear for 12th Standard without a gap of 2 years from passing 10th Standard but you can try with the NIOS where you can appear for Grade-12 exams in the month of March- April 2014. NIOS is equivalent to Grade-12 of all Boards
      Rgds

  250. pranshu lohiya on said:

    Dear Sir

    I study in class 9th and I want to change my board from CBSE to Cambridge from class 11th onward . Can I change my board ?
    and If I can , will it be difficult to handle cambridge board for me .
    yours faithful
    pranshu

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Pranshu,
      I do not know the reason why you wish to change from CBSE in Grade-10 to A Level (IGCSE – equivalent) for Grade-11. If your intention is to go overseas for your Under Graduate studies, then it may be a good idea but if you intend to study in India , I would not advice you for the change. If you decide to take up A level, then you can surely manage so long as you are coached well and you put in some hard work.
      Rgds

  251. haenik kamdar on said:

    i have passed my maharashtra hsc with 71% this year bt would like to reattempt.. is it possible?? if yes what is the procedure??

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Heanik,

      Indian Boards do not permit to appear for improvement if you have passed the exam.I suggest , rather than try for another attempt at the same exam, you must try and do well in your further studies.
      Rgds

  252. Aniket on said:

    Respected Sir,

    I have passed 10th std from ISC board but have failed the 12th std exam (science stream) from HSC (maharashtra state), is it possible to change the board to ISC/CBSE and appear as private student for 12th? Also can I change stream ? If yes what would be the procedure and how I go about it?

    Regards,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aniket,
      While it is not possible to change Board and appear as Private candidate in Grade 12 in CBSE or ISC, You can appear for Grade-12 in NIOS which is National Open School and is equivalent to CBSE. You can take any subject when you do NIOS>
      Rgds

      • Aniket on said:

        Thank you sir for the information. But will the certificate be granted for admission to any professional college or if I want to pursue education abroad?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Aniket,
          Pass certificates of NIOS are equivalent to CBSE and you can apply to universities based on these certificates.
          Rgds

  253. Jitesh Sheth on said:

    Sir, My daughter presently studying in class 8th CBSC Board in Ethiopia. Due to government regulations the students are getting less every year. Hence I will have to switch her either in IGCSE Board here in Ethiopia or will have to send her to India in CBSE Board.
    If she takes IGCSE Board here in Ethiopia than I want to ask you few questions which are as follows:-
    1. If I take her after 10th grade (IGCSE BOARD) than will she gets admission in any college in Mumbai which has CBSE Board, Architecture or Interior Designing?
    2. What will be the structure of the fees in the colleges for NRI’s or it will be normal admission & procedure?
    3. IGCSE results are in August while admission in Mumbai is in June, how can she get admission in June if the IGCSE result comes in August.
    4. According to you what will be the best option?

    Your kind suggestions will be highly appreciated.
    Thanking you.
    Regards
    Jitesh Sheth

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jitesh,

      IGCSE is surely a good option but as you have understood, the admission becomes a problem since results of Exams conducted in May- jun are announced only in August. You have the option of appearing for IGCSE Exams of Cambridge University that are held in Oct-Nov for which the results are announced in January and so your daughter will be eligible for admission in the Indian schools ( She will have a 6 month vacation but may be that is OK). You can also look for schools that offer GCSE program conducted by Edexcel which is also equivalent. The Edexcel exams are in January so again you will have the results in time for admission.
      About the Fee structure, this is strictly dependent on school policy and you will have to check that with the school you are seeking admission.
      Rgds

  254. Nadeem on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son completed Grade X Cbse in Saudi Arabia and i am looking to enroll him for Grade XI in Banglore. I have no idea if he can be accepted at this time of year as we will be in Banglore in July. would appreciate if you could let me know
    i) if admissions will be open at this time of year
    ii) if he can opt for IGCSE or state board
    iii) any good schools recommendation near BTM Layout or JP Nagar

    Appreciate your reply,
    worried parent

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nadeem,

      Officially the last date of admission to PUC ( State Board) was 30 Jun 2013 but I am sure some exception can be made in this date. However I feel July will be late so you must try and make a early move. If you intend choosing the Cambridge program ” A Level” ( This is equivalent to Grade11 & 12) then july should be OK . What you need to keep in mind is that if you intend to have your son prepare for Professional courses , then it may be a good idea to try and join PUC or CBSE since entrance exams are as per these syllabi. If your son would like to join for commerce or other streams,A level is OK.
      With regard to recommendation on school, you will need to check on your own since this is a very personal decision.
      Regards

  255. preeti on said:

    hello sir,
    I want to know that, does CBSE conduct correspondence or open 12th exam , just like the national open schools?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Preeti,
      Try this link to get information on Private candidates for CBSE.
      http://www.cbse.nic.in/faq/private_candidate.htm
      Please note that National open school is equivalent to CBSE 12 and students who pass NIOs are eligible to join regular college.
      Rgds

  256. BHisaji V Dalvi on said:

    This is Mr. Bhisaji Vishnu Dalvi. Sr. Scientific officer (Air force Quality Assurance)

    Kindly give me the guide line about Selection of General Maths (Easy Maths) option which was implemented from 2008 in SSc Board Maharashtra
    give me the details about Advantages & disadvantages of general mathematics option for SSC board Maharashtra

    Thanking You

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Dalvi,
      Sorry I do not have information on this matter and cannot provide assistance. I feel a math teacher who has taught both Math options would be able to throw some light on this.
      Rgds

  257. aanya on said:

    dear sir
    i have secured 95%in my 10 cbse and i wish to take commerce
    in my school there is huge hue and cry about taking maths with commerce or not
    is 11 &12 maths very tough ?????is it good if i opt for maths with coomerce.
    yours sincerely ,
    aanya

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aanya,
      It is perfectly OK to take Math, actually preferable since this will give you better understanding in your Graduation program and also help in entrance exams to professional courses. While the course is a bit tough but if you have been a good student, as I see from your marks , you will be able to manage.
      Rgds

  258. Syed Muhammed Baqir on said:

    hello sir ,
    i am in the 10th grade and thinking of going from cbse to igcse,since igcse is more focused on overall involvement in different activities and international events whereas cbse by far has only been focusing on better grades and sports, i myself speaking am very good at speech and debate and here in cbse there isnt much priority but in igcse it is very much appreciated and international events like debate and elocutions are held in other countries, and igcse is also recognized in many other countries than cbse, sir do u think going to igcse from cbse is a good idea ? please give your reason…
    thank you in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Syed,
      As understood by you, the International Program surely gives you better exposure and opportunities if you intend to take up higher studies outside India but if your plan is to join for Undergraduate program in India, it is better to join an Indian Syllabus.
      Rgds

  259. Vidhya on said:

    Dear sir,

    Just looking for an info.
    My brother appeared for class 12 in CBSE board science stream. He flunked twice. Moreover, now he says that he cannot re-do science anymore.
    My question is that possible for him to change the stream to commerce and appear as private candidate? If so what is the procedure?
    Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Vidhya,
      It is surely possible to appear for Commerce and Arts Stream subjects as a private candidate in any Board. However, if you find difficulty in registration with CBSE or ICSE, you can try the NIOS ( National Open School) which is equivalent to these Boards and students passing in NIOS exams are eligible to join college. You will find details of the NIOS course on their website.
      Rgds

  260. sanketh on said:

    Respected Sir,
    I am student of class 10th of ICSE .I here by would like ask you a question.
    sir. it is possible to a subject (Computer application to Physical Education) in class 10,after sending the application to board .

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sanketh,
      Generally , the Board does not accept requests for change in subject however if your school Principal can make a special request, it may be accepted by the Board. Please ask your Principal to write a request letter mentioning certain extraneous situation so that the request is considered.
      Rgds

  261. Anamika on said:

    sir,
    i have completed cbse x this year with 92%. I want to do iit-jee…. Unfortynately i failed to get admission in a CBSE college .NOw i want to know whether I can get good marks in iit-jee if I study in HSC or CBSE is imp to get good marks in iit-jee.. Many people say that not to continue cbse after x if u want to do iit-jee because it becomes very hectic and u cannot concentrate on both properly, instead do it with hsc so u can give more time on iit preperation….is it right what they say????can i get good marks in iit even if I study hsc board + good iit tutions????

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anamika,
      Currently most state Boards have accepted NCERT syllabus for Grade 11 & 12 and hence it is perfectly OK to join for HSC. Your admission to IIT or NIT is based on your performance in the JEE and Advanced JEE exam and certain weightage is given for marks secured in HSC exam. It may actually be a good idea to take up HSC and also join for some extra coaching for JEE and thus ensure you qualify for IIT. Wishing you all the best.
      Rgds