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
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
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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2,072 comments on “Everything that you wanted to know about CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, and other international syllabi

  1. Dheeraj yadav on said:

    I have taken a new admission in a cbse board school two days ago now I want to change my school then I admission fees will be refund or not… Please reply

  2. Priya Singh on said:

    I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. A blog is brilliantly written and provides all the necessary information

  3. Sir my son is 17.7.2008 whether eleiglible to write 10th class CBSE exam at 13 yrs 8months. at the time of writing exam in march.

  4. Siddharth Kalyanpur on said:

    Dear Sir – I study in Dubai and I am being offered Accounting, Travel and Tourism and 2 subjects B Tec Business (Pearson) in AS Level (Total 4 Subjects) and once I complete AS Level, Accounting and 2 BTec Business (Pearson) (Total 3 Subjects) in A Level. If I am graded with these subjects, will I be eligible to get admission for B.Com (3 Years) or B.Com/BA LLB (5 Years) university admission in India? Will be grateful for an early reply as I need to get enrolled within this week. Kind Regards, Siddharth

  5. Ganesh on said:

    Sir I have studied cbse syllabus till my 10th now I am joining in intermediate government college there the sirs asking eligibility, equivalence certificates etc but where as the board of intermediate office telling that ,that certificates are given to only 12th passed so how and what should do.
    Next my friend studied 7,8,9,10fully in cbse and also studied 11th and not able to write exam for health problems so now he wanted to join in the intermediate government college 2nd year is it possible.tell me please

  6. hiruna daywansa on said:

    dear sir,mam
    I am from srialanak I want to joint indian medical university because I am completing only igcse exam and I cannot apply for srilankan universities without doing srilankan borad exam. to apply for medical collage I should sit for NEET but to sit for neet do I want to complete 12th stand exam 1+2 or is my igcse enough and I want to know what exam is eligibale for sit for neet


  7. Shikhar Singh on said:

    sir i have passed my 8 from GDND after that i passed my 9 from APS and i want to read 9 again from any other school so from where i will get TC to go another school and what is whole process

  8. C Manjunadhan on said:

    What are the conditions for a +1 student to get promoted to +2 in CBSE schools??
    If a student fails in two subjects in +1 final examinations, is he not eligible to get promoted to +2? Some schools are compulsorily giving TC if a student fails in two subjects, with out even giving chance to appear a re- test? Is there any such rule/regulations in CBSE ?
    kindly advice.

  9. Chitra VinodhKumar on said:

    My son is 3 years 1 Month old, we are willing to drop him in IGCSE/IB standards in a International School near by. I need to know the following, as we are new to such educational standards. We are getting confused because we need to know about the future chances for my kid to withstand himself among others.

    1. While being in india, is it good for us to put our son in IB/IGCSE?
    2. Is it worth doing Grade 10 in this Board and then switch to CBSE?
    3. Is there any chances if a student completes Grade 12 in this Standards and do Higher education in India?
    4. If not attend a entrance exam for High education in india? Or is that only aboard education can be done?
    5. How about job opportunities?

    I am a young mom looking for good education system for my son.
    Thanks, CV.

    • Soni on said:

      My son is a mild LD with comprehending, spelling and punctuations issues and studies in ICSE board. He has always been below than average child but with my time and persuasion he has got 80% marks in his 10th boards. Now, he wants to take up Commerce and Business studies….which board would you suggest looking at difficulty level yet his better future aspects?
      Please suggest…thanks in advance

    • George jogi on said:

      There are no such issues. At time of higher education you will have to obtain an equvalency certificate from any govt board….its a simple process……studying in a international syllabus only adds to the advantage……..yes you can shift him to cbse after giving igcse exams…..

  10. Arun reddy on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am from Vizag, Andhrapradesh, 2 years back i have moved to punjab on work basis. I have taken admission for my child in CBSC school in punjab. subjects included was hindi and punjabi. Due to our south background my son unable to pickup and poor in both subjects. he is spending most time for these subjects in tuition. Can i avoid these language and pick any other special language. now he is studying in 4 class and next month is final exams. i am worried. Please suggest me

    • Babitha jacob on said:

      Hello Sir, we live in US, we are planning to relocate to India , but now all cbsc and ICSE syllabus schools
      demands malayalam a must , we called few schools n talked to them..now we are thinking about IGCSE, but after completing IGCSE , are they eligible for entrance exam in india, what are the cons of IGCSE? Pls explain?

      • George jogi on said:

        Yes they are eligible for entrance examinations. You will have to obtain an equvalency certificate if your kid completes A levels in exams other than the march exams

  11. sir i have passed my 10class from icse board in 2015-16. i have passed my 11 from cbse board in 2016-17.now can i study in canada in 12 class direct without doing 11.
    waiting for reply. reply soon

  12. Captain Sir,

    My son is studying in 2nd standard in CBSE & have already completed the syllabus till 4th standard. Is there a provision to promote him directly to 4th standard?If yes, what is the procedure.Please advise.
    Thanks in advance..


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ashok,
      It is prerogative of the school to offer a student the option to skip a class if the student is capable. You will need to discuss this with the school authorities and there are no fixed rules for it. If the current school does not permit this, you can also look at other schools which may accept the child in a higher class.

      • Dear Sir,
        Thank you very much for your advise. I will discuss this with school authorities.
        What I understand is, CBSE authorities does not provide any clearance for this.I believe, he must complete 14 years on 31st March in that year to appear 10th exam. He would not have completed 14 years. Will that not be a problem to appear the 10th exam.


  13. Hello sir , i am a student at a british school is uae and i wrote the cbse grade 10 exam in 2017 and scored all A’s and 1 B . After 10th i switched to a brtish school so i wanted to know whether or not it is a problem that i did not take IGCSE’s and whether universities in any country would accept me if i continue in a british school with no IGCSE’s

  14. Lakshmi on said:

    If my kids who are US schooled(8th and 6th) move to India, how are they going to cope up with the regional languages? I think it is mandatory for ICSE or CBSE…right?
    Will they be able to join an International board and continue studies?
    Please help

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Sure they can join International school and pursue their education. As an alternate, they can even join CBSE and take up a foreign language ( Many school have French as an option for second language) Third language is mandatory for classes 6 to 8.

  15. Respeced sir,

    This srinu my two kids at present studying 5th standard and 4th standard in ICSE in Andhra pradesh on that school teaching is not well.please let me know which school is best in india on that way i will shifted my family there please guide me

    Thanks & Regards,

  16. Jai Kumar Jain on said:

    Dear Sir
    My daughter is studying in oporto British sc
    hool Portugal in grade 9 Cambridge igcse In the next session is it possible to transfer in grade 10 igcse school in Chennai India

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can surely transfer to a Cambridge school on India but the point to keep in mind especially in the interest of the child is to opt to join in Grade 9 so that the child will complete the 2 year IGCSE program full. The reason to join Grade 9 is because unlike in India, in European countries IGCSE board exams are conducted on Grade 11.

  17. Hi, my son who is in 10th Grade now under CBSE syllabus residing in Oman is planning to continue his studies in India after his 10th grade, we are from Karnataka and he is planning to study in Bangalore Pre University, i wanted to know if he can join his 11 under normal category or he will be considered as NRI or not & he will have to take up any special/entrance exam to get admission in any pre university or fees will be higher if he is considered as NRI. He wants to try for IIT if not in JEE teaching colleges in Bangalore. We also wanted to know about the documents that are required to take admission in Bangalore.Please advise. Thanks In advance.
    Also advise, if he studies in Bangalore for 2 years that is 11 and 12th grade will he be eligible to take up Karnataka CET entrance exam for Engineering under normal quota.

  18. Nivedya Chembakassery on said:

    Dear Cap,
    Myself Nivedya;
    I completed my O-levels (IGCSE) and AS level (IAL) under Edexcel Pearson Board of Examinations.And currently Im doing my A2 level.
    I achieved 1A* in physics ,2B in Biology and Chemistry and 2C in Math and English in O-level.
    And 1A in Mathematics,2B in Chemistry and Biology ,1C in Physics and also an “E” grade for English Language in AS -level.
    I have opted for 3 Science Subjects along with Math in A2 level.
    I hope to complete my A2 exams by january 2018 and the results will be out by march 2018.
    I would like to appear for NEET Entrance exam and want to pursue a career in Dental Surgery (BDS) in KERALA
    My queries are ” 1.Will I able to sit for NEET Exam as per my qualifications mentioned?
    2. Will my AS level English grade (E grade) affect my admission?
    3. I haven’t taken English Language for my A2 ,will that consider as an issue later?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nivedya, As per Indian Education Boards, pass in Grade 12 with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English with minimum 50 % is mandatory to be eligible to appear in medical entrance examination. If you pass A2 in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and in English at AS level, you will be considered eligible to appear. However since you have not got the minimum Grade in English at A1, it may be difficult to get permission to appear for entrance. I would suggest, you meet the Edexcel Board office and get a clarification.

  19. I am abroad and have placed by son in CBSE with second language Tamil and is currently studying 3rd grade. I will be moving to Kerala soon and would like my son to take up ICSE. In ICSE syllabus can I change his second language to Malaylam and 3rd language to hindi. I heard that the third langulage starts only from 4th grade in ICSE. Is my understanding correct ? please help.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Charles, As per language policy, a student has to take up 2 subjects from Grade 1 and a third language in Grades 5 to 8. Most schools do permit change of language so long as the child can be coached to cover the previous portions. Please do discuss the matter with the school. Since you are changing the Board, I suggest, you consider admission to CBSE since all entrance examinations are conducted as per CBSE syllabus and it will suit the student in the senior classes

  20. Sharma G on said:

    My son is now appearing the 12th board(CBSE) exams 2018 in MP India . and I am working in Nigeria as Engineer from last 5year with NRI status. Does he is eligible for NRI quota? if yes please guide me so my son take advantage of NRI quota.

  21. Anshuman Karmakar on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son has been studying in S3 in Edinburgh school which is equivalent to year 9 of GCSE board. So, could you please advise me that will my son be eligible to join class 11 in CBSE or ICSE board in India if he comes back after completing the S5 standard as per Scottish education system.
    Does CBSE/ICSE board accept the Scottish education standard?
    And also kindly suggest after class 12 whether he would able to sit for state government joint entrance exam or any other similar exams organized by state/central government.
    I would appreciate your esteemed advice in this regard.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

  22. Sarang Bakshi on said:

    Sir I am Sarang Bakshi currently studying in my 12th grade in NIOS board. Its an ok board but i am not very happy by its teaching methodologies as its all old fashioned not very much teaching in practical and application oriented. I was planning to join the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum abroad after my 12th grade NIOS to give an repeat in year 12th and 13th in abroad from boarding schools somewhere in Singapore Germany Spain Netherlands Slovenia South korea and Japan. Can it be possible to give an repeat of year 12th and 13th grade from IGCSE cambridge british curriculum as i want a change in educational methods and teaching methodology and also much more freedom in international curriculum as i am not very much happy in this indian curriculum are there any boarding schools which will accept admission from any indian board as i want to give repeat of my 12th and 13th grade of 50-70% and also what kind of tests are required pls let me know ASAP

    • Sarang Bakshi on said:

      also sir i want to know whether will my age be an issue from 19-21 years of age

      • Sarang Bakshi on said:

        but the problem is the costs will be too high and i dont want to waste my parents money just like that so are there also public funded cheap international boarding schools at some good specific countries

  23. Srihari on said:

    Hi My daughter studied till 7th in ICSE and then we moved to the US. She has completed her 8th and is now in 9th with a IB-MYP program. We are coming back to india shortly after she finishes her grade 9. Would she be eligible to join IGCSE schools in India and how easy/difficult is it to cope up with the change in subjects?

  24. Rajaram Kalyanpur on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son has been promoted to 11th Grade IGCSE in Dubai and he will be completing 11th Grade (Board Exam) during the academic year 2017-18.

    I intend to shift to India next year. You had confirmed in your previous correspondence that he has to again take admission to 11th Grade in India as IGCSE Board Exams in India are in 10th Grade itself.

    I understand that for 11th Grade in Inda, both for CBSE and ICSE, one has to study only English as a languages and no other languages whereas for State Boards, they have to select 2 languages. Can you kindly confirm the same?

    Kind Regards, Rajaram

    • Aryan agrawal on said:

      Dear sir,
      My son has passed class 10th CBSE exam 2016-17 with good grades..but due to some reasons he could not continue his studies as a regular school student ..can he take admission in 11th class as a private student of CBSE board …if yes , sir then please guide me about this matter …thanks

      • Hello sir, my son is student of class 10 in qatar . He is having nios board. He have subjects buisness.s, economics,dataa,eng&urdu . I want to change him from nios board to cbse board can i change him. Before he was in cbse board thn he got less marks in maths his cgpa was 7.8 but they made him fail . So i was not having another choice i have changed him to nios board . But i want him to change the board. And i need cbse board again. Just i want cbse board..!!
        Thank you

  25. marwah on said:

    i am a student and wanted admission in 11th. i filled the online and got my name in a college in first merit list .i don’t want to take admission in that college but the problem is that that college i wrote first and now i inquered i come to know that compulsory i have to take admission in that college plz you can help me in this matter reply

    • BALASUBRAMANIAM on said:

      My grand daughter is studying in 10th grade in IGCSE syllabus.Myself and their parents wanted to switch over to CBSE syllabus for the year 2018-19 to prepare well to write NEET exam.Is it possible and whether she can manage the change

  26. Srinivas on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am very impressed with you guidance and advise on school admission and on various other topics.
    Next week, I will be relocating to India and need your advice.
    My daughter has been studying in British National Curriculum (BNC) & International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Poland (In British International School) for last 4 years. She completed Class-8 and now due to my relocation to Indian, I would like to check if she can take admission to CBSE or ICSE in Hyderabad. Would be grateful if you could please clarify the following
    1. Can she take admission to CBSE/ICSE in class-9?
    2. Will CBSE/ICSE Boards consider her previous curriculum i.e. IMYC/BMC as recognized curriculum?

    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Srinivas,
      Technically, both CBSE and ICSE should accept any student who has passed any International syllabus that is accepted world wide. The problem you may have is in getting admission into the well established schools which act tough in such cases. The new schools will be more welcoming. However on a personal a note , I feel for a better transition, it would be better you admit your daughter to an IGCSE school in Grade-9 so that the study pattern will be similar to what she has been doing till now. If you intend to change to Indian Syllabus, you must do it after the grade-10 Board exam (for Grade-11 & 12) and in the 2 years of IGCSE slowly induct her to the Indian conventional system of education.

      • Srinivas on said:

        Dear Sir,

        Thank you for your valuable suggestion and advice.

        It is understood from CBSE websites that the last date of registration for 9th standard with board is up 30 Aug. Similarly, what is the last date in registration for ICSE (we could not check this from website)

        IGCSE registration will be done in 10th grade (unlike for CBSE/ICSE be done during 9th grade), Is my understanding correct?

        Thank you

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          The date may not have been announced by ICSE but it would be in the similar time frame. IGCSE registration is done in Grade-10 but the study program/ Books for IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10 is combined so it is ideal that a student takes up study of the program in one school

  27. lubz on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am a parent and I am homeschooling my child who is 15 years old as he has some learning disabilities.I have been very anxious to know how I could get him some recognized certification and I recently came to know that he can opt for IGCSE exam as a private student,I am hoping you would be able to provide me with all information about this certification. I am residing in Mangalore,Karnataka (India) and would like to know about the step by step details of enrollment, evaluation or examination process and the centers or if it can be done online.I am hoping you could guide me with the right way to go about in achieving this goal and assist me with all the required support.
    I would really appreciate all the help and looking forward to your kind assistance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Glad to know that you have been personally coaching your son . The options for certification that you have are IGCSE from Cambridge University as well as IGCSE by Ed Excel . For both of these, all information on syllabus, books and content is available on their websites ( cie.org.uk for Cambridge). You can register for exam at any of the CIE centres. All schools offering IGCSE are CIE exam centres . In addition, the British Council Libraries are also centres for examination. You can search out the closest centre to your place and register with them for the examinations.

      Another option you have is the NIOS which is conducted by NCERT and is accepted in India. You can get all information with regard to NIOS from the NCERT Website.

  28. Parin on said:

    Sir, there is lot of confusion between Cambridge and IBDP for 11th and 12th students. I have following questions if you can help me.
    1. Which board has higher acceptability in universities abroad?
    2. What is the difference between both the boards?
    3. Will they have difference if the kid want to continue study in India?

    Kindly reply at the earliest sir.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      1. Which board has higher acceptability in universities abroad? For Universities in UK and Europe, Cambridge has a higher acceptance . For Us and canada, IB has greater acceptance
      2. What is the difference between both the boards? – In Cambridge, you can select and opt for subjects that wish to study. In IB there is a need to take up a certain number of subjects in each group which includes a second language, Extended Essay and CAS project.
      3. Will they have difference if the kid want to continue study in India?- Both have equal acceptance in India so long as you ensure that you have passed in the subjects you want to take up for further studies.

  29. Prasad on said:

    hi ,
    My sun just passed his 10th via CBSC board , can you please help me with various option available for him .
    Like can he do diploma ?
    if he want to do 11th & 12th _ which are the collages available in Navi mumbai

  30. Dear sir,
    I’m looking for a change for my son who is in ICSE board in 10th standard at present with a mild LD in reading and punctuation specific problems. Though he shows interest in studies but his marks varies in 55%- 60%. I would like to change him to IGSCE board for A level in 11th & 12th. Kindly help whether it is a good move for him? Also, will he able to cope with a different board? What are the criteria to get into IGSCE schools? Is there a criteria for marks and entrance test or only one? Kindly also suggest some good A level schools in and around Powai.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Please note that A level is a very intense and in depth program. It will be extremely difficult for a student with LD to mange the program. Even students passing IGCSE in Grade-10 find it difficult to adjust and good grades in A level.

      The options you must look at are (once you have identified the child’s subject capability) either State Board in the stream that will be as per the student’s ability or the National Open Schooling (NIOS) . Both of these are easier to manage for students with LD.

  31. parwej alam on said:

    sir is their any scope to change the date of birth of class 10 cbse result?

  32. Jack Samuel on said:

    I have written and read thousands of articles on cbse and other boards education. But I have never seen such a well described, and knowledgable article before. I have bookmarked it for my reference but now I think a few parts should get modified like class 10 board exam is not optional from this year

  33. viji on said:

    Hello Sir,
    My son is returning to Chennai for 9th grade from USA after his 3 years studies(before that he studied in Chennai ICSE till 5th). As I studied in state board I know only TN state board and I would like to know more about CBSE / ISC12th transition to Engg college. I am so sorry for asking too many questions. Please give us your valuable inputs. Thank you.
    1. In state board, there are 6 subjects(Lang1, Lang2, Math, physics, chemistry, biology) and 1200 marks. Based on Math+physics+chemistry marks we can get good engineering college. Could you please tell us the total number of Subjects and Marks for 12th in CBSE and ISC for Math Stream?
    2. How will CBSE 12th student get an engineering college free admission(consider student scored good marks)? only +2 mark or is there any entrance test mark needed? How much minimum total marks he needed to get free group 2 or 3 level college admission?
    3. How will ISC 12th student get an engineering college free admission(consider student scored good marks)?only +2 mark or is there any entrance test mark needed? How much minimum total marks he needed to get free group 2 or 3 level college admission?
    4. Is NEET must for both CBSE and ISC 12th student for engineering college admission?
    5. ISC or CBSE which is best and easy way to get group1 engineering college(consider student is a hard worker and competitive)?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Viji,

      Tamil nadu has particularly specific system that is more State Board oriented and hence if you are likely to do your Grade-12 Exam from Tamil Nadu, it is best to go as per the rules of the State Government which will be clarified by the school.
      Central Engineering Colleges such IIT and NIT (Earlier known as REC) offer admission based on qualifying standards in JEE Main and and Advanced Examinations. These examinations are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Please refer the JEE site for all details State Engineering colleges as of now have their own entrance examinations or some states offer admission based on Grade-12 marks.
      For all Engineering college admissions, they consider marks obtained in Math, Physics and Chemistry.
      To apply for engineering, CBSE is the best syllabus , in Tamil Nadu for local Engineering colleges , State Board is a good option.
      NEET is qualifying exam for Medicine courses and all students who wish to take up study of Medical courses must qualify in NEET.

  34. fidha nashim on said:

    dear sir
    i am a student studying in 11th on open school at cbse syllabus i want to know if i can write my final exam of 11th and board exam of 12th after studying open school

  35. Depika on said:

    Sir, my son’s date of birth is27.06.2012, he finished Montessori level and now going grade 1(2017-2018), but many schools advice me that he is not eligible for grade 1 because of his age. He had to under go ukg again else there will be problem in attending 10 the board exam. Is it true. What is the exact age to write 10th board exam.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Age criteria is dependent on state regulation so you will need to follow the guideline that is specified by the school / local education department.

  36. Muzammil on said:

    I would like to know that
    Wheather it is possible to join in kerala state 10th standard without the mark sheet of 9th
    I am asking this because my frnd he whent for a religios caurse after his 7th in 2014 and now he is interested to join 10 th in kerala. Expecting a relevent answer from u.
    If its not possible can u give me information about the admission to class 9th in kerala syllabus about the admission test, date of the test like that.
    With expectation muhammed muzammil
    Currently living in saudhi arabia
    So i need correct information that when to go. If iam getting the approximate date of admission test or 10

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Getting admission to Grade-10 is not possible since students have to be registered for the Board examination in Grade-9 also schools plan the teaching of the grade-9 and 10 syllabus as a package . It would be better that you to seek admission in Grade-9 . Details and process of admission is decided by the school so you will need to contact the selected school and get that information.

  37. Arun Bhardwaj on said:

    Thanks for this details, I really got lots of ideas through this,

  38. Swapnil on said:

    my younger brother studies in isc board and this year he has given the board exam.he is so tensed that what can i do if i get les or less than what i expect.He is also tensed about what will happen if his answer booklet may lost ,so i want to know is it possible that the answer booklet of a candidate may loss and if so what condidate should do?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Swapnil,
      Please tell your brother that there is no point in being tense about results after the examination. If he had prepared well , he will get good marks. If he gets low marks, he will have to accept that and work harder for the next exams.
      Answer booklets are not lost even in the unlikely event of being lost, the Board will seek information about the student from the school and grant marks accordingly. They will not have a re exam or will not penalise the student.

  39. BINDU DAS on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am from Kolkata, my Son Master Dhanraj Das is studying is a student of Orient Day Scholl (Following ICSE syllabus)in Behala, Kolkata, West Bengal, the motive behind writing this message to you is that my son has been detained in Class II by the school stating that he needs another years in the same class – II, Sir I want to state here that my son has scored less marks in Hindi he scored 5, in Science he scored – 27 , Computer Science 17 (all Out of 100) & he scored 9 only in GK (out of 50) in other subjects he scored 35 each in Enclish Language & Literature, 49 in Environmental Education , 35 in Mathematics (all out of 100)

    Sir, the problem with my Son is he is very weak in writing whereas I had cross checked with him after completion of each examination and he was very much accurate in answering all the answers pertaining to all subjects (including the subject in which he has scored lesser marks)

    Under the circumstances please inform me whether school can detain him only because of the reason that he is week in writing that also to a student who is just in Class – II

    Whether I have to continue in Class – II itself because for your information I have already admitted him in class – I previously although he was eligible for Class – II (understanding that he is weak in writing) as already 1 year of my son has lost it seems that he is going loss another year because simply of the reason that he is weak in writing

    As far as I know our HRD Ministry has a rule applicable to all School Boards that a student cannot be detained till Class- V if also he / she is very weak in studies

    Please guide me regarding the above matter

    Thanks & Regards


    Reply ↓

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bindu,
      As per Government regulation, detaining a student ( Upto Grade-5) is surely not permitted and you can take it up with the school. Moreover for a child it is traumatic to continue in the same school if he / she is detained.

      If you personally feel your child is having some issue with speed of learning, today there is help available which can get the child to main stream. I am sure with the support you will provide your child, the child will progress well.
      Warm Regards

  40. Karan Sinha on said:

    This is a very impressive article. Got to know so much about the board and all the state.

  41. Radhika on said:

    Hello Sir,
    My son is a private IGCSE candidate who will be appearing for his IGCSE in Feb/March 2018. He is opting for English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and French as his subjects. Will this fulfill the criteria of 5 subjects including English that is a pre-requisite for further studies in India? Will Physics, Chemistry and Biology be treated as 3 subjects or as one subject?

  42. Jignasa Gala on said:

    Hi, In case a child has dropped Maths in grades 9 and 10 ICSE, can he still opt for Science in HSC if he wants to pursue medicine?
    If yes, then in HSC will he have choice between Maths and Stats?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If a student does not appear for Math in Grade-10 then the option for science in Grade -11 will be with a stream that does not have math. I am not sure Statistics or math may be permitted in Grade-11 also the student may not be able to cope with studies in Math and Stats in Grade 11 and 12.

  43. Anika J on said:


    My daughter is currently attending 7th grade in USA. What are the requirements for her to get an admission in an IGCSE board school in India in 8th grade? Does she have to know 7th grade level Hindi? And also, does she have to take placement test before she gets admission? I have also heard she can pick French or German as second language. But does it have to be 7th grade level or can she take beginning French in 8th grade? And finally, what is your general opinion on moving her to India at this time. Would it be hard/easy for her to adjust?


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Admission to IGCSE Grade-8 will strictly be based on the admission policy/ Process of the school in which you seek admission. With regard to second language , French and German are possible options and even for this , you must seek info from the school on subjects they offer.

  44. Arpit Arya on said:

    Hello sir! I’m currently studying in cbse class 10th and am planning to shift to igcse board. for my 11th and 12th studies. My current plans are to go to abroad for further studies but am not sure whether igcse board.will be able to fetch me admission in schools abroad. Also, if to-morrow due to some issues I am unable to go abroad, can it still fetch me good schools in India??? Is igcse recognised in all universities for COMMERCE in India as well as abroad???! Kindly help…. Fast

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Arpit, Cambridge Program for Grades 11 & 12 is called A level and they are accepted by all Universities across the world including India.Admission to Universities in India or in any other country depends on the Grades you achieve , so if you study well and get good grades, you can expect to get admission.

  45. Hisham Ahmed on said:

    Hello Mr. Unni
    Please can you shed some light regarding the homeschooling concept.
    Is it practically possible to give homeschooling for kids upto 5th grade preferably for IGCSE or IB syllabus?
    Will they be accepted in schools then?
    Many thanks in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Home schooling i surely a Good option if you have the correct support system to help in structured study. You must ensure that correct proficiencies are built so that the foundation of the child is good. Admission to schools is a school policy and so you will have to check which are the schools that accept admission after home schooling. Most of the International schools that are new do accept home schooled children.

  46. md.najmul hoda (advocate) on said:

    my daughter is a student of class-7 of saint Joseph school of I.C.S.E board and the school has detained in same class due to poor marks whereas in view of right to education act no student shajj detained inclass upto elementoy class i.e upto class -8 give me reply early as possible

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      As per Government regulation, all students are automatically promoted up to Grade-8 but personally I feel if a student has not passed in Grade-7 they must repeat the class so that correct proficiency is built and the child will do well in the senior class. The school if you insist may promote the child but in the higher classes , the child will suffer from lack of good foundation and that is not good for the child.

  47. ARYAN on said:

    Sir, currently i am in cbse boards,till now my class 10 th results are not declared yet. I want to change from cbse boards to hp boards so what should I do? Is there any specific website to for this.

  48. Radika on said:

    I am an IGCSE student and i am not sure if i should switch my board after my IGCSE’s (boards). I am staying in india till i complete my undergraduate and i am planning to study at oxbridge for my postgraduate. Is A levels beneficial for me considering the fact that i will be studying in india for my undergraduate studies. I have also heard that switching to an indian board is tough. Please do help!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Radika, If you are planning to study Undergraduate in India, then an Indian Board is better so that admission to colleges is easier. Shifting to an Indian Board is not difficult if you are willing to make change in your study pattern.

  49. Neeta on said:


    My son DOB is 24th December 2013. I am planning to enroll him to next level i.e. Nursery ICSE board this year. Currently he is in play school. Please could you let me know whats the correct age to enroll kid to Nursery till 1st standard.

  50. Venkatesu on said:

    Hello Sir,
    We are planning to put our kid in IGCSE school. My concern how would he be treated on par with CBSE students. How easy is it for him to get admission to Indian colleges? How would the IGCSE marks be calculated in correspondence to CBSE marks?

  51. sir,I want to know that Is NCERT board make their question paper from book or guide(ex-Deepak guide) please help me

  52. Dear Sir,

    My son is studying in UK year 9, for him to complete GCSE it will be 2 years (year 10 and Year 11).
    I have plans to come back to India, I would like to know what would be the best option whether to complete GCSE and then join in Indian school or to join this year for 10th Std. My fear is that if he completes GCSE then 1 year will be wasted and I think he can join only for XI right? is it possible to Join CBSE XII, if he completes GCSE? Appreciate if you have any suggestion on these

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jeevan,

      You should either complete GCSE and then come to India for admission to Grade-11 , alternately, you can get your son admitted in Grade-9 next year and then he will still complete the IGCSE in India in 2 years ( In India IGCSE is conducted in Grade-10 instead of Grade-11 as in UK. He will not use lose any year. You cannot join CBSE in Grade-12. After GCSE, a student has to join Grade-11.

  53. sir according to samacheer kalvi system TN, is 11th std is compulsary pass for getting to 12th?? or individual pass in 11th is required??

  54. Deepak on said:

    Dear Sir, We are in Singapore for last 13 years and my daughter has passed GCE O-Level examination in Singapore. (Details : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore-Cambridge_GCE_Ordinary_Level) .

    We are planning to return India this year and enroll her into CBSE Senior Secondary education i.e. 11th & 12th STD. and thereafter she will study IIT/ Engineering etc.

    I would like to understand,
    - the process to enrol her for senior secondary education in India (Delhi/ Pune).
    - is her GCE-O Level certificate recognized in India equivalent to 10th certificate?
    - any consequence I need to be aware as she has done her 10th STD with non-Indian education board.
    - Will she always be treated as NRI because of her GCE-O Level certificate.

    Thanks so much for your time on this.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Deepak,

      GCE O levels accepted in India s qualifying exam. You need a pass in English and 4 other subjects to be eligible for admission to Grade-11. Please meet the CBSE Regional office in Delhi/ Pune for necessary formalities.
      For IIT /NIT entrance, if you are an a Indian citizen, then your marks in Grade-12 and the entrance exam are considered for admission .

      • Dear Sir,

        Thanks for your response. I have heard that students are considered NRI in India if they have not completed their minimum 4/5 years of education in India and hence they are not considered under “normal category” . Also they need to pay fees in USD etc.
        Sir, I am trying to understand all these kind of conditions applicable to students who have studied outside India and planning to continue their education in India.

        Kindly help me with information or it would great if I can give you a call to discuss this in detail.


        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Deepak,
          Different states and different colleges have different rules. You must look up the rules of the state and colleges that you wish to seek admission.

  55. I would like to know if a home schooling is permitted in CIE schools for Grade 7. The student wish to enroll in Grade VII and wants to only appear for exams . Is it permitted

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      The decision to grant admission in Grade-7 is strictly at the discretion of the school. AS per CIE, you can even appear for Grade-10 IGCSE exam having done only home schooling.

  56. Fahmi Asif on said:


    Is the question papers are same for CBSE 2nd language arabic for Indian& UAE schools?

  57. sowmya on said:

    dear sir,
    can i study in south korea if i finish my 10th grade in indian cbse board?//
    regards ,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sowmya,

      Almost all countries accept pass in Grade-10 CBSE Board exam as eligibility to Join Grade-11. Please contact the school that you wish to join in Korea to know the exact formalities. You can also join the IB Diploma program or A levels by Cambridge in any International School In Korea.

      • Rojan Jameson on said:

        Dear Sir, I am living in South Africa, I would like to send my son back to India as he has been diagnosed with a chronic condition and there are better experts in India than in RSA, he will be staying with my sister in Mumbai, andheri east. He has finsihed all grade up to 11 in RSA and is going into gr 12. Is it possible for him to get admission for him in india as there is no gr10 certificate in RSA, we only have school marksheet. Certificate we only get at end of gr12. Is there anyway he can get into school in mumbai, even if that means he has to re do whole of gr10 that is ok.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Rojan, You can admit your son to any International School In Grade-11 ( either IB DP or A level so that in 2 years, he can finish his Grade-12 and will be eligible for admission to any Under Graduate Program in the world. Please get the Report card and a letter from the existing school that he has completed 11 Years of Schooling .


    Respected Sir,

    My son studied till VII std in CBSE school in India and we moved to Scotland. He continued his S2 and S3 and is now pursuing S4 and will be taking exams in May 2017. We plan to shift to India post his S4 exams. Scottish Education System is different from GCSE. Scotland has seven years of primary P1 to P7 plus six years of senior school S1 to S6 with S6 being optional. Students can join University after S5. Few queries that we will need your advice on :-
    1. Which is the best board in India for a smooth transition to continue higher secondary? I am planning to admit him in XI std if in CBSE or equivalent board.
    2. How competitive is the GCSE syllabus for Professional Competitive exams vis a vis CBSE?
    3. Is there any migration certificate that we need to obtain to admit him to a CBSE school and if you are aware of the formalities?
    4. Which are some good schools in Chennai offering GCSE syllabus?



      Respected Sir,

      Can you please clarify my doubts as I am looking forward to your opinions/answers before making any decision.



    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Venkat,
      If you are keen to have your son take up entrance examinations for Professional courses in India, then the best option is CBSE.
      To seek admission to a Grade 11 program, you will need Migration certificate from the current Board and also an eligibility certificate. You will need to meet the CBSE Regional office and get an acceptance letter before getting admission.
      Warm Regards


        Respected Sir,

        Appreciate your inputs. Just one more question. You have mentioned eligibility certificate. Do I get that also from CBSE Regional office or from his current Scottish Board?

        I am assuming that S4 is the Scottish equivalent of Class X in India. Can I get clarity on this?

        Thanks in advance,


        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          You can check with the CBSE regional office and if they do not have the necessary information, you can recheck with the Scottish Board. Generally the eligibility acceptance is carried between the Boards at the Central level and the regional office may not have the record.

  59. WorriedParent on said:

    Dear Sir,
    we will be moving to India shortly from USA and I am worried about the school options for my kids (currently in 8th and 5th grade) as they did their schooling so far in USA only. I am planning that I will join my 8th grader in 7th grade so that she will get time to get used to Indian education system. Major worry for me is they don’t know either Telugu ( I’m am from AP) / Hindi as I believe languages are mandatory , given this can you please suggest the stream(CBSE/IGSE etc) which will make their transition easy

    Appreciate your time and Inputs

    Best Regards

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Parent, Yes if you join an Indian Syllabus school, Second language is mandatory. With a number of International schools operating in India, it may be worth trying admission in an IGCSE school so that there is a an option to drop the second language or else even take a foreign language ( French/ Spanish etc) as second language.

      • worriedparent on said:

        Thanks a lot for the reply sir. I am assuming IGCSE school students are eligible for appearing for the State engineering entrance exams or joining intermediate after 10th ? Please let me know if there are any caveats associated with IGCSE students in terms of eligibility for state / central profession courses entrance exams.

        Again thanks taking time to reply. very much appreciate it

        Best regards

      • WorriedParent on said:

        Thanks a lot for the reply Sir. much appreciated

        Are there any known caveats for students who enroll in IGCSE in terms of eligibiliyt for state and centeral professional entrance exames ?

        Also I heard in CBSE, “offers new 2nd language streams like Sanskrit, French as second language from 6th onwards. Opt for Sanskrit/French as second language and Hindi as 3rd language. In this scenario, both 2nd and 3rd languages will start from scratch (alphabets, etc.). The 3rd language is only for 6-8 std. The 2nd language continues onward until 10th. ” . Is this true ? like any work around for easy transition with respect to second language requirement like taking french and english

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Yes there are options of second language with French / mandarin etc being options also Third language is only upto Grade-8. With regard to acceptance, Pass in IGCSE is accepted as eligible for admission to Grade-11 in CBSE. So if you want your child to take up any Entrance exam, after Grade 10 in IGCSE, shift them to CBSE. Do ensure that you speak to the IGCSE school and check that they are conducting the IGCSE Exam in Feb-March and not May – June.

  60. Prameela on said:

    Hi sir,

    I am in tenth grade and came to India for a month from America but haven’t gotten the Visa to go back. I was wondering how I can finish 10th grade in India without losing the academic year?

    Thank you,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prameela,

      In India all Grade-10 examinations are conducted by the Board and registrations have to be done in Grade-9. You will not be able to join any Indian syllabus school to complete your Grade-10. The options you have are to either try and appear for the IGCSE examination as a private candidate if what you have studied in America compares with that or else join some school in Grade-9. Even join ing Grade-9 would be difficult since half the Academic year is over.
      Warm Regards

      • Prameela on said:

        Thank you so much for the information. Can you please guide us through the process to attend the IGCSE exam as a private candidate.


        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          You can register as a private candidate with any Cambridge Examination Centre . All IGCSE schools are Cambridge Exam Centres and you can find out the one that suits you the most and check with them. British Council Libraries are also exam centres and you can approach them as well. You can check the website cie.org for the list of centres in your area.

  61. Sriramana Nalla on said:

    My son studied 9th standard in India (Andhra Pradesh syllabus) AND HE DIDN’T COMPLETE 10TH STD.Then we take him abroad & he skipped std 10th. And doing igcse o level is it OK in the future for further education in India.
    Kindly help us and thanks in advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      IF he competes the O level Board Examination and passes in 5 subjects including English as first language , he will be eligible to join any further education program.

      • Sriramana Nalla on said:

        Thank you so much sir
        But he didn’t complete 10th, and many are saying that he cannot join in colleges or in any jobs without 10th. Is it true.
        He is doing 7 subjects.
        Thanks in advance.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          When he completes O Level then it is equivalent to Grade-10 in India and he can join for Grade-11 equivalent after that. He must pass O level with a minimum of 5 subjects including English.

  62. Rahul Sanku on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am living in India at the moment, and I’m a native speaker of English, and I take EFL as my subject.
    However, for my IGCSE’s, I’m required to send in a statement of entry. On this Statement, there is an option stating whether i am a native speaker of English or not. If I put “Yes”, will this affect my paper or grading? Or does it just appear on my ICE certificate?
    Thanks and regards.

    • Venugopal on said:

      Dear Sir,
      My family will be moving to India shortly from dubai and I am worried about the school options for my kids (currently in 7th grade) as they did their schooling so far in Dubai only. She will join 8th grade My worry is they don’t know Malayalam. Presently Hindi as second language. I believe regional language is mandatory , given this can you please suggest the CBSE school in Kerala which will make their transition easy

      Awaitng response

      Best Regards

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        As per CBSE, English and a second language is compulsory in Grades 9 and 10. Third Language is required only upto Grade-8. Please check some of the International schools where you may get an option of languages. Choice International School in Cochin is a probable option. Try and convince the school to give an option of exemption/ special paper (lower level) for Third language Malayalam in Grade-8.

  63. om advani on said:

    sir i am in grade 9 igcse i want to change my school after finishing grade 9 what should i do an u pls mail me
    thanks for response

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can join any other IGCSE school and take up the Grade-10 exam from there. Registrations for the Grade-10 Board exam are done only 3 months prior to final Grade-10 exam and so change over is not a problem. In the worst case scenario of your not finding any other school, you can even register for the exam at any Cambridge Exam centre which may be a school or even the British Council. You will have to study on your own if you are appearing as private candidate.

  64. MONISHA VARMA on said:

    hello sir,
    I am currently living in Uk and doing grade 10, but the problem is we might move back to India next year and as per the Uk schooling system we are one year ahead from India so if I were in India right now I would be doing grade 9,so when I move back to India next year I have to repeat grade 10, would schools in India accept me into their school?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      In UK the Board exams are conducted in Grade-11 instead of Grade-10 and hence this mismatch. You can join an IGCSE school in India in Grade-10 and take up the Board exam at end of year -10 so technically, you will still start your Pre University/ A level in the same year as your class mates.

  65. Babina Ann Mathai on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am currently doing the IB diploma course in Bahrain. I would like to know if I will be accepted in any colleges in Kerala. I am planning to major in architecture. Your response will be of great help.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      With an IB Diploma, You will need to apply as a foreign/ NRI student. The point to note is that the IB diploma results will be announced in September by when admissions to colleges in India may be completed. You may have to apply with predicted Grades and some colleges may not accept that.

  66. Rajaram Kalyanpur on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I note that for PUC of Karnataka PUE Board, one additional language needs to be taken with English. Is there a choice of Higher English instead of Kannada/Hindi or other languages ?

    Thanking you in advance.

    Rajaram Kalyanpur

  67. Hello Sir,
    My son is studying in As level now, is there a way we can shift him to CBSE 12 next year. Your response is much appreciated. Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      No, transfer in Grade-12 from a different Board is not permitted.Registration of student has to be done in Grade-11

      • Sir Thanks for your swift response. Our son studied in ICSE and in X standard got above 90%. We admitted our son to a international school.
        They informed us that they have 15+ students in As level. The reality is only 3 students are studying, the studies are not happening now because of lack of lecturers. We need your advise if our son can be shifted to a 1 PUC state board or 11 CBSE board college. Need your swift advise. We are worried about son’s future


        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Please visit the PU Board office and check if they can allow admission to be taken up as a a special case for this year. If they agree to that, you can check with any of the school/ PU college and request them for admission. But your son will have to make up the first term syllabus since all PU Colleges would have completed their Term-1.
          Alternately, you can try for admission in any other International School that offers A level or the IB program.

  68. Ashwin Antony on said:

    what are the second subjects offered in ICSE in kerala??

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Second language option is specific to school and the school can choose the second languages they wish to operate from the list approved by the ICSE Board.

  69. Jyoti Meena on said:

    I had a query that some ask IGCSE board is affiliated from? So, it is affiliated from CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) right?
    Please reply ASAP……

  70. Divya Doshi on said:

    What should be the parents Criteria for choosing the board ?

  71. My kid is studying in 2nd standard (dob 10 Jan 2010)and she would be 14.3 years when she is in Class 10(During March) in CBSE.
    Could you let me know if there is any age limit in CBSE,when one is in 10th Standard.I know that most of the schools have different age criteria when the kids starts in 1st Standard.
    Please let me know if this is gong to be an issue.Study wise as of now my kid can grasp things and teachers are fine on the performance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      The rule with regard to age for joining Grade-1 keeps changing and is strictly based on states where schools exist. You will need to check on this with the school and the regional office of CBSE of the existing policy. I do not think the CBSE board will stop a student from appearing for Grade-10 Exam based on age if a student has passed Grade-9.

  72. raghavan on said:

    My son is in 11 grade cbsc in uae
    now we are facing job problem we have to go back to india after 11grade exam.
    How can I continue 12 grade cbsc in india, what are the papers we need.
    waiting for your kind reply

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can seek transfer to Grade-12 in another CBSE school in India a. You will need the mark list of passing Grade-11 Exam, Registration numbers and transfer permission from CBSE Regional office and Attendance sheet of the student for Grade-11. Please try and get a Xerox copy of Attendance sheet of attendance register for Grade-11 indicating your sons attendance.

  73. Sridhara Munimakula on said:

    Good Day Sir,

    My son is currently studying Form 2 of IGCSE in Botswana. He will be coming back to India begining of next year (2017) to continue his studies in India. In which stream could he be able to get admission. Here in Botswana, English and French are the two languages he has been studying.

    Could you please guide me for suitable admission for my child.

  74. Ketan Chandra on said:

    In Dps Lucknow ( Indira Nagar), what is the cut off % for PCB?

  75. anuradha arun joshi on said:

    my daughter is in 10th std icse board. she is inter national medalist. this year has got medals in state and national level tournaments. whether she will get 25 extra marks of sports that other boards are giving. and what is the procedure of it.
    whether school has to give / submit the information to board. and dso office also (sports office) when school has to submit the form having sports information about her. as a parent we have to initiate or school will do the procedure.pl guide in this matter as early as possible.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Each state has a policy of its own with regard to extra marks for sports. Please contact the concerned authority and education department for correct guidelines on the process to be followed. For admission to professional colleges, generally parents have to pursue the process of getting extra marks. School will provide necessary documents.

  76. Anurag gupta on said:

    recently class 10 sa-1 exams 2016-17 have finished. so cbse will allow schools to show exams copies to students or not

  77. khensa on said:

    Dear Sir ,
    i am a parent from kenya and we are shifting to India Pune , My kid is in year 2 as of now in an IGCSE school

    my questions are as below

    1) if i enroll him in a CBSE school for now can he change to igcse at a higher grade will it be easy for him

    2) if he goes to CBSE schools and when we go to another country will an IGCSE school take him easily

    3) if he goes to CBSE school and later wants to go to a university which is not based in India , how will it Effect him

    I have checked the IGCSE schools they are available but the cost is thrice of sending your kid to a CBSE school

    and we dont think we can afford those high fees , as where we are now it is not all that Expensive as most of the schools are IGCSE , hence wondering if i can send my kid to a CBSE school .

    the city we shall be shifting to is PUNE

    Kindly advise

    Many thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Khensa,

      based on the points mentioned by you, I suggest, you admit your child to a CBSE school. Shifting to IGCSE at a later date will not be difficult. However please note that by the time the child is in Grade-8 , you must make up your choice of syllabus and any change should be done before that. After Grade-10, you can again plan a change for Grade-11 & 12 if required. Students studying in CBSE syllabus can surely apply to any University in any country as it is an accepted syllabus.

  78. Jomon Joseph on said:

    Respected Sir,
    I am currently working in Qatar. Unfortunately I have lost my job due to the gulf recession and forced to shift my family back home immediately.
    My daughter is studying in 10th grade (CBSE affiliated) in Doha, Qatar and completed her SA1 exams and waiting for the results.

    Her school has already registered her name for the final exams in March 2017.
    Now, I have approached several schools back home, they declined to enroll her, telling ” they have completed all registration process”.

    Kindly can you update with any of the available options to save her crucial one year.

    Thanking You
    Jomon Joseph

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jomon,

      Considering the fact that exams are only about 4 to 5 months away. Please try and get your daughter to complete her Grade-10 in same school and then shift her to India. In the worst case scenario, you may seek transfer of her registration to a school in India by writing to the CBSE regional office. It is extremely difficult to get admission in a good school at this stage.

  79. Jomon Joseph on said:

    Respected Sir,
    I am Jomon Joseph, currently working in Qatar. Unfortunately I have lost my job due to the gulf recession and forced to shift my family back home.
    My daughter, Aleena Jomon, is studying in 10th grade (CBSE affiliated), Doha, Qatar and completed her SA1 exams and waiting for the results. The school has already registered her name for the final exam in march 2017.

    Now, with this scenario what are the available options for me to enroll her in any school, back home in India, without loosing her one year.

    Thanking you
    Jomon Joseph

  80. Srikumar Kannan on said:

    I want my daughter to get admitted in a particular school in Bangalore. The School has up to Std X.
    That school has ICSE syllabus upto Std VIII and Syllabus from Std IX.
    Is it advisable to opt that school?

    How to check the reputation of the school which is offering Integrated education (both ICSE & State Syllabus)? For.Eg. we use to check schools affiliated with ICSE in their web site. How to check the mentioned school. It is not listed in the ICSE website.

    Kindly ignore my previous mails in this regard.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Srikumar Kannan

  81. Srikumar Kannan on said:

    Dear Sir,

    How to check whether a school which is offering Integrated education (both ICSE & State Syllabus) as a reputed institution?

    The reason for me to short list the particular school is it is near to our residence.

  82. Srikumar Kannan on said:

    Hello Sir,

    I want my daughter to get admitted in a particular school.
    The School has up to Std X.
    That school has ICSE syllabus upto Std VIII and Syllabus from Std IX.
    Is it advisable to opt that school?

  83. I would highly appreciate your advice on following.
    1. If a student completes IGCSE A level in India, is it considered at par with CBSE 12th for all competitive exams in india, such as AEEE ? What minimum IGCSE grade or % is accepted in general for competitive exams or higher course admissions ?
    2. Is there any resource available to check IGCSE results/ performance and comparison of schools in India ? I am looking specifically for schools in Kochi ( Cochin ).
    Many thanks for you valuable insights.

    best regards


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Raju,

      Pass in A level is equivalent to Grade-12 of CBSE or any other Board and a student can apply for admission to any course that requires pass in Grade-12 as qualifying standard and this includes AEEE. With regard to percentage, generally pass with a Grade of C and above is accepted. There are many Universities that do not have entrance exam and will offer admission only to students with an A Grade.

      You can check the Cambridge website (www.cie.org.uk) for details of results of schools however I do not think there is any particular website that does a performance comparison of school results.

      • Dear Sir,

        Many thanks for your advice. It is exactly what I was searching for.

        I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for the selfless service that you are providing to hundreds of parents. Truly great.

        With warmest regards

        Raju P S

  84. A.I.Muthu on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter was studied upto Aug’16 class in X Cbse syllabus. Thereafter, she unable to attend the class regularly and discontinue the study from school. Now she is willing to complete the study 10 CBSE through private/home study and to attend the March 2017 Cbse 10 th exam. If possible, please advise how we will approach the board and to get the exam application form and procedure for approach.
    Please advise.

  85. A.I.Muthu on said:

    Sir, My daughter is studying in CBSE class IX upto Aug’16 and thereafter she was discontinued her study. Now she is willing to completed the CBSE X during this academic year 2016-17 through private study. Shall we prepare and apply the March Exam 2017 through self/home study. Will the Board is allowed her to write the exam? If so, what would be procedure? and whom to contact to get the exam application form for CBSE X. Please advise?

  86. Dear,
    My child completed high school in saudi Arabia, in saudi the school system is: grade1-6, 1-3, 1-3, that is 12 years. What grad and what system he will be accepted in? Do they consider him fiinished the high school and should go to college or uni? What is, in indian education system grade 11 & 12 are equivalent to ? Is it 10 the last year in high school? Are 11&12 part of college or uni?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Sorry cannot help you since I have not understood the Saudi System. In India, School education is from Grade 1-2 with Board examinations in Grade-10 and Grade-12. Students can join University if they have passed Grade-12 with the relevant subjects that they need to pursue higher education.

  87. “While International syllabi are compatible with higher education in India, the biggest limitation of International Education in India is that”

    thanks to share this information rely its help lots.

  88. Linet Dabre on said:

    I am special educator teaching in ICSE school. Many children unable to cope up ICSE board and parents come and ask for another option. I want to ask which board can I suggest them to make their child to easier and able to cope up.

  89. Anil Gore on said:

    I have a question !

    is English language or English literature, a compulsory subject for 10 th std. or 10 th grade in all examination boards all over the world ?

    Is Engilish a compulsory subject for 10 th std. or 10 th grade in all examination boards all over10 th std. or 10 th grade in all examination boards all over U.K.

    please give information on technical basis only. If yes please guide how to get a copy of concerned rule.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      English Language is a compulsory subject to pass in Grade-10 to be eligible for higher education in English medium. English literature is not compulsory. In most universities in UK a pass in Grade-10 English language with a Garde of C and above leads to exemption in TOFEL, ELTS etc.

      The best way to confirm the rule is to check the University requirements where you seek admission and they will have clear indication about their stand.

  90. Fathima Mohammed Yousuf on said:

    Me fathima
    sir if i failed in SA1 in Grade 10th, then is there any possibility to make me sit back to Grade 9th??..
    because i have wrote retst in Grade 9th. And also, my School vice principle have told all retest student that we shuld score 50% of marks in all subject in Grade 10th or else she will make us to si tback to Grade 9th..Is it possible??…And i am not much good in Maths..As my SA1 exams is going on..I am so tensed of my maths exam..I am not sure that i vl score good marks for maths subject..
    please reply..

  91. Aviyukt pratap singh on said:

    my name is aviyukt pratap singh. i am Lucknow(U.P) at present i am doing my diploma in automobile engineering.after my 10th from ICSE board by 51%. Now i am in 2nd year of diploma.After diploma i am willing to join as Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Scheme offered by Jaguar Land Rover in (U.K ). I that as i got to know that company is going cover my course and tuition fee.
    In addition with that I will be paid starting salary of approx 18,000 British pounds per year which will be increased every six month as per my performance which can go above 36,000+ British pounds per year at the completion of course.
    the only expenses will be of accommodation and travel expenses.
    In this the thing i am not getting is the qualification they are asking to join as they sent me a site link in which it was mentioned that.
    (To join the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Scheme you’ll need five GCSEs at grades A*- C including Maths, English and a Science / Technology / Engineering related subject. In addition, you’ll also need two A-Levels at grade C or above in Mathematical subjects or a combination of a Mathematical subject and Science, Technology or Engineering related subjects. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification or equivalent in an Engineering or Technology related discipline (180 credits with a minimum of a merit award in the maths element) will also be considered).

    sir i want to know that
    * Will i be eligible to apply for this scheme with my above mentioned qualification(After completing my diploma)?
    * Are my 10th class percentage is equivalent to there asking grade?
    * How much minimum should i score in my diploma?
    * What type of visa i will need because it is studying+working ?
    this is the link sent by the company-

    sir please have a look and help me.
    I will be soo thankful of you sir.

  92. S N Tagore on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My daughter is currently in std IX in ICSE Board school and due to appear for her ICSE exams in 2018.

    I am presently based in Tanzania and plan to bring my daughter here after her ICSE in 2018 and admit her in an International School with British curriculum (Cambridge).

    Will be most grateful for your valued feedback on following points:

    a) Will there be a major difference in academic standards for a student who has done her ICSE in India & then shifts to British Curriculum for +2 level?

    b) After finishing her +2 from an International School with British curriculum, what will be her chances of gaining admission in a good college in India? Will it be a disadvantage for her if she applies for admission to an Indian University after finishing her +2 under British curriculum?

    Will be most grateful to have your opinion on above points.
    Thanks and best regards,
    S N Tagore

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you intend to study in India after Grade-12 , then the best option is to study in Indian Syllabus for Grade 11 and 12. However even if you pass Cambridge A level which is equivalent of Grade-12, you can apply for admission to Indian college. The disadvantage of studying Cambridge curriculum in Grade 11 and 12 outside India is that the results are declared in August and applying for college admission becomes difficult.

  93. my son is in 8th cbse this year he is totally loosing marks very badly how to get best results mfrom him

  94. Hello sir My son in grade 4 Igcse .He has taken Hindi as second language. Mother tongue Tamil. Is there any option to take Tamil in higher grades….?

  95. hidhayathulla on said:


    good service

    Actually I am confused. I have 2 year kid and have to go for school on coming year, when I am searching in internet there are different syllabus, and my requirement is to make perfect girl with world knowledge and am not expecting everything she has to get first, if she happy and understand about education, it will be fine. can you suggest me which will be better for her future.

  96. Morice Daniel on said:

    Hi Sir,
    My daughter is completing Grade 7 (Secondary 1) in Singapore by Dec.2016.We are planning for transfer of residence to Bangalore. Having some concern about the requirement to learn 3rd language newly like Kannada or French for Standard 8. Here she learn Hindi as mother tong. Is it advisable to wait for another one year and join in Std.9 in India? What should be the syllabus we should choose, ICSE, CBSE or State Board. Please advice.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Morice,
      In a conventional school, avoiding third language would be difficult and hence it may be better suited to join Grade-9 directly. Among the available options, CBSE would be a better choice. However if your child has been doing International syllabus in Singapore, it may even be worth trying a school that offers IGCSE. If you job an IGCSE school even in Grade-8 3rd language will not be required.

  97. Shini Rasheed on said:

    My niece is studying in Abudhabi in a british school and she will be completing her O level in 2018. Can she write NEET in 2018? They are having NRI status and of Kerala state.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      To appear for any entrance exam for professional courses, it is mandatory to pass Grade12 or equivalent examination. O level is equivalent to Grade-10 so the student must either Pass A level exam or Grade -12 from CBSE/ State Board.

  98. Mohammad Shafi on said:

    Many Thanks for your informative blog. My daughter is studying CBSC – Grade IX in UAE -AbuDhabi. We will be relocating to Vijayawada within two months as we do not have other options. As she is in the middle of the year, Could you please guide/provide information so as not to waste the academic year. Please provide details of admission procedure, documents requirement, and other formalities..
    Many Thanks for your valuable advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Getting admission to Grade-9 is a difficult proposition but the best option is to get a transfer of registration from the current school and the Regional office . You will need to carry the student’s attendance sheet ( copy of attendance register signed by School Principal and the mark sheet of the last examination passed along with Transfer certificate and Transfer of registration for Grade-10 Board Exam signed by school and Regional office.

      • Mohammad Shafi on said:

        Many Thanks for your response. Could you please elaborate transfer of registration from the regional office. What is regional office? We may request transfer of registration from school if it is provided by school. As the school is in AbuDhabi which is the regional office for this school. What other formalities to be done to get this transfer of registration. We just received the cbsc registration form and this will continue process as we are going to stay atleast two more months in AbuDhabi.
        Many Thanks once again for your guidance and advise.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Students are registered in Grade-9 for the Grade-10 Board exam and that is the process, you will doing now in the school. Once a student is registered, the registration number will continue and hence if you change school, you have to get the registration transferred to the new school. The current school will issue a Transfer certificate and transfer of registration has to be counter signed by the Regional office. Please speak to the school and find out the Regional office under which the current school is and either the school or you can get the process of transfer completed from there. Also please carry the attendance details of the student in Grade-9 from the school as this will be essential for the transfer process.

    • My son is studying in 9th in muscat school,do to some job related issues we have to shift to kerala with in 4 month,as my son is in the middle of the year,we are in trouble,so we wish to put our child this month itself to kerala ,getting admission in 10 th is also very difficult in kerala..Could you please guide us..and is it good to tranfer from cbse to state syllabus in 9th.

  99. semalaia4n on said:

    Your blog is very nice.
    Please tell me that which is best cbse or icse?

  100. Sir,

    My son is under going his 10th Grade in US and we are planning to move back after 10th. What would be the best path? Can he get into IGCSE and complete 12? I heard that getting into CBSE will be tough since he had forgotten Hindi. At present he as taken French as language and English as second.

    And also if he continues to do his 12th and take up SAT exams here can he apply to Indian engineering college?

    I am an NRI and I am an Indian citizen. I have put up in Bangalore.

    Which will be the best option? Complete 12th here and come back for engineering or start 11th grade on Bangalore. My only concern is I have my younger son completing his 5th Grade now and I taught it will be easy to move for him in case if I do so after his 5th grade to catch up with Hind/Sanskrit as language.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mohan,

      Your son can join school in India after Grade-10 under any syllabus . The only requirement will be to seek an eligibility certificate from the Board under which he intends to continue his studies. With regard Second language, CBSE does not have second language in Grade 11 & 12 so he will not have the problem of adjusting to Hindi.( French is an option as second language in Grade 11 & 12 in State Syllabus) Other Than CBSE, the options are A level and IB. I think all Engineering colleges including NIT have NRI quota under which he can seek admission with his SAT scores.

      For the younger son of course there will be no problem, he can choose Hindi/Sanskrit and in many schools there is option of French also as second language .

  101. Jamal Mohamed on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son studying 10th CBSE in Saudi Arabia, he finished SA1 Exam. I would like to transfer to India and put him in CBSE for 10th to continue his studies there. what is the procedure?. Board exam registration finished already.
    Thanks in Advance.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jamal,
      Generally transfer of students in Grade-10 is not permitted. However you may visit the regional office of CBSE and apply for transfer but more importantly, please find a school where they will accept your son in Grade-10. Schools are reluctant to admit students in Grade-10.
      I would recommend that you allow the boy to complete his Grade-10 Board exam and then shift in Grade-11.

      • Jamal Mohamed on said:

        Thank You very much for prompt reply.

        Dear Sir,
        I from Tamil Nadu, I have another question regarding NRI.
        Is enough CBSE 11th and 12th studies in Tamil Nadu to avoid NRI student category and become normal student category?
        Thanks in advance.

  102. Hey,
    So I’m doing my 11th grade through the PU board and wanted to know whether I can change to an ISC board for my 12th grade?
    If that is possible then if I give the SAT at the end of my 11th grade will I be considered being under the PU board?


  103. Venkat on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter is entering in 7th grade in the United States and elder one in 11th grade. We are thinking of putting our younger one in 9th in Chennai when she completes her 8th grade and see for a comp sci. college for elder one.

    Please let us know if these are possible like starting 9th and college. Also what will be language requirement in 9th.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Venkat,

      You can get admission to Grade-9 after Grade-8 . The choice you will need to make is if you want to Join Indian syllabus or International. The process of admission will depend on the school you chose. For admission to Computer science college after Grade-12, you will have to again choose the college and go as per their admission criteria. International Students can even apply to NIT based on SAT score . They have a separate quota.

  104. Nitha Raj on said:

    My daughter has completed her grade 10th from cbse school and wish to join o level (UK Curriculum) as we got plans to migrate to UK next year.
    Kindly advise if its practicably possible to shift from cbse to UK curriculum in UAE.

  105. sandeep banerjee on said:


    I want to shifting my daughter of 2nd class from a CBSE school Haryana to Gujarat. What’s the procedure to transfer? Is it compulsory to take the certificate from zonal office of CBSE for 2ns class student

  106. mahesh on said:

    as i have omitted maths from my regular schooling course i am planning on to do it from nios !i am cbse student and my subjects are pcb alone and now if i do it from nios (via dual enrolment or part credit) will it be of any use??can i write the entrance exams and will the scores be accepted in engineering colleges???

  107. Clueless on said:

    Hi, are internals not counted in IGCSE. I hear that the board exams are the only exams that matter.

  108. Harshad B Chavan on said:


    My kid was studying in UK for last two years. We moved back to India this year and got him admitted to one of the IGCSC schools in standard 9. However, school is asking for school leaving certificate counter signed by British Consulate. Since UK Schools do not issue any leaving certificate, I managed to get the letter from the UK school mentioning my kid was studying there and eligible for standard 9. Please can you guide me as where do I get this letter counter signed by British Consulate in Mumbai.

    Thanking you in advance.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Harshad,
      Cambridge does not ask for any TC for admission to an IGCSE program. The school must be asking for it as an internal process only. I am not sure if British Consulate will sign on the TC. Please speak to the school or look at another school as an option.

  109. kavita on said:

    sir,due to some reason i could not clear my 12 from cbse in navimumbai, but now i want to do 12 as private but i am not getting anywhere , what shld i do……

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can check on CBSE website for possible centres to register as private student. Alternately, you can register for NIOS which is also a program conducted by NCERT

  110. Sarang Bakshi on said:

    Sir i have completed my 10th Board NIOS in April 2016 and i passed with 55.8% now currently i am in the 12th std senior secondary course of NIOS so half of the exams i will be giving in April 2017 and the remaining in April 2018 as i am planning to get around 65%-75% percentage around. Also as i am also doing animation diploma course and also of art and design course as i am good in Drawing and Painting and also computers. So I want to also pursue my higher education in either USA or Australia for bachelors and masters also i want to know whether NIOS board is recognized and accepted in Foreign universities i want to pursue a course in Animation and Visual arts also i want to know does foreign universities provide some financial aid and scholorship to the students who are willing to do bachelors after 12th plz let me know ASAP

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sarang,
      Glad to know that you are pursuing your studies along with your interest in animation. Yes NIOS is considered equivalent to pass in Grade-12 from any other syllabus. However, you will need to check with the specific university that you wish to join. Some Universities will ask for a pass in SAT examination to offer admission. The scholarships for Undergraduate courses are less compared to a Post Graduate course but you may check on line to know exact details. I do not know how financially sound you are, if you can afford, then studying abroad is a good option if not then, you can join an Animation course in India, take up some job and try to get a sponsorship from your company to study abroad.

      • Sarang Bakshi on said:

        Also sir one more thing I guess there are NIOS pre universities of IGNOU for Bachelor’s ad Masters also they are available at overseas that’s hat it says so if I clear NIOS then will I be eligible to go to IGNOU university overseas as it is in the Gulf region it is available for Bachelor’s of Visual arts so I want to know hat whether there financial aid do they provide for UG course

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          IGNOU only conducts exams and contact programs, I do not think they offer financial aid. You can check with the institution that is conducting the course if they would offer financial assistance.

          • Sarang Bakshi on said:

            And how much does it cost to study in the Middle east UAE only for bachelors for Visual arts and animation in Abu Dhabi and what exams are required

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Cost of study will depend on the institute where you are undertaking the course and your personal expenses for stay.

    • Sarang Bakshi on said:

      Sir what kind of exams do i have to take if i want to apply outside India for higher studies in US and how much maximum percentage is required for passing 12th grade NIOS board especially for English please Let me know ASAP

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Almost all good Universities in US offer admission based on your scores in SAT Exam. There are a number of universities that are not very particular about SAT or passing scores in Grade-12. You will have to short list Universities and courses that you wish to take up and check their eligibility.

  111. kumar on said:

    Sir, My daughter is currently studying CBSE11th Std in India, she is having valid visa of Bahrain. She feels difficult to adjust there since she studied in Bahrain till 10th, so what are the formalities to bring back and join her in Bahrain schools for 11th and when will be the ideal time. After midterm exam or before? Kindly advise,
    Kind regards,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kumar,
      You can take her back at the ear;iciest so that she does not have to lose one year. Please check if she has already been registered with the CBSE Board , if she has, you may need to get her registration transferred when she moves.

      • Thank you Sir. Your site is really helpful to lot of parents to clarify their doubts and your immediate response is highly appreciated.

        One more thing I would like to know that transfer request to board college will do or agent is required or we can do directly?

        KVPY exam -Based on web, I understood that it will help only for BSC or Msc not for other professional coursers correct?

        Thanking you.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Transfer request can be addressed directly to Board. KVPY exam is not B Sc and M Sc courses.

          • Thank you sir,

            How KVPY exam will help students? Kindly update.

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Admission to IISC for Under Graduate course in pure science is based on KVPY. Students procuring high scores can also expect scholarships for those courses.

  112. madhuri on said:

    My son is studying in 7th standard in State syllabus (Telangana previously Andhra Pradesh) and he studying well, after 7th class i want to change from State syllabus to CBSE (8th class) due to communication levels and activities are poor. please advise me.
    And i want to know this changes is effecting in his career or causes any problem (burden etc.) please help me.

  113. Srivani on said:

    Dear Sir,
    Your blog is useful to many parents like me. I am writing to you for your help.
    We had to shift my son in 10th Grade to another school. He learned Spanish as his second language till 9th Grade and in his current school Spanish is not offered. The school suggested us to take below subjects to fulfill the 5 subject requirement. As he has no second language in grade 10, will there be difficulty in taking admission into CBSE 11th grade? Is second language in 10th grade compulsory for admission into 1th grade CBSE? Please help us with this information.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If I am not mistaken, Second language is compulsory for getting a pass grade in Class -10 unless a student is exempted medically from appearing for second language. Second language is not mandatory in Grade-11 of CBSE and so in Grade-11 there will be no problem.However please check with the school if the student will be given a pass certificate if he does not appear for second language in Grade-10.

      • Srivani on said:

        Dear Sir,
        Thank you for the response. The above subjects were suggested by IGCSE examination coordinator considering the unavailability of Spanish in their school. I don’t understand the certification process of IGCSE. I was concerned as my understanding of second language being compulsory from national curriculum (grade 10 of ICSE and CBSE).
        It would be great if you can help me with the information as Primus Public School has IGCSE. My questions are not being addressed by the current school coordinator.
        Please help us.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Shivani,

          Your previous mail was not clear in indicating that you wanted information about IGCSE in Grade-10. To clarify your point, let me inform you that in IGCSE , pass in 5 Subjects including English is the requirement for being eligible to join Grade-11. Second language in IGCSE is not mandatory. The only point is that if you do not take up second language, the student will not be eligible for an ICE certificate but please note that ICE is not a requirement and students without ICE are eligible for all courses.

          • Srivani on said:

            Dear Sir,
            Appreciate your response and thank you for the clarity. Request further clarity on the last statement i.e. “without ICE student will be eligible for all courses”. As I am choosing 5 Subjects including English in grade 10 of IGCSE, will my son be eligible for admission into CBSE board for grade 11.

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Yes a student with pass in 5 subjects including English can join Grade -11 under any syllabus ( CBSE, ISC, A Level, IB Diploma etc.)

          • Srivani on said:

            Thank you Sir

  114. ravi g kalloli on said:

    iam planning to shift my son studing in cbsc7th class to 7 icse international boarding school and their is call to take admission also , so sir please advise is it correct dicision to take admission or not.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Since all entrance examinations are conducted as per CBSE syllabus, ideally it is best to take CBSE syllabus in Grade-11 and 12. So you can take a decision accordingly.

  115. Zia Ansari on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son studying in 9th grade CBSE affiliated school in Saudi Arabia, I am planning to shift my family back home Hyderabad
    As soon as he finishes his final exams in April 2017. Kindly advice if I can able to get admission to CBSE schools in 10th grade easily?
    Or else I should drop the idea of shifting and make him continue till grade 10, But then he will be considered in NRI seat for engineering.
    Please advice I am really confused.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Zia,
      If you get a transfer from the CBSE regional office in Saudi, you will be eligible for admission to Grade-10 but most good schools do not take students in grade-10 and hence I feel it would be a better option to complete Grade-10 in the current school and then shift to India. If he will complete Grade 11 and 12 in India, he should become a regular student for admission to engineering.

      • Zia Ansari on said:

        Dear Unni Krishnan,
        as per your advice if I continue him to complete till grade 10 in Saudi Arabia then for grade 11 & 12 in India he cannot be considered as NRI and could compete for engineering entrance as a local student.
        Because I heard many people saying 10th grade local certificate is compulsory to compete in entrance and get admission in engineering as a local student, otherwise he will be given NRI seat or management seat and pay huge amount of fees.
        Kindly clear my doubt.


        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Zia,
          I think the students who pass Grade-11 and 12 in India are considered in quota for Indian students and not NRI. Please check with the State where you are seeking admission for professional course.

  116. Sachin on said:

    My son is currently going to CBSC school in India in 2nd grade, we are planning to move Germany for 3 to 4 years. He will join 2nd grade in Germany in public school (German Language school, only one English subject).
    Then he will continue in India from 5th or 6th Grade –
    1. That time he get the admission in CBSC school? Or which board is suitable for him?
    2. Can he grasp Indian syllabus easily in grade 5th or 6th, after came back?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sachin,

      You amy need to support your child with help at home to keep in touch with Indian system and an easier transition when you come back. I would recommend that you carry books of Math, Science and English and tutor at home. If not , when you are back, you can check for admission in an International school. Personally I feel irrespective of your decision to join back CBSE or International syllabus, it would be a good idea to carry some additional books as per Indian syllabus .

  117. Anubhav K Krishna on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I live in US and my sons are currently in Grade 9 and 7 respectively. I plan to shift back to Noida next year. Will it be possible for my sons to get admission to grade 8 and 10. Also since the US session ends in June and I plan to move to Noida where the session starts in Apr, will there be any problem wrt admissions. Any suggestions on board / school I should consider.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anubhav,
      Admission to Grade-8 in an International School may be possible but admission to Grade-10 will be difficult since most schools avoid admission to Grade-10.

      • Anubhav K Krishna on said:

        Thanks for your response sir. How does the same thing work in case the admission is sought to Class 11 and Class 9. ie. If I plan the return for 2 years later.

        I have been trying to keep them up to mark with the Indian curriculum wrt Maths and Science so a test in these two subjects may not be an issue. Any suggestion for my situation.


  118. Kiran on said:

    Dear Sir, thanks for putting together so much information in a clean and crisp blog.
    My question is about my nephews, both into IGCSE Grande 8th and 6th respectively. They are very comfortable with methods and curriculum. However their parents are worried about options for higher studies in India. Will they be able to crack various CET exams after class 12th. If they don’t want to travel abroad for graduation and higher studies, is it better to shift to CBSE or any other syllabus to be able to get through these entrance exams? I am concerned that with the usage of calculator(at school level) and other methodologies,comparatively they are not competitive enough to clear these exams.
    Kindly suggest.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kiran,
      IGCSE is a good study pattern and students will benefit from it. If you would like to try the Indian option for Higher Studies, it is s good option to shift to CBSE in Grade-11. By this move , a student need not do rote learning for 12 years but can enjoy the study for 10 years and with a little extra effort, manage rote learning in 2 years.

  119. ABHIMANYU on said:

    i have completed 10 12 from icse board so in that percentage calculated on the basis of best 5 subject marks out of 7 subjects ,so can i follow the same procedure in UTTAR PRADESH BTC (GOV JOB) ,kindly reply with my name THANK YOU

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Abhimanyu,
      Government offices use there own discretion for calculation of percentage and so you will need to check the application form to know what subject marks they will consider.

  120. Nivedya on said:

    Respected Sir,
    We reside in Oman.I finished my 10th grade examination under IGCSE Edexcel curriculum .Iam planning to continue my further studies in Kerala .I would like to shift myself into cbse curriculum . Is it possible for me to join in any cbse schools (11th grade)?
    Thanks in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Niveda,
      Yes you can join CBSE Grade-11. Please ask the Ed Excel office to give you an eligibility certificate.

      • Nivedya on said:

        Sir,I have obtained an E grade in physics .Will that bother my admission?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          While E is a pass Grade, many schools do not offer admission to students with Grade below C. Personally I feel, it may a be a good idea for you to not continue science and move to Commerce or Humanities . If the foundation at Grade-10 is weak, further studies in science would be difficult.

  121. Neeraj Gupta on said:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have passed my secondary exam (10th standard) from Rajasthan Board(RBSE),Ajmer in 2002-03. That time my third language was ‘Sanskrit’. Now, I want to do additional third language as “Punjabi” in 10th class so that I will be eligible in punjab state govt. job if I passed.

    Which board/University/Bhasa Vibhag is providing this addition third lanaguage punjabi ? When will form come , exam conduct ? What is frequency to do this exam in a year ?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Neeraj,
      You amy not be able to join any school for Grade-10. Once you have passed Grade-10, the only possibility to a Grade-10 Punjabi would be to opt for NIOS and appear for Punjabi as Third/ Second language. But before that please check with Punjab State Government Office, if that is acceptable to them.

      • Neeraj Gupta on said:

        Thanks Sir.. Exactly… I want to appear for punjabi as third language. want to know about process of NIOS to fill the form

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Neeraj,
          You can register with the local NIOS study centre and appear for the next schedule of exam as soon as you are prepared.

  122. RAJA on said:


  123. Sir,
    Request you to provide the possibilities of changing my son who has completed intermediate 1st year from Board of Intermediate Education, Telangana to join 12th class in Tamilnadu Board of higher secondary education

  124. SHIMNA on said:


  125. Akhshay Gandhi on said:

    Hello Sir,
    My brother has finished his 10th class from CBSE, Gujurat and now we have to move to Madhurai, TN. Here we are looking at continuing his education in IGCSE board with Business, English, Computer & Art-design courses. We are looking at pursuing commerce field with Management or BCOM as main option and in parallel working on his animation skills.

    Our concern is, does he need to take up maths as one of the subject to be considered for commerce colleges after 12th?


  126. M. RAFIK on said:

    Res Sir,

    My daughter has recently passed her 10th from Gujarat Board. She wants to go in commerce stream. She also wants to change her board from Gujarat to ICSE. Is this a wise decision ? She is an average student finished her 10th with 74 %. Very weak in maths. Please advise me on this.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      I don’t think it is a good idea to shift to ICSE Grade-11 especially if the student is an average student. Please continue with State board and score good marks to ensure entrance to a good college.

  127. sreepriya on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter is studing in CBSE 1st standard. Have need the value education for Class 1. (1st Standard). Have the board exam for value education?. please help me.


  128. Biju M on said:

    Hi Captain,

    We have two kids, currently studying in year 4 and year 6 in a U.K state school. We intend to relocate back to Bangalore,India in a year or so. What would be the recommended syllabus (CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB) for them to enroll in terms of a smooth adjustment and also from a future standpoint ( in case of applying for professional degree viz. Engineering, Medical in the U.K. ? Also would enrolling in IB or IGCSE hamper their chances of applying for professional degree in a Indian university ?

    Biju M

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Biju,

      Your options should be CBSE or IGCSE when you come back to India. While upto Grade-10 IGCSE is a good option, In grade 11 & 12 CBSE may be chosen so that preparation for Board exam and Entrance exam could be combined since the syllabus of both are same.

  129. Musuk on said:

    is it possible to get my science paper rechecked??? as i was expecting full marks in it but got some 10-12 marks less….. i am a student of Kendriya vidyalaya (cbse board). Please help me asap.

  130. Rohan Rajpal on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am presently studying gr 12 ISC syllabus in Rama Global School Indonesia. In 11th I had taken English Maths physics ,Chemistry and Biology . However in order to focus on I SAT EXAM and such other competitive exams I wish to drop biology. As per ISC regulaions I need only 4 subjects to get a pass certificate. Am I allowed to drop biology at this point of time?

  131. SK Singh on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter has completed IGCSE Cambridge International Board exam with five subjects and obtained D grade in English As a Second Language, Chemistry, Biology and E grade in Math and Computer Science in 2015 and now she has appeared in A1 level Cambridge international board exam. I am serving abroad but due to some domestic issues I have to shift my family in India. A1 level result will be announced in Aug 2016 and in the meantime I have to take admission in grade 12 in CBSE board with humanity stream. Please clarify the following:-
    (i) IGCSE only passing marks is mandatory or minimum C grade in each subject is required to take admission in India.
    (ii) Whether she can be admitted provisionally in grade 12th and passing certificate of A1 level can be produced after announcement of result.
    (iii) Whether eligibility certificate from CBSE board or equivalency certificate from AIU is required. I think equivalency certificate from AIU is required for taking admission in university.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear SK ,
      You cannot change Boards in Grade-12. You will need to continue with A level or else re join a CBSE school in Grade-11.

  132. R SWaminathan on said:

    Dear Sir
    My daughter has completed her IGCSE in Chennai in Grades D, E and F. According to IGCSE they say that she has cleared her exams and is eligible for XI standard equivalent. I have the following questions.

    1. Is she eligible for admissions in XI standard in a Tamilnadu State Board School or a Central Board school and can she write a XII standard exam in HSE or central board?
    2. IF she passes her XII standard from Tamilnadu State Board or a Central board school, Is she eligible for a graduate program (Say B Com or BA etc) in an Indian university. (I.e her IGCSE X and State/Central Board XI – is it eligble for college admissions or should she have a X and XII from only Indian schools)

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If she has passed in IGCSE exams in at least 5 subjects including English, She is eligible to join any Indian Board in Grade-11 and can join any Indian University after passing Grade-12.

  133. pagare Ashish on said:

    Dear Sir
    My son is studying in Grade V in Gujarat Board. can he promoted to Grade VII as he is having appropriate age and knowledge

  134. A Kumar on said:

    Do you know what % of CBSE grade 10 students take French as their second language?

  135. Aditya on said:

    Hello sir,
    I recently gave my 10 cbse board exams. I am a resident of gujarat and i want to go outside gujarat for my higher studies and even i want to try for IIT. So my question is that which board shoul i opt for my 11 and 12 education?? Gujarat board or should i go with cbse only because i want to go outside gujarat for my higher studies.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aditya,
      Since you wish to try for IIT and also have the option of going outside Gujarat, in Grade-11 & 12, CBSE will be a better option.

  136. Manju Bhaskar on said:

    Hi , My name is Manju Bhaskar.my daughter is in grade 3.Shes follows the cambridge curriculum.We are planning to relocate to Banglore this year.Can you please recommend some good schools that follows similar curriculum? What time the term begins in banglore? is it possible for her to join the CBSE International curriculum.
    Would really appreciate if you could provide your expert advise.

    Thank You & Best Regards,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear manju,

      There are a number of IGCSE schools in Bangalore, I suggest, you must visit the schools personally and then decide. Yes you can join CBSe International also but I feel, you must choose IGCSE or else go for a regular CBSE school. The School Term in most schools in India begin in June and International schools start their session in August/ September.

  137. Darshini Vellanki on said:

    Dear Sir

    Good Morning. My son is currently pursuing his grade 9 in CBSE. His aim is to go to USA for his bachelors. Many of my friends and I personally feel IGCSE will help him to get into the universities easily. How far is our thought right. And the IGCSE is for 13 years is this required for entering in to universities in US.

    Your kind advice is very much appreciated.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Darshini,
      Since your son is in Grade-9 , let him complete Grade-10 in CBSE only. If you are keen on him studying in the US, then it is surely a good idea to get him take up an international syllabus in Grade-11 & 12 (Grade-12 ,CBSE is also accepted in US) The option of International Syllabi you have are A level from Cambridge and IB Diploma from IBO. Both of these syllabi are accepted in US with IB having a slight edge over A level. In any case, if US is the preferred destination, right after Grade-10, your son must start his preparation for the SAT examination . SAT scores are very critical to get into a Good University.
      Warm Regards

  138. Yash Trivedi on said:

    Is M.P board easy then CBSE….. And I will be in 10 but give exam private in other center provided will I get different paper??????

  139. Dharini on said:

    Respected sir,

    I am Dharini and have written 10th CBSE board exam in tamilnadu will there be any issues if I join 11th and 12th in Karnataka .Most of the people say me not to join in Karnataka and it will affect my future.Is it true?? Please give me your valuable suggestions…

  140. nitish on said:

    i going to grade 11. i had given board exam form igcse and i wish to do medical in india, but igcse syllabus different form state board and cbse so i think to go in state board.but confused to go or not because i do not the marks need in 10 for igcse medical to enter…

  141. N. LATHA on said:

    Dear sir, My daughter completed her VII standard in ICSE Auden Public School, Bangalore. And the marks secured is :Eng I – 80, Eng II – 89, Kannada (2nd language) – 97, Hindi (3rd language) – 90, Maths – 64, Physics – 73, Chemistry – 63, Biology – 75, History civics – 80, Geography – 93, Computers – 95. Now, we are planning to continue he in the ICSE syllabus for the 8th standard.As you can see her 7th standard marks – she is very weak in Mathematics and Science.Please inform you opinion.Further, after completing her 10th standard in ICSE, can she be shifted to karnataka board syllabus for the 1st PUC.We request you guidance in this regard.With thanks, Latha.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Latha,
      Please continue with ISE since your daughter is doing well. After Grade-10, you can join PU-1 of Karnataka State Board.


  142. HITESH on said:


  143. Nitha on said:

    Hello Sir,

    Could you please advise if my daughter who has completed her grade 10 in CBSE can join grade 11 in British Curriculum.
    I am trying to admit her in schools in Dubai and Sharjah and the administration didn’t admit to grade 11 as they say the admissions are only at grade 9 instead grade 11.

    We are planning to shift to UK next year so we need her to join in UK curriculum this year and then next year she can continue her studies in UK.

    we are worried about this situation now and don’t know how to proceed with this now.

    Your valuable advise would be appreciable.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Nitha,
      If your daughter has passed Grade-10 Board exam of CBSE, then she is eligible for joining A level (This is equivalent of Grade-11 from Cambridge). You can contact the Cambridge Regional office in Dubai for getting help in admission.

  144. PG Thomas on said:

    Dear sir,

    I have take admission on my son in CBSE board on 1st standard in Gujarat, Basicaly we are from Kerala, but our job not transferable to other state. so that i would like to change from CBSE to Gujarat state board.

    His admission take on 1st April 2016, and Gujarat board admission start from 1st June 2016

    What can i do formalities, pls send your valuable replay

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can apply for admission to State Board school as a fresh students per policy of school where you are taking admission. I am not sure if you will get a refund of fee from the CBSE school since they have already confirmed admission.

  145. aishwarya sharma on said:

    respected sir,
    I have just given my cbse class 10 board examination and and i want to go for an igcse school for class 11.I don’t intend to give any engineering or medical examination.Is it a good decision? What problems I will face if I change my board of education in class 11?
    please suggest !!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aishwarya,
      From an understanding perspective, it is a good move to take up Grade-11 from Cambridge which is called A level.As a good student, you will not face any specific problem . The only thing to bear in mind is that in A level, questions will not be directly from the book and answers will need to be based on analysis of concepts. What you learn during these 2 years will remain with you and you will be able to understand application of concepts.

  146. Respected Sir,

    i have gone through your blog and some of the questions you have previously asked. it is very informative.
    My daughter is PU1 she is doing fine with her studies. But this year PU board not conducting exams properly (paper leak), exam centers not good,students left to suffer and unable to get enough time before other competitive exams start..etc. is making me think should i shift her school to CBSE for PU2.Lots of confusion in this

    1.Is it allowed to shift board from PU to CBSE is PU2
    2.When will PU2 registeration happen in CBSE
    3.Will she have any other issues to write the exam which we are not aware of.
    4.I think the books are same which is followed between PU and CBSE. please clarify. Before enrolling for the next academic year i want to make a decision so that child does not suffer due to administrative issues in the board.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Devi,
      Please do not make any such changes at this stage. I understand the concern but it will be extremely difficult to manage change of school , change of board etc in a year that is very crucial for the student. Transfer from PU to CBSE is also not permitted. Please ask your daughter to continue her studies and do not let such external factors bother you.

  147. hello sir ,

    my 6 year old daughter has just completed her K2 in icse board. we are based in ahmedabad. the school also has IGCSE board. while i m considering the option of shifting her from icse to igcse , i am worried if this would be the right thing to do . which board has a better future .. is what i want to ask ??

  148. Suhasini on said:

    Hello Sir,

    My daughter is Nov’11 born and she is 4.4yrs old. I am confused with the age limit for appearing for the board exams in various boards – ISCE, IB and IGCSE. There are kids who are Aug’12 born, almost one year younger to my daughter in her class (Nursery).
    Could you please guide me if there will any challenge if I try to get her in to 1st std, at the age of 5.5yrs. Thank you.

  149. Hi
    i have complete my 12th science from icse Delhi board so i can gat admission in Maharashtra medical collage..

  150. Sudhanshu on said:

    I need some guidance on difference between cbse and cbse-i boards, which one will be better in terms of achieving high ranks in Indian competitive exams or both will be at par?

  151. navin khaitan on said:

    My son is studying in class 8 in ICSE Board in reputed school, this year he plugged in the said class, Now I think if we can change his Board from ICSE to CBSE he can manage the study,I do not want to continue him in the same class, Pls suggest

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you are interested in the child’s education, you must make him repeat the class . One year is not going to make any difference in life but passing with average marks is detrimental. I suggest you change his school and syllabus to CBSE but have him repeat the class.

  152. Rajani Sathish on said:

    Hello Sir,

    My two children are currently doing their CBSE schooling in 7th and 5th grade, daughter and son respectively. My husband has got an offer to work for a long project in Germany from this year (2016). This can extend from 5-7 years. I am worried on the education aspect of my children. They study well with very little help from me. I don’t want to be confused and spoil their future. Few of the points that I want to clear and would like to get answers to are:

    1. How is the education system in Germany? I have done my search on the three systems of education there but would like to hear from you as well.
    2. If we have to come back after 10th grade of my daughter (we are looking for International schools there), will she be able to cope up with the competition here?
    3. If we come after 12th grade will it be difficult to get into professional main stream colleges here?
    4. I have heard many parents getting their children to do 11th and 12th grade in India and then again go back. i am confused as to why do they do that.

    I would greatly appreciate if you could help me clear my doubts as I want to decide if I have to stay back in India for my children to continue their education here or all of us move to Germany.

    Awaiting your earliest response.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rajani ,
      I do not have info on all options of study in Germany but I am sure there are 2 streams The Cambridge IGCSE and IB are Internationally offered and are chosen by Parents who are Internationally mobile to help in easy transition. If you chose to follow the IGCSE ,you would be able to come back after Grade-10 and continue in the Indian System however the challenge in that case will be of late announcement of results since Cambridge results are declared only in Second week of August and Grade-11 classes in India commence in June. With regard to adjusting to Indian system in Grade-11 after International education, if you rae keen on this, you must have the children practise Math and Science from Indian books even when they are outside India. Most parents chose to study Grade-11 and 12 in India so that the children become eligible nad find it easy to cope with teh Entrance exam to professional courses.
      Warm Regards
      Capt Unni Krishnan

  153. Rajaram Kalyanpur on said:

    My son is studying in 9th Grade – O Level – UK Syllabus in Dubai. His school has 10th and 11th IGCSE. I am told that the IGCSE exam is only in 11th Grade. I want to shift him to CBSE – Commerce stream from 11th Grade. Will CBSE in Dubai admit him to 11th Standard even if IGCSE does not conduct any exam in 10th Grade. Secondly, will a School in Bangalore admit him to Ist PUC Commerce ?

    Secondly, for 10th and 11th, his school says that he has to study 5 compulsory subjects (English, Maths, Arabic, PSHE, PE) and 6 Optional Subjects for IGCSE – Double Science (2 Papers), Accounts, Business Studies, Economics and Additional English. Are they correct ? I find some IGCSE schools says that only 4 optional subject but his school, which is newly starting their 10th and 11th, say 6 optional subjects.

    Will be thankful for your early reply.

    Regards, Rajaram

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Admission to Grade-11 in CBSE or any other Indian Board can be taken only after the IGCSE Board exam is completed. Hence it is mandatory that your son complete his Grade-11 with IGCSE Board exam before moving to any other board. The practise of conducting IGCSE Board exam in Grade -11 is common in many European, South East and Middle east countries. It is only in India that most schools conduct IGCSE in Grade-10.

      With Regard to qualifying for Grade-11 in any Indian Board, it is mandatory to pass in English and a minimum of 4 other subjects which means a total of Minimum 5 subjects with english being compulsory. Actually in IGCSE there are 5 Groups
      Group 1- Language – In this English is compulsory and Second language is optional
      Group -2 – Math
      Group-3 Science- In this you can do an Integrated Science or choose from Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects
      Group-4 Humanities- This has subjects such Economics, History etc
      Group- 5 is Vocational- This includes options such as Business Studies, Computer Science, ICT,Accountancy etc.

      Technically you have to pass in a minimum of 5 subjects . The only addition being if you would to choose for an ICE ( International Certificate Of Education) you should pass in a total of 7 subjects with a least one subject from each group and two languages from Group-1. Please note that Indian Boards do not ask for an ICE and offer admission to Grade-11 if a student passes in 5 Subjects including English.
      Hope this helps.

      • Rajaram Kalyanpur on said:

        Dear Mr. Unnikrishnan,

        Very many thanks for your reply.

        As I note that IGCSE in India conduct Board Exams in 10th, can you kindly suggest some schools in Bangalore who have IGCSE syllabus.

        I checked the web but I find it a little bit confusing.

        Kind Regards, Rajaram

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          You can check Primus Public School that offers IGCSE. visit www.primusschool.com

          • Rajaram Kalyanpur on said:

            Dear Sir,

            Further to my above queries, are there any prescribed texts for “Double Science” (the school calls it so) which I presume is “Integrated Science”. The school says there are no prescribed books. Will be thankful for your guidance.

            Rajaram Kalyanpur

  154. aswin on said:

    my son was studying in ICSE board from 2nd to 10th std in bangalore, later i put him to state pu board for 1st pu even though he was reluctant, he was telling that the state syllabus are little lower from what he had all these days and he took things litghtly, now for 12th std can i put him CBSE board, if ok, what is the procedure.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      CBSE does not permit transfer from another Board in Grade-12. However, you my check with the regional office. You may also find it difficult to get admission in a Good CBSE school in Grade-12. I do not know if you know that the syllabus of PU in Grade11 &12 are the same as in CBSE . All books followed are same. I suggest , your son must continue PU, put in hard work and work towards a good result in PU-2 so that he can join a good college.

  155. Ritu on said:

    My son is doing his igcse grade 10. We want to shift him to Indian board . Recently I came to know from an icse school coordinator that from the year 2016, they have made their science syllabus very similar to NCERT pattern ,so that the students will not face problem preparing for competitive and joint exams. Pls tell me has icse really changed their syllabus?? Or should I admit my son to a cbse school . Pls help me ASAP as the admissions in both the schools have started . Thanks a lot

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      There has been a talk of ICSE accepting NCERT syllabus in Grade 11 & 12 , however there is no confirmation as this is likely to be implemented only from this session. I feel CBSE is a safer option .

      • Dear sir thanks for your prompt reply. Today morning I went to the icse school and the coordinator said that the school has already got the new books for the new session of class 11 science beginning in April 2016. This school is very reputed and also near to our house. Sir just wanted to know that if the books have been changed then will the syllabus be at par with cbse ?? Pls reply.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          While the books may be same, there can be some settling issues and also the delivery, style of assessment may not be the same. CBSE is a safer option since it is tuned to the entrance exams.

          • Dear sir kindly throw some light on wether a student after completing A levels can crack joint exams or medical entrance in India or do they face difficulty ?

  156. Shamshed shah on said:

    dear sir
    a student is studying in igcse (10grade)
    and has decided to shift to gujart board for 11 and 12 a the option to choose the board is provided by school
    the student wants admission in the same school for gujarat board science (maths group)
    we werent told before until recently tat aatleast a C is needed in english which is not a problem
    but what grade is required in which subject to get admision in GSEB science(maths)
    if this years rules and regulations of grades required havent come out then what was it like last year

  157. dd jain on said:

    respected sir,
    my daughter is giving igcse 10 th exam,bt its very hard for her to get c in most of subject.she will get c or b in eco and computer science only mean she is an average student.now for 11th nd 12th what should i do ,should i change her board.if yes then which board will be suitable for her where her life would be easy pl pl pl help
    will she able to cope up in cbse as from nursary she is in ib and igcse

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      It may be a good idea to not admit her to any of the main streams of studies. It may be worth trying to get her to do English – AS Level and maybe Economics and Business Studies at A level. This will make her eligible for taking up Graduation in Streams such BBA , BBM and make a career in that direction.

  158. Shylaja Sukumaran on said:

    Dear Sir,

    We reside in Oman. Due to certain unforeseen situations, we are planning to continue her further studies in Kerala. My daughter is in grade 11. She is in Science stream in IAL Syllabus (EDEXCEL). How can i find her a seat in grade 12.She would like to continue in State Syllabus Of Kerala (SCERT) . can we find her a seat into grade 12 in any college.Or else should we choose CBSE?..Is it a better option? She is an above average student.Thanks in advance

  159. Sameera on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My daughter is in 12th class and is studying Kerala Board syllabus in U.A.E , Is she eligble to join any university in India after completing her Syllabus,,,
    Thank You!

  160. Respected Sir,

    my daughter is currently studying in grade 5 in ICSE school in mumbai. Woud like to shift her to IGCSE Board. I am confused on whether she will be able to cope?She is an above average student . Also what is the difference between the two boards? i would also not sent her aboard for her UG.

  161. MURUGANANDAN.P on said:

    Respected sir,
    My daughter is studying in CBSE 10th std she want continue in CBSE or STATE Board of Tamil nadu in her +1+2 with HUMANITIES stream [English medium but in coimbatore it\'s available only with ISC board [Except 1or 2 CBSE schools which we are not happy] and she want to continue degree also in the same stream in tamil nadu . kindly advice

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      It is perfectly OK to study ISC Humanities.CBSE is preferred only if the student wishes to appear for Entrance examinations for Engineering and Medicine.

  162. I would like to know the meaning of Anglo Indian syllabus in India. Also which board is implementing this syllabus.

  163. SRKSPrasad on said:


    My son studying CBSE upto 10 std. If he join AP intermediate in Since stream. Can he be able to study good? some one told me that it may be difficult to study.

    I appreciate your quick reply.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      He can mange but will need some extra effort in Math and Science. Why don’t you continue with CBSE in Grade-11 and 12 since all Entrance exams after Grade-12 are conducted based on CBSE syllabus.

  164. S.Rajavelu on said:

    Hi Sir!
    My duaghter has completed 9 years of school eduaction in Singapore (from Primary 1 to Secondary 3 GCE Cambridge Syllabus). I’m planning to shift back to India and looking for admission to CBSE 10th Standard. When i approached a school in Coimbatore, they asked me to get an equivalency certificate (to show that Secondary 3 is equivalent to 9th standard CBSE) to admit her in 10th standard. Do you have any idea where to get such letter/certificate?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Equivalency certificate can be sought from the CBSE central/ regional office. The challenge you may face is of registering for Grade-10 since all Board exam registrations are completed in Grade-9. Personally I would recommend you admit your son for the IGCSE program and after his IGCSE Board exam which is equivalent to Grade-10 exam , you can shift him to CBSE in Grade-11.

  165. sabitha on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son is in Grade XI. He had written school based exam in gr.X. Now I want to shift my child to Dubai.Is it possible?

  166. Amit Thakur on said:

    Hello Sir,
    My name is Amit Thakur and I’m from Shimla. Sir I really need your help, I’m 25yrs old and only 10th passed from cbse board and after that i left studies. But now i want to continue my studies and want to do +1 and +2 in commerce stream,but only in cbse or icse board or any other board can be a state board except NIOS. Sir please help me out with this or suggest me any diploma after 10th in commerce line after which I can go for graduation degree in commerce, the main point is suggest only correspondence ideas with respect to all this.

    Your help will be highly appreciated ..!!
    Thank You
    Amit Thakur

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Amit,
      You can register as a private candidate for CBSE to take up Grade 11 & 12 commerce stream. You can contact the nearest CBSE regional office for all information regarding registration formalities.
      Warm Regards

  167. Mridula Kishore on said:

    My son is studying in 9th grade, CBSE curriculum, in Abu Dhabi. We have to shift back to Kerala immediately and join 10th grade there. He had chosen French as second language. Now that French is not available in most of the schools in Kerala can he change to Hindi? He had learned Hindi till 8th grade.

  168. Sabita on said:

    My son is in Grade 8th, Cbse in Dubai and had chosen the second language Hindi. But till now he is not yet up to mark for Hindi where as in other subjects he scores above 90% marks. Is it wise to change his second language in gr 9 and if so which is the language easy to pick up. Unfortunately he is not comfortable with any other language and it will be start from scratch. He knows little bit of malayalam,his mother tongue.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Continue with Hindi because it will be difficult to start a new language and do well.For admission to college, they will only consider marks in the subjects that he is pursuing further.Pass in second language is enough.

  169. Shrivastava on said:

    My son is in 10th CBSE, India, we are shifting to Dubai, is it feasible to take admission for 11th in dubai or should we get admission to 11th in india only

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dubai has a number of CBSE schools and your son can join any one them in Grade-11. The syllabus in those CBSE schools is same.

      • sanju sinha on said:

        sir we are leaving in zambia but now we shifted to india and my son is facing problem in taking admission in calss 10th my son has passed calss 9th board from examination council of zambia.its like a board exam.its euivallent to cbse/icse calss 10th board.??…and some schools are ready to offer class 11 entry on the basic of this certificate in delhi and i wanted class 10th entry but they refused…but my problem is personally i feel it may cause some problem in future that he dont have indian certified class 10th board.sir guide my i am in dilemma and worrying about my child future.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          I do nt think you can join Grade-11 after a Grade-9 exam. With regard to acceptance of Zambia Board, you must contact State Board or CBSE Office and find out details of its acceptance or else like you have rightly understood, it can create complications at a later date.

          • sanju sinha on said:

            sir so what should we do now..again i put my son in std 9th..suggest me a better solution.and thanku for the reply.

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            I think the best option is to join Grade-9 to avoid any complications. One year is not going to make any difference in his life.

      • Shrivastava on said:

        Thanks for the reply. Will he be eligible to attend the entrance exams in India, even, though he completes 12th in Dubai and what will be the process

  170. P.Shanthi Senthamarai on said:

    my son is studying 8th class in cbse with 2nd language as tamil , we are planning on to shift our residence and to admit him in an ICSE board , will he be admitted to 9th class with 2nd language of hindi or sanskrit . He studied 3rd language as hindi in his 8th class.
    please reply as soon as possible sir.it will be very helpful

  171. anonymous on said:

    i am a IGCSE student in dubai. i will be giving me IGCSE exams in may/june 2015 and i am in 11th grade. please advise me if there are good engineering colleges in india which accept IGCSE students or if i could switch boards from igcse to cbse (is it possible) for easier admissions in india. please tell me what to do to get admissions in colleges in india

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      IGCSE is Equivalent to Grade-10, if you have to join Engineering program, you have to complete Grade-11 and 12 in any Indian or International syllabus.

  172. Shiv Ram Sharma on said:

    Sir plz tell me my daughter studying in +1 failed, whether she can promoted to to 10+2 if yes what are the creditaria.

  173. saritha on said:

    Respected Sir,

    My son is in Class 8 of CBSE in India… we are planning to move to UK due to onsite assignment. now i am really confused on the his education as the schools in UK support either GCSE or IB. which one out of these two are preferable? also we will stay only for 2 years and after that will be back to India… in that case would it be possible for my son to adapt and do +1, +2 or it would be difficult as the syllabus or teaching patterns are different. based on this i shall decide if we have to move to UK or not… could you please help?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear saritha,
      The key points to remember are:
      a) IB program starts only in Grade-11. In Uk you will have to join the IGCSE program
      b) Most schools in UK Offer the Grade -10 equivalent IGCSE only in Grade-11 so you will have to check out what exam your son will complete in 2 years. Please remember, you cannot come back and join Grade-10 in CBSE since students for Grade -10 Board exam are registered in grade-9
      c) If you complete IGCSE in UK and come back to India, you can surely join CBSE Grade-11 , while there will be little adjustment problem but if you counsel your child properly, it is not difficult.

  174. abdul sharief on said:

    Actually my son is studying in india 7th standard in state board school.we are planning to shift Abudhabi as i have got a job there.Is it possible to pursue his studies in Abudhabi in CBSE. Can he pick up the arabic language there? please reply .

  175. Lakshmi A on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son is studying in Chennai in Class 3 in CBSE syllabus with Hindi as Second language. Will it be possible to change second language to Tamil in Class 4? He is finding difficult to learn Hindi as we do not speak Hindi. He is interested in learning Tamil.
    We do not have any more plans of moving on transfer. The school insisted during LKG admission that it may not be possible to change the Second language once chosen. That keeps me worried. Please advise. Thank You!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Lakshmi,
      There is no rule that prevents a student from changing second language except after registration for Grade-10 exam and that is done only in Grade-9. Please send a formal request to the school for change. They may have reservations about capabilities of the child to manage anew language from Grade-4 but please coach the child in Tamil to the Grade-3 level and in case of any restriction from school offer them that the student can take an entrance test in Tamil at Grade-3 level to prove proficiency.

  176. Navaid on said:

    Dear Sir,

    After going through multiple forums and message boards, I am posing my query here. I have recently relocated to UAE from Pune, India – where my 7 year daughter was studying in a prestigious ICSE school. While the initial plan was to relocate after she completed her Grade 1 in India, the family had to pre-pone moving here, for which I had to apply for my daughter’s Leaving Certificate – and hence curtail her academic year. Now, the dilemma is that I am a little skeptical about enrolling my daughter (who is average in studies) in a CBSE school here in the UAE capital. God’s Grace, I am getting a chance to enroll my daughter mid-term in either a CBSE school, or an IGSCE school. Considering that there is no long-term plan in mind (about relocating back to India), can you please advice me on the pros and cons of either curriculum? Will be really helpful if you can guide me.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Javaid,
      If you would like your daughter to have a differential education, please choose IGCSE but if you would like conventional education , you may take admission in CBSE. In terms of content both syllabi are same only the delivery / study pattern will be different.

  177. Devakrishna on said:

    Hi sir,

    There is a doubt which is hanging on my mind.I am presently studying in grade 11 in dubai.I opted for bio with physical education in cbse .Till last year i studied in kerala.As you know the education system in india is way better than over here and I would like to change to my old school in kerala next year.But there they have malayalam as the optionl subject and this year I took P.E and my cbse registration was over before one month. So what should I do to change my optional subject from P.E to malayalam for changing my school.
    yours faithfully

  178. Anis Sheikh on said:

    Dear Sir,
    After completing her 10th my daughter had registered at NIOS in 2014-15 through a study centre at Mangalore. She is good at studies and had scored 87% in her 10th exams. Since she is doing some other course also we registered at NIOS for her 12th. The study centre at Mangalore is not very helpful. After studying for the last 18months now they are saying the exam for April 2016 will be as per the new syllabus. But the new course material was not provided.
    Could you please let me know if she appearing for April 2016 exams which syllabus she has to follow and also for the TMA whether the syllabus is new.
    Please note that I am working abroad and I cannot personally visit the NIOS centre and therefore requesting for your help.

  179. S N KASTURIR on said:

    After completing ICGSE in India , this student can go for intermediate

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Yes , If the child passes 5 subjects including English.

      • Sarang Bakshi on said:

        Also I’m planning to go to USA to do my Bachelor’s degree in Computers In 3d animation so which board will be best for me sir as I so forgot to mention sir that I am also want to know hat is it necessary to take maths and science in IGCSE As and A level as I am weak in that but I’m good in English Computers Drawing and Painting and and I also to take arts related subjects

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          If you wish to go to US for Bachelor’s degree, IB is a good option but in IB Math is a must. Though ou have an option of Standard level Math instead of High Level Math. In IGCSE Math and English would help perform better when you take up computers.Choice of fine arts will also be helpful.

  180. Udhayakumar on said:

    Dear Sir,

    I am B.E (Mechanical Engineering Graduate) & currently working in Automobile OEM as an engineer since 2009.

    Being very much passionate in the field of education, I want to switch my career to Teaching field. especially in school education.
    I am having good practical & scientific knowledge.

    Please address my following query.
    1> Can I switch my field?
    2> Is my qualification being a roadblock? If so, what is an additional qualification should i posses?

    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Udayakumar,
      Good to know that you love teaching. While actually the only requirement to teach is passion for teaching, many schools especially those following the Indian syllabus insist on an a B Ed degree. Some International schools may permit you to take up teaching since the International Boards do not have such regulations. As a qualification for teaching, you can take up a teaching course conducted by Cambridge University ( CIDTT) offered in some centres ( International Schools) in India.

  181. Dear Sir,

    Presently I am looking out for admitting my child in Class 1. There is a good school which teaches in IB methodology till class 5 and then in CBSE till Class 12. My personal preference is to make my child write the exams for class 10 in ICSE owing to the fact that it is more detailed, have interesting subjects and has good focus in English. Will it be a good option to make my child study in that school till class 5 in IB methodology and then shift him to an ICSE school. Have heard that IB methodology is more application based and does not focus on rote learning. This way I can have advantage of both IB methodology till Class 5 and then ICSE till Class 10.

    Will my child face any challenge once he switches from IB methodology to ICSE curriculum in Class 6. Thanks in advance for your expert comments.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Anand,
      It is perfectly OK to study under the IB program and shift to ICSE in Grade-6. Yes there will be some challenges when you shift to ICSE since the method of study in ICSE is more Text book based but with some additional help, the child should be able to manage.

      • Dear Sir,

        Thanks your reply. I just got to know that ICSE is changing its syllabus in Class 10 and 12 to be in line with CBSE. There is a proposal to merge all the 3 science subjects into one. Also the history, civics and geography subjects are planned to merge into one. Not sure whether it is good or bad. The basic reason I was planning to join by kid into ICSE school was because of its detailed subjects. If the above is true, will it still make sense to make my kid join an ICSE school.
        Would appreciate your quick reply..

  182. Karthika on said:

    Dear Capt.,

    Your blog was very helpful to understand everything about the various syllabus available. Many thanks for your valuable comments.
    We as parents of 5year and 3months(September,2010 born) old son have few clarifications regarding choosing the best syllabusschool for our kid.

    My son is currently studying Upper KG in Chennai. His current school is affiliated to the CBSE but adopts the basic curricular outlines for the English & Languages, Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences from the NCERT and augments the curriculum with programs in English Literature and the Arts and Performing Arts from the University of Cambridge Programs.

    We now have to move to Bangalore and hence a little confused.

    1. In most of the CBSE schools in Bangalore that we have searched, he is only entitled to study UKG again for the academic year 2016 – 2017.
    Why is there a different age limit for the CBSE schools in Bangalore?

    2. Is is OK or advisable to waste a year to get into these Schools just because he is one month youger as per the age limit. Please enlighten us upon this.

    3. My son is not yet introduced to the traditional method of studies in his school as per the syllabus I have mentioned.
    Which syllabus (ICSE or CBSE) would be best suitable for my kid.

    We are looking for schools which gives equal importance to disciplinary, academics and extra curricular activities without much stress on the kids.

    Seeking your much valuable guidance. Thanks in advance for your time.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Karthika,
      Age criteria is a state regulation and hence there is nothing one can do about this.The International schools and some of the newly set up CBSE schools are more lenient about age criteria and may permit deviation in age. However even if you have to give up one year, it should not bother you since that is not going to make a major difference in the career the child on the contrary , it will help the child have a stronger base and also be emotionally more better equipped when they finish school.
      With regard to choice of syllabus, it is strictly a personal decision and my only advice is that instead of choosing a school based on syllabus, you must choose a school based on the delivery of curriculum and emphasis on overall development of child.

  183. Hi

    My Son is studying UKG, now I have received request from school to select either ICSE or CBSE for 1st grade

    Please suggest which is the one is best and if I opt ICSE then when can switch to CBSE, means at any time (Like 5 grade or 9th grade or 11 grade) based on the situation in future

    Do the needful

  184. prashanth devendra on said:

    Respected Unni-sir.

    It may sound funny but we with my family (5 year old daughter and 1 year old son) are living in japan from past 10 years. Now its time that we are planning to get back to India (Bangalore)in consideration to my kids education (I got a decent job in Bangalore). So till now my daughter (starting from 2.5 yrs to 5 yrs) was commuting to a international school located in Osaka and her language (English) ability is very good and her thinking skills are very beautiful. Now am in a confusion to know what board I need to select in Bangalore as we have too many options with merits and demerits , just to list my concern
    1. Studying in IB will hinder her opportunity for KCET or any other local board entrance examinations.
    2. CBSE is more theoretical and doubting if she feels over burdened.

    Points: At this point I have no plans for her abroad UG or anything.

    Please help me to decide good way of start as this may have impact on middle term board switching issues.

    Thanks in advance and waiting your reply.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Prashanth,
      If you are keen to give your child a different option, You can have her study in the international school till Grade-10 and then shift to CBSE in Grade-11, There may be certain adjustments to be made to adopt to the change but it is surely possible if the child is willing to put in hard work. I have had a student who in our school and completed IGCSE and then went on to join a State Board school in Bangalore she topped the CET for Medicine. This is just an indication that if a student is willing to put in effort, adjusting to Indian syllabus in Grade-11 is not difficult.

  185. Rajasekhar on said:

    Dear sir
    My daughter in studying Gr.10 with IB MYP in South Korea
    Now she needs to select subjects fir IB DP
    As you know for IB DP she has to select 1 subject from each group , total of 6 six, the school said it is not possible to select 3 sciences. As I understand it is must to study 3 sciences(P,C,B) for entering into Indian Universities for Medicine.
    Could you please us the best option..
    1) Is it possible to admit her in India for Gr.11 & 12 in CBSE with Gr.10 IB MYP
    Please suggest.

  186. Dear sir’
    I’m sarhan and im 15 years old and i study in kuwait in 8th because of some issues I couldn’t go to school.
    So I’m asking you that if i go to india can i skip 9th standard and study in 10th?
    If u answer me or say me some information about that it would be very helpful for me.

  187. Sadbhavna on said:

    I am working in a reputed DPS CBSE school, and we had a parent who enquired about the double promotion. According to him his child is very bright and he wants to put his child directly from class 3 to class 5. Is it possible and what are the rules pertaining to the same, can u let me know?

  188. SakthiSree Rajkumar on said:

    Good Day,
    I’ve completed Until Grade 10 in CBSE and now for 11th and 12th I’m willing to switch off to ICSE !
    would it be easy to cope up ? Should I mug up anything? Or something like that?
    I want to know which is better cbse or Icse ! But I’m in the state of doing my UG in Abroad !
    So please guide me !

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you intend to Study UG abroad, the best option is IB or Cambridge A level. Among Indian Syllabi, CBSE is a better option since it has larger acceptance and also all Entrance examinations in India are based on CBSE syllabus.

  189. Dipesh H Dahanuwala on said:

    My son is studying in class 11 CBSE in Abu Dhabi. He wants to persue class 12 from Mumbai in CBSE. Is it possible to change the location during class 12.
    Kindly advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Please contact the CBSE regional office and ask for transfer which is accepted. You will need to get a confirmation from the school where you are seeking admission in Grade-12.

  190. Jayashree Balaji on said:

    Sir, My daughter is in SINGHANIA COLLEGE, ISC Curriculum, XIITH SCIENCE.

    She has pursued PCMB in XIITH SCIENCE and would like to pursue career in Medical field or para medical field.

    Request you to suggest the career options available and the entrance exam she has to take up repsectively to enter in to careeer field in Medical or Paramedical field.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jayashree,
      With the subjects that your daughter is pursuing in Grade-12, she is eligible to opt for all courses that are offered in India which are not just limited to science stream but covers all streams such as commerce, humanities , Law etc. I think the best option would be for you find out what interests her and then choose a course and the related entrance exam. If you send out her interests, I may be able to suggest some options.

  191. raghu kumari on said:

    Dear sir,

    Can we change the second language to third and vice versa in grade VI if the child could not do well with the existing language option? Our mother tongue is telugu and we opted Hindi as second language and telugu as third language.Now my son is not able to cope with Hindi as second langauge. Please suggest me.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Sure, the choice of languages is an internal matter within the schooling and changes can be made till Grade-9, Choice made in Grade-9 will need to be followed in Grade-10.

  192. Dear Sir,

    I have few doubts about ICSE and ISC. When I checked the syllabus, I came to know that from std VI onwards it is tougher than CBSE. But, I want to know ,
    1. Are they ROTE method ?
    2. CBSE way of questioning (from primary school onwards) is think and write. But, what about ICSE, ISC?
    3. What is the possibility of getting MBBS seat in Tamilnadu, on completing ISC
    4. If an student shifted from ICSE to CBSE in std XI, can they get it?

    Thanks and Regards,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Uma,
      The study pattern in CBSE and ICSE are more or less the same.Certain subjects are taught in little more detail in CBSE and certain subjects are so in ICSE . Overall the content is more or less the same. A good student can easily change from one syllabus to another without difficulty.
      If you are in Tamil Nadu, then as per current conditions, it is best to follow State Board in Grade 11 & 12 since admission MBBS course is based on the marks in the Grade-12 Board exam.

  193. Rathidxb on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My daughter is doing CBSE Grade-6 in dubai. She would like to do M.B.B.S in future.
    1. In which curriculum suitable for her to get Medicine?.
    2.She is struggling with Hindi language papers. Remaining papers she is scoring above 95%.
    3. If she is going to continue her studies here she will be consider as a NRI.
    4. What would be the good idea to study in dubai or in india?
    Thank you in advance!!

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Rathi,

      If you would like your daughter to study MBBS in India, then CBSE is a good option. You do not have to worry about arks in Hindi since only a pass in Hindi is required to apply for MBBS. She must get good marks in science. As of now students coming from outside India are considered as NRI students. However if she will do well in the entrance exam , she can apply for merit seat.

  194. Prathyush on said:

    I studied Hindi till 8th standard in a CBSE school and in 9th standard I switched to French as second language. and continued French in 10th standard. Is it possible to switch back to Hindi in 11th standard for both CBSE and Kerala state syllabus??

  195. GANASHREE on said:

    Dear sir,
    myself GANASHREE completed Bsc (biotech) and i studied PU from Karnataka state board, i eagerly waiting to become a Cardiologist but now i wish to take CBSE 12TH OR ICSE 12TH exam for 2017 as a private candidate but i didn’t know anything about the admission procedure, fee structure and also about theory marks practicals marks to CBSE OR ICSE EXAMS..
    now i also writing NIOS 12TH for april 2016 examination….but strongly I like to take CBSE OR ICSE 2017exam..

  196. kannan on said:

    will they add class 10 SA1 grades for final total points in cbse(2015-2016)?

    and explain me the marking scheme of cbse for class 10(2015-2016)

  197. Habeeb on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son is studying in grade 9 CBSE in saudi arabia . i want to shift to india by December this year . what are formalities to continue the study in grade 9 in india. Is any problem of writing 9th grade board exam in india since he is registered here in saudi arabia.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Please speak to the regional office and seek a transfer of registration. You will also have to speak to the school where you are seeking admission.

  198. Dear Captain,

    I am IGCSE student about to do the board exam next year. I did like to know the consequences of passing less than 7 subjects for the exam. Will i have to do the exam again or do i have any other alternatives.

    Thankyou and waiting for your reply

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aashi, to seek admission in Grade-11 ,you just pass in a minimum of 5 subjects including English. 7 subjects are required for being eligible for ICE ( International Certificate of Education) . However ICE is not required for qualifying for further studies.

  199. dear sir,

    i’m a B.E, graduate having six years experience in school teaching. can i eligible for the principal posting in a CBSE school

  200. Hedwig Alphonso on said:

    Dear Sir,
    My son is 10yrs studying in class V in Goa ,he has due to some issues developed a hatred to the subject konkani from the earlier school he was, this led to the problem of migraine and fright for school,on doctors advice we transfered him to a closer school near our home ,from the III std this transission also trigged the migraine hes under medical treatment on high dose which doctors call phsylogical migraine its affecting his health a lot ,and now he also has Hindi which he dislikes, hes been at home more than beeing at school due to the migraine attacks , to this we have taken him for councelling too but in vain, I would like to know is there any way that he could trade these two subjects for work experience subjects, he is good in art and craft,hes a perfectly normal child ,is there any such thing available in India and Goa please advice.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Hedwig,
      CBSE does permit students with learning disability to drop languages. Please meet a special educator and get your son assessed and then apply for language exemption. The local Government hospital will have a Doctor who is authorised to give a certificate. Your son can then take up other subjects that interest him and continue higher studies.

  201. Suresh on said:

    My son is studying Vth Std in a CBSE school in chennai with First language English and second language tamil. No we are planning to join him in a another CBSE school (Kendriya Vidyalaya Chennai, Tambaram) in VI std, Now we believe KV does not provide Tamil as second language. So if we join VIth std in Kendriya vidyalaya, can we opt sanskrit as second language? Will that syllabus (sanskrit in 6th) will be preparatory or easy one or will it be very tough for beginners in sanskrit to study?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Yes Sanskrit ia an optional second Language in CBSE and with some additional hep he should be able to cope with the subject.

      • Thank you Sir. So using this we can avoid Hindi which would be tough for beginners. For Kendriya Vidyalalya school Is this this second language optional ‘Sanskrit’ available/starts from I std itself? Or As we understand that in KV the syllabus and class for Sanskrit starts only from VI th Std. If it starts only from VI then i believe it should start with basics of Sanskrit? Can you please confirm Sir?

  202. PRADIP KUMAR on said:


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Pradip, As of now there is no official intimation of additional weightage for CBSE results. However if you have shortlisted the colleges you wish to apply, you can check with them if there is any such specification.

  203. Hello sir
    My son is in 4th standard in ICSE board from INDIA but next year we are planning to move in Canada. I want to become him a doctor in future. So which is suitable option for him in canada.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Neha, It will depend on the country where he is taking up study of medicine. However , International Boards like Cambridge IGCSE, and IB are accepted in all countries.

  204. Kanupriya Jalan on said:

    hello sir…i have a querry for my brother…as we will shift to a new place after he completes his 9th…can he apper for the 10th boards examination as a private candidate being a fresher? from CBSE? and what will be the procedure to do the needfull??

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Kanupriya, generally CBSE does not permit private candidates for Grade-10 but his current registration to CBSE in Grade-9 can be transferred to the new place. Private candidates have to appear for Grade-10 under NIOS- National Open School.

  205. Mohamed Naim on said:


    My friends son is in a CBSE Boarding School in Ahmedabad and is in the XI Standard, Science Stream (Physics, Chemistry & Bio). My friends is fearful that his son might fail in the XI Board Exam as he is weak in Physics and unable to take tuition since he is in the Boarding School.
    My question to you is sir, in case the student fails, could he take admission in another school in XI Standard but stay away at home the whole year and study himself privately, appear for the XI Examination by himself and go and join XII standard after passing out the XI Exam. Kindly advise.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Mohamed,If a student fails in Grade-11, he can rejoin another school and continue studies.Staying at home and studying will not be permitted. Grade-11 is not a Board exam and you can request the current school to transfer your son to a school nearby so that he can get additional help.

  206. Ashish Jain on said:

    Hi Captain,
    First of all heartiest congratulations and good wishes for doing such a wonderful job of rescuing parents faced with so many complexities, in the evolving education scenario. You may might think, probably I am worrying too early but you would appreciate that as with any parent they would want a good start to their educational journey. I am looking at enrolling my child with a IGCSE nursery school this year. So my questions are:
    1) Is there remarkable difference between IGCSE and the conventional boards CSE/CBSE in terms of child development, assuming a good school?
    2) There is a common perception that IGCSE or IB only makes sense if you are planning to send your child abroad post 12th for further studies, else its pretty much the same and waste of money?
    3) How easy is it likely to be for a child to shift from IGCSE to conventional board school and vice versa?

    Appreciate you reading this long mail and helping resolve the same.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ashish, The IGCSE program is not text book based and gives a larger clarity of understanding concepts which helps children. Parents who are willing to allow their children to enjoy the learning process choose IGCSE. The content learnt in all syllabi by the time a child reaches Grade-12 is the same so that is not a disadvantage. If you are keen to have your child study in India, then you may shift in Grade-11 after the IGCSE Board exam . There is a little bit of difference in the method of study but by the time a child is in Grade -11,he/ she gets focussed . The mix of IGCSE upto Grade-10 and Indian syllabus after that is a good option. Personally I have had my son do it very successfully.

  207. febeenababu on said:

    Dear sir
    i am from kerala.i have a daughter she is just 3 years old,We planned to admit school my daughter for he next year.So which syllabus can we select for her carieer .which is the best option ?either CBSE ,ICSE or state,Kindly reply

  208. Srinath S on said:

    Pls clarify my queries.
    1.How many subjects are available (6-8) and (9-10) grade. (As per knowledge , it is having collective of subject and student can choose based on their interest, if so how many subjects student has to select & learn)
    2. Suppose the student is studied IGCSE up to 10th grade, after that willing to move on State board. can we get the admission in India?


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Srinath,
      A student must pass in minimum 5 subjects including english to get admission to Grade-11.. After IGCSE a student can change and move to State Board or CBSE or ISC.

  209. Clifford Sawhney on said:

    Hello Sir!
    I am considering admission for my 12-year-old son in Vidya Sanskar International School, Faridabad, in Class VIII, which is affiliated to University of Cambridge, UK and has Cambridge International Examinations. My concern: are CIE tests/degrees recognised by all colleges of Delhi University as well as other universities in India?

    Thanks in advance Sir!

    Clifford Sawhney

  210. SAb_1997 on said:

    Dear Sir,

    This year I’m going to give Edexcel A-level exam, After completing my A-level I’m going to do MBBS but for doing that
    I have to do CPMT Exam (Combined Pre Medical Test). I have heard that they only accecpt CBSE and UPSE
    students for test. So please suggest me that do they accecpt my board Edexcel for CPMT Exam. If not what is other

    Waiting for reply

    S. Abid

  211. Sir
    My nephew is presently studying in x std in sharjah dubai and planning to shift to Goa in ponda . Is it possible to get my nephew admission in case school which is there in ponda so he can continue his x std studies without wasting the present academic year

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear John,
      If you shifting schools with same syllabus, you can ask the Board for a transfer and then move to Grade-10 . If it is not the same syllabus, then schools will not admit in Grade -10.

  212. shruthi on said:

    dear sir,

    can i know what are the optional and mandatory subjects in ICSE

  213. Aasmi aqib on said:

    Respected sir/madam
    I am currently studying in 9 th icse,i want to know is shifting from 9 th icse to 10 th kerala state syllabus god or bad?
    i also want to know is state or icse good for higher studyies.

  214. Thanigaivelan on said:

    Dear Sir,
    my son is now studying I std in matriculation syllabus.
    I want to know whether i can shift him to CBSE syllabus in II std.
    is it possible to do like that or not?

  215. Aesha Negi on said:

    Hey Capt,

    I am looking forward to start a CBSE school franchise. I want to promote education in India through franchise school. Some of my friends has suggested Mount Litera ZEE School, pls suggest some other but genuine reference.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Aesha,
      Franchisee is for a brand of school and not for starting a CBSE school. You can start your own school and get affiliation from CBSE Board you do not need a brand for that . Please visit the CBSE website for information.
      Mount Litera is the brand of schools/ Franchises promoted by ZEE another option is to approach DPS ( Delhi Public School) for a franchise.

  216. Manish on said:

    Dear Sir,
    Currently my kid is studying in Malaysia under CBSE-I syllabus. Soon we are planning to Switch back in India, Mumbai. But the location where I am staying in Mumbai has very few options of CBSE board schools. Thus, we are planning to switch our kid from CBSE to either ICSE or IGSC board. Could you pls. advice us which board will be better for her?



  217. putta kumar on said:

    Dear sirs,
    My son lost one subject in 1st puc. As we did not want him to sit home we have put for 11 th ICSC.
    After completing 11th ICSC, he is planing to do 2nd puc instead of 12th ICSC.

    My questions are
    1) Can he write the 2nd suplementry of the lost subject (from 1st puc) while doing ICSC.
    2) Can he move to 2nd PUC after completion of 11th ICSC.

    Thank you while I eagery wait for your kind reply.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      I would suggest you must get your son to either join PU-2 after passing PU -1 supplementary or rejoin PU-1 rather than try and take up ISC- Grade-11.

  218. Rathi on said:

    Do all the cbse school have fashion design subject for class XI & XII ?

  219. Farah Hussain on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I was in October 3.1993. I did my 10th from ICSE school(Nainital), at the age of 13years in 2006. I was asked for government approved birth certificate from my university abroad. Now the problem is that my local government authority is questioning my age in grade 10th. Is it against ICSE rules and regulation?

  220. Jayprakash on said:

    Dear Sir
    Thanks for all answers given to needy persons & I am really impressed.
    My grandson is studying in International School in Italy He is 10th std.
    He is planning to come back to India after 10th.The education methods
    in IB school is different I am worried whether 11th & 12 th in India will be
    suitable for him.Whether he will get admission to CBSE school & whether he
    will be able to compete through tuition culture & various entrance tests?
    Will you please advise whether it is advisable to bring him in India? Will he
    get admission ? What you will advise him for better results in 12th.
    Thanking you in advance

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Jayprakash,
      With a little bit of effort, a student can manage to adjust with CBSE after having completed Tenth Board exam. You will have to check with the school if they conduct a Board exam in Grade-10. If not, the student can join an IB school in India nd then apply to Indian colleges under the NRI quota.

  221. arun on said:

    my son studied in 12 class cbse commerce stream in uae and he failed in 2 subjects can he appear for those two subjects or he has write the complete subjects in 12th. expecting your reply
    Thank you

    best regards

  222. RAJU PANT on said:


  223. RAJU PANT on said:


  224. Zia Ansari on said:

    Dear Sir,

    My son studying in Saudi Arabia in grade 9, and we want to shift to Hyderabad next year, can we able to get admission in grade 10, currently he is in CBSE school affiliated to new delhi andf consequently go for EMCET entrance for a local seat in engineering,
    kindly advice as i am really confused.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Ansari,
      It is surely possible to change from one CBSE school to another. You do not have to worry about it. Entrance exams are all based on Grade-12 syllabus and studying in a CBSE school will help. Some additional coaching will be an added advantage.

      • Zia Ansari on said:

        thanks for your reply,
        please if you could shed more light my doubt, can i continue his studies till grade 12th in CBSE and after completion go India for engineering.
        what do you recommend,
        1. get admission through NRI quota or
        2. is it better to send him after completing 10th grade for EMCET for a local seat.
        please help.

  225. PriyaSankar on said:

    Hello Sir,

    i am from chennai.. I have a daughter who is now doing her pre kg in Kidzee…Next year i am changing her to nearby CBSE school for lkg. Which seems to be better in this area comparatively in all aspects… But the school is yet to be affiliated to CBSE as the school started just 4 years before and it has till 8th std as of now… Could i confidentally join my kid in that school hoping that they will get affiliation soon..??? Before my daughter reaches 8th std i believe higher classes also could have come.. is it okay if i select a school which is yet to be affiliated to cbse.. Also the school strictly follows only CBSE books.. Please advise me on this..

  226. sudhir goyal on said:

    hello sir,
    my daughter has just started class 10 with ICSE board.I want her to study with IGCSE syllabus outside India.
    What is your opinion,which year she should join year10 or year11 in IGCSE ?
    Is it ok to leave ICSE board now or should join after completing class10 with ICSE in India?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sudhir,
      Please let her complete her Grade-10 in ICSE and then join for A level which is the equivalent of Grade 11 & 12 after IGCSE (Grade-10). Shifting at this stage before completing Grade-10 will not be a very good move.

      • shreyas vankayalapati on said:

        sir, I am currently studying 9th class in cbse , but I would would like to join igcse . so is it possible to join igcse in 10th class or join cbse in 10th class and then join ibin 11th class?

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Shreyas,
          You will not be able to join IGCSE in Grade-10 since IGCSE is a 18 month course so the best option is to complete Grade-10 in CBSE and then take up IB or A levels.

  227. Manojkumar on said:

    My daughter has completed IX in CBSE board and from this year, I have changed to Gujarat board. I have submitted LC, now school is asking this LC should be cross signed by CBSE authority at Ajmer. Please guide, is there any online form/process available to submit school to complete formalities.


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Manoj,
      You will need to check the website of CBSE or else contact the regional office. am sure there is a helpline on which you can seek this information. Since these are board regulations, I am not in picture.

  228. Suresh on said:

    Hello, i am confused on the age criteria followed by different schools and diff boards. It will be immensely helpful if you can help us with the below info: what is the age cut-off for a kid to write X exams in a IGCSE board (edexcel), CBSE board & TN state board. While letting us know age limit, please also tell the month by which that criteria should be met (few schools have March and many have Oct to Dec). Honestly, am not able to find this info anywhr in net.. so eagerly awaiting your revert!

  229. Mrs.RajiniRajakumar on said:

    Hi sir,
    My son is now studying std V in CBSE, can I switch over to IGCSE or ICSE. Will it be easy for him to follow and which one is the best.

    hi sir,

  230. Jasmin on said:

    Hi Sir,

    My son is currently studying in CBSE grade9 and I want to switch to IGCSE but my problem is that my husband keep on transferring and we might have to go India if no visa in new country. So if we switch to IGCSE will it make difference or is it that if we change he will have to continue till grade 13 in IGCSE?? which is better CBSE or IGCSE ? and what benefits?? will I get admissions in Higher Sec.S / college if he do his 10th in IGCSE?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear jasmine,
      Do not change from CBSE to IGCSE in Grade-9. Continue with CBSE till Grade-10. You can choose after Grade-10 Board exam.

  231. Chitraansh Pandey on said:

    Sir plz help me cbse school in my city are not offering pcmb in eleven tell me what to do and also tell me minimum percentage require to take pcmb in eleven I will be very thankful to you plz reply on my email Id

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Chitransh,
      Minimum Percentage for admission is dependent on school and there is no minimum set percent. Please look for a nearby city where PCMB is available.

  232. Bhanu on said:

    I would like to know if it is possible to take chinese (Mandarin) as a second language in cbse. I am from Brunei and my kids are planning to join year 7, year 4 and year 2. I have three children. We plan to settle down in Ernakulam. I would like them to join Rajagiri Public school. The problem is they do not know Hindi or Malayalam. In Brunei they learn Chinese and Malay. Please let me know.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Bhanu,
      Please check the CBSE web site for options on second language and the options to be offered depends on the school. You will need to check for schools that offer the subjects of your choice.

  233. Prema on said:

    My daughter has completed Std X in NIOS can she opt for std XII in other boards, which is the best – we live in Chennai – she does not want to do language – she can do a bit of Hindi or sanskrit – pl suggest if schools will admit her. NIOS is good but no proper schools to teach this sylubus eps. science and maths.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Admissions are a school policy and hence you would have to check with schools that you plan to take admission. If it is eligibility, NIOS is accepted as equivalent to any other Board. IN CBSE there is only English and second language is not required.

    • shanti on said:

      Dear sir
      My daughter has finished her 10th ICSE in india and has not got marks enough. Can she rewrite her 10 th in a years time in the uk or finish GCSE in the UK in a years time
      Waiting for your reply

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        Dear Shanti,
        All Grade-10 programs are 2 year courses and need that time to be thorough with it. You can seek admission to an IGCSE program Grade-10 if the school permits but I am to sure if you will get the desired results. I would suggest that a better option is to forget the past and start Grade-11 with the commitment to do well and focus on getting a good result in Grade-12. All admissions are based on Grade-12 results so having not secured very good marks in Grade-10 may not be a big disadvantage. Grade-12 results are very crucial .

  234. suhana on said:

    Respected sir ,
    My name is Suhana  ,am from Kerala
    I need help ,because am so worried abt this matter,
    I  have registered in nios in 2013(physics ,chemistry,biology,English,&data entry ) to appear 2014 examination due to  some problems I couldn’t attend the examination then I paid examination fees for April 2015 examination I attended the examination but physics was tough am not sure  whether I will pass or not
    Sir plz help me if  I will not get physics can I do diploma in pharmacy then I Have to apply  examination on October 2015 for physics my result will be on June 10
    So plz sir  give me solution becoz am so worried
    Kindly  reply to me as soon as possible.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Suhana,
      It is mandatory to pass in 5 subjects to be eligible to take up any curse. You will need to ensure that before you apply for any other course.

  235. Sujaya on said:

    When will Grade 10 CBSE international 2015 result be declared?

  236. Shekhar on said:

    Hello –

    I am planning to move to Ahmedabad and I will be taking admission for my child in Std 6 in Doon Blossom school that has CBSE board. I want to understand if she can opt another subject instead of Gujrathi and if not possible then till which grade she has to study Gujrathi as the third language.

    Your feedback will be very much appreciated.

    Many Thanks !

    Best Regards,

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Third language is required in Grades 5 to 8.

      • Shekhar on said:

        Thanks Unni Krishnan for replying back.. But my point is can she choose any other language other than Gujrathi as this is not her mother tongue ?
        Let me know.

        Best Regards,

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          The Board does not specify an particular subject but offers a list of options and the school can choose any one of them. Some schools offer more than one language option and some even permit students to study a subject that is not offered in school on own arrangement. These are based on schools internal policy and so you must check with the school.

    • Achsah on said:

      dear sir,

      I have written my ices 10th in India and am going to continue my further studies in the UK. Thus before entering any schools in the UK my marks has to be converted . They have asked for a transcript from my previous school . Should i get the transcript form from the school or the broads because i don’t know where to get it .
      waiting for your reply,
      Achsah .

      • Unni Krishnan on said:

        School will provide the transcripts.

        • Achsah on said:

          thank you for your reply ..

        • achsah on said:

          Thankyou for your reply but when I asked about the transcripts to my previous school they had asked me for the format .I kindly ask you to send me a format of a transcript .Sorry for the trouble

          Your truly,

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Please ask the new school to which you are applying about the format since transcripts are based on the requirement of the school that asks for it. In many cases they are OK with school report card but if they have a specific requirement , they will specify that.

  237. Raman Sharma on said:

    i have passed my 10th from cbse board and dropped my two years so could i take direct admission in class 12th in any school affilated to cbse board

  238. kashish on said:

    Is it possible to repeat my 12th from ISC board if I have passed from Maharashtra board?

  239. S_Ab 2002 on said:

    Hi Sir,

    Is it possible to do intermidiate aftet doing igcse. If yes then what’s the procedure.


    hello sir/mam,
    i am schedule cast (Mahar) and i just want to know what is the procedure of scholarship of 7 th standard in ICSE BOARD……..
    NEED TO SUGGEST,,,,,,,,,

  241. S_Ab2002 on said:

    Hi Sir,

    I wanted to know that if any A level Schools are in Lucknow

  242. Manoj on said:

    Is it possible to shift form National open school for tenth to CBSE in 11 th?

  243. Shri Krishna on said:

    Respected Sir,
    I wanted to pursue medical as my career but I love physics but in my family they want me to go for medicals as my biology is strong and they want me to be in a no-risk job and secure my future but I want to pursue “ASTROPHYSICS” as my career and research as being scientist all my life. I am currently studying in class xii just after passing class xi and want to drop my one academical year to score more and achieve more knowledge as I didn’t got sanctification knowledge in class xi as I was in a private Cbse school with Poor faculties. Sir will dropping of 1 academic year which I have passed matter both for seeking admission in other cbse schools and career ?
    Sir awaiting for your reply ……..

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Krishna,
      It surely is worth taking the effort to study Grade-11 again and applying for a course that interests you. All schools will consider your marks of Grade-12 for admission.

  244. SEEMA on said:

    good day sir,

    my son had studied till 7th grade in cbse school in gulf country

    now i want to transfer him to mumbai in the same cbse board school,
    in schools they say he has to take marathi compulsorily,
    i want to know how a child (who had not studied this language in his life)
    can manage to study at this level,
    or what is the option available for such cases,as military personnel
    might face such situation also.
    please help me what i should do.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Seema,
      AS per CBSE , a student has to study a first language , second language and a third language. The Third language is to be studied in classes 5 to 8. It maybe this rule as per which he school wants the student to take Marathi as a third language. In such a situation, study of marathi may be only for one year ( Grade-8). You can request the school for an exemption or else even allow the child to go through Marathi class for one year since marks in Grade-8 actually do not make any difference. The other option is to choose an IGCSE school as over there Marathi will not be compulsory.

      • Shri Krishna on said:

        Respected Sir,
        Myself Shri Krishna Das and I am from cuttack Odisha and I currently Study In CLASS XI {cbse} in a private school but the faculty members of the school aren’t good or the environment is good. I took there admission because of my mistake as I feared of not getting admission into a good college after scoring 70% from ICSE board 2014. Sir my query is that, Shall I drop a year and study xi in Kendriya Vidyalaya ctc? Will the TC certificate of XI pass cause any problem to me in getting admission in KV?
        PS:- As I am very much stressed and confused, sir do help me…….

  245. PREM SINGH NEGI on said:

    Kindly guide me the difference between CBSE & State Board & what r the benefits of studying in CBSE schools & State Board.

  246. Harshita Mittal on said:

    Hello sir
    I m moving from 10th to 11th class.. i hav studied in cbse school till 10th.. i have opted for pcm in 11th.. n will probably be giving iit-jee 2017.. now i wanted to ask what is the differnce between the syllabus of cbse, icse and mp board.. which one should i go for? How do they make an affect on the results of 12th.. n jee mains and advance?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Harshita,
      Please check with the school if MP board has adopted CBSE syllabus for grade 11 & 12 ( Most State Boards have done that) and if yes the it is ok Tto join State Board or CBSE so that our preparation for Board exam and Entrance exam will be as per same syllabus. If MP state Board has not adopted CBSE syllabus then choose a CBSE school.

      • Harshita Mittal on said:

        Thnk u sir for dis info.. also is it okay if i dont go for iit coaching right now in 11th n instead go for it in 12th with continuation of schooling?? Many people suggested me for this.. what do u think about it..please suggest something. .

  247. Paawan kr on said:

    sir i want to know about a school either it is affiliated to cbse for 11 & 12th class or not
    details of school are :
    modern arya public school,saroorpur
    affiliation no:530929
    school code:20530

  248. Oormila Uthaman on said:

    I’m studying in 10th grade under the CBSE curriculum. Is it possible for me to change to IGCSE or IB curriculum for grade 11 and 12 ?
    Ps : I’m studying in Kerala

  249. Sunil on said:

    Thanks for the response. I had some more questions. :-
    1. You said some university accept English Litt at O levels. My son has done only English ( code for O levels 0500). Will that be OK.
    2. What are the requirements at Singapore for doing Engg. Which are good universities there.
    3. Our schools provides only max 3 full subjects for A levels. If we push for half more (AS) what will be a good combination along with Maths, Physics & chemistry. Other available subjects are Biology, sociology, psychology, English, History.
    4. What is the approx. cost of doing engg at Singapore along with boarding costs,
    5. What are the other in demand streams with the above options. Is there a website I can look up where I can find details of the career options subject combinations can provide. It may help for a focused approach.
    Thanks for your support

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Sunil,
      English language is OK for non Humanities streams.
      For Engineering in Singapore- Math, Physis and English are a Must. For some stress Chemistry is also required. You must visit the University site for exact information.
      The 2Good Universities in Singapore are NUS and NTU
      Please check both the university sites to know all details of courses and costs.

  250. Sunil on said:

    Thanks Sir for the response.
    Will the combination suggested by me help him apply for Engg in US. Is English a must subject for applying to universities in US. What are the options available with Maths, Physics and Chem both in India & US

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      English is mandatory but English at AS level should be acceptable. Though some universities insist on good proficiency in English and ask for English Litt at IGCSE ( Grade-10 ) Level.

  251. Sunil on said:

    My son is doing his O levels from IGCSE from a school in Bangalore. He has decided to take Maths, Physics and Chemistry for A levels and Biology for AS level, from the same school. Will he be eligible for both medical or engineering in Indian universities

  252. N Sethuraman on said:

    My son is studying in Year & under IGCSE curriculam in a good reupted international IB School in Africa. We are planning to relocate to India and we need guide whether it would be better to choose CBSE or IGCSE curriculam. Understand IGCSE curriculam is likely to be scrapped and in view of that which curriculum is better. Please guide us

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      I do not know, who has informed you that IGCSE is being scrapped. I have no such information. If you wish to have your child continue the kind of education he has had till now, then please go ahead with IGCSE. If you want him to follow conventional book based study, please choose CBSE.
      Personally I feel, upto Grade-10 IGCSE is a good option. .

  253. Divya JAIN on said:

    HI SIR,
    SIR I want now that in admission time which type of question come in DPS DIMAPUR FOR CLASS 11 COMM

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Hi Divya,
      They will ask you questions based on what has been taught in Grade-0. If you are a good student, you must not worry about it.

  254. venkateshwari on said:

    sir, my brother is undergoing CBSE syllabus upto 8th . now we are going yo change him to matric schools.Is there any permission / certificates required to change the syllabus.?

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Upto Grade-9 , there is no official permission required for change of syllabus . Only after Grade-9 you need permission t change Board.

  255. sameer chahar on said:

    sir i passed 12 class in 2014 frome cbse and i got less marks so i wanted 12 class frome haryana board what is the requriment is there sir please tell soon

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You will need to take admission based on your Grade-10 marks. I feel that may not be a good idea. You must probably take up some Undergraduate program as per your liking and do well in that rather than reappear for Grade-12 Exam.

  256. neyonika mathur on said:

    can you please tell me about standard grading system in icse borad ?
    Is it differs in each board or remains same ?


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Neyonika,
      Please ask your school to provide you the Grading system from ICSE Board as this is available with the school.

  257. tanushree on said:


    sir, i have appeared for Th this year from cbse board. i am going to do civil engineering ahead. i wanted to ask you that for 11 and Th i must go for cbse or state board.

    Thanking you,
    your’s faithfully

  258. palshnt on said:

    we reside in mumbai.my daughter cleared viii grade exams this year. unfortunately the school had to be shut down as did nt get the affiliation. v shifted her to a new school. my concern is we do not have a GR. no . will this pose a problem in future?. plz guide us . v r very much worried. will be very grateful. thank you.

  259. marialuiza on said:

    Dear Sir.
    Thnx for ths service.Please tell me…….if i want to shift my child from ICSE Goa india to switzerland….are there such schools there?can u pls suggest?
    Thank u in advance.

  260. Kalpana Devi on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I want to clear my confusion as now recently i got job in one of the IGSCE school and now i am thinking to take admission for my ward also in same school under IGSCE but presently she is with CBSE in grade 7. so i am having confusion what to do with her either with CBSE or IGSCE. Is IGSCE syllabus have scope in the market?? which one is better?? please guide me what to choose and what would be correct one for her till grade 12.
    Kindly help to me to choose correct one.
    Kalpana Devi

  261. srinivas on said:

    Dear Sir, My son was born on 15-06-2006 and he has completed first class in a private school in state Board. Then he got admission in first class in Kendriya Vidyalaya. Now,he has completed 3rd class in KVand promoted to 4th class. Whether I can pickhim out of KVand put him in 5th class in State board without completing 4th class as he lost one one year in first class. Plase suggest whether boy can cover one year which he lost in first class double studying because 2 1/2 months lesss for 31st march date for admission into kv admissions for first class. I want to cover up my mistake please suggest me.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Srinivas,
      Admission to lower classes is as per prerogative of school and you will need to check this at the school you are seeking admission. Boards have specific guidelines only for admission after Board exam in Grade-10 and 12.

  262. afsar hussain on said:

    1. I wanted to know if we can study 11 standard in a cbse school after passing 10th under state board?
    2. If we can , then can we join after the sa1 exams?
    3. Is the result of 10th board required to get an admission in a cbse school if we can join it or can we submit it after the results are declared?


    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Yes you can join Grade-11 in CBSE after Grade-10 from state board. Admission after SA-1 may be difficult since most schools close admission before the classes for Grade-11 start.
      Result of Grade-10 Board exam is required to get admission but if your results are declared late, you can apply after the results are declared or seek provisional admission and submit result later.

  263. balaji umanwar on said:

    My son has given exam of 10 th from ICSE pattern from Gujarat pl. guide me which stream would I preferred in which pattern

  264. faiza afsar on said:

    Hello Sir,
    I want to know if we can join CBSE after passing 10th from State Board?
    And also what is the process?

  265. Mathew Raju on said:

    Dear sir,
    I am studying in US in 10th completing on 5th june 2015. We are returning to kerala and intending to join state syllabus am i eligible to go direct in 11th.


  266. Dr Santanu Ghosh on said:

    Dear Sir,
    I am working at Ministry of Health, Oman but I am planning to relocate in family to UK. I ‘ll be joining UK National Health Services at Newcastle. Presently, my son is in class XI , opted for Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English. I want to clarify few confusion as below
    1). can my son can choose physics , chemistry, biology and english at UK GCE A level ( sixth form education) ? What is the cut-off level to get the above mentioned subjects ?
    2) to appear for AIPMT entrance exam in India, one should have passed physics, chemistry, biology and english as core subjects with 50 % marks ? I heard that it is difficult to choose physics and chemistry in medicine group , instead of maths in UK and USA and many of students could not appear for AIPMT exam/ could not take medicine seats in India as there was no physics at GCE A level.
    3) How to appear for AIPMT as UK board session will be over by June while AIPMT will be conducted during May ?
    4 ) Is GCE A level content of syllabus and CBSE are same or any difference ? should student find difficulties to write AIPMT as question format will prepared acc. to NCERT syllabus ?
    5). is there any online coaching classes for UK GCE A level students for AIPMT exam?
    6 ) I am really confused whether to shift him from CBSE board to GCE A level . How much difficulty my son may face to adjust in UK GCE A level ?
    Kindly guide me . Your kind help will be highly appreciated.
    Dr Santanu Ghosh

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shantanu,
      For admission to Medical courses in India, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English are mandatory. Yes if you have studied these subjects in Grade-10, you can take up these subjects at A level also .
      You will find it difficult to be accepted for AIPMT if results are not declared before June-1st. However if you seek admission under the management quota / NRI quota, they will offer provisional admission and you can submit final results before the college starts.
      The content of A level and CBSE Grade-12 are almost similar but the study pattern is different and there is a need for adjusting study pattern to compete in the entrance exam that is conducted as per NCERT syllabus.
      Online coaching classes are available for AIPMT you can search for them.
      If you have an option, then , please continue with CBSE.
      From this year, Cambridge University has started a Feb – March exam session for A level and the results of this are declared in May but this is specific to India, You can check if the UK school will permit your child to take this session exam.

  267. Sudha on said:

    My son completed 3rd class in ICSE i want him to join in 5th class instead of 4th.
    Management is telling there is no double promotion in ICSE.
    pleaseu suggest

  268. shilpa on said:

    My son has just passed 3rd standard and He is currently entering into 4th standard. We have just shifted him from a school which followed CBSE-i syllabus to a school following CBSE syllabus (English medium).

    His current 2nd language is Tamil. For choosing the 3rd language, is it mandatory to have Hindi as either 2nd language or 3rd language? Or he is free to choose any permissible 3rd language?(like French/German).

    Request your expert opinion on this. Thanks

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear Shilpa,
      The choice of language is a decision by the school. Please discuss with them on the option. CBSE does not specify any particular combination but gives a list that schools can choose from

      • Illa Bhan on said:

        Dear Sir,

        My daughter is studying in 7th std IGCSE board. she would be pursuing further sudies in India, till graduation. In this context, is it more relevant to shift her in 8th std to ICSE board, to make her more capable of coping with needs of Indian study cirriculum, including various entrance exams for professional courses.

        Thanks & Rgds

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          Dear Illa,

          IGCSE upto Grade-10 is a god option and then you can change to an Indian Board . Among Indian Boards, to prepare for entrance exams, CBSE is a better option.

  269. Ramesh Harish on said:

    Hello Sir, I wanted to know what exactly does 10+2 mean.
    I have my COMEDK exam on 10th May and frankly speaking, that’s the only exam I have hopes on. In the brochure and on the internet, its been mentioned as 10+2/ 12th std/ 2nd PUC.
    But until this year, both the years portions were included.
    One friend of mine told that 10+2 means both 11th and 12th.

    Please clarify my doubt at the earliest sir. I’ll at least have an idea on how to prepare then.

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      Dear ramesh,
      10 + 2 as mentioned of COMED K means a student must pass in the Grade-12 exam. With regard to syllabus for the exam, yes the questions will be spread over the topics taught in both 11 & 12.

  270. sritama on said:

    One of my friend tole me that i do B.Ed in special education i mean special B.Ed .then I can teach in special school & ICSC & CBSC board school also,Plesae tell me is it true or not?? also i want to know the eligibility criteria of a teacher for ICSC/CBSE board school?

  271. Christie on said:

    I would like to know if there is an age limit for appearing CBSE XII class exams.
    Thank you

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      If you have passed Grade-10 exam , you can appear for Grade-12 exam after 2 years from then. About upper age limit, I am not sure of a regulation but the school you register will give you information.

  272. Can i take admission in +2 isc skul in class 11 after doing 1year diploma

    • Unni Krishnan on said:

      You can join Grade-11 if you have passed Grade-10 Board Exam.

      • Banasree Banerjee on said:

        i want to see the SA2 papers of maths an science of my child who appeared for 9 th gr CBSE. Since the school has not shown papers, am i eligible to see them on request? Is there any provision?

        with kind regards,

        • Banasree Banerjee on said:

          Dear sir,
          I have another query. My son has appeared for Hindi in
          gr 9 CBSE, can he appear for French in gr 10?
          Since the present school where he is studying now, have no French faculty, what can be done?
          Earlier he had French upto gr 8 in overseas CBSE school and he is finding Hindi very difficult. Kindly guide me.
          Best regards,
          B. Banerjee

          • Unni Krishnan on said:

            Dear banasree , if the student has been registered in Grade-9 , generally change of subject in Grade-10 is not permitted. Please try by writing to the CBSE Board and ask for a change on compassionate grounds.

        • Unni Krishnan on said:

          It is the prerogative of school to show the papers. Please request the school.

          • Banasree Banerjee on said:

            Dear sir,
            My son had hindi in 9 th grade. But now if i change school can he opt for french in 10th CBSE?

  273. Manohar Gosul on said: