Senior Secondary K11-12 Courses

Senior Secondary Courses Boards in India

The Indian education system has International, National and State-level education boards.

This post briefly describes Senior Secondary School Boards recognised in India, comparative evaluation of course structure, Curriculum, Syllabus. Teaching methodology and recognition

  • National Level Boards :
    • CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education
    • ICSE: Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
  • State Level Boards : Each State runs State Education Board by the respective State Education Department (e.g, U.P Board, Delhi Board, Bihar Board etc.). A State may have multiple State Education Boards.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Boards : IB (International Baccalaureate), formerly known as International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international board of education. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes IB Diploma equivalent to 10+2 Class of the Senior Secondary School, as eligible for admission to the undergraduate courses in India. IB Schools are available only at top-tier cities of the country.

CBSE vs ICSE – Curriculum, Syllabus

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ISC (Indian School Certificate) are two central secondary board examination systems in India. They offer senior secondary courses for students in grades 11 and 12. The curriculum for these courses is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience. The CBSE senior secondary curriculum for the academic year 2023-24 includes subjects like Commerce and Mathematics.  Similarly, the ISC board also offers a K11-12 syllabus for the academic year 2023-24. This syllabus covers a wide range of subjects and provides a structured framework for students’ education.

Both CBSE and ISC aim to provide quality education and prepare students for higher education and future career opportunities. The syllabus and rules for these courses are regularly updated to ensure relevance and effectiveness in the changing educational landscape.

CBSE vs ICSE – Curriculum

CBSE follows a more streamlined and structured curriculum focusing on a few subjects for competitive exams, through compact syllabus, with fewer subjects to study.

On the other hand, ICSE follows a more comprehensive, detailed, and extensive curriculum including literature, humanities, arts, etc

CBSE vs ICSE – Syllabus

ICSE syllabus is quite detailed and comprehensive. In contrast, the CBSE board has a precise and easy syllabus that delivers subject matter very lightly.

ICSE offers a range of languages to study, including Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and others. Some ICSE schools offer creative subjects like agriculture, home science, humanities, arts, and cooking.

ICSE is a winner considering the scope of the syllabus.

ICSE board teaching methodology is based on applying theoretical concepts and is more inclined toward real-life ideas on understanding of the subject matter.  

There are around 1100 ICSE Schools and about 27000 CBSE Schools in India and about 240 CBSE schools in foreign countries.

CBSE vs IB : Curriculum, Methodology, Assessment, Recognition

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) are two popular educational systems in India. CBSE is a national board, IB is an international education board. Both educational systems have their own unique features.

The following comparative analysis of CBSE and IB curriculum gives overall understanding on both these subject matters and help students ake an informed decision.

CBSE vs IB – Curriculum

The CBSE curriculum is based on the National Curriculum Framework, designed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), divided into two stages, primary (Classes 1-5) and secondary (Classes 6-12).

CBSE curriculum focus on developing a strong foundation in mathematics and science, along with a well-rounded education in languages, social sciences, and arts.

IB curriculum focus on internationally recognized education, offering a standardized international curriculum across the globe. IB puts focus on developing skills and applying it. The curriculum aspires to develop international mindset leading to global citizenship.

CBSE vs IB –Teaching Methodology

 The CBSE curriculum is designed for learning through memorisation. Students memorize information and reproduce it during exams. The focus is on textbook learning.  Students are evaluated based on their ability to produce information consumed during the classes and through books. However, gradually, CBSE is designing and introducing new teaching methodologies, like experiential learning, project-based learning, activity-based learning, etc.

The IB methodology, emphasizes inquiry-based learning, where students are encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas, and think critically. IB learning is inclined on developing life skills amongst the learner group. The focus is on developing a deep understanding of concepts, rather than memorizing information.

CBSE vs IB – Assessment System

The CBSE assessment system is based on final exam at the end of each academic year. The exams are based on the curriculum, to evaluate the student’s knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. However, CBSE is gradually introducing continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system, where students are evaluated on the basis of their performance throughout the year.

The IB assessment system is based on a combination of internal assessment and external assessment. Internal assessment is carried out by teachers throughout the academic year and includes assignments, projects, and presentations. External assessment is carried out through exams at the end of each program. The IB assessment system is designed to evaluate the student’s knowledge, understanding and application of concepts, along with their ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

CBSE vs IB -Value of Recognition

The CBSE curriculum is recognized by most universities and colleges in India.  However, CBSE curriculum is not recognized internationally, and students wishing to pursue higher education abroad, may need to take additional courses or exams.

IB curriculum is recognized by universities and colleges worldwide. IB students are eligible to apply for higher education in any country. The IB curriculum is highly respected by universities and is often seen as an indicator of academic excellence. IB curriculum is pursued by more than 160 countries across 5000 + schools around the world.

CBSE vs IB – Summary

Both CBSE and IB curriculum have their own unique features. With faster globalization and geographical boundaries diminishing due to digitization,  IB system gains more value, due to global recognition.

Students who prefer traditional approach to learning and plan to pursue higher education in India, may find the CBSE curriculum, a better fit. On the other hand, students interested in international and interdisciplinary approach to learning and plan to pursue higher education abroad, may find IB curriculum to be a better fit.

Both CBSE and IB curriculum are designed to provide a high-quality education to students. Regardless of the curriculum chosen, motivated and dedicated students will succeed in achieving their goals.

CBSE K11-12 Commerce Stream Curriculum, Syllabus & Examinations

ICSE K11-12 Commerce Stream Curriculum, Syllabus & Examinations

State Board K11-12 Commerce Stream Curriculum, Syllabus & Examinations

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