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    What is the difference between CBSE, ICSE, Stateboard syllabus in matriculation?

    Do you want to know what is the difference between CBSE and ICSE metric syllabus? Read the experts views on the difference between state and central board, and the advantages of studying under CBSE syllabus.

    I heard that CBSE syllabus is more difficult but better syllabus in education in India. Is it correct?
    What are the advantages of studying under CBSE syllabus? I want to know the advantages, standard and value of CBSE, Matriculation, ICSE and stateboard syllabus of education in India.
  • #90372
    Thank you for valuable information about CBSE & ICSE board Mr. Sagar.
    This proves that every state boards are lacking far behind in terms of knowledge, practical trainings and sharpness of different field.
    Then what is the meaning of a state board exam where still about 60-70% students are getting their education and in the end failing to the competitive exams.

  • #90375
    Both CBSE and ICSE have nationwide same syllabus while state board and matriculation follow a different pattern for each state.
    CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education is the most popular school board in India and is widely spread across all states. The exams are conducted for both private and regular students in two languages- English and Hindi. Indian Government recognises CBSE board and the new initiatives of the Government to introduce grading system are a proof of it. The CBSE syllabus is aimed at meeting the needs of various entrance exams including the medical and engineering stream. The CBSE board conducts exams at the end of the year to judge the performance of students and award them marks and grades to proceed to the next section. The syllabus is common nationwide.

    ICSE or Indian School Certificate Examination is popular among Indians as equivalent to the Senior School Examination of the University of Scotland. That implies that a student will not be required to complete bridging course or obtain A level qualification while trying to join universities in UK and Commonwealth. This board is not recognised by the Government though the qualification is accepted globally like CBSE. The medium of instructions in only English and the number of ICSE schools are much lesser than CBSE schools in India. The ICSE focuses on detailed study with greater focus on internal assessments and practicals. The results are declared after considering the exam results and the results of the internal assessments and practical study. The board does not allow students who do not study in ICSE affiliated schools to take up the ICSE exams, that is private candidates are not allowed to write ICSE exams. The syllabus is common nation wide.

    State board syllabus is designed by the Department of Education of the concerned State Government. That implies that the syllabus changes for every state of India. Each state government looks after educational issues pertaining to this system. The level of education of state boards is considered easier than CBSE and ICSE boards. They try to accommodate even students with lower IQ to complete their schooling successfully. They do not focus on competency for entrance examinations of medical and engineering. However, the engineering and medical colleges are instructed to allocate higher number of seats for state board students than CBSE/ICSE students. These students have been found to struggle with their studies in the first year of college education as the standard of education goes up suddenly.

    Matriculation board is set up by the matriculation board of a particular state and this board conducts examinations only upto class X. The next two years of examination are shifted to the state board syllabus. The matriculation standard is considered higher than the state board syllabus but lower than CBSE/ICSE. The method of education is based on rote learning and textual content is emphasised. Analytical thinking is lesser among these students but this is preferred to state board due to the better level of education.

    Aparna Shankarraman

  • #92563
    HI Kamalakshi

    CBSE and ICSE are nation wide syllabus available across all states, where as state syllabus varies from state to state.

    CBSE and ICSE have the same syllabus through out the nation, so it does not matter even if you get an inter-state transfer, because the syllabus is same through out India.

    State syllabus is simple as compared to the other two but then you need to learn the state language in the state syllabus, whereas in CBSE you need to learn English throughout, Hindi till 8th grade, then you get to choose your language between Hindi or Sanskrit for your 9th & 10th grade. Once you choose your language in 9th grade, you will have to learn the same language in 10th also.

    Apart from these difference CBSE students get the advantage of selecting language in which the subjects can be taught, i.e either Hindi or English. Now this purely depends on the majority, if majority of students choose Hindi then the medium of teaching and examination will be Hindi.

    If we compare between CBSE and ICSE then there is not much difference, except that standard of ICSE is bit higher than that of CBSE at the same time it is considered to be tougher.

    After your 10th grade you can change from CBSE to ICSE or from ICSE to CBSE, but the general trend seen is that the results of CBSE is much better than ICSE.

    Another advantage of CBSE is that, the syllabus for CBSE is the basic syllabus for various entrance exams like IIT-JEE, AIEEE etc.

    Where as state syllabus is the syllabus for state wise entrance examination, still it is considered that if a student is from CBSE he / she can easily tackle the state entrance exams.

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