CBSE Vs. ICSE Board... Which is Better to Choose ?

CBSE Vs. ICSE Board... Which is Better to Choose ?


Primary education is the fundamental in deciding the future of child. Hence caution must be taken while choosing the educational board to gain maximum and bring out the best in children. Hence it is important for parents to evaluate the merits and demerits of the two educational boards that exist in India - Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).

Although the subjects taught in both boards are the same, choosing the right board is essential and often not easy. Each board of education has its own prospects and a calculated move must be made taking children's strengths into consideration.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE Board)
The Central Board of Secondary Education in India is the most trusted and widely preferred board of education in India for education at school level. This board of education conducts the All India Secondary and Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination every year for students of classes tenth and twelfth respectively. While the tenth class exam serves as the basis for students choosing streams for their higher education, twelfth class examination decides their fate for college/university level education, once out of school.

The CBSE is also credited for conducting the AIEEE examination, which serves as an entrance exam for admission to the various undergraduate engineering courses.

Merits of CBSE:
1. Opting for CBSE has the biggest advantage that all major competitive examinations in India become accessible as they are based on the CBSE syllabus. These examinations include the Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT).
2. The CBSE syllabus is considered easier equated to that of other boards, mainly due to fewer subjects and is more condensed. Subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology fall under the general umbrella of Science, and History, Geography and Civics are included under the spectrum of Social Sciences.
3. A certificate from the Central Board of Education is recognized throughout the country, in all colleges and academic centers.

1. CBSE does not focus much on inculcating practical knowledge in students. The approach is more theoretical.
2. The CBSE syllabus also does not lay as much emphasis on core English knowledge as ICSE does. There is more importance given to the disciplines of mathematics and science.
3. Although the syllabus is application oriented, it does not provide room for effective understanding.

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE Board)
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education was first founded by the Local Examinations Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. The syllabus followed by ICSE schools differs massively from that in CBSE schools, majorly in terms of content and volume. This board conducts an ICSE examination towards the end of tenth grade and an Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination for the end of twelfth grade.

Merits of ICSE:
1. The syllabus followed by the ICSE board is more inclusive and complete, incorporating all fields with equal significance.
2. Students interested in careers related to management and humanities will find the curriculum followed under ICSE to be more interesting yet challenging. Hence it is extremely fruitful for a strong career base.
3. Certification under the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education board is recognizable around the world, particularly by foreign schools and universities when compared to CBSE's local margin.
4. Due to the emphasis laid on English in ICSE, students from this board may hold a slight edge over other students in foreign university exams like TOEFL.

1. Students may find the syllabus to be too extensive, as an average student following an ICSE board will have to study thirteen subjects during the sixth grade, compared to six subjects in a CBSE affiliated school.
2. Although an ICSE syllabus can facilitate deeper understanding and better analytical skills, pursuing further education may prove to be a problem as the evaluation in ISC exams is very strict.

Just as every education system, both these boards share an equal amount of pros and cons. Choosing the right board hugely depends on the kind of future parents envision for their children. The quality of education provided under both boards is undoubtedly excellent. Assessing your children's strengths is the key.

But ultimately, more than the board of education involved; the quality of education that students are receiving should be the primary concern. Hence it is more important to choose a good school, regardless of the board of education it falls under.