The only type of parenting that is best for your child is – Informed parenting. An informed parent mostly makes the right choices. One such choice to make which is often very difficult and confusing for parents is, selecting the right board.

A lot of you may oppose as saying it is the school that matters and once you find admission in the right school, our child’s future is set. I would say it is true to a great extent. But in these times when the world is shrinking and there are endless options, why not try to get some extra information and use it.

Read this article to find out how do boards make a difference in your child’s education, the different kinds of boards in India, what do they offer and how are they different from each other?


Central Board of Secondary education.

Most of us are well aware about this board. It is a Board which follows universal pattern and is the first choice for parents with transferable jobs.

CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools, and most of the schools approved by central government of India which in India total about 15000 plus schools.

Please note following benefits of CBSE

The board annually conducts final examinations for 10th and 12th grade called (AISSCE – All India Senior School Certificate Exam)

The board also conducts the AIEEE entrance exam for admission to engineering and architecture in numerous colleges across India.

They also conduct the AIPMT ( All India Pre Medical Test) for admissions to various medical colleges across India.

Therefore CBSE is best suited for parents who wish their children to gain excellent academic knowledge as well as prepare for various entrance examinations for the prestigious institutions in India.

CISCE – ( Commonly known as I.C.S.E.)

CISCE stands for Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.

  The board conducts 10th board called Icse and 12th board called ISC. The CISCE is a private non government board of school education in India. It was founded during the British regime by the University of Cambridge. ICSE board focuses on overall development of the students and also is famous for vast study of subjects. The syllabus of ICSE & CBSE are very different in terms of content and volume. This board is mainly prevalent in India, UAE, Singapore and Indonesia. The ICSE board has better choices of subjects to choose from.


International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum which is offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate and CIE A-level. It is an international Board recognized by most of the Universities of the world.

It is suitable for students who apply to Foreign Universities wherein CBSE and ICSE board is not recognized. It has a more advanced curriculum and variety of subjects to choose from. Course study lays more emphasis on English and Technical Subjects. It is the most application based study pattern.

It is the Best option if parents are NRI, or are planning to move abroad. It is also the best option for students who are certain to go abroad for their higher education.


International Baccalaureate. 

  IB is an international education foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. IB board provides an opportunity to engage in an in depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject. It is also an International Board recognized by most of the Universities of the world. IB is recognized by UNESCO, and Council of Europe The curriculum is based on application and experimentation.

Students in IB have slight advantage for international entrance exams like GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc. It is thus again the best option for parents who are NRI or whose children are certain to go abroad for college.

Hope this article was insightful and wish you make the right decision based on these facts.

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