CBSE vs ICSE vs IGCSE vs IB – A Brief Comparison among the Boards

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)are some of the most popular boards to study in India. However, selecting anyone from them always proves to be a daunting task for the parents.

In case, you too are struggling to find the most ideal board for your child, here is a brief comparison among the boards. Have a look on this comparison list, and decide the best for your child’s education!


  1. CBSE is regulated by the Central Government of India.
  2. It is recognised by all colleges across India.
  3. It conducts board exams for 10th and 12th annually throughout the country; AIEEE and AIPMT are the undergraduate entrance exams conducted by the board.
  4. Syllabus is crafted in a way that students get ample of exposure to knowledge of each subjects.
  5. Ideal for students whose parents are in transferrable job (within the country).


  1. IGCSE board was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations.
  2. It prepares the students for the A-Level and BTEC Level3 of International Baccalaureate.
  3. It is based on individual subjects – IGCSE qualification is awarded individually for each subject taken by students.
  4. Syllabus is designed to emphasize more on practical aspects of each subject.
  5. Ideal for students from families who have more chances or relocating overseas.


  1. Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations was initiated as the replacement of Cambridge School Certificate Examination by All India Examination.
  2. It was established by the ‘Local Examinations Syndicate’ by the University of Cambridge dating back to British era.
  3. It allows schools or institutions to evolve its own niches.
  4. Syllabus largely follows the concept of experimenting with new ideas and practices.
  5. Ideal for students who aspire to study in foreign universities.


  1. International Baccalaureate one of the International Education Foundations that is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. It is recommended by schools in 146 different countries and provides internationally acceptable university admissions.
  3. It offers four different education programmes – IB Primary (for students between 3-12 years), IB Middle Years (for students between 11-16 years) and IB Diploma & IB Career-Related (for students between 16-19 years).
  4. The mission of IB syllabus is to promote international-mindedness in a balanced and knowledgeable atmosphere.
  5. Students from IB board can apply for universities that do not recommend CBSE or CICSE.

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