Education Boards in India – CBSE, ICSE and State Board
Education Boards in India - CBSE, ICSE and State Board

In recent times the new education system emerged to be popular in India. With so many education boards to choose parents gets confused which is better for their kids. India is witnessing an increased number of education boards different from each other in aspects of syllabus, exam pattern, etc. So, to help parents as well as students, we have done a thorough analysis of the learning approach and evaluation criteria that are followed by different school boards. Here in this article, we have discussed in detail all the leading school boards in India in terms of teaching, assessment methods, difficulty level and other factors. It will give parents a fair idea about the features and benefits offered by different school boards in India.

Different Education Boards in India- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate Secondary Education (ICSE) and State Boards such as Rajasthan Board, Telangana Board, etc.

1. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

In India, the Central Board of Secondary Education popularly known as CBSE is considered to be the most popular and prestigious board. Most of the schools in India are affiliated to CBSE Board. The Board also has a global presence across 21 countries. Students who study under CBSE Board get an advantage as most of the competitive exams are based on NCERT syllabus.

The syllabus designed and prescribed by CBSE helps students to prepare for Engineering and Medical entrance examination. All the competitive exams are based on CBSE syllabus. CBSE Board instructs all its affiliated schools to use NCERT textbooks for all standards and subjects.

CBSE Board conducts two major examinations – All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) for Class 10 and All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Class 12.

2. The Indian Certificate Secondary Education (ICSE)

The Indian Certificate Secondary Education is popularly known as ICSE. The main function of the Board is to conduct the Class 10 examination. ICSE Board comes under The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, a private education Board in India. In comparison to CBSE Board, the ICSE board is more inclined towards the overall growth of a student providing a balanced curriculum.

Compared to CBSE syllabus, ICSE syllabus is well-constructed and more comprehensive. ICSE Board is known for its vast syllabus, and it imparts practical knowledge for the overall development of the students. The curriculum also emphasizes extra-curricular activities along with basic knowledge required for a student for a better future.

3. State Boards

In India, we have a total of 29 states and each state has its own educational board. For example Maharashtra State Board, Tamil Nadu State Board, Karnataka State Board, etc. Each State Board has its own curriculum and different teaching methods. Most of the State Board, in the current scenario, started to use the NCERT textbooks. So, students of State Boards can now prepare themselves for competitive exams.

The syllabus of the State Board prepares students to compete for Pan India examination. If we compare CBSE and ICSE Board, State Board syllabus gives more preference to regional and vernacular languages.

The State Board conducts two major examinations- Secondary School Certificate (SSC) for Class 10 and The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) exams for Class 12.