What is the difference between ICSE and CBSE?

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5 Major difference between CBSE and ICSE Boards

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CBSE Vs ICSE: The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are two different boards of education in India that are responsible for conducting secondary school examinations and certifying students.

There are some key differences between the CBSE and ICSE boards:

Curriculum: The ICSE board follows a curriculum that is more focused on language and literature, whereas the CBSE board follows a curriculum that is more focused on science and mathematics. The ICSE curriculum places a greater emphasis on the English language, whereas the CBSE curriculum places a greater emphasis on practical and vocational subjects.

Examination pattern: The ICSE board conducts two major exams each year, one in the middle of the academic year and another at the end of the year, whereas the CBSE board conducts only one major exam at the end of the academic year. The ICSE board also has a greater emphasis on internal assessments, whereas the CBSE board has a greater emphasis on final exams.

Grading system: The ICSE board uses a grading system that ranges from A to E, whereas the CBSE board uses a numerical grading system that ranges from 9 to 0. The grading system of the ICSE board is considered to be more stringent and challenging compared to the CBSE board.

Affiliated schools: The ICSE board is affiliated with private schools, whereas the CBSE board is affiliated with both private and government schools. The CBSE board has a larger network of schools across the country compared to the ICSE board.

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Examination syllabus: The ICSE board has a more comprehensive examination syllabus that covers a wide range of subjects, whereas the CBSE board has a slightly reduced examination syllabus that focuses on core subjects.

In conclusion, both ICSE and CBSE boards have their own strengths and weaknesses and the choice between the two will depend on the individual needs and interests of the student and the parent. It is important to carefully consider the curriculum, examination pattern, grading system, affiliated schools, and examination syllabus before making a decision.

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