There are two key versions of the Indian Curriculum , Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) which are offered in many international schools.
The CBSE curriculum helps students to prepare for the All India CBSE Secondary Schools Examination at the age of 16 (end of grade 10) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination at the age of 18 (end of grade 12).
As for CISCE curriculum, it helps students to prepare for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination in the secondary school (end of Grade 10) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination in the final year of secondary school ( end of Grade 12)
What is the difference between CBSE and ICSE?
Both CBSE and ICSE are well known for their self financing school education with a differentiated syllabus, examination patterns and education. They both emphasise the analytical thinking and problem-solving skills that will essentially prepare students for their education in universities and employment in the future. For the CBSE Curriculum, it is known to be slightly easier in comparison with the ICSE as it has more of a structured and scientific approach when it comes to coursework that regularly upgrades in line with the changing demands. On the other hand, the ICSE syllabus is more comprehensive and detailed compared to the CBSE as its syllabus are diverse subject combinations which match the international standards.
While compulsory education begins from age 6, Indian Curriculum offers two to four years of pre-school education to prepare children for entry to formal schooling at age 6.
Students complete 10 years of schooling to obtain a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or 12 years of schooling to obtain a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC).
Grade 9-10 students in the CBSE-affiliated schools study 2 languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Art, Health and Physical Education and 2 electives of their choice. A skill subject and an academic subject.
For Grades 11-12, CBSE students must study Hindi, English and choose from a wide range of skill-based or academic subjects.