ICSE Board

An Overview of CBSE and CISCE

Educations system in India is governed and implemented by authorities and boards like CISCE , CBSE and numerous other state boards too. In the sector of education these boards play the role of pivot around which the whole education system revolves. The mentioned boards work as the regulatory bodies that decide the structure of education constructing the future of the nation.

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is an examination conducted by CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination). It has been designed to provide an examination in a course of general education, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986(India), through the medium of English.

In India, CBSE holds the leading position among all the boards as it covers the wide range of students in throughout the nation and is known as the Central board of the nation too.CBSE stands for Central Board of Secondary Education. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. There are approximately 19,316 schools in India and 211 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.

CBSE Board: An Overview

CBSE, the Central Board of Secondary Education is a board in India that is in charge of promoting education through public and private schools.

The main aim of the CBSE board is the all round development of a child’s character and intellect.

The schools affiliated to CBSE follow the syllabus and books prescribed by NCERT(National Council of Educational Research and Training) .

The schools affiliated with CBSE also include all the Navodaya, Kendriya Vidyalayas along with government and government aided and non aided private schools too.

ICSE Board: An Overview

ICSE is basically a national level private board of Education in India that was established in 1958. The main idea behind starting it was to replace the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination with an All India Examination.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is in now a days is normally in charge of conducting the Class X and Class XII examinations.

Difference Between CBSE and ICSE (CBSE Vs CISCE)

In spite of having these two as the leading boards there are various differences between these two which are as follows.

Board Recognition:

CBSE is recognized by Indian government and ICSE is not. Although the certificates provided by both of them are globally valid and have their own worldwide importance and acceptance yet CBSE has a better footing in the subcontinent than ICSE. CISCE is now recognized by many foreign education systems as equivalent to senior examination or high school.

CBSE Syllabus and ICSE Syllabus

ICSE  is conducted CISCE or the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is similar to AISSE conducted by CBSE. An offshoot of the Cambridge IGCSE that existed during the British regime was taken over by the Anglo Indian Board and is now governed by the ‘Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations’. ICSE has taken in a lot of structures from the NCERT. At Grade 10, it is as of now is the toughest board examination. ISC (Class XII) is equally difficult to crack owing to its extremely detailed syllabus.

The NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) recognize the CBSE syllabus. Alternatively, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination(CISCE) is responsible for conducting ICSE.

CBSE students are more prepared to tread the traditional path, as they are well- equipped to tackle competitive exams like for engineering, medical or banks and so on. ICSE, in the meanwhile guides the students more towards management, literature or arts subjects. The board conducts two examinations — the All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE (Class XII)

The observations indicate that the students of CBSE schools are more inclined towards Science and Mathematics. The board also tries to balance between science, arts and humanities. Meanwhile, ICSE students have more of an inclination towards Journalism and Literature. Their focus is more on language, arts and science subjects.

CBSE and ICSE Exam Pattern along with Marking Scheme

The marking scheme for ICSE class 10 board exams is based on actually three groups. There are: Group 1- all the subjects under which are compulsory, then there is Group 2- students can choose any two subjects and finally Group 3- from which a student needs to select only one subject. The marking scheme for the board also goes like 80% from externals for both Group 1 and 2 subjects, while 20% is from internals. However, for Group 3, the marking scheme is 50% from both externals and internals. Meanwhile, the CBSE system has again switched back to the formal board examination from the earlier grading system providing equal importance to scholastic and co- scholastic arenas where the scholastic part is evaluated through periodic and terminals and co- scholastic arena is evaluated through grading system.

According to the ICSE exam pattern, the CBSE Class 10 Maths question paper is given 3 hours to solve. The Maths paper will have Part A-carrying short compulsory questions with 40 marks allotted for it. While Part B will have 7 questions, out of which if 4 is solved correctly you could get 40 marks. Meanwhile for science subjects, physics, chemistry and biology, each paper of 1.5 hours also have part A- which carries the one compulsory short question of 40 marks and then 6 questions in Part B, out of which the student needs to answer at least 4 to get another 40 marks.

In addition to this, CBSE has affiliated a large number of schools all over India. The board allows both regular candidates, who study in CBSE schools, as well as private candidates from non-affiliated schools to appear in the exams. Contrary to this, ICSE does not allow a candidate who has not been studying in regular schools affiliated to CISCE to appear in its class X and XII board exams.




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