Right from the time when a child starts his/her academics, the dilemma of choosing the board of education becomes a prime concern for parents. The choice of board makes a significant difference in the early development of the child and his/her exposure to the kind of education system that we have.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the main board of education in India for school level education. This board of education conducts the All India Senior School Certificate Examination every year for students who complete their twelfth grade, and this examination serves as the basis for them to pursue their higher education, once out of school.
Popular in country
CBSE is one of the most preferred boards in India. It follows the national curriculum along with additional subject matter. 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).
A number of private schools have started to offer CBSE since a lot of private sector employees are also moving from place to place. The CBSE syllabus is very structured, highly predictable and controlled. All national entrance examinations are conducted as per this syllabus.
CBSE is recognized by the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) with the aim to operate a chain of central schools (Kendriya Vidyalaya) that could cater to the government employees who are in transferable jobs. CBSE is affiliated to 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.
Follows a compact structure
The CBSE syllabus is easier when compared to that of other boards, mainly due to fewer subjects and a more compact structure. Secondary subjects like Environmental Education are not compulsory under the CBSE syllabus. The subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology fall under the general umbrella of Science, and History, Geography and Civics fall under the spectrum of Social Sciences.
A certificate from the Central Board of Education is recognized throughout the country, in all colleges and academic centres. The syllabus is more application based under CBSE, as the board follows a concentric curriculum.
Medium of Instruction
CBSE approves both English and Hindi language as the medium of instructions. CBSE board prescribes a certain teaching approach and have undergone a significant change over the past 10 years. The focus has majorly increased on learning through experience and experimentation rather than through one-way teaching.
Competitive exams, a priority.
The Central Board of Secondary Education is also responsible for conducting the JEE (Main) examination, which serves as an entrance exam for admission to the various undergraduate engineering courses. Call it a perception or a mere belief, parents in the city are increasingly opting for CBSE curriculum to ensure their kids are best prepared for competitive examinations.
Opting for a CBSE school has its own share of pros, and the biggest advantage is that all major competitive examinations in India are based on the CBSE syllabus. These examinations include the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-mains), and the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT).
With an increasing number of schools going 'international' worldwide, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has created a Foreign Schools Cell (FSC) which will ensure that CBSE schools outside India are given the right academic and administrative support. CBSE also has the benefit of a desirable status with International universities. For proof one can see CBSE Schools in operation in Singapore, Russia, Africa and Middle East. If a student longs to study abroad, that won’t be a hindrance, given the fact that CBSE is an internationally recognised board.