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Must know about the main differences between CBSE, ICSE & NIOS Boards

May 18, 2018 17:53 IST
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Many students, parents and teachers come up with questions like “which board is better ICSE or CBSE?” or “what is NIOS?”

This article is all about these questions. In this article, we will tell you about each board will point out some important differences between these boards.

First, we will learn some basic facts about all the three boards:

CBSE (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.

CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVS), all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV), private schools and most of the schools approved by central government of India.

More than 19 thousand schools in India and about 211 schools in 25 foreign countries are affiliated to the CBSE.

CBSE conducts the final examinations (or board exams) for Class 10 and Class 12 every year (usually in the month of March) and announce the result till the end of May.

Besides board exams for Class 10 and Class 12, CBSE also conducts some important competitive exams like JEE Main, NEET, UGC Net etc.

CBSE prescribe NCERT textbooks to its affiliated schools.

Importance of class 12 result

CISCE/ ICSE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination)

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is a privately-held national level board of school education in India.

It conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE or Class 10) and the Indian School Certificate examinations (ISC or Class 12) and announces the result till the end of May.

About 2,100 schools in India and abroad are affiliated to the CISCE.

Syllabus of CISCE exams is inspired by the syllabus of the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination (United Kingdom).


NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) –

The NIOS is a national board that administers the Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations of open schools similar to the CBSE and the CISCE/ ICSE .

The mission of this board is to increase literacy and provide education to rural areas.

School level courses offered by NIOS are given below:

OBE 'A' Level course

Equivalent to class 3rd

OBE 'B' Level course

Equivalent to class 5th

OBE 'C' Level course

Equivalent to class 8th

Secondary Course

Equivalent to class 10th

Senior Secondary Course

Equivalent to class 12th

The public examinations are held twice a year in the month of April – May and October – November .

One is also eligible to appear through the On Demand Examinations at Secondary Level and Senior Secondary level for those subjects only in which candidates have taken admission in NIOS for subject wise learning.

Results of the public examinations are announced usually 6 weeks after the last date of examinations.

Till now you must have learned about three boards have equal recognition. It doesn’t matter whether someone has passed 10th & 12th from CBSE or CISCE or NIOS.

Career Goals: Everything you need to know

When all the three boards mentioned above have same recognition then which board one should prefer?

The answer to this question depends on what career you want to opt after Class 12.

If a student is planning to appear for competitive exams like JEE Main, NEET etc, then that student should prefer CBSE board because syllabus of this board is almost similar to the syllabus of a number of competitive exams (likes JEE Main, NEET, WBJEE etc).

If a student is planning to appear for English proficiency test such as the IELTS or TOEFL, then student should opt for CISCE board, because syllabus of this board has Internationally-apt syllabus board in India.

If for some reason a student is unable to attend the classes in any school then the he can complete his or her schooling from NIOS. 

To sum up, all three boards (CBSE, NIOS & CISCE) have equal recognition and student can choose the board as per their requirements and convenience.

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