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Difference Between CBSE and ICSE

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Both the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) are self-financing educational institutions. The CBSE and the ICSE have a different syllabus, education pattern, exams and other aspects.

One of the differences that can be noticed is that the Indian government has recognised CBSE, but has not recognised the ICSE. Though the certificate given by both the institutions are valid globally, the CBSE certificate has more value than the one of ICSE.

When talking abou the syllabus, the CBSE has a more scientific approach. The whole syllabus is divided into several units. In each unit, is also specified the number of periods that are needed for completion. The syllabus also includes the amount of marks in each unit. The ICSE does not have such a scientific approach. Unlike the ICSE syllabus, the CBSE syllabus helps the teachers and students to plan for the exams in a more scientific way.

Moreover, the ICSE syllabus is considered to be heavy when compared to the CBSE. While the ICSE has two papers on English, the CBSE has only one paper. The ICSE has three papers in the science group (physics, chemistry and biology), but the CBSE has only one paper. In social studies as well, the ICSE has two papers, geography and history, while the CBSE has only one social sciences paper. Another difference that can be seen, is that Environmental Education is compulsory with ICSE. On the contrary, it is not so with the CBSE.

In terms of the exam pattern, the entrance examinations follow the CBSE. This means that those students studying ICSE have a disadvantage when taking competitive exams, unlike the CBSE students.

Unlike the ICSE, the CBSE syllabi are frequently upgraded. The CBSE has a “Front Line Curriculum” concept that upgrades the syllabi with more relevant materials.

Anogther difference that can be seen between the CBSE and the ICSE, is that a large number of schools have affiliated with the CBSE, but not with the ICSE. Moreover, the CBSE Board allows regular and private candidates to take the exams. On the other hand, ICSE will not allow students who have not been studying in ICSE affiliated schools to take exams.


1. The Indian government has recognised the CBSE, but has not recognised the ICSE.

2. Though the certificate given by both the institutions are valid globally, the CBSE certificate has more value than the ICSE.

3. When talking of syllabi, the CBSE has a more scientific approach than the ICSE.

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    • ya ur right im also a icse student i know the value of icse ur right…………………………………………………………………….

      • ur very wrong icse is better than cbse im also a icse student sie plz change it …………………………………………………………………….

        • Mounikapriyanka, I am in confusion as I already took admission to ICSE LKG course for my doughter, how ICSE is betterthan CBSE u tell and also the difference between them correctly.

    • I don’t agree this ICSE is thousand times better than CBSE I am an ICSE students

    • I don’t agree with the above statement because one of my son is in ICSE whereas other sons are in CBSE. But according to me I prefer more of ICSE as a whole package.

  2. Am also confused .
    My one daughter is in ICSE and I love there syllabus , way of teaching, examination Patton etc. But after reading this answer I am little confused .what to do .shall I change her board or what.?………

    • Which board is easy and better value

      • I want To take admission for my daughter in nursery class, which board is better plz suggest me

      • Actually the icse is better than cbse.but if we talk about competitive exams then cbse students has a + point that is- in India competitive exams contain questions which are based on the cbse syllabus and topics

        But the points should be considered are–

        Icse syllabus prepares students also for international level.
        It is little bit harder than cbse syllabus.

  3. Hi

    thank you for the information and to the people who have comment .I am at the same position so confuse to choose the board..we are planning for IGCSE which board is the good to study. plz reply

  4. also i am confused ,same case my daughter is in ICSE pattern ,what schould we do for next chield.

  5. I am studying in NPCS muz .after readig the above topics iam very confused. what can i do change the board yes or no

  6. Excellent information you have provided on CBSE and ICSE. Really helpful for the students and for the parents who are in confused between this two board

  7. The above information is really helpful.the parents must read it before selecting the school for their child.

  8. I m confused that one site u say both course are valid globally and says icse are not recognized by indian government. While the ICSE has two papers on English, the CBSE has only one paper. The ICSE has three papers in the science group (physics, chemistry and biology), but the CBSE has only one paper. if u see comparison isce is difficult than cbse
    can u clear my confusion

  9. i think icse students have more strong base than cbse i.e., their basics are clear and yes i also do not agree with the point that icse is less than cbse , it has good scientific approach according to me!!!!!!!!!!

  10. ICSE has more value than CBSE.

  11. thanks it was helpful

  12. I thing ICSE is more better then CBSE because it is more helpful in completion Adam.

  13. Im confused.i think child must read class 10 in icse.then u select cbsefor further study

  14. Hi All

    Can you Please any one help us to answer my Below question.

    In case of my child is not like continue the ICSE pattern

    example for Sixth grade ICSE student will face 12-13 subject examinations while CBSE student will face on 5-6 subject examinations.

    So for ICSE pattern schools student it’s possible to change CBSE pattern schools.

  15. CBSE is more better however it would be wrong to say that ICSE is not so gud but in CBSE students have overall knowledge of each subjects n it is beneficial for competitive exams olso

  16. I’m also so confused. why ICSE student had disadvanage in competative exams compared to CBSE students? My son studying in ist class in ICSE. Everybody told me that ICSE didn’t give 100% marks and persentage the board of ICSE will give only 70% marks, however your child write exams exlent. I’m confused. plz give me currect answer

  17. dears,

    kindly advised i am also joining my son for CBSE school
    i am totally confused

  18. Dears . Syllabus and curriculum is not an important. Many scientific literature has revealed that , conducive environment can encompass to increased the motor cycles and quality domain of children . I request that all parents should provide good environment to ur children. Regards Basavarajaiah D.M . Chartered Scientist UK Science council

  19. I think ICSC it’s syllabus heavy burden for pupils

  20. Hello Everyone!

    Don’t get panic between these CBSC & ICSC. Both are good. It always depend on IQ of student, how does he/she studies. Whatever school you admit your kids, they will do their best.

    I have seen a student who studied in Govt school an has passed the entrance examinations very easily.

    It all depend on how your kids shows interest in the subject rather than the school teaches them.

    Both have their pros and cons and form an extremely vital part of the Indian Education System.

    ICSE on the other hand is conducted by yet another board, CISCE or the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is similar to AISSE conducted by CBSE. (if ICSC is not recognized by Govt, then Govt would have closed/banned it, but these both are behind quality)

    In fact its competition between CBSC & ICSC, just like in other business.

    You all need not change the schools in which they are presently studying; both are good; rest all is your kids fortune. It can’t be changed.

    -Satish Naik-
    Pricipal, Kamadhenu BCA College Karwar.

  21. Why your information is very confused you can explain very simple which one board is best CBSC is more value to icsc why private school education icsc ? Please update

  22. Dear all
    I am satisfied with one of the professor has started up that it depends on the child atmosphere

  23. To make good base of a child one must opt icse till 10th.

  24. I am also confused to see the views of others but I am confident that ICSE pattern is better than cbsc because my one child is in ICSE and another in cbsc.

  25. I have studied in ICSE board till 10th ( till 2011) and ISC board(11th and 12th std). I studied physics, chemistry and biology separately in 6th, 7th and 8th std. I opted for commerce maths n finearts in 9th, so I didn’t have to study science and I continued with commerce and maths in 11th and 12th so my base was pretty strong when I entered college(b.com honors in accountancy and business studies) compared to other cbse students. And same goes with my other friends who had science and arts in school time. I don’t know what’s the pattern now. I have been always proud of myself because I used to knew things in advance compared to cbse friends as I moved from one class to another but this proud shattered when I started preparing for civil services because I had to study NCRT from 6-12th and it wasn’t an easy task I never studied from ncrt books because they were not part of our syllabus. Ncrt has 3 levels easy, medium and hard, starting with the base and ending at advance but ICSE is either medium or hard and base is not an actual base thing but it is advance in its base form. But I know many friends who are doing pretty well and placed as engineers, doctors, accountants, chefs, CEO in big multinational companies, hotels, many have their own business, and so on.. Some of my friends and others people who studied till 10th board in an ICSE school changed school in 11th to CBSE affiliated board. During my school days I used to have all sat sun off. As a parent I would have send my child to ICSE board affiliated school so that he/she could have enough time to practice the hobbies and other stuff with studies, not like CBSE schools which are nowadays focussing on just test-test&just test. And than depending upon his/her interest and calibre, either he/she would have been transferred to cbse school in 11th or continued with ISC in same school. Because ISC syllabus and scoring in 12th board is difficult than 12th CBSE board.

  26. Despite facing bit issues in ncrt while preparing for civil services, I am good in my field. So don’t worry and choose what you think is best for your child…. Because parents will never think bad of their child and once your child is enough mature to take a wise decision, let him/her decide what he/she wants. I am so grateful to my parents for the decisions they made for me and I am so proud of me, my education and my knowledge in a positive way.

  27. Please give me proper information about which one is good for my daughter either icse or cbsc

    • Which syllabus is best for my son ICSE or CBSE.. Pls advice good schools near farzer town. He should get admitted to 1STD.


  29. Thanks for the clarification.

  30. Yes m agree with yor information dat icse is more typical dan cbse since m i teacher n i have dealt wid both d boards…truly agreed

  31. Hai dear friends…..
    My wards is studying in ICSE in 4th and CBSE 2nd, no matter of syllabi … but try to build confidence which u selected…. Both or good on their ways….. Good luck..

  32. I am very confused. Please anybody told what is a different

  33. I don’t agree with the author. It is completely illogical to say that ICSE syllabus do not have a scientific approach.

    The real difference is felt by the students only when they go for higher studies and stand differently.

    Coming to English Language or literature, English of CBSE student can be good but English of ICSE student is sure to be good.

    CBSE students has to face lot of challenge when they pass Xth Standard and go for Higher secondary because the syllabus is very vast as compared to Xth Standard (if students are preparing for competitive exams as well). At the same time ICSE students have the habit of covering vast syllabus, also there is no need of additional preparation for entrance exams because the syllabus of CISCE (commonly called ICSE) is well enough to cover the entire syllabus of entrance exams.

  34. Both CBSE and ICSE are correct at theire own position , both have same values. both are unique inits manner..as a CBSE student,i would like to say that hundreds of students are IAS,IPS,IRS,IFS and many of them are Docters and engineers too.some of them would be criminal ?… As per my view,it depends upon parents that what kind of surrounding we are providing to our childrens….there are so many IAS officers that learned from panchayat schools and belong to a labour family….finally — surrounding matters….

  35. The man who has posted this information is wrong. The students of ICSE board are far much better than CBSE students. I am a student of CBSE board and i have friends from ICSE board. The base of these ICSE students is much stronger than CBSE students. Also they are allowed to fight all competitive examinations. Their certificate is also recognize by all institutions. ICSE board is infact more scientific than CBSE. CBSE is easy and ICSE is hard . But hard things makes you more strong. So if you get a chance to study in ICSE board. I think you are lucky

  36. My daughter is studing in icse course…..but i dont believe that is not recognised by govt of india…..neither i m
    ready to believe that they will not eligible for any competitive exam…….There are many high profile school having only ICSE course…….Does it mean all the parents putting their child in these schools are idit??????

  37. I personally believe Indian boards have too much content and not focusing much on skill. There’s also no room for growth when it comes to creativity. Cambridge Boards… British Curr are the best. Critical thinking also lacks there.

  38. How come you tell difference between those icse and CBSE plz don’t make confuse for parents

  39. Can anyone suggest,I have take a Admission for my child in CBSC LKG and now am planning to change ICSC, is it possible now or what,
    Can I continue in same or what.
    Pls suggest.

  40. The ICSE syllabus is highly stressful and burdensome for students, and the textbooks, though containing a lot of information, are inadequate for self study.
    CBSE textbooks and curriculum, on the other hand, are quite easily to understand, even when the syllabus is not very different from that of ICSE.

  41. Hi All,
    Please can anyone let me know.what is best for Student starting education in ICSE or CBSE my daughter.

    Suggest , which is the best school for ICSE and CBSE.


  42. Both are best in their own cases the difference is that ICSE provide advance study for our child so it is most valuable nd better for us and our ward as I think


  44. Icse syllabus is better than cbse


  46. Thank you all for the comments that I admitted my son to ISCE and I am ready to give atmosphere to my son and make him to face the all the hard level challenges



  47. Only ZP or Municipal schools r better than any other schools

  48. Pls clarify my one doubt …

    Which syllabus is suits for iit….

  49. My son already study in 1std icse syllebus so confues please give correctly information education rulles

  50. ya ur right im also a icse student i know the value of icse ur right

  51. Icse and cbse both are equal but sylabus are different .
    So donot comment about cbse is better then icse.
    You always encourage to children.

  52. I am fully confused. Please anybody tell me what is a different????

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