CBSE, IGCSE or IB Curriculum – Helping You Understand Them Better?

Keeping in pace with the global educational needs, Bangalore has numerous schools to meet the demand. With a sea of education curriculums around us, it’s difficult to understand the importance and the need of a right curriculum that will suit our ward optimally. To help you understand and make a wise decision, we have chalked out a few basics about each education system. Through this information you will be able to choose the best for your child.


While plenty of CBSE schools in Bangalore dot the physical map, it’s difficult to know which ones are the best CBSE schools in Bangalore. CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education follows a very universal format, which is preferable by parents, who have transferable jobs. Due to this, the diversity in classes is high. Approved by Central government, mostly Kendriya Vidyalayas, local public schools and most of the private schools have the provision for CBSE curriculum. The system conducts a final examination at 10th and 12th level in March, with the results getting declared in May end. The System follows a comprehensive evaluation system for classes 6th to 10th, thereby eliminating the grading system.


Commonly known as International General Certificate of Secondary Examination, IGCSE has been known to be academically extensive system. Since the curriculum has high focus on English medium education, it is suitable for preparing students further for CIE-A level or IB programs. The examination pattern is divided into three groups: -Cambridge Primary, for 5-11 years old, Cambridge Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 for 14 plus students. The latter further bifurcates into Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O level. Cambridge Advanced is for 6-19 years old, who need to study for higher education. This is achieved through two Programs-Cambridge International AS and A level and Cambridge Pre-U.

The best feature of this education system is that students can directly apply to foreign colleges, which sometimes fails to recognize ICSE or CBSE. Its strength is that it offers a more detailed and advanced curriculum to students.


International Baccalaureate or IB is the latest buzzword in global school education. Focusing on holistic development in a child rather than mere academics is what this system is all about. The system comprises of three levels, PYP or Primary Year Program for KG-5th, MYP (Middle Year Program) up to class 10th and DP or Diploma Program for 11th and 12th.

The plus point of this globally fulfilling education system is that it is recognized by most of foreign universities, by UNESCO and Council of Europe. The curriculum focuses on application and experimentation, leading to the growth of a child’s creative and critical thinking. Usually schools offering this program are equipped with a strong infrastructure, imperative for a child’s holistic growth.

There are plenty of Best CBSE schools in Bangalore, mostly private, which are known to be offering IB or IGCSE education curriculum. A good research online and through the parent community will help you choose the right school, with the right system.


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