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School Admissions (Part 1): Types of school boards in India

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

Education plays an important role in the progress of an individual’s mind and country. Education being one of the most important factors responsible to shape the personality of an individual.

Quality is the most cherished goal in human endeavour and especially in the field of education, hence choosing the right board and school for your child becomes a very important factor. Education in India is very highly dependent on the syllabus offered and most parents choose schools based on the syllabus it offers rather than on the kind of education imparted by the school. There are lot of factors which determine school admissions, so in this post I have discussed  basic points about the types of school boards in India.

India Schools offer both Indian and International Syllabi namely:

  1. CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education
  2. ICSC/CISCE: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  3. IB: International Baccalaureate
  4. IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge University
  5. State Board: State Government Recognised Board

I have made a chart comparing these above boards for clearer understanding of what they constitute. You can download the pdf version by clicking on the link below:

School Boards in India

The first step in starting with school admissions is to establish the type of board perfect for your child. In the upcoming posts I have discussed the other components of  the admission process. Hope the above chart was helpful to you.


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School Admissions: Introduction

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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If you are reading this article, that means you have come to the stage where your child is ready to go to school, and you are gearing up for school admissions. I know, it’s quite a competition out there, but relax if you have your sorted out your priorities regarding school selection, then it gets quite easy from there.

The process of School admissions for an academic year usually starts in the month of October of the previous year and closes approximately by March. For example for the academic year 2018-19 forms will be available in different schools from October 2017 till the end of March 2018. Some of the forms available are online and some of them will be available at the school office, for which no doubt you will have to stand in a queue. The most important thing here is keeping a track of the date of availability of forms, last date of submission of forms, keeping in order important documents like birth certificates, parent’s degree certificates, proof of residence etc. Some of the school have made Aadhar card mandatory for admission, so you will have it make sure you child has it beforehand to avoid last minute hassle.

Regarding the school board, my main focus was on selection between CBSE and ICSE. The other two i.e. IB and Cambridge, though better, I found (at least in Pune) to be very costly, deficient in staff and situated on the outskirts of the city. But there may be changes every year, hence I suggest you do check them out.

There are many other factors for a school selection like age of the child, the distance from school, transport, ratings of the school, teaching staff, safety, fees, donations etc. All these will play a role in the school selection of your child and I have discussed these one by one.

I have divided the topic into a series of articles, broadly divided into:

  1. Types of school boards in India.
  2. Comprehensive comparison between CBSE and ICSE, including the pros and cons.
  3. List of Top schools in Pune.
  4. Points to be noted and how to make a selection chart.
  5. List of documents needed in filling forms.
  6. Real time personal experience with school admissions in Pune
  7. How to prepare for school interviews.

*Please note I will be writing all the articles in the perspective of school admissions in Pune, which can or cannot be applied to other places, so reader’s discretion is advised.


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