Monday, October 22, 2007

ICSE or CBSE? Which is better or more desirable?

I've received quite a few queries wanting to know the answer to that question. I asked Google aunty and one of her answers was this 2004 Deccan Herald article written by Bala Chauhan. It looks informative and useful.


Cindy/Snid said...

Ah! Thanks for the link I will have to make time to read the article soon. Also, love the new banner! Very pretty!

Earnest said...

CBSE or ICSE-ISC: which is better

1. The English syllabus of the CBSE is better manageable than that of ICSE/ISC. While a broad-based syllabus is generally percieved to be good (an issue that needs to be debated in the current scenario of focused approach), it increases the load on students, thus leading to stress. A student should be given the option of studying only the basics of the language if his/her interests lie elsewhere. This choice is given in CBSE, not in ICSE/ISC. English is not compulsory even at the Cambridge International Examinations.

2. The CBSE syllabus is presented in a more scientific manner. The entire syllabus is divided into units and every unit is allotted the number of periods required to cover it in the year and also the weightage of marks it will carry in the examination. Thus, the teacher and student can plan the study of the various segments of the syllabus accordingly. Not so in ISC

3. The examination pattern of entrance examinations (IIT-JEE & PMT) follows that of CBSE since CBSE conducts these examinations. ICSE has no role in this. This puts those ISC students who are interested in competitive examinations at a disadvantage as they need to reorient themselves to a different system.

4. The ICSE syllabus (Class X) is very heavy compared to that of CBSE. ICSE has two papers in English, whereas CBSE has only one. ICSE has three papers in Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology) whereas CBSE has only one. ICSE has two papers in Social Studies (History & Geography) whereas CBSE has only one. The school bag of an ICSE student is much heavier than that of a CBSE student.

5. Environmental Education is compulsory at the ICSE & ISC examinations whereas this is not so at the CBSE examination. CISCE, in a panic reaction to Supreme Court ruling regarding EE, rushed into it while CBSE is content to wait a review of this ruling where the matter may be dropped/modified.

6. From next year CBSE will give only grades in the examination results. This is seen as a progressive move. ICSE has not made such an announcement as yet; it is struggling to keep its head over the waters of internal (mis)management issues which may take quite some time to sort out.

7. It is a myth that ICSE is well recognized all over the world and not CBSE. Now UCAS recognizes CBSE at par with ISC .

8. CBSE has in recent years been very proactive in devising new courses that are academic with a vocational slant. It is more responsive to the needs of a dynamically changing pedagogical scenario. The NCERT connection makes it a very pro-active education board and not just an examining body.

9. The concept of “Front Line Curriculum” has been put in place in CBSE that requires syllabi be done on an on-going basis and 10 per cent of irrelevant or outdated material is replaced with more pertinent matter. CISCE has no academically designed process or programme for syllabi revision/upgradation.

10. CBSE has well-networked state-and national-level sports (both indoor and outdoor) activities. CISCE has a state and national level essay writing competition and debate.

11. Examination schedule in CBSE is more student friendly than that in CISCE.

12. The current leadership in CISCE does not inspire confidence, unlike CBSE and NCERT that has renowned educationists managing the affairs. CISCE’s unspoken but obvious policy of keeping out non-angloindians from key positions makes it an insular body with poor prospects for the future. For example, its decision making body, the Executive Committee, does not have a single non-angloindian on it; the Chairman and the Secretary are both anglo-indians with little or no credentials as educationists.


Shees Abidi said...

I think the person above is a CBSE passout so he is trying to prove him right without proper points-
ICSE at 10 standard level is much much better and organized than CBSE.
However at 10+2 level,CBSE beats ICSE at many places,say ICSE paper offers choices but not CBSE.

Diksha said...

Each board has its own pros and cons.
Firstly, CBSE just touches the topic that too superficially leaving the students with incomplete concepts. also the way of presenting the matter is very inorganised.However, ICSE explains the full concept giving the required details so that the students understand the concept fully.

Till class ten i would advice everyone to study from ICSE board.

If a student wants to take up science in class 11, the student should opt for CBSE board since all the competitive exams are based on CBSE pattern.The students also have the option of not studying their second language.

If a student wants to do humanities ICSE board is the best. The level of English is pretty good.Also more subjects are offered in Humanities stream in ICSE when compared with CBSE board. If you want to do English honours do study from the ICSE board because CBSE english is very low standard.

sks said...

Its true each board has pros & cons. ICSE becomes more tough for a student who do not wish to master the english language. Learnig around 3-4 books even in class 8, 9 is tough job.In class 9 or 10 shaksepere is probably also included, this is unwanted for one who is more concerned about other subjects.

In the lower classes as well computer education is purely book & copy work. A child ,who can operate computer well, but can not write the definitions or steps performed for a particular application is rated poorly, as there is no practical exam. ICSE needs to be promote practical on computer education than bookish education especially in lower classes.

Newly inroduced environmental science education (EVS) is mostly duplication of what is being taught in science or physics. There is no standard book like CBSE for ICSE therefore writers of EVS are writing books in isolation from physics resulting in duplication of some part of science.
ICSE needs to take care of these aspect otherwise it is good.

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nature a god's gift said...

people think that ICSE syllabus is much tougher than CBSE.but its not so.a student in CBSE cannot even leave a line of the textbookas the question can come from any part of the above person said that ICSE at 10 standard is much better and organised.......but i dont agree with his statement,as he must be an ICSE student so he is trying to prove himself correct..and by the way CBSE books have every topic explained properly.and even its organised.Therefore,i would advice everyone tp pass out from CBSE board.