Information on the types of curricula favoured in India, and details of how to enrol a child in a school…
There are different systems depending on which level of government or academic organisation sets the curriculum and standards for examinations. Schools are affiliated to one of these “boards”.
- State government boards: Each state government has a board that sets the syllabus and key examinations
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE): This is the most common curriculum in secondary schools. Standards are set by the national government for the syllabus and examinations for classes 9 to 12. There is a strong emphasis on maths and science under this system
- Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE): This is more commonly known as the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE). The syllabus and exams are set by the CISCE, which is a private body. The subjects are more diverse and equal importance is given to arts, languages and sciences.
- International Baccalaureate (IB): The curriculum is set by this non-profit educational foundation, which is recognised all over the world. It features a more innovative syllabus that focuses on all-round development rather than just academic subjects. Many international schools follow this curriculum. To find schools offering the International Baccalaureate curriculum.
- Cambridge IGCSE: Many international schools also offer the international Cambridge curriculum for 14- to 16-year-olds. The focus is on developing students’ skills in creative thinking and problem solving. For a list of schools in India following the Cambridge curriculum
For more background information, The British Council have published a detailed overview of the Indian School Education System
Fees and Enrolling at a School
As competition for places in good schools is high, parents must start the admission process at least six months prior to the start of the school year in June. An admission interview and/or exam is often required, even at the pre-school level. In addition, some schools admit students based on a list of preferential criteria such as place of residence, a sibling who is already enrolled at the school or a parent who is an alumnus.
The documents required for admission include:
- Application form and fee
- The child’s birth certificate
- Proof of residence (utility bill)
- Report cards of previous school years (if applicable)
Annual fees can vary from Rs25,000 to Rs200,000 at the elite private schools. In addition to fees, a donation to the school is also usually expected, which can range from Rs50,000 to Rs100,000.