CBSE stands for Central Board of Secondary Education. It was formed on November 3, 1962 and headquartered in New Delhi, India. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools, and most of the schools approved by central government of India.
The Board is responsible for conducting final examinations every spring for All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Class 10 and 12, as well as an Entrance Exam for Engineering Student – AIEEE, and for Medical Students – AIPMT.
ICSE stands for Indian School Certificate Examination. ICSE is heavy on languages and gives a good choice of subjects. It provides a wider range of subjects including : home science, agriculture, fashion design, cookery etc. ICSE is actually an examination that has been conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
Difference Between CBSE and ICSE
- CBSE and ICSE, both are most popular school board formats in India and is widely spread across all states.
- CBSE is a Board, while ICSE is a School certificate Examination. After 10th standard, ICSE becomes ISC (Indian School Certificate). As compared to Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), ICSE has Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) which is a private / non-governmental board of education.
- Syllabus wise, both are quite different. Normally, the ICSE / ISC syllabus is considered more challenging for students as compared to CBSE, since ICSE’s syllabus is usually designed on the basis of foreign education system.
- Both CBSE and ICSE certificates are widely accepted in all colleges and institutes in India and across.