CBSE Board

  • Largest education board of the country with more than 10,000 schools affiliated to it across India and abroad.
  • Pan-India curriculum that has a common framework across the country allowing easy mobility for students.
  • Allows great degree of flexibility according to the school and student profile, thus catering to a diverse range of schools. The curriculum followed is as per the National Curriculum Framework 2005 but gives schools the flexibility to adapt it to their unique profile.
  • The CBSE Board is futuristic and has been at the forefront of the recent education reforms and keeping in line with its philosophy of keeping pace with changing times.
  • The curriculum is regularly reviewed and kept updated both in terms of subject content and approach as well as addition of new subjects necessary to be included in today’s dynamic environment. Through its frontline curriculum, the syllabus is reviewed and outdated content is deleted and new content added to make the curriculum dynamic and relevant.
  • The introduction of new dimensions to education through Life skills, Adolescence Education Program, Physical Health, Disaster Management etc. has made the curriculum more comprehensive.
  • Introduction of new vocational streams like Entrepreneurship, Fashion Technology, Biotechnology, Financial Markets Management, Creative Writing and Translation Studies, and more recently, Media Studies provides students various options for pursuing lucrative careers in new areas.
  • The syllabus for Class 11 and 12 is geared to prepare students for All India competitive exams for entry to professional courses. The AIPMT (All India medical entrance) and AIEEE (All India engineering entrance) are conducted by the CBSE Board based on the CBSE curriculum.
  • The Board follows the cafeteria approach and an inter-disciplinary policy with regard to choice of subjects. There is a wide spectrum of subject choices for students.
  • Higher-order thinking is encouraged as reflected in the assessment policy.
  • The system of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) followed from Class 1 to 10 by the CBSE Board is now being adopted by other boards.
  • To sum up, the CBSE Board is recommended as it provides all the necessary prerequisites in terms of quality, recognition and acceptance in the country and abroad. It is in the process of launching an international curriculum for students who wish to pursue that option.

DETAILS OF CBSE BOARD – Facts at your fingertips

Name of Board Central Board of Secondary Education
Head Office Central Board of Secondary Education,
Siksha Kendra, 2 Community Preet Vihar,
New Delhi 110 092.
Year of Establishment 1962
Jurisdiction All Over India
History of the Examination Boards
  • The Board was originally setup in the year 1921.
  • It was then reconstituted in the year 1962.
  • It has since setup six regional offices in six states.
  • Delhi Board of Secondary Education' was merged with the Central Board recognizing all educational institutions under it.
Mission statement & Main objectives
  • To prescribe conditions for examination and conduct Secondary / Sr. Secondary public examinations at the end of class X and XII. To grant qualifying certificates to successful candidates of the affiliated schools.
  • To fulfill the educational requirements of those students whose parents were employed in transferable jobs.
  • To prescribe and update the courses of instructions for examinations.
Medium of Instruction English
Curriculum Details for Std. I – V
  • The schools are free to select their own text books.
  • Subjects taught during the years include English, Maths, Science and Languages.
Number of schools affiliated as on 31.03.2005 8278 Schools are affiliated to C.B.S.E all over India as on 31.03.2005.
Curriculum Details for Standards VI to X
  • No set syllabus for Std VI - VIII, only guidelines prescribed by the board as per National Curriculum framework (NCF 2005).
  • Detailed syllabus for the Std. IX is prescribed by the council.
  • At the end of the Std X the All India Level Exam will be conducted. Syllabus with detailed scope and guidelines for each subject is prescribed by the board.
  • Main Subjects. / Compulsory subjects
    • English
    • Hindi
    • Modern Indian/Foreign Language
    • Maths
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Vocational Subjects
    • The schools are free to select their own text books.
    • Subjects taught during the years include English, Maths ,Science ,Social Science and Languages
Curriculum Details for Standards XI to XII
  • A detailed syllabus is framed. Students choose to follow Arts, Science or Commerce.
  • Std. XI exams are conducted by the school/college.
  • Board exams are conducted for Std. XII
  • Students are free to select any five subjects.
  • 12th Standard different branches-Arts, Science, Commerce.
  • 5 Subjects are to be selected out of almost a choice of 20 subjects.
Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum development and curriculum innovation have been the pursuit of the Board over the years to make the curriculum more meaningful, relevant and life-oriented.
  • Accordingly review and updation of the syllabi at the secondary and the Senior School level were undertaken by the Academic Branch. The updated syllabi for secondary and senior school classes have been published for March 2005 examinations of the Board.
Life Skills, Value Education
  • Motivational inputs for aural, visual and kinestatic learning
  • Trains children in citizenship
  • Guides children to enjoy leisure constructively
  • Develops logical thinking and scientific aptitude
  • Strengthens value-based approach to life
  • Promotes social awareness and commitment
  • Spreads environment awareness
  • Nurtures equanimity and grit in the face of challenges
  • Develops holistic individuals Meets emerging global challenges