Having asked this question many times over from fellow moms, what better way to answer the questions rather than a blog post! 🙂 After doing extensive research and interviewing a lot of parents to see what would work, these are my findings 🙂 With rules and regulations changing quickly and new facilities appearing, it is good to keep researching continuously.
There are quite a few options to move forward if you are from one of the two popular boards ICSE or CBSE.
Let us see each of them in a bit of detail:
ISC for 11th and 12th grade
This is probably the simplest to understand. It is just a continuation of the ICSE syllabus and if you are already in the ICSE board till Xth grade, you might know, how ISC for 11th and 12th will be!
If you are opting for ISC for 11th and 12th grade, it will also be better to pair it with other coaching such as FIITJEE, Allen, BASE etc to get professional help for competitive exams(though I am not sure about the volume of portions to study)
CBSE board for 11th and 12th grade:
CBSE board for 11th and 12th is also probably the easiest to understand – it is just a continuation of CBSE system. Students might initially feel a jump in 11th grade if you are moving from 10th grade CBSE, but it will all even out eventually.
If you are moving from ICSE (10th grade) to 11th grade CBSE – the initial few months are a breeze!! 🙂
If you are opting for CBSE, for 11th and 12th grade, it will again be better to pair it with other coaching such as FIITJEE, Allen, BASE etc to get professional help for competitive exams.
PU college for 11th and 12th grade:
PU(Pre-university exam) college is followed in Karnataka and I am sure in many other states. I do not have much experience with PU colleges and have not done much homework either 🙂 so, I would suggest that you look up appropriate PU colleges in your area and see if they offer integrated PU programs( and make sure it is legal too) or independent PU programs and see what works best for you.
International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)
The IB program is offered in many schools in Bangalore and is much more expensive than other programs. The study method might also be vastly different from the Indian education system. The IB program is mostly for children who want to pursue their undergraduate education abroad and is extremely expensive in the Indian context (Note: It is not that kids who have not studied in the IB program cannot do well in undergraduate program abroad – the IB program just might give them a head start)
On the other hand, kids who do join the IB program “might” find it difficult to get admission into regular college streams of India.
So, in this regard, if the child is planning to go abroad for undergraduate admission and if you do not need to dig deep into your pockets for funding – go for the IB program – otherwise, if your child is planning to study in India – my idea is to stick with the Indian boards.
Engineering and medical entrance exams and coaching were a rage when we studied and it is rage even today.
Integrated programs offer both 11th and 12th grade classes and coaching for IIT/NEET etc. This is done by institutions such as ALLEN, FIITJEE and various PU colleges. This type of coaching is expected to lessen the time for kids to shuttle between regular school/PU college and IIT/NEET coaching classes.
This program however runs into some legal problems in Karnataka. So, it is good to check if it is really legal and then pursue this option.
These are some of the options for students to consider after completing Xth grade in India. Most of us parents have to do a lot of homework to see what works for best for us. Sometimes, we are attached to the school and sometimes to our friends circle -so, as parents I would suggest to:
Hope these tips help you make the decision for you and your child!
Update as on 7th Oct 2019:
Last but not least, my son did ICSE till Xth grade and moved to CBSE for 11th and 12th grade. He did go for IIT coaching in 11th and 12th grade and is now enrolled in a top IIT! 🙂 I would say the ICSE/CBSE path paired with IIT coaching worked very well for us!! 🙂 (though hectic)
Good luck pursuing the educational dreams for you and your child!