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Oswaal Books has always been at the forefront to follow any change in the education sector, so as to provide the most updated and simple content. Students are at the heart of whatever we do at Oswaal Books. We publish help books for all the leading boards like CBSE, ICSE and many state boards. Our range of products are second to none, and include Question Bank, worksheets, lab manuals, sample papers and much more. We aim to provide the most relevant content, to help students in a methodical study throughout the year. Apart from the help books, students can also find concepts videos, periodic test, revision notes, and mind maps on our website for absolutely free.

Q.1: Which board is better in India, CBSE or ICSE?

In India, the only two boards that impart education to the academic sector on a national level are CBSE (Central Board Of Secondary Education) and ICSE (Indian Certificate Of Secondary Education). Parents mostly decide between these two education systems so it is important to analyze before making a choice as every child has different aspirations as well as aptitude level.

The debate between CBSE and ICSE is never-ending but we can say that CBSE is the most preferred board in India, given the facts that the government acknowledges the CBSE board and not ICSE. CBSE prepares its students for primary, secondary, and senior secondary levels. CBSE conducts 2 higher scale exams: All India Secondary School Examination, AISSE (Class X), and All India Senior School Certificate Examination, AISSCE (Class XII). The syllabus under CBSE is more in harmony with competitive exams like IIT, JEE, NEET. These competitive exams lay more emphasis on CBSE and give more weightage to NCERT CBSE books. CBSE syllabus is easier and well-structured in comparison to any other board.

ICSE board is tougher as it stresses upon detailed studies and practical knowledge and aims towards building analytical skills in students. This board is preferable for those who will be appearing for TOEFL.

Q.2: Will there be grace marks for CBSE boards?

Yes, the CBSE board gives grace marks for questions with discrepancies. Also, there might not be particularly any grace marking but students can expect lenient checking on behalf of teachers. In case, the teacher decides on giving grace marks, they will not be mentioned on the student's answer sheet. Nonetheless, students must not depend upon whether or not they get grace marks but should rather focus on scoring the best that they can. 

Q.3: Is the CBSE board checking lenient or strict?

The checking by CBSE is considered as one of the most lenient checking processes. Nevertheless, students need to understand how the checking is done in order to present their solutions in a way that they score high. 

  • It is recommended to write your answers neatly, clearly and precisely. Students who attempt the answers in points have a higher chance of scoring well.

  • In case you are unable to attempt the whole answer or you are not able to derive the correct answer, you will still be marked as CBSE awards marks on the basis of steps.

  • Keeping in mind the word limit is very important. It should be noted that CBSE is lenient and awards marks generously but preceding or exceeding word limit is not accepted and might lead to negative marking.

Make sure you answer your questions accurately and in proper steps. Avoid including irrelevant and unnecessary points in their answer papers.

Q.4: Does CBSE easily fail students?

No, CBSE does not fail the students easily. In fact, CBSE lays great emphasis over passing a maximum number of students to not to break their self-confidence. Actually, CBSE employs a lenient marking scheme and even provides remedial classes for the academically challenged students. 

However, CBSE examinations play a great role in shaping up the career of a child and should be taken seriously. Students should put their best foot forward and study with deep devotion and honesty to make their parents and teachers feel proud of them. In the end, it entirely depends on how good you have prepared and how you perform in the exams.

Q.5: How to prepare for CBSE Board exams?

The CBSE board exam is considered salient amongst high school level students. 10th and 12th boards are 2 milestones of any student’s career, as the marks scored become the deciding factor when you want to choose a specific stream.

In order to perform well in your board exams, there are various other important factors along with studying hard that needs to be taken into account. Grasping and retaining everything and preparing smartly so that you score impressively in your exams is equally important.

Tips to follow:

  • Going through the syllabus, beforehand, will provide you with an idea of the topics that need to be covered in the whole year. You can make a study plan on the basis of the weightage of topics. 

  • Self-study is quite important in order for you to prepare properly. You must plan in an appropriate way by granting time to each subject. Spot your weak subjects and dedicate your time accordingly to the subjects. The plan should not be too strict and should be easy for you to follow.

  • Following NCERT books is a must as the CBSE board paper is designed using NCERT books only. Once you are done with your syllabus you can refer to other books. It is recommended to solve every problem at least thrice to perform well.

  • Post completing CBSE books, you can move on to CBSE Question Banks and CBSE sample papers for best practice and understanding of every other type of question

  • Make sure you are preparing notes while studying. Write important dates, points, and formulas. This will help you at the time of revision. By looking at the notes you will be able to recall the concept and this will prevent you from going through the whole chapter again.

  • Daily revision is a must. Make sure you are revising every day to save yourself from the burden in the end.


Q.6: What is the difference between CBSE and Ncert syllabus?

CBSE and ICSE are two of the primary boards which cater to the education system in India. Both these boards revolve around the growth and development of the child yet differ in the approach, syllabus, etc. Given below are some major differences in the syllabus of CBSE and ICSE:

  • CBSE follows the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) books/study material whereas, ICSE follows the Council of the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).

  • CBSE syllabus is easier as compared to that of ICSE. CBSE has a more compact structure and with fewer subjects. On the other hand, ICSE has a comprehensive syllabus with focus on each and every subject.

  • CBSE is more inclined towards the analytical, subjective, and practical approach of subjects. ICSE is more focused on language, humanities, etc. which are a part of the linguistic approach of the education system.

  • CBSE students, it is seen, are very much capable and well-equipped of tackling competitive exams like engineering, medical or bank, etc. Meanwhile, ICSE trains its students more towards management, literature, or arts subjects leading to better performance in  TOEFL or scholarship exams.




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