CBSE Curriculum Prepares Students Better for Competitive Exams

For the past few years students and parents have preferred CBSE over the state board as the CBSE curriculum prepares students better for competitive exams. Regional officer of CBSE, K K Choudhury, said, "CBSE declares results on time. Besides, they conduct All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and Pre Medical Test (PMT). So, CBSE students are well acquainted with the pattern of questions for the competitive exams."

Out of the 800 CBSE schools in the northeast, Arunachal Pradesh has the maximum number of these schools. Arunachal Pradesh also has state board schools. Assam has around 170 schools including Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and other private schools. The city has around 43 CBSE schools. "Schools following the state board curriculum have now adapted to the CBSE syllabus as a sizeable number of the students want to shift to CBSE board after Class X," he said.

Some are proud to have made the shift. Principal of South Point School, Barsapara K Chanda said, "We were the first school to adapt to CBSE curriculum after following the state board syllabus for around 30 years. We got affiliation in 2003. We decided to shift because the state board failed on all quarters and the evaluation was also poor."

Others lauded the effort CBSE has put in to enrich its syllabus. Principal of GEMS International School, Lokhra Chariali J N Das, said, "CBSE syllabus is updated unlike the state board which is following the same curriculum for decades now. The NCERT curriculum is well researched and the books too are standardized. The SEBA books never help those who opt for IIT entrance exams and seek admission outside Assam."

This apart, boards such as ICSE and even International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) seem to have better career prospects for students, feel parents. Though, there are only four ICSE schools and one IGCSE school in the state, parents like them better because of their updated syllabus and good evaluation system.

"There are less numbers of ICSE schools compared to state board schools. But parents and students are happy with their curriculum. I come from a SEBA affiliated school but can't vouch for an improvement in their curriculum," Dhiman Roy, whose son is admitted to an ICSE affiliated school, said, adding, "Students in Assam are talented. They, too, want to get admitted to the top colleges of the country. But following the state board curriculum makes it difficult for them to get through to colleges in Delhi and even Kolkata.

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