JEE Mains and JEE Advanced: Differences You Should Know

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Every year, more than 12 lakh students appear for the JEE Main, making it one of the toughest exams in the world. When they are starting,  some students may be confused about  the difference between IIT JEE Main exam and IIT JEE Advanced exam. Let us discuss about the difference between IIT-JEE and IIT-Advanced.

JEE-Main: A gateway to NITs & IIITs

CBSE conducts this entrance test and its score acts as the basis for the admission into the following institutions:

  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
  • Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)
  • Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs)
  • Engineering colleges run by the participating states

It also acts as an eligibility test which allows the students to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.

Pattern of JEE-Main: It is conducted in both offline and online modes and contains two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. The students can appear for either or both of the papers.

  • Paper 1: CBSE conducts it  for the students who want admission in Undergraduate Engineering Course. It is held both in online and offline modes.
  • Paper 2: It is for the students who want to join B.Arch and B.Planning courses. It is conducted in offline mode alone.

Limit on attempts: The students can give three attempts for JEE Main exams.

Syllabus of JEE-Main: JEE Main exams is conducted based on the CBSE Class 11 and 12 syllabus of three subjects namely Mathematics,  Physics, and Chemistry.

JEE Advanced:An entrance test for IITs

It is an entrance exam conducted by the IITs for the admission into the following institutes:

  • Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
  • Other institutes like the Indian School of Mines (ISM)

Pattern of JEE-Advanced: It is a paper-based test held only in offline method. This test contains Paper 1 and Paper 2. The students should clear both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the exam. If your marks are higher than ‘cut-off marks’ set by the Joint Implementation Committee, you can get ‘Pass’ status.

Limit on attempts: You can appear for the exam for only two consecutive years.

Students, who want admission into Architecture courses offered by IITs, should appear for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT), conducted by zonal IITs, after clearing the JEE Advanced exam.

Syllabus of JEE-Advanced: Apart from the CBSE Class 11 and 12 syllabus of three subjects namely Mathematics,  Physics, and Chemistry, the JEE Advanced contains a few extra topics.

The following are some of the topics included in the Physics syllabus of JEE Advanced but not in JEE Main are:

  • Newton’s Law of Cooling
  • Absorptive and Emissive Powers
  • Wein’s Displacement Law
  • Kirchoff’s law
  • Stefan’s Law
  • Blackbody radiation

The following are some of the topics included in the Chemistry syllabus of JEE Advanced but not in JEE Main are:

  • Alpha, beta & gamma rays: Introduction & Their Properties
  • Stability of nuclei & proton-neutron ratio
  • Fission & fusion reactions: Basic Introduction
  • Equivalent Conductivity
  • Kinetics of radioactive decay
  • Carbon dating
  • Radioactivity

The students, who want to crack IIT-JEE Advanced test, should know the concepts and their applications in-depth. Based on your ambition, decide to appear for either IIT-JEE Main or IIT-JEE Advanced or both. If your aim is to get into NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs, appear for IIT-JEE Main. If your ambition is to get into IIT, you have to appear for both the tests.

Starting Early For IIT JEE is Easier Than Ever Now

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IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is a national level engineering entrance examination held annually for the admission into IIT. The entrance test curriculum contains three subjects namely Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and is largely based on CBSE syllabus. Questions based on application of multiple concepts in a single problem are common for JEE. If you want to know the difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced you can read this blog.

Our IIT-JEE foundation course usually begins from 6th class and continues till 10th class. It covers Math, Physics and Chemistry from basic to advanced level. As IIT JEE is one of the toughest admission tests in the world, it is highly important for the students to start IIT-JEE Foundation preparation from their school days itself.

IIT-Foundation programme that we offer to the students from 6th class to to 10th class is unique of its kind. It enhances students’ analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills. It strengthens the students’ conceptual clarity of the fundamentals in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. We have designed our courses and tests in such a way that they deal with the application of concepts. We make our students understand concepts thoroughly. Our training helps our students not only in IIT-JEE but also in various talent search and Olympiad exams.

Teaching & Testing Methodology: Our IIT-JEE foundation course is offered through online mode. We offer live classes for 6 days a week. They are interactive and engaging. We provide our students with well designed and integrated course material. Students get to learn from the best teachers from India. Our teachers are from premier colleges and are trained in teaching IIT JEE Foundation course.

In our teaching, we emphasize not only on the concepts but also their application. Most of the questions that we ask in our practice tests are real life problems based on the application of the concepts.

Online Practice Tests: Each chapter is divided into different subtopics. After every class, students are supposed to take an online homework based on the topics taught in the class. Tests are usually 30 minutes. Each test contains 10 multiple choice questions and is of 20 marks. You can get instant results after the completion of the test.

Performance Reports: Online tests help you assess yourself at topic and sub-topic level. You can identify your opportunity areas and weak areas. For example – your performance report will tell you that in Number system, you are strong in Rational numbers and Irrational numbers but are weak in Surds.

You can show improvement in your performance by focusing more on the weak areas and ensuring that you will not repeat same mistakes in future after going through incorrect answers.

Recording of Online Classes: We provide our students with recorded videos of all the classes covered under their course. They can watch them multiple times freely and can watch the videos whenever and wherever they want.

Students and parents can contact our Help Desk if they have any queries related to enrollment process, fee, and class details.

CBSE NEWS: Schools cannot sell uniform, books and NCERT books are mandatory

CBSE Schools to not sell uniform and books and NCERT books made mandatory

On 19th April, 2017, the CBSE has issued a circular to the managers and the heads of all the schools affiliated to CBSE. The board has issued advisories to all the heads of its affiliated schools not to indulge in commercial activities such as selling of books, uniforms, school bags and stationery. According to Rule 19.1 (ii) of CBSE Affiliation Bye-Laws, the society and the trust registered under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 should ensure that it runs the school not as a business but as a community service. The circular opines that the students and their parents should enjoy a freedom to buy them outside according to their convenience.

Schools can only use NCERT books now: The board has also issued another circular, on 12th April, 2016, making it mandatory not to use any books other than NCERT textbooks. The move is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country from the academic year 2017-18.

The circular was issued based on a decision taken by Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) in a review meeting which received complaints that some private schools are forcing their students to purchase private textbooks which are expensive than NCERT books by 300-600%. Private publishers are luring some of the private school managements by offering some commision on the book price or offers like foreign trips.

Changes By CBSE In Coming Academic Year (2017-18)

The CBSE is set to bring some changes in its examination pattern, assessment, curriculum, and some of the school management policies. These are set to commence from next academic year (2017-18).

Detention System: CBSE has revived the policy of detention system by

making it mandatory for the students to pass  exams to get promoted to  higher class. The earlier non-detention system till Class 8th has resulted in deterioration of seriousness among the students. Now, the school can start examinations from Class 5th onwards.

Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools: CBSE has issued a circular to all its affiliated schools to strictly follow NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session.

The move is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country. The decision was taken by Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development  in a review meeting after coming to know that some private schools are forcing their students to purchase the text books published by private publishers whose books are expensive than NCERT books by 300-600%.

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Ban on selling of books, uniforms and stationery by Schools: CBSE issued a circular to all its affiliated schools not to sell books, uniforms and stationery to students by imposing compulsion on them to buy the objects only from the school vendors. Though they are free to sell the objects within their campus,  the students and their parents should enjoy a freedom to buy them outside too according to their convenience.

Directions to NCERT regarding the availability of the books: CBSE has directed NCERT to make all the textbooks available adequately to the students through its national level empanelled distribution chain which consists of 680 vendors across the country.

The MHRD has issued this direction after receiving complaints from the students, parents and various affiliated schools regarding the non-availability of NCERT books in time.

Discipline as a grade: While grading a student, discipline too will be considered. While assigning marks for the discipline, the students receive marks based on attendance, sincerity, behaviour, values, work education, art, and physical education.

Bringing back the CBSE Board Exams for Class 10th: In December 2016, the CBSE made board exams mandatory for 10th class, starting from 2017-18 session, cancelling the option of school-based exams.

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Re-modelling of Internal & External Marks for 2017-18 session: For Class 10th,according to the new structure, the board exams will carry 80 marks and internal assessment 20 marks. The theory papers will cover the complete syllabus. Current weightage pattern is  60:40. The students have to score 23% marks to pass the board exams.

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Re-modelling of assessment pattern for Class 10th: The schools are set to conduct three periodic written tests in each subject, instead of four formative assessments. Final marks are determined based on the average of the best two tests.

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The schools will evaluate the students throughout the year as a part of the internal assessment.

  • The schools will conduct three periodic written tests in an academic year and the students will receive their final marks based on the average of the best two.
  • The schools can conduct the tests according to their own schedule. However, the board has instructed the schools to conduct one at the mid-term and the rest at the pre-mid and post-mid term.

Introduction of Notebook submission and subject enrichment activities:

As a part of the internal assessment, 5 marks will be assigned to notebook submission and subject enrichment activities. The activities include tests like reading, speaking, listening, lab activities, practical work, and projects. Marks for notebook submission will be assigned based on regularity, completion and neatness.

Feb 1, 2017 – From 2017-18, study entire syllabus for CBSE class X exam

  • Detention System:
  • Re-modelling of Internal & External Marks
  • Re-modelling of assessment pattern
  • Notebook submission and subject enrichment activities
  • Discipline as a grade

Feb 16, 2017 – Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools

  • Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools
  • Ban on selling of books, uniforms and stationery by Schools
  • Directions to NCERT regarding the availability of the books

Mar 10, 2017 – 6 papers mandatory for CBSE Class X exam in vocational stream

  • Compulsion of Six Subjects
  • Compulsions of Vocational subject

Class 7 Mathematics Topics and Practice Tests List

7th class is an important stage in a student’s life  as they are set to enter high school after one year. Students start dreaming about their future goals and start showing more interest in their academics. They start competing with their classmates and start aiming to score better grades in examinations.

This article provides you with information related to various practice tests that we offer for 7th class students in Mathematics, on the request of the students who registered with us and those who want to join our IIT-JEE Foundation course. Let us discuss about various topics and subtopics covered under 7th class Mathematics.

Our registered members can get several online practice tests and sample papers free of cost. Unregistered members too can access some of our study material and practice tests from our website.

This is how -

Click ‘Subjects‘ link in the home page of ‘EdVie’ website.

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If you click the subject that you require among the list of subjects, the system displays online tests and practice tests of selected subject for various classes, curriculums and courses.

Class 7 summary content

When you click ‘See All Class Topics‘ link of required class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject. For example, if you click ‘See All Class Topics’ link of 7th class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject (mathematics) for selected class (7th class). You can view those topics in the web page: http://www.edvie.com/class-7-math

After every topic, you can find two options namely Study Material and Online Tests. If you click ‘Study Material‘, you can find the Study Material of selected topic. In the study material page, you can view the list of online practice tests.

If you click ‘Take Test’, the system displays Open Quiz on the selected topic. Each quiz contains 10 questions and 20 marks (i.e., 2 marks for each question). Usually, the time limit for a quiz is 30 minutes. All these questions are of Multiple Choice Type questions.

Links of Topic wise Study Materials: The following are the topics of class 7 and their study material links:

Links of Topic wise Online Tests:

The following are the topics of class 7 and their online test links:

Topics Sub-topics Links
Number System
  • Review of number systems
  • Review of numbers
Practice Test1 on Number System
Statistics
  • Measures of central

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  • Graphs
Practice Test1 on Statistics
Algebra
  • Review of algebra
  • Algebraic expressions and polynomials
  • Addition and subtraction of polynomials
  • Multiplication and division of polynomials
Practice Test1 on Algebra
  • Simplification of brackets
  • Special products and identities
Practice Test2 on Algebra
  • Factorization
  • Framing a formula
Practice Test3 on Algebra
Geometry
  • Review of geometry
  • Angles
  • Parallel lines
Practice Test 1 on Geometry
  • Triangles
  • Congruence of triangles
  • Pythagoras theorem
Practice Test2 On Geometry
  • Quadrilaterals and polygons
  • Circles
Practice Test3 On Geometry
Arithmetic
  • Ratio
  • Proportion
Practice Test1 on Arithmetic
  • Percentages
  • Profit and loss
Practice Test2 on Arithmetic
  • Simple interest
  • Average
  • Time and distance
Practice Test3 on Arithmetic
Number Theory
  • Review of number theory
  • Square, square root, Cube and cube roots
Practice Test1 On Number Theory
  • HCF and LCM
  • HCF and LCM of decimals and fractions
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Mensuration
  • Review of mensuration
  • Perimeter and area of quadrilaterals
  • Circumference and area of circles
Practice Test 1 On Mensuration
  • Area of paths
  • Surface area and volume of solids
Practice Test2 On Mensuration
Symmetry
  • Line and rotational symmetry
Practice Test 1 On Symmetry
Set Theory Review of set theorySubsets Practice Test1 On Set Theory
Operations on setsVenn diagrams Practice Test2 On Set Theory
Probability Chance and probability NA

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this blog. It acts as a summary of topics, sub-topics, online practice tests and study-material details of 7th class mathematics. If you want any more details, you can either visit our official website or contact our Help Desk Support.

CBSE Board Exam Mandatory For Class 10 From 2017-18 Session

The CBSE board has made 10th board  exams mandatory from 2018. It has withdrawn its optional policy which it followed earlier for a few years. This change is set to become mandatory from the academic year 2017-18. According to the earlier policy, the students had an option to attend either the board exams or go for the assessment of the institution.

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Next academic year onwards, for the high school exams, the written test will have  80% weightage and the school’s internal assessment will have  20% weightage. Prakash Javadekar, minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), is in favour of the proposal to make 10th class board exams compulsory.

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Kapil Sibal, the then HRD minister, had  scrapped the board examinations for the 10th class in CBSE schools in 2009 and replaced it with CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) to reduce the pressure of academics on the students. Most of the students then opted for 2nd option for their 10th class final examination with a view that it is easy to get through the school examination than the board exams. The optional board exam system has become a subject of debate as most of the schools could not implement the CCE successfully.

The board also plans to extend 3rd language lessons till 10th Class and the language has to be Indian. Besides English and Hindi, the students need to study any one Indian language out of the 22 languages listed in the Constitution. At present, the third language is taught only up to 8th class. Now, the board wants to make it compulsory for two more years i.e., up to 10th class. However, the students, will have to score only the  pass marks (i.e., at least 33% marks) in 3rd language.

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On the other hand, the students who want to study a foreign language may  get affected by this decision but, they can study it as 4th language such as French, as an elective subject.

CBSE NEWS: Vocational Subjects to be discountinued

On 9th March, 2017, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a circular to the heads of its affiliated schools to discontinue academic electives and vocational subjects at the senior secondary level from the session 2017-18. The board has cited low enrollment of the students in the subjects as the reason for the decision. The CBSE has advised its affiliated schools not to offer these subjects at the Senior Secondary Level from the forthcoming session. However, the students pursuing these subjects currently in class XI shall continue with them in Class XII examination.

The circular listed out 7 academic electives and 34 vocational subjects that are to be withdrawn at the senior secondary level.  The following is the list of the subjects which are to be withdrawn at the Senior Secondary Level from the coming academic year:

Academic Electives:

  • Philosophy
  • Creative Writing and Translation Studies
  • Heritage Craft
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Rights and Gender Studies
  • Theatre Studies
  • Library and Information Science

Vocational Subjects:

  • Poultry Nutrition and Physiology
  • Poultry Products and Technology,
  • Poultry Disease and their Control
  • Foundry Technology
  • Management of Dairy Animals
  • Milk Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Dairy Product Technology
  • Nail Technology and Retail
  • Arts and Science of Makeup and Retail
  • Estimation in Civil Engineering
  • Elementary Structural Mechanics
  • Secretarial Practice & Accounting
  • Office Communication
  • Ac & Refrigeration-I
  • AC & Refrigeration-II
  • Biology Opthalmic
  • Optics
  • Ophthalmic Technology
  • Lab Medicine (MLT)
  • Clinical BioChemistry (MLT)
  • Microbiology (MLT)
  • Radiation Physics
  • Radiography-I
  • Radiography-II
  • Health Education, Communication
  • First Aid & Emergency Medical Care
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health Centre Management
  • Integrated Transport Operations
  • Bakery
  • Confectionary
  • Music Aesthetics
  • Music Production

Manoj K.Srivastava, Joint Secretary and Incharge (ART&I) issued the circular. The board has sent the copy to the respective Heads of Directorates of KVS, NVS, and CTSA to disseminate the information to all the schools under their jurisdiction. The board has sent  this circular to all the Regional Directors and Regional Officers of CBSE with request to send this circular to all the heads of its affiliated schools in their respective regions.

RK Chaturvedi, Chairman of CBSE, has issued another circular  to the schools to discontinue the subjects even for Class X students, for whom it is compulsory to take up any of these subjects as 6th subject under National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). However,  the students of Class X, who are giving exams in 2016-17 will continue with them.

The Class 10th circular revised the NSQF scheme too.

If any student fails in any one of the three elective subjects: Mathematics, Science, and Social Science, the revised scheme replaces the failed subject by the vocational subject and computes the results of Class X Board accordingly.

Schools are happy with this move as there were very few students who were opting for the academic electives and vocational subjects.

Class 8 Mathematics Topics and Practice Tests List

8th class is a turning point in a student’s life  as they enter high school and start dreaming about their future goals. Hence, they aim to score well in examinations as they start taking academics seriously.

We would like to share the information about various practice tests that we offer for 8th class students in Mathematics, on the request of the students who registered with us and those who want to join our Foundation courses. This article enables you to discuss about various topics and subtopics covered under 8th class Mathematics.

As our registered members, you can get several online practice tests and sample papers free of cost. Even if you are not a registered member, you can also now access some of our study material and practice tests right from the website.

This is how -

Click ‘Subjects‘ link in the home page of ‘EdVie’ website.

Maths free study material

If you click the subject that you require among the list of subjects, the system displays online tests and practice tests of selected subject for various classes, curriculums and courses.

Class 8 Free Practice tests

When you click ‘See All Class Topics‘ link of required class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject. For example, if you click ‘See All Class Topics’ link of 8th class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject (mathematics) for selected class (8th class). You can view those topics in the web page: http://www.edvie.com/class-8-math

After every topic, you can find two options namely Study Material and Online Tests. If you click ‘Study Material‘, you can find the Study Material of selected topic. In the study material page, you can view the list of online practice tests.

If you click ‘Take Test’, the system displays Open Quiz on the selected topic. Each quiz contains 10 questions and 20 marks (i.e., 2 marks for each question). Usually, the time limit for a quiz is 30 minutes. All these questions are of Multiple Choice Type questions.

Links of Topic wise Study Materials: The following are the topics of class 8 and their study material links:

Links of Topic wise Online Tests:

The following are the topics of class 8 and their online test links:

Topics Sub-topics Links
Number System
  • Rational numbers
  • Decimal expansion of rational numbers
  • Square root of a decimal
Practice Test1 on Number System
  • Irrational numbers
  • Introduction to surds
  • Operations on surds
Practice Test2 on Number System
Algebra
  • Polynomials
  • Multiplication of algebraic expressions
  • Division of algebraic expressions
Practice Test1 on Algebra
  • Special Products and identities
  • Factorization
  • Simplification of Algebraic Fractions
Practice Test2 on Algebra
  • Simultaneous Linear equations
  • Linear Inequalities
  • Introduction to Quadratic equations
Practice Test3 on Algebra
Geometry Review of geometryCongruence of triangles Practice Test1 on Geometry
QuadrilateralsPolygonsPractice Test2 on Geometry Practice Test2 On Geometry
Inequalities of a triangleCircles,Arcs and ChordsPractice Test3 on Geometry Practice Test3 On Geometry
Areas (Parallellogram and triangle)Pythagoras Theorem Practice Test4 On Geometry
Number Theory Review of number theoryHCF and LCM Practice Test1 On Number Theory
Divisors of a number Cyclicity Practice Test2 On Number Theory
Statistics Mean of grouped dataMedian,mode of grouped data Practice Test1 on Statistics
Arithmetic Properties of ratioProperties of proportion Practice Test1 on Arithmetic
Simple interestCompound interestDiscount Practice Test2 on Arithmetic
Time and workTime and distance Practice Test3 on Arithmetic
AveragesAlligations and mixtures Practice Test4 on Arithmetic
Mensuration Perimeter and area of quadrilateralsPerimeter and Area of compound figures Practice Test1 On Mensuration
Circumference and area of a circle, semi-circlePerimeter and Area of paths Practice Test2 On Mensuration
Co-Ordinate Geometry Distance Formula and Section Formula Practice Test1 On Co-ordinate Geometry
Trigonometry Introduction to trigonometryTrigonometric ratios of standard angles Practice Test1 On Trigonometry
Trigonometric Identities Practice Test2 On Trigonometry
Set Theory Introduction to sets and subsetsOperations on sets Practice Test1 On Trigonometry
Cardinal property of setsVenn diagrams Practice Test2 On Trigonometry
Relations Introduction to relationsTypes of relations Practice Test1 On Relations
Probability Sample Space and Simple events Practice Test1 On Probability
Matrices Introduction to Matrices Practice Test1 On Matrices

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this blog. It acts as a summary of topics, sub-topics, online practice tests and study-material details of 8th class mathematics. If you want any more details, you can either visit our official website or contact our Help Desk Support.

Should I go to International School or CBSE School or State School?

Which school to go to (Private) - International / CBSE / State Level

In our country, we have a large number of schools following different curriculums, standards and policies. In almost every city, we find various schools ranging from neighbourhood  schools to international schools. The parents have to choose the school for their children according to their personalized requirements.

Indian parents always worry about their child’s future. As school builds the foundation of a successful career, it is only natural that parents worry about putting their child in the right school. Most of the worries can be dissipated by getting information, so we researched and put together this article which you can use to be able to decide what kind of school to choose for your child.

CBSE Schools: They usually contain good infrastructure and enjoy good reputation. The central syllabus is helpful if  you want your child to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE and AIEEE. If you often relocate yourself among different places in India, CBSE schools are the best option for your students as you can find them in every city across the country.

These schools concentrate more on academics and relatively less on extracurricular and co-curricular activities when compared to international schools.

List of the reputed CBSE schools in India

List of the reputed CBSE school chains in India:

State Board Schools: These schools focus more on academics and do  not focus much on extracurricular and co-curricular activities. If you want your child to live within your state and want them to go for state government services in future, it is better to join your child in state board school. These schools help your child to appear for state level entrance tests and get into state services. It allows your child  to appear for the exams even as a private candidates.

The syllabus is designed according to the nativity of the state and is considered easier than all other boards. A student who has other interests like sports that take up a lot of time may choose this syllabus.

If you want to send your child abroad, you can consider other syllabuses such as ICSE, IB and IGCSE.  The state board schools usually lack good infrastructure. State language is usually mandatory and hence, those who come from other states may not prefer it.

List of the reputed SSC Board schools in India

Indian Certificate for Secondary Education – (ICSE): It emphasizes more on applied knowledge and practical learning rather than theoretical knowledge. In general, ICSE schools have  good infrastructure.

However, infrastructure and syllabus are not as advanced as in international schools. Your child has to focus more on studies as students find the  curriculum to be vast and tough.

List of the reputed ICSE schools in India

List of the reputed ICSE school Chains in India

International Schools: These schools are highly reputed and are often  quoted by various educational surveys as some of the best schools in India,  owing to their infrastructure, facilities, and teaching standards.

If you want your child to study in a school with international curriculum, global exposure  and good infrastructure, you can join them in International Schools. You can find these schools across the globe and hence, it helps you alot if you are an expat. These are also favoured by those who want to send their child abroad for under-graduation.

These schools may not be helpful if you want to send your child for national level entrance exams such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE, and AIMS. It is not helpful even for service commission exams by the central and state governments. Moreover, these are highly expensive than CBSE and ICSE schools.

Usually, International Schools follow either International Baccalaureate (IB) or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

They focus more on extracurricular activities such as sports, games, various competitions, educational programmes and cultural events. As they give higher importance to sports and extracurricular activities, they contain good play grounds, tennis lawns, football grounds, indoor gaming rooms,  and the state of the art sports equipments of international standards.

They also give importance to Physical Education Training (PET) which includes various physical activities and exercises. The schools also give high priority to the physical development of the students and hence, provide swimming pools and encourage students to learn swimming from their primary classes. Most of the schools have mess facility and serve healthy food.

The schools often conduct  cultural exchange programmes with schools of different countries. Here, students get exposed to different cultures of different countries.

Some of the faculty members and even students are foreigners. In some of these schools, foreign languages are taught by International teachers. For example, French may be taught by a French Teacher. Foreigners working or living in India usually prefer to send their child to these schools. International cultural diversity is a salient feature of these schools. Here, your child can enjoy a lot of freedom in learning as the educational system is more open.

List of the reputed International schools in India

List of the reputed IB school Chains in India

Conclusion: One type of school does not suit all the students. Hence, the parents have to choose a school according to the ambitions and aspirations of their child. Other factors which should be considered are curriculum, distance and the career goals of the child.

If you want your child to get exposed to international standards and cultural diversity, you can prefer an international school. You can find them in every country and they are highly helpful if you plan to relocate to some other country. If your child wants to become a sportsperson or is interested in some art such as dance, painting, sculpturing, music and orchestra, you can choose an international school as they focus more on sports and other extracurricular activities. If you want your child to explore native culture and if your child’s ambition is to enter state government job and want to settle down within the state, you can join your child in a neighbourhood state board school. As you can find these schools in everywhere, the school may be near to your house. Your family may relocate across the country as a part of your job or business, CBSE and ICSE schools are the best option as you can find them across the country.

We hope that this article was helpful to you. In order to decide on the school, you can also look at the different types of schools which follow different curriculums and teaching patterns and provide different levels of infrastructure.

To know about which curriculum may be best for your child, read  ‘Which curriculum is best for my child?

Class 8 students are preparing for IIT JEE in a fun and easy way

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Dear 8th class students,

Congratulations for entering in Class 8th. We know that you have high aspirations. Many of you may be planning to become future IITians. If so, we are here to guide you.

As per the preparation is concerned,  the earlier you start, the better it is. Early preparation offers you early beginner’s advantage of reaching the target quicker without unnecessary hassles in  final stage. The preparation requires not only quality of time but also quantity of time as the time you spend on the preparation too matters owing to the competition. Early preparation is need of the day as the competition is on steady rise every day.

Apart from your school syllabus, you certainly require extra guidance  in STEM subjects, such as maths and  physical sciences, from an institute like EdVie. For instance, let us discuss about the syllabus of Physics of 8th class (CBSE). It covers wider range of topics such as Kinematics, Newton’s Laws Of Motion, Heat, Sound, Light, Electricity, and Magnetism. Every topic contains various sub-topics. For example, under ‘Newton’s Laws Of Motion’, you study various sub-topics such as Force and its effects, Newton’s First  Law & Second law, Friction and Newton’s Third  law and law of conservation of momentum.

At your school, the faculty may teach you only basics of those concepts. But, in our foundation course, while teaching a topic or subtopic, we cover various concepts in detail (i.e., at advanced level) according to the standards of IIT JEE. Our training helps you to prepare for the entrance exam in a systematic manner. In cracking IIT JEE, our foundation course may not act as complementary but supplementary to the classes that you attend at your school.

Early Introduction of Concepts: As we firmly wish that our students should show an edge in IIT-JEE, we always try to provide them with early introduction of various concepts. For example, if a CBSE student of 8th class joins our foundation course, the course contains some of the topics of 9th class too but only at the level a Class 9 student can handle. Such an early introduction, to the concepts/ topics of higher classes, stretches the mind and broadens the vision of the student.

Hence, dear 8th class student, you are at the right juncture to make a decision regarding your career plan. If you need any clarification or guidelines, you can contact our Help Desk Support.

Which curriculum is best in India? IB or CBSE or ICSE or IGCSE or State Board?

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In our country, students have a wide range of choices to select their curriculum from. They can choose either CBSE or ICSE or  IB or IGCSE or State Board. The question that parents face is: what is the best curriculum for their children?  Let us discuss about different curriculums and their pros and cons to come to a conclusion.

Note: This article was written in April 2017, hence, all the facts & figures are given as on April 2017.

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CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education)

CBSE is an Indian national curriculum followed by Kendriya Vidyalayas, other schools run by central government such as Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, and various private schools across the country.

 

Syllabus: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) design the syllabus according to the academic requirements of the students of our country. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and English are mandatory subjects. As a second language, you can choose either Hindi or Sanskrit or regional language of the state. Apart from above mentioned subjects, you have to choose an additional subject. It can be either Music, Painting, Home Science, National Cadet Corps, Commerce, and Foundation of Information Technology. The syllabus also contains subjects of Internal Assessment such as Work Education, Art Education and Health and Physical Education.

Pros:

  • You can find CBSE schools in all the states across the country
  • Standardized textbooks designed by NCERT
  • The curriculum designed in-line with various college level entrance exams
  • Allows students from non-affiliated schools and private candidates to appear for the exams
  • Better focus on maths and science
  • Helpful for those relocating within India
  • Preferable for those preparing for national level engineering and medical tests

Cons:

  • Relatively less focus on languages
  • Not helpful for those appearing for state level entrance tests and state service exams
  • Have to pick up a stream, instead of individual subjects in 11th and 12th  standard
  • The curriculum may lack the regional nativity of a state in which the student resides.

Pedagogy: They  usually follow traditional but improved and standardized methodology of teaching. It imparts conceptual and informative education to the students through oral teaching by well trained teachers and text books prepared by NCERT. Though they show edge over state board schools in imparting practical education, the teaching is more theoretical and less practical when compared to international schools.

Assessment: Teachers assess the performance of the students by conducting various exams such as FA1, FA2, SA1 and SA2.

FA1 (Formative Assessment 1): It is conducted 3 Months after the commencement of the academic year. It usually exists in the form of Quiz or discussion or debate.

FA2 (Formative Assessment 2): It is conducted 9 Months after the commencement of the academic year. It usually exists in the form of Quiz or discussion or debate.

SA1 (Summative Assessment 1): It is conducted 6 Months after the commencement of the academic year. It is a written examination.

SA2: It is conducted after the final exams. It is a written examination.  

ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE: Examiners assess Reading Skills, Writing Skills with Grammar. They conduct internal assessment based on Periodical Test, NoteBook Submission, and Lab Practical (which are done from the prescribed books).

SCIENCE: An Annual examination is conducted based on entire syllabus. The annual examination contains 80 marks while the internal assessment contains 20 marks weightage. Out of 80 marks annual examination, 68 marks weightage shall be for theory and 12 marks weightage shall be for practical based questions.

For internal assessment, there will be three periodic tests conducted by the school. Average of the best two tests to be taken that will have a weightage of 10 marks towards the final result. Lab work is done throughout the year and the student should maintain record of the same.

Practical Assessment should be continuous. There will be weightage of 5 marks towards the final result. Class work and home assignment completion along with neatness and upkeep of notebook carries a weightage of 5 marks towards the final result.

Project Work: Every student has to compulsorily undertake one project on a topic such as ‘Disaster Management’,  ‘Popular Struggles and Movements’ or ‘Money and Credit’. The project work is assessed based on content accuracy and originality, presentation and creativity, initiative, cooperativeness, participation and punctuality. Its assessment also includes Viva and written test for content assimilation.  When it comes to special subjects like Music, Painting,  and Home Science, the assessment includes both theory and practical test.

Periodic Tests: The school should conduct three periodic written tests in the entire academic year and the average of the best two will be taken . The schools have the autonomy to make its own schedule. However, for the purpose of gradient learning, three tests may be held as one being the mid-term test and other the two being pre mid and post mid-term with portion of syllabus cumulatively covered . The school will take the average of the best two tests for final marks submission.

Weightage: Discipline too carries some weightage. Class teacher grades the students on a Five-point scale (A to E).

Grading: Students receive their grades as per the following grading scale.

Grading system table for CBSE

MARKS GRADE
91-100 A1
81-90 A2
71-80 B1
61-70 B2
51-60 C1
41-50 C2
33-40 D
32 & Below E (Needs Improvement)

 

Extra Curricular Activities: CBSE Schools conduct various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. The syllabus also contains subjects of Internal Assessment such as Work Education, Art Education and Health and Physical Education. As a part of co-curricular activities, they introduced various subjects such as Work Education, Art Education and Health and Physical Education.

Work Education includes Self-help Activities and Community Outreach Activities. Pre-vocational Skill Development Activities include Agriculture and Horticulture Skills, Animal Husbandry Skills, Skills for Food Manufacture, Skills for Textiles and Other Skills.They make students play various sports during their PET sessions. However, the focus on extracurricular activities is limited compared to ICSE and International Schools.

Exposure: Here, the students get exposed to education in traditional but improved manner with a blend of national culture and nativity. However, they may miss international exposure found in international schools.

Future Options:

National Entrance Tests: It is highly helpful if your prime goal is to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE and AIMS as they are held based on CBSE syllabus.

Central Government Services: Central government service commision exams, ranging from Civils to SSC-CGL, are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Hence, state syllabus is highly helpful to crack such exams.

State Government Services: If you want to get into state services, CBSE may not be suitable as all the state service commission exams are held based on state board curriculum.

State Level Entrance Tests: If your prime goal is to appear for state level entrance tests such as EAMCET, KCET, ECET and ICET which are conducted based on state board curriculum,  CBSE may not be completely suitable as all the state level entrance tests are held based on state board curriculum.

International Exams: Unlike international schools, it does not give any solid foundation if you want to appear for international entrance tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS. Hence, you need to go for special coaching if they want to appear for international exams.

Arts: Exposure to arts such as music and dance is very much low compared to international schools, although music and dance are a part of co-curricular syllabus.

Sports: Compared to ICSE and international schools, the focus on sports is less though the students are encouraged to play various sports and games during their Health and Physical Education class.

Relocation: As you can find CBSE schools across the country, it is highly helpful during inter-country relocation but not inter-national relocation.

icse-logoICSE (Indian Certificate for Secondary Education)

ICSE is an Indian national curriculum followed by various private schools across the country. The council of ICSE is a private, non-governmental board of school education.

 

Syllabus: The Council of ICSE designs the syllabus according to the international academic standards with a prime motto to impart the education to the students in more practical approach than theoretical approach. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and English are mandatory subjects. As a second language, you can choose either Hindi or the regional language of the state.

English I & II papers, a second-language paper, a mathematics paper and an application subject are compulsory subjects. These papers would comprise of 100 marks each.

Group-I: Under this category, English and Second Language are compulsory. This group contains a 3rd paper which includes History, Civics and Geography.

GROUP II: Under group-II, you have to select any two/three of the subjects namely Mathematics, Science, Economics, Commercial Studies, Modern Foreign Language, Classical Language and Environmental Science.

GROUP III: You can select any one of the following subjects namely Computer Applications, Economic Applications, Commercial Applications, Art, Performing Arts, Home Science, Cookery, Fashion Designing, Physical Education, Yoga, Technical Drawing Applications, Environmental Applications, Modern Foreign Language.

At the 58th national conference of ASISC held at Bhubaneshwar, it is decided that there will be a revision in the syllabus of ISC and ICSE for those students taking the examination in 2018. The changes in the ICSE 2018 syllabus will be in the subjects of history and civics, geography, mathematics and physics. It is decided in the conference that the syllabus should be reorganised  in such a way that students will not be able to leave out any topic as a whole and that every topic will receive its weightage and questions will come from all the topics. Its aim is to put an end to selective studies which is detrimental in competitive examinations.

Pros:

  • Equal focus on all subjects such as Art, Science and Language
  • Wide variety of subjects
  • More focus on applied knowledge

Cons:

  • Greater focus on practical learning than CBSE , but not as much as IB or IGCSE
  • Tougher and more vast curriculum
  • Does not allows students from non-affiliated schools and private candidates to appear for the exams

Pedagogy: They  usually follow modernized methodology of teaching. It emphasizes more on practical education rather than theoretical and informative education to the students with highly informative and standardized text books prepared by by the council of ICSE.

Assessment of ICSE Groups: Committee on Examinations and Subject Committees revise syllabuses and examination patterns. The Council has its own teams of trained examiners and advisers. Every subject has internal marks and external marks.

Group-I: All these subjects contain both internal and external assessment. External assessment contains 80% while internal assessment contains 20%.

GROUP II: All the group-II subjects contain both internal and external assessment. External assessment contains 80% while internal assessment contains 20%.

GROUP III: The group-III subject contains both internal and external assessment. External assessment contains 50% while internal assessment contains 50%.

The promotion to the higher classes is done on the basis of the cumulative achievement level of the students throughout the academic year in the subjects they have been registered for. They student should obtain at least 35% marks in five subjects including English on the cumulative average and a minimum attendance of 75% of the working days. Promotions on trial/with re-examination/with grace marks are not granted from Class IX to Class X.

It is compulsory to participate in Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service. The assessment is made by the school and the result will count towards the award of the Certificate. The school is required to follow the instructions sent by the council in the matter of keeping records of the work and the assessment of each candidate in the subject. Awards and conditions for awards: Students can receive PASS CERTIFICATE only if they pass in at least five subjects including ‘English’.

Internal Assessment: All subjects contain Internal Assessment.  The schools carry out it on the basis of assignments, project work, practical exams and coursework. These marks are added to external marks. The Council of ICSE conducts and evaluates the external examination. While assessing the ICSE Project Work, the candidate needs not be physically present as viva-voce is not applicable.

NOTE: All students registered for the examination are provided with a handbook titled ‘Internal Assessment: An integral component at the ICSE level’.

Extra Curricular Activities: ICSE Schools conduct various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. The syllabus also contains subjects such as Sports, Games, Arts, Crafts, and Health and Physical Education. However, the focus on extracurricular activities is limited compared to International Schools.

Exposure: Here, the students get exposed to education in modern approach with international standards. However, they may miss international exposure found in international schools.

Future Options:

International Tests: It is highly helpful if you want to appear for international entrance tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.

National Entrance Tests: It may not be much helpful if your prime goal is to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE and AIMS as they are held based on CBSE syllabus.

Central Government Services: Central government service commision exams, ranging from Civils to SSC-CGL, are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Hence, the ICSE students need some extra coaching if they need to crack such exams.

State Government Services: If you want to get into state services, ICSE may not be suitable as all the state service commission exams are held based on state board curriculum.

State Level Entrance Tests: If your prime goal is to appear for state level entrance tests such as EAMCET, KCET, ECET and ICET which are conducted based on state board curriculum,  ICSE may not be suitable as all the state level entrance tests are held based on state board curriculum.

Arts: Music and dance are a part of co-curricular syllabus and hence, this curriculum gives good exposure to arts such as music and dance when compared to state board and CBSE schools.

Sports: ICSE schools encourage the students to play various sports and games during their Health and Physical Education class. Their focus on sports is reasonably good though you cannot compare it to that of international schools.

maxresdefault  IB (International Baccalaureate)

  Introduction: The council of IB is a private, non-governmental board of school    education located in Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland. IB is an International      curriculum followed by several reputed schools across the world. Its curriculum is  set  according to high level international standards recognized across the globe.

Syllabus: The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16. It is a five-year programme. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).

The MYP curriculum: The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups. In the final two years of the programme, subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

PYP: The PYP (Primary Years Programme) is the first of four IB programmes of education. PYP is for students who are aged 3 to 12. The school should be authorized to implement the programme. Every school teaching that age range can apply to implement the programme and become an IB World School. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programmes such as the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. It includes local and global issues into the curriculum.

It prepares students to become lifelong learners and inquirers both within and beyond the classroom. It prepares them for future challenges thrown by further education and future careers. It focuses on the development of the whole child. It nurtures self learning skills of the students.

The PYP curriculum contains three key components:

  • How students learn
  • How educators teach
  • The principles and practice of effective assessment within the programme

According to the report of a Global International Schools’ Assessment study of 2009-2011, ‘PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing’.

‘Students in the PYP perform better than the national average in nationwide science tests’ mentioned another report published by 2014 national study in Australia.

Pros:

  • Worldwide popularity and reputation
  • No prescribed textbooks and wider freedom of self-learning
  • Equal Focus on language, arts, and humanities
  • Focus on applied knowledge and analytical skills
  • Creative, action and service  based projects
  • Helpful for those planning to send their children abroad for under-graduation
  • Helpful for students and their parents during global relocation

Cons:

  • A new entrant in the Indian educational scene
  • May not be helpful for local entrance exams
  • Relatively expensive
  • Does not allows students from non-affiliated schools and private candidates to appear for the exams

Pedagogy: They usually follow highly modern and globally recognized methodology of teaching. It imparts practical education with international standards to the students through well trained teachers and text books prepared by globally reputed educationists.

Assessment: The International Baccalaureate (IB) schools assess students work as direct evidence of achievement. The assessment process measures the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills such as information presentation and analysis, construction and the evaluation of arguments and problem solving capabilities. They assess basic skills such as understanding key concepts and applying standard methods. In addition to academic skills, the schools assess an international outlook and intercultural skills. As of this year, external moderation of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) personal project is mandatory.

On-screen examinations: Subjects offered for on-screen examinations include Language and Literature, Geography, History, Integrated humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated sciences, Mathematics, Extended mathematics and Interdisciplinary learning. All above mentioned exams are held exclusively in English. The duration of every on-screen examination is for two hours. Interdisciplinary exams contain elements from more than one subject in a particular subject group.

eAssessment: Schools can register for optional eAssessment – with students earning a formal, internationally-recognized certificate if they meet the success criteria. It is a global and highly innovative assessment model that helps assure greater quality and recognition for International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools. The personal project has a compulsory ePortfolio.

External and internal assessment: The IB uses both external and internal assessment.

External assessment: It ensures the high level of objectivity and reliability. The examinations contain essays, structured problems, short-response questions, data-response questions, text-response questions, case-study questions, and multiple-choice questions.

Internal assessment: Teachers assess some of the courses such as oral work in languages, fieldwork in geography, laboratory work in the sciences, investigations in mathematics and artistic performances.

The IB takes great care in ensuring assessment of candidates is meaningful and fair. If the students have any issue with results of the examinations, they can submit their transcript requests directly to the IB. There is a fee for each request.

Extra-curricular Activities: When it comes to extracurricular and co-curricular activities, IB Schools can be regarded as the best schools. They give utmost priority to various extra-curricular activities and skill development activities. They provide the best infrastructure to the students to play various sports and games.

Exposure: Here, the students get exposed to education in modern approach with international standards. They impart global standards of education with local relevance. These are the best schools which impart practical  education in advanced manner. These are highly helpful if you want to go abroad for higher studies or want to settle abroad.

Future Options:

International Tests: It is highly helpful if you want to appear for international entrance tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.

National Entrance Tests: It may not be much helpful if your prime goal is to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE and AIMS as they are held based on CBSE syllabus.

Central Government Services: Central government service commision exams, ranging from Civils to SSC-CGL, are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Hence, the IGCSE students need some extra coaching if they need to crack such exams.

State Government Services: If you want to get into state services, the IB curriculum may not be suitable as all the state service commission exams are held based on state board curriculum.

State Level Entrance Tests: If your prime goal is to appear for state level entrance tests such as EAMCET, KCET, ECET and ICET which are conducted based on state board curriculum,  the IB curriculum may not be suitable as all the state level entrance tests are held based on state board curriculum.

Arts: The IB curriculum gives utmost importance tomusic and dance as they are a part of co-curricular syllabus. Hence, this curriculum gives very good exposure to arts such as music and dance.

Sports: Their focus on sports can be regarded as ‘the next’ only to IB school, owing to the best infrastructure and well trained trainers and coaches.

Relocation: If your family relocates internationally, these schools are highly helpful as you can find these schools across the globe.

IGCSE   IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

 Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s one of the most popular international syllabuses.        Leading universities and employers recognize it across the globe. The schools build       a  curriculum around their specific needs.

 

 

Syllabus: Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training. It helps improve the performance by developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. It is a good springboard for higher studies.

The curriculum is developed by a large group of the schools across the globe. It is international in outlook, but retains a local relevance. They avoid cultural bias.

Subjects: Starting from a foundation of core subjects, the curriculum offers a variety of subjects for learners. There are over 70 subjects available at Cambridge IGCSE, including 30 languages, and schools can offer them in any combination.

IGCSE Core & IGCSE Extended: Many subjects in IGCSE contain both core and extended curricular.It makes Cambridge IGCSE suitable for different range of abilities.

Core curriculum: It provides the complete overview of the subject and is meant for the students expected to achieve grades C to G.

Extended curriculum: It is designed for those who are more academically able. It targets those with grades A* to E.

Pros:

  • International curriculum for Class 9th  and 10th
  • Precursor to the IB curriculum in many international schools for 11th  and 12th class
  • Wider choice of subjects
  • Assessments include oral exams too
  • Application oriented curriculums
  • Helpful for those planning to send their children abroad for under-graduation
  • Helpful for students and their parents during global relocation

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive

Pedagogy: They usually follow highly modern and globally recognized methodology of teaching. It imparts practical education with international standards to the students through well trained teachers and text books prepared by globally reputed educationists.

Assessment: At the end of the course, Cambridge IGCSE assessment takes place and can include written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. They use eight internationally recognized grades from A* to G. They have clearly set the standards for each grade.

Examinations: Cambridge IGCSE examination is held twice a year in June and November. The declaration of the results takes place in August and January.You can download the past papers with mark schemes for each subject, along with examiner reports.

Grade thresholds: A grade threshold is the minimum number of marks that a candidate needs to obtain a particular grade in a paper or in a subject. They publish grade thresholds after each exam series to ensure that it is no more or less difficult to get the grade than in the previous year. They lower the thresholds when it is felt that the questions in a paper are more difficult than previous year. They raise the thresholds if it is felt that the questions are easier. The thresholds are used for the combination of options too. At option level, the A* threshold is calculated looking at the position of the A and B thresholds as initial point.

For AS Level components, small adjustments are usually made to the marks awarded for some versions of the papers to neutralize any differences in the difficulty of the versions taken in different countries.

Guides for fair results: As grading to candidates’ work is a complex process, IGCSE introduced guides to ensure that all the candidates taking our exams receive fair and accurate results. This guide helps school leaders design and evaluate the curriculum where IGCSE programmes are followed. You can download the entire guide from the official website of the IGCSE.

Extra Curricular Activities: When it comes to extracurricular and co-curricular activities, IGCSE Schools are next only to International schools. They give utmost priority to various extra-curricular activities and skill development activities. They provide the best infrastructure to the students to play various sports and games.

Exposure: These act as precursors if you want to switch over to  the IB curriculum for 11th  and 12th class. These are highly helpful if you want to go abroad for higher studies or want to settle abroad.

Future Options:

International Tests: It is highly helpful if you want to appear for international entrance tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.

National Entrance Tests: It may not be much helpful if your prime goal is to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE and AIMS as they are held based on CBSE syllabus.

Central Government Services: Central government service commision exams, ranging from Civils to SSC-CGL, are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Hence, the IGCSE students need some extra coaching if they need to crack such exams.

State Government Services: If you want to get into state services, the IGCSE curriculum may not be suitable as all the state service commission exams are held based on state board curriculum.

State Level Entrance Tests: If your prime goal is to appear for state level entrance tests such as EAMCET, KCET, ECET and ICET which are conducted based on state board curriculum,  the IGCSE curriculum may not be suitable as all the state level entrance tests are held based on state board curriculum.

Arts: The IGCSE curriculum gives utmost importance tomusic and dance as they are a part of co-curricular syllabus. Hence, this curriculum gives very good exposure to arts such as music and dance.

Sports: Their focus on sports can be regarded as ‘the next’ only to IB school, owing to the best infrastructure and well trained trainers and coaches.

Relocation: If your family relocates internationally, these schools are highly helpful as you can find these schools across the globe.

STATE BOARD

Every state has its Secondary School Board and thousands of primary, upper primary and high schools running within the state follow the curriculum.

Syllabus: The syllabus is designed by State Board of Secondary Education. They design the syllabus according to the academic requirements of the students of the state. It depicts the nativity and traditions of the state. It follows three language formula according to which the regional language is the first language, Hindi is the second language and English is the compulsory language.

However, students coming from other states or whose mother tongue is not the regional language or who are not good at it can select ‘Special English’ instead of the regional language. As the second language, some schools allow students to take either Urdu or Sanskrit too.    Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are the core and mandatory subjects. Apart from regular subjects, they also have subjects like painting, craft and PTE.

While designing the syllabus, the state educational boards refer NCERT books and prepare content about various topics with regional and localized examples.

Pros:

  • Unique to the state in which the student resides
  • Considered relatively easier and imposes less stress on the students
  • Enables students to concentrate on extra curricular and co-curricular activities

Cons:

  • Relatively less number of topics
  • May not be helpful to the students coming from other states as the state language is mandatory

Pedagogy: They  usually follow traditional methodology of teaching. It imparts conceptual and informative education to the students through oral teaching by well trained teachers and well prepared text books. However, the teaching is more theoretical than practical.

Assessment: Teachers assess the performance of the students by assigning them daily home works on regular basis. They conduct Unit Tests, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Pre-Final, and Final Exams.

Extra Curricular Activities: State Board Schools conduct various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as school picnics and annual excursions. They make students play various sports during their PET sessions. However, the focus on extracurricular activities is limited compared to ICSE and International Schools.

Exposure: Here, the students get exposed to education in traditional manner with a blend of regional culture and nativity. However, they may miss national exposure found in CBSE and ICSE schools and international exposure found in international schools.

Future Options:

State Government Services: If you want to appear for state level entrance tests and get into state services, the state syllabus is the best option.

State Level Entrance Tests: It is highly helpful if your prime goal is to appear for state level entrance tests such as EAMCET, KCET, ECET and ICET as they are conducted based on state board curriculum.

National Entrance Tests: However, it may not be helpful if your prime goal is to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE, AIEEE and AIMS. Hence, you need to attend Foundation Classes of concerned exams if you aspire to attend such exams.

Central Government Services: Central government service commision exams, ranging from Civils to SSC-CGL, are conducted based on CBSE syllabus. Hence, state syllabus may not be helpful to crack such exams. Hence, students need to go for special coaching if they want to appear for central government exams.

International Exams: It does not give any solid foundation if you want to appear for international entrance tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS. Hence, you need to go for special coaching if they want to appear for international exams.

Arts:  Exposure to arts such as music and dance are very much low compared to ICSE and international schools though we can find music teachers and dance teachers in some of the schools.

Sports: Compared to ICSE and international schools, the focus on sports is very much low though the students are encouraged to play various sports and games teachers during their PET class.

Relocation: It may not be helpful if you want to relocate to other states and countries for higher education.

Conclusion: One curriculum does not suit all the students. Hence, the students have to choose their curriculum according to their ambitions and aspirations. If you want to appear for state level entrance tests and get into state services, the state syllabus is the best option. The central syllabus is helpful if you want to appear for national level entrance tests such as IIT-JEE and AIEEE. It also helps you to get into central services. ICSE is the best curriculum if you want to gain education in practical and advanced method. If you want to go abroad for higher education, you can consider other syllabuses such as IB and IGCSE.

We hope that this article was helpful to you. In order to decide on the curriculum, you can also look at the different types of schools which follow these curriculum and the learning environment they provide.

To know about which school may be best for your child, read  ‘Which school to go to (Private) – International /CBSE/ICSE/State Level?

Class 10th CBSE Mathematics Study Material and Practice Tests

Class 10 CBSE Mathematics

10th class is a turning point in a student’s life  as they enter junior college or +2 and go for their desired groups according to their goals and dreams. Hence, they aim to score well in examinations as they are set to appear for the board exams for the first time in their academic life. Moreover, scoring high in Class 10th help them get the subjects of choice in later classes.

As we have a large number of students from 10th class in our Foundation courses,  let us discuss about various such practice tests that we offer for 10th class students in Mathematics. Let us also discuss about various topics and subtopics covered under 10th class Mathematics.

We offer several online practice tests and sample papers free of cost to our registered members.  Students who are not registered can also now access some of our study material and practice tests right from the website.

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Class 10th CBSE Mathematics

Click ‘Subjects‘ link in the home page of ‘EdVie’ website.

If you click the subject that you require among the list of subjects, the system displays online tests and practice tests of selected subject for various classes, curriculums and courses.

Class 10 Mathematics free study material

When you click ‘See All Class Topics‘ link of required class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject. For example, if you click ‘See All Class Topics’ link of 10th class, the system displays the list of all the topics of selected subject (mathematics) for selected class (10th class). You can view those topics in the web page: http://www.edvie.com/class-10-math

After every topic, you can find two options namely Study Material and Online Tests. If you click ‘Study Material‘, you can find the Study Material of selected topic. In the study material page, you can view the list of online practice tests.

If you click ‘Take Test’, the system displays Open Quiz on the selected topic. Each quiz contains 10 questions and 20 marks (i.e., 2 marks for each question). Usually, the time limit for a quiz is 30 minutes. All these questions are of Multiple Choice Type questions.

Links of Topic wise Study Materials: The following are the topics of class 10 and their study material links:

Links of Topic wise Online Tests:

The following are the topics of class 10 and their online test links:

Topics Sub-topics Links
Algebra
  • Relation between zeroes and co-efficient of a polynomial
  • Solving simultaneous linear equations – Algebraic method
Practice test 1 on Algebra
  • Solving simultaneous linear equations – Graphical method
  • Quadratic equation
Practice Test 2 on Algebra
Real Numbers
  • Irrational decimal expansion
  • Properties of rational numbers
  • Converting non-terminating recurring decimals to rational numbers
  • Real numbers
Practice Test 1 on Real Numbers
  • Laws of logarithms
  • Common and natural logarithms
  • Polynomials
Practice Test 2 on Real Numbers
Progressions
  • Arithmetic progression
  • Geometric progression
  • Harmonic Progression
  • Introduction to Arithmetic progression
Practice Test on Progressions
Geometry
  • Similar triangles and areas
  • Secants and tangents
Practice Test on Geometry
Trigonometry Measurements of angle finding trigonometric ratios Practice on Trigonometry
Mensuration Volume and surface area of combined solids Practice Test 1 on Mensuration
Conversion of solids Practice Test 2 on Mensuration
Statistics
  • Mean of grouped data
  • Median and mode of grouped data
Practice Test 1 on Statistics
  • G.C.F and L.C.F curves
Practice Test 2 on Statistics
Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Area of triangle and quadrilateral
  • Equation of various lines
  • Slope, parallel and perpendicular lines
Practice Test on Co-Ordinate Geometry
Probability Introduction to probability Practice Test 1 on Probability
Types of probability Practice Test 2 on Probability
Matrices Introduction of Matrices Practice Test 1 on Matrices
Multiplication of Matrices Practice Test 1 on Matrices
Set Theory
  • Introduction to sets
  • Carbilality
Practice Test 1 on Set Theory
  • Operations on sets
  • Venndiagrams
Practice Test 2 on Set Theory
Functions
  • Introduction to functions & Composite functions
  • Introduction to functions
  • Inverse function
Practice Test 1 on Functions
  • Domain and range
  • Types of functions
Practice Test 2 on Functions
Complex Numbers Introduction to complex numbers Practice Test 1 on Complex Numbers
  • Algebraic Operations on complex numbers
  • Modulus and conjugate
Practice Test 2 on Complex Numbers

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CBSE Holidays list 2017-18

Below table displays the list of holidays in CBSE Schools during 2017-18. It includes various festivals of different religions.  It also includes national festivals such as Independence Day and Republic Day. It also includes birth days of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi.

 

OCCASION Date Day
Ram Navmi 4th Apr 2017 Tuesday
ID-UL-Fitr 26th Jun 2017 Monday
Rakshabandhan 7th Aug 2017 Monday
Janamashtami 14th Aug 2017 Monday
Independence Day 15th Aug 2017 Tuesday
ID-UL-Zuha 2nd Sep 17 Saturday
Maha Ashtami 28th Sep 2017 Thursday
Maha Navami 29th Sep 2017 Friday
Dushera 30th Sep 2017 Saturday
Gandhi Jayanti 2nd Oct 2017 Monday
Karva chauth 8th Oct 2017 Sunday
Diwali 19th Oct 2017 Thursday
Bhai Dooj 21st Oct 2017 Saturday
Gurunanak Jayanti 4th Nov 2017 Saturday
Christmas 25th Dec 2017 Monday
Republic day 26th Jan 2017 Thursday
Mahashiv ratri 13th Feb 2018 Tuesday
Dhulendi 2nd Mar 2018 Friday

 

VACATIONS FOR STUDENTS:

In a year, CBSE students get four vacations namely Summer Break, Autumn Break, Diwali Break and Winter Break. Summer break is the longest break while autumn break is the shortest break. All breaks, except summer break, commence and end on the same dates for all the students irrespective of their class. However, summer break date varies based on the student’s class.

CBSE Maths Free Online Test: Prepare for 2017 Exams

CBSE Maths Free Online Test Prepare for 2017 Exams

The CBSE exams for Class 10 and 12 are set to commence on March 9, 2017. The Class 10 exams will end on April 10 while the Class 12 exams on April 29. 10,98,420 students are set to appear for the Class 12 exams. Though exam fear is not uncommon among students in our country, most of the students suffer from Maths phobia. This article is meant for those who are supposed to appear for CBSE Mathematics Examination in 2017.

Students can reduce their ‘maths phobia’ and can give a better attempt for their exams by practicing mathematics in a planned way. Apart from traditional methods of practicing mathematics, they can rely on Internet too. They can appear for online mathematics tests. You can find a large number e-learning sites offering online tests. Though most of them charge for their online tests, you can get some of them free of cost. Hence, it is advisable for the students to appear for at least one online mathematics test. It acts as a mock test for the students and enables them to appear for final examination in an effective manner.  Such practice tests enable the students to overcome the fear.

Nowadays, most of the students are appearing for free online tests. Though there are good many online training sites offering e-learning services, the high-quality sites such as Edvie are a few. It is popular among students as it offers quality content with the state-of-the art technology.

Edvie offers several practice tests. Though most of them are paid ones, some of them are free tests and you can avail the facility. These online practice tests help students to face an exam with ease as the practice tests cover all the important questions that boost-up their preparation for CBSE. They provide students with individual rankings, progress reports and performance analysis allowing them to easily track their performance and success.