When it comes to education there many boards such CBSE, ICSE, CISCE, NIOS, and etc. But the best two boards are CBSE and ICSE, these are widely accepted in all over the country. In this blog we are going to compare the two boards with their difficultly level, syllabus, preferred language, acceptance, competitive edge, grading system and at last the conclusion.


CBSE stands for Central Board of Secondary education, CBSE is a national level board of education controlled by union government of India. It was founded on 3rd November, 1962. There are 21,271 CBSE affiliated schools in India and 220 schools in foreign countries. ICSE stands for Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, It was founded on 3rd November, 1958. ICSE is a exam conducted by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination(CISCE), a private board of secondary education. There are 2,341 ICSE affiliated schools in India.


CBSE syllabus focuses on more theoretical knowledge, whereas ICSE focuses more on practical knowledge. CBSE majorly focuses on Mathematics and Science. ICSE gives equal importance to all subjects including Arts, Humanities, mathematics, science, languages, and etc. CBSE offers only fewer subjects to study, whereas ICSE offers a wide range of subjects like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, etc. ICSE syllabus is comparatively more than CBSE syllabus.

Difficulty level

ICSE syllabus is more difficult than CBSE, this is because the length of ICSE syllabus is more than CBSE, they have more concepts, more internal assignments, and more practicals.

Mode of language

ICSE gives more important to English, and the mode of language in ICSE is English, it gives there students the leverage to appear standard exams like TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS(International English Language Testing System). Whereas CBSE does not prefer any particular language.


CBSE board is widely accepted than ICSE in India. Whereas in Foreign countries ICSE is more accepted. Students with ICSE board get advantage in Foreign countries.

Grading system

CBSE uses alphabetical grading system like A1, A2, B1, etc. ICSE uses scores for grading system like 8.5, 9.2 etc.

Competitive Edge

CBSE syllabus is helpful for students who are aspiring to crack national examinations like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, Neet etc. Whereas ICSE syllabus help to crack standard examinations like GRE, SAT, TOEFL and IELTS.


Both boards are comparatively good. Both have its own advantages and disadvantages. If you want your child to study in Foreign in future than ICSE might be the best option for you. ICSE help the student in the development of personality traits, communication skills, hone there skills etc. Where as CBSE, help students achieve there dreams like cracking UPSC, NEET, JEE. Also CBSE is widely recognized in all over India. Parents who work in a profession in which there lot of traveling, then CBSE is the best option for them because CBSE schools are widely available as compared to ICSE schools. You can get admission of your child in any CBSE school without any hesitation.

That’s all from my side. I hope you like. I am not discrimination any board, all these are my opinions. Thank you.