Difference Between CBSE and IB That Parents Should Know

With so many emerging and already established boards at our disposal, it has become a challenging task for parents to look for and zero-in on a curriculum best suited for their children. Since the curriculum and school will determine the future prospects of a student, it is extremely important for the parent to find a good school education board for their children.

For students in Japan, two important international curricula stand out for their English-language proficiency and the depth of learning that they provide to make students allrounders. The first is India’s Central Board of Secondary Education, and the second is Swiss-headquartered International Baccalaureate.


With campuses in more than 140 countries, IB aims to provide a standardized model of education worldwide focusing on the overall development of students aged 3-19. IB programmes challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement.

IB runs four programmes for each age group starting from the IB Primary Years Programme for primary and preteens, Middle years programme for secondary school students, Diploma Programme, and Career-related programme for the high schoolers.

These programmes aim to develop youngsters who are not just knowledgeable and caring about their surroundings but also who are curious and inquisitive who believe in inquiring. The curriculum also stresses on developing students who will build a better world through respect and understanding of the world around them.

They encourage: 

  • -Students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions

  • -Develop independently and incorporate quality practice from research  

  • -Consider both local and global contexts

  • -Develop multilingual students

Students are given the flexibility to choose their subjects according to their liking and preference and work towards taking responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed. Assessments are based on overall performance besides board exams. 


Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools. There are approximately 20,299 schools in India and 220 schools in 28 foreign countries affiliated to the CBSE.

The books, the examination pattern and the curriculum is fixed and uniform throughout countries. Students have the advantage of relocating to any part of the world without losing continuity in their education. The CBSE curriculum is also known to be more theoretical than practical. It is known to: 

  1. 1. Train students well for competitive exams

  2. 2. Polish Maths and Science skills 

  3. 3. Give practical and experiential learning

  4. 4. Encourages extracurricular activities

Grades are based on a standard series of assessments and examinations as well as curricular and extracurricular activities. CBSE syllabus is followed by many entrance examinations which include prestigious engineering and medical institutes. The curriculum is known to have produced world-class engineers and doctors as well as management gurus who have gone on to rule the roost in the Silicon Valley in recent times. 

How both curricula are facilitated by GIIS

Both, International Baccalaureate and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are a good choice for your child to make them lifelong learners. GIIS is one of the few international schools in Tokyo which provides both curricula under the same roof.

The facilities at Global Indian International School are ideally suited to implementing the IBDP and CNBE. The environment is engaging, technology-rich that empowers students to set high goals and take on new challenges. 

Through versatile learning spaces, GIIS promotes free, creative thinking, outside-the-classroom learning, team-building, communication and collaboration, key 21st-century skills.  Skill-based learning cultivates the talents and interests of students, while the sports facilities encourage physical development and well-being. It also encourages critical and quick thinking, strategizing, and teamwork. 

ALSO READ: Guide for Applying to an International School in Tokyo


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