The Central Board of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a board of education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India.
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ELIGIBILITY 1st to 12th standard in IGCSE Board
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  • The IGCSE stands for International General Certificate of Education.
  • It is an internationally reputed organization that offers high quality education to the global world.
  • Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

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  • Like other modern programmes, IGCSE offers a wide range of subjects and encourages high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning.
  • Assessment is not limited to conventional written papers. A variety of tests like oral and listening tests are also conducted.
  • The assessment is aimed at a wide range of students with varied abilities. It has an eight-point grading scale, from A+ to G, with A+ being the highest.
  • Most subjects offer a choice between the core curriculum and extended curriculum. This gives you the freedom to choose subjects and the opportunity to score good grades.
  • The core curriculum is an overview of the subject and is suitable for students who are expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is like a specialisation in that subject. It is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A+ to C.
  • IGCSE syllabus is tailored for a multicultural and multilingual audience.
  • Currently, IGCSE is a two-year programme starting at the Class 9 level. If you have done your early schooling from any other board, you can join the IGCSE programme at the Class 9 level.
  • CIE has declared the launch of its new Cambridge International Primary Programme in June this year. The introduction of this programme means that you will will be able to study in the IGCSE board from age 5 till age 18.
  • What are the subjects in the IGCSE curriculum?
  • There are five subject groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from in each group:
    • Group 1: Languages (first language, second language, foreign language, etc)
    • Group 2: Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography, English Literature, History, etc)
    • Group 3: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc)
    • Group 4: Mathematics (Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, etc)
    • Group 5: Creative, Technical and Vocational (Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Music, etc)
    • For each subject, the certificate merely indicates the grades scored, and not pass or fail. Five scores of 'C' or higher indicates your readiness to pursue +2 level qualifications, like the Class 12 CBSE, IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US), etc.
    • The ICE is more prestigious than the standard IGCSE.
    • Instead of the five papers needed to pass the IGCSE board exam, if you attempt and pass seven or more papers, you are awarded the ICE.
    • The seven subjects must be as follows:
      • Two subjects from the language group
      • One from each of the other four groups
      • One more from any of the five groups

IGCSE Syllabus (Class 10)

  • Physics
    • Making Measurement
    • Describing Motion
    • Forces and Motion
    • Turning effects of forces
    • Forces and Matter
    • Energy Transformation and Energy Transfers
    • Energy Resources
    • Work and Power
    • The Kinetic Model of Matter
    • Thermal Properties of Matter
    • Thermal Energy Transfers
    • Sound
    • Light
    • Properties of Waves
    • Spectra
    • Magnetism
    • Static Electricity
    • Electrical Quantities
    • Electric Circuits
    • Electromagnetic Forces
    • Electromagnetic Induction
    • The Nuclear Atom
    • Radioactivity
  • Chemistry
    • Planet Earth
    • The Nature of Matter
    • Elements and Compounds
    • Chemical Reactions
    • Acids, Bases and Salts
    • Quantitative Chemistry
    • How Far? How Fast?
    • Patterns and Properties of Metals
    • Industrial Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Petrochemicals and Polymers
    • Chemical Analysis and Investigation
  • Biology
    • Classification
    • Cells
    • Movement in and Out of Cells
    • The Chemicals of Life
    • Enzymes
    • Plant Nutrition
    • Animal Nutrition
    • Transport in Plants
    • Transport in Animals
    • Pathogens and Immunity
    • Respiration and Gas Exchange
    • Excretion
    • Coordination and Response
    • Homeostasis
    • Drugs
    • Reproduction in Plants
    • Reproduction in Humans
    • Inheritance
    • Variation and Natural Selection
    • Organisms and Their Environment
    • Biotechnology
    • Humans and the Environment
  • Maths
    • Reviewing Number Concepts
    • Making Sense of Algebra
    • Lines,Angles and Shapes
    • Collecting,Organising and Displaying Data
    • Fractions
    • Equations and Transforming Formula
    • Perimeter,Area and Volume
    • Introduction To Probability
    • Sequence and Sets
    • Straight Lines and Quadratic Equations
    • Pythagoras Theorem and Similar Shapes
    • Averages and Measures of Spread
    • Understanding Measurement
    • Further Solving of Equations and Inequalities
    • Scale Drawings,Bearings and Trigonometry
    • Scatter Diagram and Correlation
    • Managing Money
    • Curved Graphs
    • Symmetry and Loci
    • Histograms and Frequency Distribution Diagrams
    • Ratio,Rates and Proportion
    • More Equations,Formulae and Functions
    • Transformations and Matrices
    • Probability Using Tree Diagrams
  • English
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Punctuation
    • Nouns
    • Articles
    • Adjectives
    • Pronouns
    • Verbs
    • Adverbs
    • Prepositions
    • Conjunctions
    • Tenses
    • Sentences
    • Transformation of Sentences
    • Vocabulary
    • Writing

IGCSE Syllabus (Class 12)

  • Physics
    • Kinematics - Describing Motion
    • Accelerated Motion
    • Dynamics - Explaining Motion
    • Forces - Vectors and Moments
    • Work, Energy and Power
    • Momentum
    • Matter and Materials
    • Electric Fields
    • Electric Current, Potential Difference and Resistance
    • Kirchhoff's Laws
    • Resistance and Resistivity
    • Practical Circuits
    • Waves
    • Superposition of Waves
    • Stationary Waves
    • Radioactivity
    • Circular Motion
    • Gravitational Fields
    • Oscillations
    • Communications Systems
    • Thermal Physics
    • Ideal Gases
    • Coulomb's Law
    • Capacitance
    • Electronics
    • Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetism
    • Charged Particles
    • Electromagnetic Induction
    • Alternating Currents
    • Quantum Physics
    • Nuclear Physics
    • Medical Imaging
  • Chemistry
    • Moles and Equations
    • Atomic Structure
    • Electrons in Atoms
    • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
    • Enthalpy Changes
    • Redox Reactions
    • Equilibrium
    • Rates of Reaction
    • Periodicity
    • Group 2
    • Group 17
    • Nitrogen and Sulfur
    • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Halogenoalkanes
    • Alcohol, Esters and Carboxylic Acid
    • Carbonyl Compounds
    • Lattice Energy
    • Electrochemistry
    • Further Aspects of Equilibria
    • Reaction Kinetics
    • Entropy and Gibbs Free Energy
    • Transition Elements
    • Benzene and its Compounds
    • Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives
    • Organic Nitrogen Compounds
    • Polymerization
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Organic Synthesis
  • Biology
    • Cell Structure
    • Biological Molecules
    • Enzymes
    • Cell Membranes and Transport
    • The Mitotic Cell Cycle
    • Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
    • Transport in Plants
    • Transport in Mammals
    • Gas Exchange and Smoking
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Immunity
    • Energy and Respiration
    • Photosynthesis
    • Homeostasis
    • Coordination
    • Inherited Change
    • Selection and Evolution
    • Biodiversity, Classification and Conservation
    • Genetic Technology
  • Maths
    • Coordinates, Points and Lines
    • Surds and Indices
    • Functions and Graphs
    • Quadratics
    • Inequalities
    • Differentiation
    • Applications of Differentiation
    • Sequences
    • The Binomial Theorem
    • Trigonometry
    • Combining and Inverting Functions
    • Extending Differentiation
    • Vectors
    • Geometric Sequences
    • Second Derivative
    • Radians
    • Polynomials
    • The Modulus Function
    • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
    • Differentiating Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
    • Differentiating Trigonometric Functions
    • Differentiating Products
    • Solving Equations Numerically
    • The Trapezium Rule
    • Parametric Equations
    • Curves Defined Implicitly
    • Vectors: Lines in Two and Three Dimensions
    • Vectors: Plane in Two and Three Dimensions
    • The Binomial Expansion
    • Rational Functions
    • Complex Numbers
    • Complex Numbers in Polar Form
    • Integration
    • Volume of Revolution
    • Differential Equations
  • English
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Punctuation
    • Noun
    • Articles
    • Adjective
    • Pronoun
    • Verb
    • Adverb
    • Prepositions
    • Conjunction
    • Tenses
    • Sentences
    • Transformation of Sentences
    • Vocabulary
    • Writing
    • Logical Reasoning

What is special about the IGCSE Board?

What differentiates it from the other boards like CBSE, ICSE and IB board:

  • If you have passed Class 10 from the IGCSE board, you can directly get admission in Class 12 of an ICSE or CBSE board.
  • You can also directly get admission at the diploma level according to the standards of the IB boards. This is helpful if you want to save 1 year in your education.
  • This board has presence in 150 countries. In India, 200 schools are affiliated with it. This number is expected to grow.
  • It conducts curricular activities at the international level.
  • It conducts regular mental and physical health checkups for its students.
  • It focuses on practical knowledge over purely conceptual knowledge.
  • It has a grading system ranging from A (top grade) to G (bottom grade). It does not follow a marking system
  • The syllabus may be more challenging than other boards, but it provides multilingual and multicultural support.

Some IGCSE board schools of India are

  • Ryan International School, New Delhi
  • Calcutta International School, Kolkata
  • The International School of Bangalore, Bangalore
  • Good Shepherd International School, Ooty
  • Indus International School, Bangalore
  • Parkwood School International, Hyderabad
  • Ahmedabad International School, Ahmedabad
  • Riverdale International School, Pune
  • Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai
  • Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • Woodstock School, Mussoorie
  • G D Goenka World School, Gurgaon
  • DPS International School, Delhi
  • Pathways World School, Gurgaon

How to Prepare

Preparation Tips for IGCSE Boards

  • Prepare a study plan
    For completing the syllabus well ahead of time, it is important that you check the entire syllabus and prepare a detailed study plan. Any comprehensive study plan should include reading the basic study material, followed by a thorough study of additional reference books to gain detailed knowledge on the subject.
  • A month before examination
    Jot down all important formulae and definitions from every topic and revise them from time to time. Pen down the points which require detailed study and try to follow the paper pattern of the past five years. Going through online tutorials and last minute preparation tips may help in improving your scores.
  • A day before the examination
    Keep your mind refreshed and maintain a steady focus on the paper ahead. The examination venue and timing should be checked against your admit card, that will be uploaded on the official website of the board.
  • Just before the examination
    Try to take a deep breath and feel relaxed before the examination. Optimal self-confidence is the key to a good performance.
  • Examination time
    Read the questions thoroughly before jumping to a conclusive answer. Try highlighting the key-points that the question demands. Adding charts and diagrams, wherever necessary, often improves readability of the answers. Make sure you mention your name, roll number and other relevant details in the answer sheet.

Sample Papers for IGCSE Board

Solving sample papers is as important as solving previous years' papers.

Not only does it give you an idea of the question pattern but also prepares you for questions which have never been asked in the actual examinations.

You can read all about the importance of solving sample papers!

Previous Years' Papers for IGCSE

Previous years’ papers are important to practice because they help you simulate the real exam. Make sure that you practice more and more so that you can memorise all the formulae and solve problems easily on the day of the exam.

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