The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) is one of the oldest and largest boards in India. It is under the Union Government Of India. The board conducts final examinations every spring for All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Class 10 and 12.The board also annually conducts the AIEEE exam for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture in numerous colleges spread over India. It also conducts AIPMT All India Pre medical Test for admission to major medical colleges in India. Besides this, the IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination) syllabus is based on the CBSE syllabus.
There are only a handful of CBSE schools in and around Mumbai (Thane and Navi Mumbai) compared to HSC colleges. So getting into one if you are from another board or if you are applying to another school becomes slightly difficult. Applying for the science stream in certain top schools are going to hover around the 90 percent mark. Commerce and Arts courses have a significantly lower percentage for entrance.
CBSE allows a student to take 5 subjects to appear for in his final 12th std exam. The Pattern is as follows:
Subjects I & II (Core/Elective) can be chosen from these languages:
Any of the above languages can be offered at the Core or Elective level. Core level refers to one which is essential and required to the course and so is tougher as compared to Elective level which indicates you have taken it as an option.
It is mandatory to choose either English or Hindi at either level (Core or Elective) as your Subject I.
You may choose any of the other languages as your Subject II (Core or Elective). You cannot choose the same language as chosen in Subject I at a different level.
You may also decide to choose any other elective besides a second language as your Subject II. This subject may be chosen from the list of elective subjects depending on the stream you choose i.e. Commerce, Science or Humanities.
English can be offered at three levels - Core, Elective and Functional.
Subjects III to V (Electives)
The electives offered are based on the stream selected i.e. Commerce, Science or Humanities. Following is the list of electives for each stream.
A student must choose at least 3 out of the subjects listed above as per the stream. If no second language is opted for, then a student may choose any of the 4 subjects, in addition to either English or Hindi.
The CBSE board is the most widely recognized board in India. A major advantage of the CBSE in Std. 12 is that the entrance tests for all major professional courses like IIT-JEE, AIEEE, AIIMS etc. are all based on the CBSE portion. Students generally have to just study the chapter in greater detail than they would for their Std. 12 exams as opposed to those from other boards who may have to study a few extra chapters.
Those wishing to apply for the Chartered Accountancy Course (CPT examination) will also find this course to be quite extensive in its coverage of syllabus. The approach to subjects in the Commerce stream in CBSE helps one prepare for the CPT exam which is generally given after finishing Std. 12.
There is a whole list of careers to choose from after doing CBSE depending on whether you have done science, commerce or arts.
Engineering – Mechanical, Electronics and Telecommunications, Computer, Information Technology, Chemical, Aeronautical, Aerospace, Biotechnology etc.
Architecture and Interior Design
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science etc.
Pure sciences like Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, Economics, Microbiology, Biochemistry etc.