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About the IB

Is the IB recognised in India and abroad?

The IB is a very highly regarded secondary school diploma. Universities the world over value its combination of depth with breadth, its rigour, its emphasis on developing analytical thinking and critical skills, and its special features. In India, the IB Diploma has been recognised as the equivalent of the 10 + 2 system of education by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

At what stage does one need to apply for the IB course?

The IB course covers the last two years of secondary or high school education in Indian, Asian, European or similar systems of education, it also qualifies students for advanced placement in most universities in North America. Most students apply for the IB in class 10.

Do students who have done the IB get advanced placement or credit at university?

Yes, they often do. Since the IB standard is considered to be quite high, students can get up to one year of university credit (or advanced standing), depending on their IB subjects, levels, etc. The exact amount of credit awarded varies from university to university.

What are the best IB subject choices for pursuing engineering or medicine?

Physics, Chemistry and Math at the Higher Level are recommended for students interested in engineering, either in India or overseas. American universities are usually less prescriptive about specific courses than British and Indian universities, as students are usually admitted to the university rather than a specific course of study. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are required for studying medicine in India. Medicine in the UK requires 2 Higher Level sciences. Medicine in the US and Canada is a postgraduate degree

Under the IB, can a student opt for 3 sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)?

Yes, but only by special application where national governments or university systems require it