The IB curriculum is even more arduous and demanding than the other two Indian boards, as the students are assessed all year round, on a variety of criteria. Quizzes, essays, portoflios and assignments are used to evaluate students, and there is a heavy focus on internal assessment, keeping the students on their feet throughout the year.
The IB programme is more practical and application-based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development.
IB examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory and speed. There are no examinations till the Middle Years Programme (Class 10). The focus of the IB pedagogy is on ‘how to learn’ rather than ‘what to learn’.
There are no prescribed textbooks; students can choose their own books.
The purpose of IB is to produce global citizens. But sometimes, the IB programme does use the local curriculum as a base. For example, Hindi can be offered as a second language in the IB Diploma Programme. The IB curriculum is more challenging than educational boards like CBSE and ICSE. But the challenge is in the quality of assignments, not in the amount of work assigned.