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International Baccalaureate (IB): Syllabus, Curriculum, Salient Features and Results

About IB Board

The International Baccalaureate or IB is as the name suggests an International Board for Education active in India as well as many other countries around the world. The Board aims at teaching the students how to think critically and independently and also how to query with care and logic. The Board operates through the help of IB teachers and volunteers in almost 5000 schools globally spread over 150 countries. IB strives to improve the quality of education around the world. It offers four different programs for students of the age of 3-19.

Features of IB Board

  1. IB not just focuses on the local aspects of the education syllabus but the global aspects as well
  2. Students develop as education seekers at a global level rather than being confined to their local issues
  3. The students learn to think out of the box and develop an attitude to question everything and challenge assumptions
  4. IB works independently, without the local and national administration with its education being driven by its own research
  5. The students not only learn the concepts and thinking taught them at school, but also develop the essential skill i.e. to question and they learn how to learn
  6. As such, the students are able to understand what they are interested in and how they can research the various questions which arise in their minds and learn it themselves
  7. The curriculum includes values which make the students not just a part of their local community, but of the world as well
  8. The students develop practices to do research at their own level and this skill helps them in their higher studies

Curriculum of IB Board

The curriculum offers 4 different programmes for students of different age groups. They are discussed as follows:

primary year programme

middle year programme

diploma programme

  1. Career-Related Programme: The Career-Related Programme is quite a unique blend of the Diploma Programme and the essential skills and education required to develop one’s career. In the Career-Related Programme, the students take up at least 2 Diploma Programme courses and Core components of the Career-Related Programme. While the Diploma Programme courses enhance the theoretical knowledge of the subjects and skills for the career, the Core provides the required personal and professional skills and the intellect required for the career path and still being able to be a life-long learner. It teaches the students on how to work in collaboration as well as independently on a chosen goal.

career related programme

Assessment System of IB Board

The assessments of the students are done on the standards of the international level. The assessment tests the extent to which the students have mastered the advanced skills of the academic curriculum. They are assessed on the skills of analyzing and presenting the learned/gathered information, constructing and evaluating arguments, creatively solving problems, retaining the acquired information, applying the standard methods. The assessment is done by checking the performance on a set standard and not by competitive marking among the students. IB uses both internal and external assessment methods. The external assessment includes essays, short-response, data-response, text-response and case-study questions. The internal assessment includes the oral work in languages along with fieldwork in subjects like geography, laboratory work in science, investigation work in mathematics and the overall artistic performance. The end results of the course are graded on a scale of 1 (lowest) and 7 (highest). The reflective projects within a course are graded from A to E, A being the highest. The IB assures the quality of its schools by making them participate in an ongoing process of review and development.

IB Board Results

There are two types of Examination Sessions for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). These are in May and November.

The result of May Session will be declared on 5 July and the result of November session, results are issued on 3 January, in the year following the exam. 

Receiving Grades

Requesting that Exams are Remarked

After the results have been issued, schools can request re-marks for particular students if they feel the result is undeserved. Schools can also receive a range of different types of feedback on their students' performance.