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Mussoorie International school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi, an All-India Board, and University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations was established in 1958 by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate to ensure that its examinations become adapted to the educational needs of the country and assign the ultimate control of the same on the Council.

The Council administers two public examinations - The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) at the end of Class X and, subsequently, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) at the end of Class XII. Both examinations are held annually in March.

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

An international curriculum that develops students' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, and gives them excellent preparation for the next stage in their education, Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international curriculum for 14 - 16 year olds.

CIE has the IGCSE examination at the end of class X and AS/A level examinations at the end of classes XI and/or class XII.


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is essentially for Class 11 and Class 12.

The IBDP curriculum has two main components-

    • Class Requirements
    • The Core

Class Requirements – All the subjects offered by IBDP are divided into 6 groups. Students have to take 1 subject from each group. At present MIS is offering only 5 groups. Therefore, the 6th subject can be chosen from one of the other groups.

Course Selection

The list of courses offered under the I.B. Diploma program:

Group – I (1st Language)
Language A - English language and literature (HL/SL)

Group – II (2nd Language)
Language B - Hindi (HL/SL), French (SL), Spanish (SL)

Group – III
Economics (HL/SL), Business Management (SL/HL), History (SL/HL),Geography (SL/HL)

Group – IV
Biology (SL/HL), Chemistry (SL/HL), Physics (SL/HL), Computer science(SL/HL)

Group – V
Mathematics (HL / SL )

  • • Students have to take 3 subjects of Higher Level (HL) and 3 subjects of Standard Level (SL)
  • • IBDP tests are graded on a scale of 1-7 – For a HL subject the minimum points to pass are 3 and for SL subject the minimum points to pass are 4.

The second component – CORE-

This is further divided into 3 parts-

  • • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • • Extended Essay
  • • Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

Theory of Knowledge – This is a subject that provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and how we know what we claim to know. it is an essay of 1,200-1,600 words written on a given title (from a choice of ten), followed by a ten-minute presentation of the essay by the student in class.

Extended Essay – The Extended essay is an independent, self directed piece of research, finishing with 4000 word paper submission.

Creativity, Action, Service – This is a 3 part project wherein the student gets involved in extracurricular activities. Under Creative, Action and Service (CAS), each DP student must complete at least 150 hours of work spread over one-and-a-half years, engaging in some form of creativity, participating in sport or other physical action, and doing social service.

  • Creativity – getting involved in something creative, learning an instrument, acting in a play, writing short story etc
  • Action – It includes sport related activities primarily outdoor sports
  • Service – This includes voluntary community service done by students.

IBDP Marking scheme – The total score that a student can get in IBDP is 45. The maximum point for each subject is 7 and student has to take total of 6 subjects. So the total is 42. 1 point each is allotted to TOK, Extended Essay and CAS. So the grand total is 45.

Student needs to score a minimum of 24 points to get IB Diploma.

Eligibility for IBDP -

  • • A student can join the IB Diploma Program after completing the grade 10 level qualifications from CBSE, ICSE or any other State Board .The Diploma program is equivalent to 10+2 level qualification through any national or state level board.

Session - At MIS we start our IB session (Grade XI) in April and the IB exams are taken in May of the senior year.