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Recognition of IB diploma for admission to universities and colleges


All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board. However, acceptance alone does not guarantee entry into a course. Entry is based on competition as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements. It is advisable to check with the institution of interest to determine the entry requirements for particular courses of study. For greater detail on recognition of IB programmes in India, please refer to the report referenced at the bottom of this page.

In India the central government is responsible for major policy relating to higher education in the country. It provides grants to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and establishes central universities in the country. The Central Government is also responsible for declaration of Education Institutions as "Deemed to be University" on the recommendation of the UGC. There are 42 Central Universities, 243 State universities, 53 State Private universities, 130 Deemed to be universities, 33 Institutions of National Importance, 82 technical institutions, including 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and five Institutions established under various State legislations. The Central and State universities have faculties, academic departments, affiliated colleges, post graduate centers, and other recognized institutes under them. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council evaluates the quality of higher education in India, professional councils are responsible for recognition of courses, and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is responsible for determining equivalences of foreign degrees/certificates.

Admission to most university courses in India is based on the academic achievement in Class 12 or an entrance exam. Entry requirements vary between universities and courses. Some courses will require applicants to sit the for entrance examinations, others will not. Most of the professional institutes in India prefer to conduct entrance exams for selecting candidates, usually April – June and admissions are confirmed by July/August when the results are declared. While some institutes participate in a common entrance exam, others conduct their own individual exams. Admissions are mostly decided after the results of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), and state boards are declared in June.

The IB Diploma has been recognized by the AIU as an entry qualification to all universities in India since 1983 and renewed in 2010. According to AIU: “The International Baccalaureate Diploma…has been equated with +2 stage (Grade 12) qualification of an Indian Board since 1983. Students intending to join Indian Universities after completion of their IB qualifications are eligible to pursue Bachelor’s degree programme at Indian Universities. Those intending to join Professional Degree programmes…are required to have studied the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics and English at the qualifying level.” (AIU, Dec, 2010).

Upon release of their results, DP students can apply for an equivalence certificate from AIU or apply directly to the eligibility department of the university they wish to attend. Prior to commencing the DP, students and parents should make direct contact with the college or university he or she would like to attend to check specific course and entry requirements and become familiar with the required subject and levels combination for that course.

As universities in India require a hard copy of the AIU document detailing percentage equivalency, the IB forwards these documents to the school’s DP coordinator upon request. To request this service; students must notify their DP coordinator of their intention to gain entrance into an Indian university. The coordinator will then submit the request using the Request for results service on IBIS (secured website for IB coordinators). Following the issue of results for the session in which a candidate has taken their examinations, the candidate must submit their transcript requests directly to the IB. Each request will incur a transcript request fee. The table outlining the conversion of DP scores to equivalent Indian marks can be found below.

Recognition of the MYP The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) equates IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) with grade 10 of an India Board Assessment. Students having completed the MYP are now entitled to apply for admission for higher studies in any school or college in India. The recognition statement from the AIU can be found below.

A full report of the recognition of IB programmes in India: http://www.ibo.org/ibap/universityrecognition/documents/india-recog-guide-7jan13.pdf
Indian Conversion Table: http://www.ibo.org/ibap/universityrecognition/faq-country/documents/aiu_conversion_april_2012.pdf
AIU agreements:
Source: http://mhrd.gov.in/