The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is an assessed program for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students' educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) in which students complete a project related to these three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
Studies in language and literature
Individuals and societies
IB Recognition in India
All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board
The IB Diploma has been recognized by the AIU (Association of Indian Universities) 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.