IB Diploma

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate, a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers a Diploma Programme for students in the final two years of Secondary School. Through a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, coupled with challenging assessments, the IB Diploma Programme is preceded by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), though students are allowed to select other academic programmes in their primary and secondary school years before enrolling in the IBDP. The IB Diploma Programme aims to assist the IB Board schools in India to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.

Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideas of international understanding and responsible citizenship. The vision is to ensure that IB students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make for the richness of life.



Award of the Diploma

Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the diploma requires students to meet the defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) activities. The maximum score of 45 includes three points for the combination of the extended essay and work in TOK.

University Recognition

IB diploma holders gain admission to selective universities throughout the world. These include well-known European and American institutions such as Oxford, Yale and the Sorbonne along with prestigious centers in Latin America and the Asia / Pacific region.

Unique Characteristics

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.

Creativity, Activity, Service is known by its acronym CAS and is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum.

View CAS Handbook

View CAS Booklet for Parents

IB Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an Extended Essay of around 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with independent research and writing skills.

IB Diploma Programme Course

Candidates can opt for either the IB Diploma or the IB Diploma Programme Course.

The IB Diploma Programme may not be appropriate for some students, given the scope and depth of challenge of the full diploma programme. These students can follow the same excellent curriculum with the reduced ‘core trio’ of TOK, Extended Essay, and CAS requirements. IB Diploma Programme Course is not bound by the stipulated three higher level / three standard level courses. This greater freedom allows the student to focus more intently on his or her areas of strength without overextending him or herself. Course students take as many (sometimes up to six) IB exams or as few exams as he or she wishes and complete these worthwhile and interesting courses of study including the IB Exam.

The full diploma is NOT a requirement for most elite United States universities, though a certain number of diploma points scored is often a requirement for students who plan to study in the UK. Despite a common misconception, there are a number of UK universities that accept students without the full diploma. Individual IB Diploma Programme Courses issued may help secure advanced placement credit at certain colleges.


Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A : Language and Literature (SL and HL)
  • Literature and Performance (Text and Performance SL)

Language Acquisition

  • Language Ab initio : French, Spanish
  • Language B : French B ( SL and HL), Hindi B (SL and HL)

Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management (SL and HL)
  • Economics (SL and HL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL
  • Psychology (SL and HL)


  • Biology (SL and HL)
  • Chemistry (SL and HL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL
  • Physics (SL and HL)
  • Design Technology (SL and HL)
  • Computer Science (SL and HL)


  • Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches(SL and HL)
  • Mathematics – Applications and Interpretation(SL and HL)

The Arts

  • Dance (SL and HL)
  • Visual Arts (SL and HL)

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