CBSE or PUC? Which is Better?

If you are a student who has just completed Class 10th or a parent, especially in Karnataka, it’s given that you’ve been or are going to pass through this dilemma where you must pick one between CBSE and PUC. For the longest time, we have heard how ‘crucial’ these two years are, and how our judgment today will mold our future. Hence, there is additional pressure while selecting a suitable board for Grade 11th and 12th.

The question isn’t which board is superior; the question is – which board will serve your purpose? There are several different opinions floating out there about how one exceeds the other – it can be in terms of subjects, combinations available, depth of their prescribed syllabus, etc. Still, the first step towards this process is understanding what will work best for us more than anything else. Let’s look at the two in a little more detail:

CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education is a national level board of education controlled by the Union Government of India. This board revises its syllabus with the required changes to benefit students and conducts board exams for 10th and 12th standard students.


PUC – Pre-University Course is an intermediate course conducted by the state education board in India. It is a substitute for 11th and 12th standards under national-level boards. Every state has a different syllabus and exam pattern.


How do you know which one will work for you? Make an informed decision, list down your interests, and final goals, instead of resorting to what parents or friends select. 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) prescribes curriculum and textbooks designed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). The state boards have a curriculum designed for the schools by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). The curriculum of both CBSE and the state boards several have commonalities and differences.




Syllabus Different curriculum than State Boards and differs in the level of difficulty as well. The state board’s syllabus for the subjects is not widely different from that of the CBSE.
Learning CBSE syllabus offers education in a more scientific method. State syllabus gives more importance to the practical implications of related subjects. State Boards syllabus in many states is much similar to CBSE & in some states, it’s more advanced than CBSE
Mode of Instruction Mode of instruction followed in CBSE schools is English and Hindi State board schools it is primarily English and then the regional languages

Note: Both CBSE or State Board certificates are valid for further studies in India or Abroad.

Marking system CBSE exams are tougher hence the chance to score depreciates. The evaluation of CBSE board exams also is strict. In-State Board examinations, the respective state authorities control the evaluation which lets the student score better.
Other Activities Flexibility for students to participate in extracurricular activities or sports tournaments is nearly identical in both CBSE & State Board. It depends on the respective institution’s intent to mold the academic structure in a way that it not only accommodates but also helps the students to improve their skills.

Choosing the right board can definitely be extremely important for your child, in the long run. However, it does not mean that that is the only thing that matters in the development of your child. Students’ career and future entirely depend on their hard work, school, teachers, and parents. It doesn’t really matter if they are on the state board or CBSE if they dedicatedly put in the work to achieve their goals.  

We at The Sports School understand you and your passion. Along with the best academic experience, we aim to strike a complete balance with professional sports training and elite academic prospects on the same campus. From Grade 4 to 10 and Grade 11 and 12, we are affiliated with CBSE and the Department of Pre-University Karnataka, respectively. We also aid sports aspirants and assist them in their journey towards a better future along with a certified degree in the course of their choice. So, be a part of our family if you are determined to seize an athlete’s limelight. 

Why Marks Don’t Matter to Build a Successful Career

In our society, children are brought up with the mindset that they must score high marks in order to succeed in life. Each parent has expectations that their kid will excel in his/her career, and at the base of those expectations are, according to many, scoring high marks. 

From childhood to 12th-grade board exams, kids have heard from teachers, parents, and media that they must work hard, and score above 90%. But the question is, does that guarantee a successful career? Are companies looking at your marks? 

While a good score in school might help you attend a good college, it still does not guarantee a successful career. What matters is what students do with the opportunities they are given and how they develop their skills. A student may cram and score in their final exams of school, but employers will always look at a person’s abilities rather than their marks when it comes to the real world. The way scores are evaluated in the current times is more often than not a reflection of the student’s ability to learn large amounts of text. They demonstrate subjective knowledge of a particular domain, and may or may not be evidence of an aptitude for the subject or the field. 

This is precisely why many college admission boards and companies have adopted aptitude based entrances, scrapping the practice of relying on marks as a sole indicator of a student’s potential. They take aptitude, general awareness, and softer aspects like communication skills and team coordination into account to gain a holistic picture of the student’s capabilities.

What are employers on the lookout for? 

  • Skills- The first thing that is essential to succeed in any career is your skillset. This can be developed through theoretical knowledge and on-the-job practical training. 
  • Learning Capacity- The corporate world is for hustlers, and of course, eagerness to continually learn is a crucial ability needed and desired. 
  • Communication Skills- Whether it is to talk to customers, clients, or heads of the company, communication skills are incredibly essential for anyone looking to have a successful career.
  • Ownership- You should be able to do your work well but to succeed in your career, you must be able to take ownership and responsibility.

These are not skills that our conventional educational system currently aims to teach, despite the demand for them in the job market. Employers want candidates with well-rounded personalities, people who are skilled at the work they do and possess the soft-skills to match it. Even the topper of a batch is not guaranteed a job if they don’t possess these qualities, however much excellence their academic record may display.

Usually, a person who has a lot of work experience will not even be able to recall their exact board percentage. It is because it doesn’t hold much importance to their lives or their career. Marks may seem like a life-and-death matter at the time, but they are very short-lived criteria of evaluation that would make way for other successes over the years.

Sure, primary education is essential, it helps people shape their lives and choose the right paths, but education is not the only prerequisite to walk on the road of success. We at The Sports School understand that the conventional norms of education are not what the country needs right now. Instead, it requires institutions that provide holistic development to students so that they can become well-rounded professionals, irrespective of their fields. 

The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and education to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow. The Sports School offers an educational curriculum that, instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 1 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence.

How to Balance Sports & Education While At Home

As the current pandemic situation around the world changing the way people live and limiting everyone’s capability to train outdoors, it’s especially hard on the students who have to balance their academics and sports training now while staying at home. It is important for them to balance both of their pursuits but in an environment different from what they are used to, which eventually leads to stress. Adults recognize the signs of stress and overscheduling and are able to control some of the competing variables, but what about children and their stressors? How does the student-athlete manage to achieve good grades and retain optimal performance on the playing field despite being stuck at home? 

Here are a few tips for balancing Sports and Studies while studying at home: 


  • Getting and staying organized:


Get organized is vital while at home and maintaining the organized structure on an everyday basis. Use a big desk calendar for school and sports. Write down all due dates for work and papers that your teachers ask during online classes. Write down all sport’s practices and games that your coaches ask you to follow every day. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections.


  • Prioritize and plan:


Think about what is important to you and what interests you. If you have more interest in sports training, decide to give up on other activities later. You can simply finish your important work first like training and studies and then do other things if time is available. It will also help you to prioritize things from the beginning and instill a pattern of rewarding yourself when you stick to the schedule. 


  • Plan your week/month:


Take a look at your calendar and make a note of when you have projects due, tests scheduled, etc. Plan how you will study and when you will study along with your training at home. It is essential to stick to your plan religiously for efficiently balancing both sporting and academic pursuits. 


  • Do not procrastinate: 


It is imperative to do assignments and homework as soon as you get them, rather than waiting until the last minute. Poor planning and waiting until the last minute will result in missed practices or missed assignments that lead to poor skill development and lead to the piling of studies, which will increase the stress. Understandably, homework and training at home aren’t on top of the fun list, but poor planning and waiting until the last minute could yield negative results. 


  • Take advantage of the extra time and research about your Interests: 


Getting excited about certain parts of sports training and academics can be difficult. Look into books and other materials that will pique your interest in the subject. If you can be disciplined not to start surfing on the internet without any apparent motive, look for top athletes and other known names in the domains you have interest in to understand their mindset. 


  • Staying Safe indoors and maintaining your skillset:


It is impossible to ascertain as to when the situation will go back to normal or how life would be after a while. Staying indoors to keep yourself and those around you safe is of utmost importance. However, this does not mean that you can not maintain your skillset. Regular training and nutrition while focusing on academics, can significantly impact your overall personality. It’s better to stay ahead than to catch up.

Life’s demands never end. We only get better at dealing with the challenges that come along by learning from them. With more organization and time management, you will balance anything that life throws your way.  At The Sports School, we are committed to providing students with both academic and sports training opportunities. We are offering online classes and encouraging students to stay in touch with coaches and mentors for maintaining their skills. Our belief that It’s a lot easier to stay ahead than it is to play catches up makes us encourage our students to put in the extra effort and time to prevent them from falling behind.