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Unlocking Academic Excellence: Navigating the DPS NEB and CBSE Board for Student Success

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Are you looking for an ideal school that combines both the curriculum from Nepal and India? Then you have come to the right place. At Delhi Public School, you can get the combined curriculum from both Nepal (Nepal Education Board/NEB) and India (Central Board of Secondary Education/CBSE).

The combination of these two boards makes Delhi Public School, DPS an ideal school for your children. However, navigating through these boards can be a bit complicated. Therefore, we are here to provide you with complete guidance regarding what these two boards are and how to navigate through these boards.

What is NEB?

Nepal Education Board or NEB for short is an education board that is a central education institution in Nepal. It is responsible for conducting various national-level examinations such as Secondary Education Examination (SEE) and Higher Secondary Education Examination (10+2). This is a governmental organization that regulates and manages secondary education in Nepal. Furthermore, it also ensures that the quality of education is maintained regardless of where the organization is located in Nepal.

What is CBSE Board?

Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE for short is a national level board education organisation in India. This board is directed towards private schools and is controlled and managed by the Union Government of India. Furthermore, this board is responsible for conducting examinations for grades 10 and 12. Furthermore, CBSE is also responsible for setting up the curriculum and syllabus for these classes. This board is affiliated with various schools across India, and now with Delhi Public School Birgunj Nepal as well.

What are the key differences between CBSE and NEB?

As you may have noticed, despite the similarities, there are some key differences between these two education boards. Some of the key differences are as follows:

  • CBSE operates in India while Nepal Education Board operates in Nepal.
  • CBSE is controlled by the Indian government while Nepal Education Board is controlled by the Nepalese government.
  • CBSE sets curriculum and conducts exams for its affiliated schools in India and abroad. Nepal Education Board does the same but only within Nepal.
  • They are completely separate national-level educational boards serving the educational needs of their respective countries independently.
  • CBSE only oversees grades 10 and 12 while NEB oversees every major examination up to grade 12.

These are some of the key differences between CBSE and NEB. Now that you know the basics of what CBSE and NEB are, let’s dive deeper into the topic.

DPS has NEB and CBSE Board in Nepal

Curriculum Difference between NEB and CBSE.

Besides the key differences we mentioned previously, the entire curriculum design of NEB and CBSE  are also widely different. Despite being the curriculum of neighboring nations, the differences are more than just in their form. The curriculum differences between NEB and CBSE are as follows:

Educational Framework

CBSE follows a centralized educational framework established by the Government of India. This educational framework provides a common curriculum across the nation and emphasizes a holistic educational approach. Therefore, the curriculum focuses on a balance between academics, co-curricular activities, and personal development.

NEB, on the other hand, operated based on a decentralized system. The curriculum is influenced by national policies. That said, there can be variations in curriculum based on regional contexts and resources.

Subject Offerings

CBSE offers a wide range of subjects at the secondary and higher secondary levels, including core subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Languages, along with various elective subjects.

NEB provides a set curriculum that includes compulsory subjects like Nepali, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science at the secondary level. At the higher secondary level, students can choose from various streams such as Science, Management, Humanities, and Education.

Examination System

CBSE conducts standardized examinations at the end of each academic year for classes 10 and 12. These examinations are conducted centrally and follow a uniform evaluation system.

NEB conducts national-level examinations such as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations (SEE) for secondary-level students and the Higher Secondary Education (10+2) examinations. These examinations are also standardized but may have variations in the evaluation process based on regional contexts.

Focus on Local Context

CBSE aims to provide a national-level curriculum while encouraging schools to improve local context culture into practices. That said, the emphasis on local context can vary from school to school.

NEB on the other hand includes elements that are relevant to the local context and culture of Nepal including history, culture, and social norms.

These are some general differences between the curriculum of NEB and CBSE. That said, it is important to note that both boards aim to provide quality education and prepare students for further academic pursuits or careers.

Navigating the Two Boards

Navigating a board that combines both the CBSE and NEB requires you to understand various aspects of both systems. Furthermore, you also need to follow the guidelines and requirements set by the combined boards. Some of the tips on  navigating the DPS NEB and CBSE boards for student success are as follows:

Understand The Boards Structure and Objectives

Both NEB and CBSE have their unique academic structure and objectives. Therefore, when navigating through the combination of these boards like the ones at Delhi Public School, you should know about their goals, structure, and objectives.

Familiarise Yourself With Curriculum

Another key step in navigating the NEB and CBSE curriculum is to know the curriculum.  Get acquainted with the combined curriculum, which may encompass elements from both CBSE and NEB frameworks. Furthermore, you should also understand the subjects and assessment methods.

Examination Preparation

You should prepare for the examination conducted by the combined board. This includes preparing for standardized tests that combine aspects from both NEB and CBSE. Understand the examination patterns, syllabi, and marking schemes to effectively prepare for assessments.

Engage in Continuous Learning

Along with exam preparation, you should also participate actively in classroom activities, assignments, and other forms of ECA and CCA. These aspects help you exploit the curriculum for enhanced growth in both academics and personal growth.

Seek Clarifications When Needed

Don’t hesitate to seek clarifications or guidance from educators, administrators, or board representatives if you encounter challenges or have questions regarding the combined board’s processes, policies, or requirements.


All in all, both NEB and CBSE are examination and education boards. DPS is managed by CG Education. They share some similarities while being their separate entities. The good news here is that at DPS, you can get an education that combines the best of both worlds. That said, navigating through these boards can be a bit tough.

In this blog, we discussed the differences between these two boards and a general guide on navigating the DPS NEB and CBSE boards for student success. We hope you found this helpful. If you want further insights into the various aspects of DPS, do check out some of our other blogs. And if you want the best CBSE + NEB school in Nepal contact us at Delhi Public School.

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