Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) formed in 1858, conducts international qualification examinations worldwide.

Cambridge Examination Pattern –

  • Cambridge Primary – This course lays the most important foundation for a student, it is for the learners of age 5 to 11 years
  • Cambridge Secondary 1 – This course lays out the foundation for Cambridge Secondary 2; it is for the learners of age 11 to 14 years
  • Cambridge Secondary 2 – This course is available for learners of age 14 to 16 years. It offers two learning routes after completion: Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level
  • Cambridge Advanced – This course is for learners of age 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for a university or any sort of higher education. It offers the two learning routes after completion: Cambridge International AS and A Level, and Cambridge Pre-U


Important Facts –

  • About 10,000 schools are a part of Cambridge learning community
  • CIE works together with ministries of education and national examination boards of more than 30 countries, to develop student tailored curriculum and assessments
  • CIE operate in 160 countries across 9 regions: North America, Latin America, UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia & Pacific
  • CIE qualifications are recognized for admission by UK universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) as well as universities in the United States (including Harvard, Stanford and all Ivy League universities) and in other countries around the world
  • A huge number of specialized subjects are offered by CIE, like languages, mathematics, science, technical knowledge and more
  • There are more than 200 schools in India following the CIE curriculum


  • Internationally recognized board by major Universities of the world
  • Beneficial for the students who want to study abroad where CBSE/ICSE is not accepted
  • More advanced curriculum compared to other boards
  • Emphasis is kept on English and Technical subjects
  • Varieties of subjects are offered as per student’s interest
  • Most suitable for students whose parents wish to relocate abroad


  • Very high school fees
  • CIE affiliated schools can only be found in major metropolitan cities of India
  • Can be difficult to shift the Board if the need arises
  • Tuitions and books are not easily available

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