Options in India for IB Students post K-12


The last decade has seen a tremendous increase in popularity of International Baccalaureate (AKA IB Board) in India. And due to professional engagements about counselling and guiding students towards right career paths, I come across this particular query almost every day. Not every parent is willing to send his/her child abroad for studies, but is looking to put them on IB board due to the excellent curriculum that they follow, but then gets confused while thinking about prospects in India after IB Diploma. So here in this article, we come up with a detailed discussion on the same.


IB Board follows a grading system ranging from 1 to 7 but most of Indian universities admit students based on percentage scored in class 12th or/and admissions tests. Another issue is that IB results are out by first week of July while by that time all the universities are already through with their admissions process. To resolve this issue IB schools offer predicted scores based on past performance and admission are final once the final results are declared.

Let’s have a look at the table to convert IB scores into percentages:

IB – Grade

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Delhi University is one the elite university of India, and offers a wide range of courses such as Mathematics, Chemistry, English, Economics, B Com, Psychology, Physics, History, Chemistry, Life Sciences, etc. Admission process is DU is purely through merit for almost all the programs. If the applicant meets the percentage requirement, they have to visit the campus and complete the admission formalities.


For IB Students: They are a few colleges in DU that accept the predicted score, however for most of them students have to apply with final results, by the time results are out, most of the seats are already filled. Few colleges that accept the students on their predicted scores:

  1. Lady Shri Ram College
  2. Sri Venkateshwara College
  3. College of Vocational Studies
  4. Sri Ram College of commerce
  5. Daulat Ram College

Other places where IB students have been successfully placed are:

  1. Ashoka University
  2. Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat
  3. Faculty of Management Studies-Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University
  4. College of Vocational Studies – Delhi University
  5. Indian School Institute of Business and Finance, Delhi
  6. Oberoi School of Hotel Management
  7. Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune
  8. Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME), Pune
  9. Fergusons College, Pune.
  10. Christ University, Bangalore.
  11. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
  12. National Institute of Design, Bangalore
  13. Manipal University.
  14. H R College, Mumbai
  15. Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
  16. Jai Hind College, Mumbai
  17. K C College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai


Variety of design and art colleges in India such as Indian school of Design and Innovation, NIFT, NID, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Indian school of Design and Innovation, etc. offer courses such as Fashion Design, Leather Design, Jewellery Design, Apparel production, Accessory Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Business Management etc. Admission to all such programs is through entrance exam followed by personal interview. IB Board students are allowed to sit for all such entrance exams even if the results are not declared. All these design schools accept the predicted scores.

Other than merit admits and designing Program tests there are few important entrance exams for medicine, engineering, architecture, that are held in India every year.

1. Medicine Entrance Exam

IB students who are aiming at the medicine entrance, must understand the eligibility criterion. Student must have physics, chemistry and biology in class 12th. But in IB-DP, there are 6 groups and the students are required to select one subject from each class, they have the option to skip the group 6 and select any 2 subjects from any other group. But in the case of medical entrance exams, student must have 3 science subjects. Refer to following to solve this problem:

1st Group - Choose first language (English)

2nd Group- Choose second Language among French, German ab initio, Hindi, etc.

3rd Group - Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business and Management, etc.)

4th Group - Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems)

5th Group - Mathematics and Computer Science

6th Group (Optional) - Electives (either Visual Arts or a second subject from any other group except group 1 and 2.)

Student may opt for seven subjects by taking science as additional, however that won’t be counted in overall IB Diploma score. This is simply to match eligibility criteria for entrance exam.


2. Engineering Exams

Top Engineering exams in India such as JEE Main, BIT-SAT, VET, VITEEE, SRMJEE, COMEDK, etc. allow students to appear for the test before the actual school exams, however, if you clear these exams, and your final scores are not yet out at the time of the counselling, your admission will be conditional. Once the final scores are declared by school, you’ll have to submit marksheets that confirms that you studied Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics as main subjects with minimum 60%.


3. Council of Architecture

To be able to appear for National Aptitude Test in architecture (AKA NATA), one must have 50% marks and mathematics is a compulsory subject in class 12th. You’re eligible to apply in Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) with attested certificate from school authorities that you are a science student and submit the predicted scores based on past performances.

Standard documents required to admit to most of the Indian universities are transcript that contains a detailed repot on marks issued after release of results. They also require migration certificate which most of IB schools upload on website after exams in the month of May. And, of course the predicted scores based on past results.


Team Doyen-Ed