For secondary education, a diploma and grades list issued by a board are required. Documents from the secondary school itself are not sufficient. It is often possible to check results on the website of the board (which awarded the diploma).
Only examinations administered by the board count towards credential evaluation. We do not count subjects for which pupils have only sat a school examination towards credential evaluation. With regard to diplomas awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), this concerns the following subjects:
- work experience
- physical & health education
- general studies
With regard to diplomas issued by the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the subject ‘socially useful productive work and community service’ does not count towards the credential evaluation. On the grades list (statement of marks), this subject is sometimes abbreviated as ‘supw & community service’.
Not all boards indicate equally clearly for which subjects only a school examination is administered. In such cases, this is only revealed by the grade list, for example if no grade appears next to the name of the subject. It may be necessary to search the board’s syllabus to find out in which subjects pupils only sit school examinations. Most boards publish their syllabus on their website.
Relevant subjects in secondary education
We mentioned in 'School examinations' (see above) that only board examination subjects can count toward a credential evaluation. In other words: only board examination subjects can be relevant subjects (for a credential evaluation). However not every board examination subject can be counted toward a credential evaluation. It depends upon the ratio between theory and practice. The following types of subjects exist:
- theoretical subjects (subjects which consist only of theoretical instruction);
- subjects with both a theoretical and a practical component;
- subjects that include little or no theoretical instruction.
We usually do not count subjects in the last category towards a credential evaluation. We often do count theoretical subjects and subjects with both theory and practice. We call these relevant subjects (for a credential evaluation).
For higher education, students must present all of their diplomas, including the grade lists. If students pursued their study programmes at a college, they must present the diplomas and grades lists from the associated university. For autonomous colleges, only the diploma has to have been issued by the university – the grades lists may come from the autonomous college.
Please note: it may be possible to verify results on the institution’s website.