IB Recognition in India

The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. The IB Diploma is regarded highly for entry into universities throughout the world and for advanced placement at many colleges and universities. IB diploma is recognized in India by AIU (Association of Indian Universities) at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE or State Boards. However, there is a time overlap. IBDP results come out in July whereas most colleges seek applications in June in India. The IBO authorities issue an equivalent mark sheet to Indian students with percentage score per subject mentioned so as to avoid confusion when students seek admission in Indian universities. Please refer to the recognition documents for MYP, DP and Guide for University Admissions in India for the list of universities which have policy statements accepting IB students.

IBDP Recognition in India at a glance

Equivalence (10+2) requirements for IB DP course in India

Options for Medical & Biological Science in India

General FAQ's (Recognition of DP, % of students applying to Indian / foreign universities, Recognition policy of specific universities

Q. No. Question Where will you find the answer to this? Your answer
1 When was the IB (DP & MYP) first recognized by the AIU in India as equivalent to Grade 12 (and Grade 10)?

What does the new equivalence policy given by AIU in 2016 say for the IB DP?

India Recognition Guide (opening section)


FS MYP Brochure

Page 14 of the DP India Recognition Guide (Link is given below on this page)

December 2, 2012

“ AIU shall accord equivalence to both the IB Diploma and the IB Diploma Course (i.e. IB Certificate) provided that a student has secured a minimum of 24 credits and

has passed a minimum of three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL)”

2 What % of transcripts are requested by DP students for Indian college applications? What does the answer to this question tell us? India Recognition Guide (Link is given below on this page) 49% transcripts were ordered for India in May 2016 as per the data in the pie chart.This says that there are many students opting for Indian universities and IB students are accepted and admitted to these universities.
3 Can IB Students study anywhere in India, any course? What would be your conclusion at this point? Article on Mindler Blog Conclusion:

  • Students get admission based on the predicted score and in some colleges, the admission is based on both the entrance exam and the performance of the student in the school.
  • Some of the colleges of the Delhi University accept the predicted scores, but for the majority of colleges, students have to wait for their final results, generally, until the 2nd or 3rd list comes out.
  • In Design colleges, admission is based on the entrance exam, portfolio, and a personal interview. All the design colleges accept the IB predicted scores, and you can sit for the entrance exams even if your results have not been declared.
4 How many colleges or universities have given explicit recognition documents to the IB DP? DP India Recognition Guide (Link is given below on this page) 67 colleges/universities have given explicit recognition letters
5 What are the highlights of the recognition document given by each of these Universities (or organizations)?

  • Council of Architecture
  • Ashoka University
  • Univ of Mumbai
  • IISC
  • VIT (Vellore)
  • NMIMS (Narsee Monjee, Mumbai)
  • HR College of Commerce & Economics
India Recognition Guide (check Index to see where you will find the recognition letter for the specific university) Council of Architecture: Revised Guidelines on admission to the First Year of 5-year full-time Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH.) Degree course from the academic session 2007-08 onwards.

Ashoka University: Policy for International Baccalaureate at Office of Admissions, Ashoka University.

University of Mumbai: The University of Mumbai accepts IB students with Predicted grades. Due to the late release date of the final results from the IB office in Geneva, Switzerland, students are eligible to apply on the basis of their provisional grades issued by their respective schools.

IISC: Consider the IB Diploma Examination to be equivalent to the II PUC / 12th Std examination for the purpose of admission to our Undergraduate programme.

VIT (Vellore): Eligibility : B.tech degree programme.

NMIMS (Narsee Monjee, Mumbai): Eligibility & Admission Criteria – B.Sc (Applied Statistics & Analytics)

HR College of Commerce & Economics: Documents required at the time of submission of the Pre-Enrolment form.

6 What does LSR, one of the top colleges in India for Commerce and Economics say about the admissions for IB students despite the high cut-offs for DU Colleges? Check the admission FAQs here The cut-off percentages for various courses should also be seen to assess whether you may gain admission to LSR. The IB Grades are converted to percentages in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the University of Delhi. (www.du.ac.in )
7 Have students from Fountainhead gone to colleges across India? If yes, where and for what sort of courses?

Where have all IB students (from all schools in India) got placed in India?

Check here – FS Students Placements details


Yes, PDPU, AURO, NMIMS, Symbiosis etc.

Courses ( BBA, Design, Liberal Arts, Hospitality & Tourism, Architecture etc)

Many Colleges/Universities in India including IIM-Ahmedabad, Amity, NMIMS, BITS-Noida, O.P.Jindal, GNLU, NIRMA, NIFT-Gandhinagar, CEPT, NID-Ahmedabad, MSU, St.Xaviers, Ashoka, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, NLSIU, Christ,  etc

IB MYP Recognition in India at a glance

The IB Published MYP & DP recognition guide for India - July 2018

Guide to Education to Higher Education in India - 2017

Placements - Other IB Schools in India

Below given are the placement details of other IB schools in India.

Total IBDP School 115
Data Available for Placements – Abroad 65
Data Available for Placements – India 61

University Placements – India

University Placements – Abroad