IBCC EQUIVALENCE FORMULA

The Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) has set regulations for students wishing to continue their education in Pakistan after A Level. These regulations are especially important for students willing to study medical or engineering subjects.

To convert O and A Level grades into F.Sc. marks, an equivalence formula is used which considers 8 O Level subjects (5 compulsory and 3 elective) and 3 A Level subjects. Marks are allotted according to the following criteria:

Grade secured at O or A Level
Marks (out of 100)
 A*
90
A
85
B
75
C
65
D
55
E
45

CIE has introduced a new grade A* from November 2009 for O Level and from June 2010 for A Level. A* grade is awarded to students taking AS Examinations only on the completion of their A Level after two years.

Since a total of 11 subjects (8 O Level & 3 A Level subjects) is considered for equivalence, the total marks are 1100. Please note that marks secured in a subject at O or A Level carry equal weighting, so students must perform well in all subjects at both levels to obtain a high score.

Students can improve their score by reappearing in a subject (with a poor grade) but that must be done within a year of the first attempt and before getting the equivalence certificate.

Students must choose their subjects very carefully, keeping in mind their future plans and IBCC requirements. The following information may be helpful in this regard:

Subjects Required for Admission in a Medical College
Subjects Required for Admission in an Engineering College
O Level Subjects
A Level Subjects
O Level Subjects
A Level Subjects
Mathematics
Biology
Mathematics
Mathematics
English
Chemistry
English
Chemistry
Urdu
Physics
Urdu
Physics
Pakistan Studies
 
Pakistan Studies
 
Islamiyat
 
Islamiyat
 
Biology
 
Biology or Computer Science
 
Chemistry
 
Chemistry
 
Physics
 
Physics
 
 

Science students and their parents must note that any subject other than the ones mentioned above will not be considered for equivalence. Therefore, subjects like Additional Mathematics or Further Mathematics should only be taken up as additional ones.

Students willing to pursue a career in fields other than Sciences, for example business management subjects like Accounting and Economics, can study any three elective subjects at O and A Level. However, they are strongly recommended to study Sciences at O Level and Mathematics at A Level.

The information given on IBCC is up to date at the time of our going to the press. To avoid problems and difficulties, parents/students are suggested to keep track of any changes that may be announced at any time. Visiting the official website of IBCC (www.ibcc.edu.pk) would be useful in this regard.


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