Shiv Nadar School IB Diploma Programme

At Shiv Nadar School, we believe in nourishing young minds and preparing them for a future filled with possibilities.
The Shiv Nadar IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) offers a transformative educational experience, empowering students to become lifelong learners and global citizens. It is a meticulous blend of the ‘how’, ‘why’, and ‘what’ of teaching by providing education through a lens of global contexts. Due to this methodology, the IBDP empowers children to establish purposeful and authentic links between their studies and a real-world understanding of global matters.

Shiv Nadar School Advantage

Seasoned and Trained
IB Faculty

Seasoned and Trained IB Faculty

Our team of experienced educators is committed to delivering exceptional learning experiences with care, knowledge, and passion. All our IB educators have been trained in IB-recognised workshops and over 70% serve as IB examiners and workshop leaders. Each educator undergoes 200 hours of training annually and significant number of international curriculum teachers are CENTA rank holders.

Dedicated Career
Guidance Centre

Dedicated Career Guidance Centre

A specialized team of seasoned experts assists students in choosing career paths that resonate best with their intellect and interest. Through their diverse initiatives and able guidance, our students have found themselves a home in acclaimed universities across 15 countries including Cambridge, Yale, Dartmouth New York University, UCL, University of Edinburgh, NUS, NTU, Parsons School of Design and Berklee College of Music amongst various others.

Deep focus on
the needs of the learners

Deep focus on the needs of the learners

Shiv Nadar School’s IB curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, encompassing academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. It emphasises the importance of creating all-round students who are not just academically competent but also open-minded and principled.


Purpose-designed Infrastructure

The infrastructure has been purpose-built to reflect Shiv Nadar School’s educational ideology. It follows global best practices and creates a learning environment to enable students to flourish. Our campuses across Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad have 27 state-of-the-art labs and facilities. Our dedicated International Curriculum Wings ensure students receive the most superior learning experience throughout their course.

Core Components


TOK or Theory of Knowledge, is aimed at nurturing your child's critical thinking skills. It encourages them to reflect on the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing. Students evaluate their belief and opinion acquired so far in their journey as knowers and unlock their potential as non conformist thinkers.

TOK invites students to use the tool of knowledge questions to engage with epistemological processes, ranging from the production or acquisition to the communication of knowledge. It enables them to apply critical thinking principles across subjects fostering a deeper understanding of these disciplines and empowering them by cultivating a profound connection between real-world and classroom knowledge.


The extended essay provides students with a unique opportunity to delve into an academic topic of personal interest. This takes the form of an independent research allowing students to showcase their passion, intellectual initiative, and/or creative approach to the chosen topic. It is presented as a formal piece of sustained academic research paper (4,000 words maximum) accompanied by a reflection form (500 words maximum).

With this essay, students learn crucial transferable skills including research, critical thinking, and self-management. The emphasis is on engagement and reflection on the research process, depicting the intellectual and personal journey of the student and how it has transformed them as learners, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of their knowledge and capabilities.


At Shiv Nadar School, the CAS Programme allows the students to understand, and accept/embrace the challenges and outcomes of their personal learning and choices made. The nature of CAS organically allows the students to embrace the learner attributes of IB Diploma Programme thereby becoming confident, compassionate, independent and lifelong learners.

CAS, an acronym for Creativity, Activity and Service, is one of the three elements that constitutes the CORE of the Diploma Programme. The CAS Programme is the soul of the core as it urges its' students to plan-act-reflect during their engagements in diverse experiences that are aligned with their hobbies, areas of interests/passion, simultaneously allowing them to pursue their strengths and address weaknesses. The eighteen month long CAS journey encourages students to become lifelong learners by offering a structured platform to them for pursuing experiential learning. Under the Creativity strand, students explore familiar and unfamiliar avenues to acquire/develop/strengthen personal interests building skills such as in debate, music, art, drama, or dance. The Activity strand emphasizes on acquiring a fitter lifestyle by helping them choose and participate in diverse physical experiences and sports. The strand of Service promotes, ‘think globally, act locally’ and allows them to develop a meaningful connection with their immediate community urging them to address and resolve real-time challenges.

IB Learner Profile

IBDP Students' Experiences

IBDP Parents' Perspectives

Our Alumni across the globe

  • 30 Students Studying Abroad
  • 38 Students in Top 100 Universities
    by Overall Ranking
  • 43 Students in Top 100 Universities
    by Subject Ranking

IB Diploma Programme Model

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) inspires holistic learning, emphasising the interconnectedness of diverse subjects.

Each student is required to study six subjects, one from each of the six groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and Creative Arts

The wide range of subjects we offer at our campuses allows students to craft a personalised portfolio tailored to their unique interests and strengths. This approach not only nurtures their talents but also aligns with their career aspirations, ensuring a fulfilling educational journey.

Shiv Nadar School Gurgaon, Shiv Nadar School Noida and Shiv Nadar School Faridabad are IB World Schools. All three schools are offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB-DP) for Grades XI and XI.

To explore more about subject choices, please connect with our campus team.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage of pursuing IB?

It is a balanced program that focuses equally on languages, sciences, humanities mathematics, and creative subjects. Subjects are divided into groups, and students can choose subjects based on their preferences.

It is a balanced programme, provoking interdisciplinary connections between six subject groups - Languages, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and The Arts.

Students read subjects from these groups and develop advanced skills in research and writing through the core components of the IB Diploma Programme, namely Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service.

Are IB students eligible for competitive exams like IIT/JEE/NEET?

Only IB students who have completed the requisite scientific course requirements as part of their IBDP can take the exams. A student must have studied three sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) in class 12 or its equivalent to pursue a course in medicine from any institution in India. Since the NEET/JEE tests are based on the CBSE syllabus, students who intend to take the exams must set aside time for additional preparation.

What will happen if my child cannot cope with the rigour?

Students are encouraged and effectively supported to complete the Diploma course. Students who do not meet the minimum requirement for the full diploma can appear as Course Candidates. Students can choose to study from 1 to 5 IB subjects (SL or HL) and are not required to take up the core elements (EE, TOK, & CAS).

For Grade 12 equivalence in India, students may choose to study 6 subjects (3 at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level) and register as Course candidates. This would mean that they would be exempt from devoting hours to the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service while experiencing the rigour of the IB subject domains.

Can my child be exempt from Math if they want to study something else?

Math is compulsory in the DP, but students have a choice that depends on their needs, aspirations, interests, and abilities.

For this reason, Mathematics is offered in two different strands in the DP, Mathematics Analysis and Approaches and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

Each course is designed to meet the needs of a particular group of students. Both courses are offered at a Higher Level and a Standard Level, making the Math programme relevant to every learner, preparing them for the next stage of their academic pursuits.

Do Indian universities recognise IB?

IB is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as an entry qualification (equivalent to + 2 qualifications of an Indian Board) to all universities in India.

How difficult is the transition from CBSE to IB? How long does it take for students to understand the new way of learning?

The Foundation week, at the beginning, helps the students get familiar with the required skills in the various subject areas. They get a sense of classroom experiences through interactive activities designed by teachers. That time is used to familiarise them with the attributes of IB learners. Some students adapt easily, but usually, by the end of the first term, most of the students are seen to be much more comfortable!

Does the IB program allow differentiated learning and student opportunities beyond the prescribed curriculum?

The students have ample opportunities to explore their areas of interest, as the topics of investigation in the internal assessments depend on choices made by the students. Each student formulates the subject and topic of the extended essay based on their passions and abilities.