‘Smart Minds Academy’ having Curriculum of its own, is not affiliated to any Board, since it is intended to function as an Alternate School. However, for the purpose of Formal Certification, students will be guided to register and to take up the Board Exams at Stds. X & XII levels conducted by either NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) or Cambridge/ Edexel (IGCSE & ‘A’ Level Certificates). Students will be trained to perform well in these Board Exams.
While formal schools prepare their students for the respective Board Exams, SMA primarily does not exist just for the sake of training students towards the Board Exams. It is only one among the several aspects of training at SMA which have been explained earlier.
NIOS is instituted by Government of India & is the only Board in India which does not stipulate formal schooling to take up their Board Exams. For further details, refer www.nios.ac.in. Syllabus prescribed by NIOS closely follows that of CBSE, but the treatment in any chapter is relatively less intense than that of CBSE.
While the Students undergoing Formal Schooling obtain Certificates from the respective Boards unto which their Schools are affiliated, the Student undergoing either Alternate Schooling or Home Schooling, can obtain Certificates at Stds.X & XII Levels from NIOS. The role of this Certificate is same as that of Certificate from CBSE Board or any other State Board .Hence a Student can have admission into Universities like IISc, IIT, BITS, NIT, IIIT, IISER, CMI,ISI,VIT, SASTRA, SRM, Amrita, Anna University and other Engineering Colleges, and similarly so into AIIMS/JIPMER & various Medical Colleges in India, provided the student satisfies the admission criteria like the performance in Entrance Exam etc. One can also apply to Universities abroad.
A Student can appear for either Cambridge / Edexel as a private candidate i.e as someone who is not studying in a formal school affliated to these boards. Those who are very particular about admission into Universities abroad can opt for any one of these International Boards. One can get admission into many Universities in India using these Board Certificates.