IBCC Equivalence Formula

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

 

CI 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

O Level Subjects

A Level Subjects

Mathematics / Add Maths

Biology

English

Chemistry

Urdu

Physics

Pakistan Studies

 

Islamiyat

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

 

Subjects Required for Admission in an Engineering College

O Level Subjects

A Level Subjects

Mathematics / Add Maths

Mathematics / Further Maths

English

Chemistry

Urdu

Physics

Pakistan Studies

 

Islamiyat

 

Biology or Computer Science

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

 

*For a candidate taking both Mathematics and Additional/Further Mathematics, the better of the two grades will be considered for equivalence. 

Science students and their parents must note that any subject other than the ones mentioned above will not be considered for equivalence. 

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.

 

IBCC Equivalence Formula for Overseas Candidates

 

  • Pakistani national students taking O & A Level exams in Pakistan must pass 8 O Level and 3 A Level subjects for equivalence.
  • Pakistani national students taking O & A Level exams are exempted from 3 compulsory O Level subjects (Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat and Urdu) ONLY if they have taken BOTH O & A Level exams outside Pakistan. Such students are eligible for equivalence if they pass 5 O Level and 3 A Level subjects. Pakistani national students taking O Level exams from outside Pakistan and A Level exams in Pakistan (or vice versa) must pass 8 O Level and 3 A Level subjects for equivalence.
  • Foreign national students are exempted from 3 compulsory O Level subjects (Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat and Urdu) whether they take O/A Level exams within or outside Pakistan. Such students are also eligible for equivalence if they pass 5 O Level and 3 A Level subjects.
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