International Baccalaureate®

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Founded in 1968, the IBO currently has 3,946 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,235,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

The Diploma Programme: preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The Diploma Programme will prepare our boys for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service

The Diploma Programme core

  • The extended essay will ask our boys to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows boys to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, boys inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves our boys in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages boys to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance our boys’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

The curriculum

In the IB Diploma Programme boys must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Boys may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.


Boys take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Boys also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Boys can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to boys who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that boys have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.

Public Examination Result 2014

Record number of boys achieving over 40 points

The number of boys achieving 40 points or over was a record. Congratulations to Udbhav Agarwal from Tata House, who achieved 43 points and received offers that included Cornell and Vassar in the USA, and from Singapore, Singapore Management University and Nanyang Technological University.

Other destinations offered to our “40+ Club” included Columbia and UCB, Lafayette College and University of Southern California in the US, and UK university offers included the London School of Economics, University of Warwick and the University of Bristol.

Courses for the 40 + Club include Science, Political Science and Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Energy Engineering.

Top IB scorer to study science

Udbhav Agarwal, who was the top IB scorer of 2014, and the collector of multiple offers from first class universities across the world, wishes to study Science, the subject that most captured his imagination.

Dosco wins the International Leader of Tomorrow Award (ILOT) from University of British Columbia, the second awardee in three years

Congratulations to Udbhav Agarwal, who was offered the ILOT award by UBC. He follows Milind Pandit from Jaipur House who was also offered the award in 2011.

Public Examination Result 2013

The IB average score of points per pupil: 36.4 (Out of Max. 45)

Boys leap forward with the IB.

45 IB points at Doon.

The school is delighted to announce that Ujjwal Dahuja from Hyderabad House achieved a perfect point score.

Ujjwal has received multiple scholarship offers and university offers including Imperial College London, Cornell and Princeton in the US.

He has taken up his place to major in Mathematics at Princeton on a huge scholarship and the school cannot be more pleased for him.

SHE accomplishment: Science sizzles at Doon

In 2013, The Doon School quadrupled the number of boys achieving the School Indian Government Higher Education Scholarship (SHE) under the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) offered to high achieving pupils who studied sciences at Class XII and who choose to study science at university. The pupils have to be within the top1% of the Class XII results.

Record IB results at Doon in 2013, with huge leap per point score

The school is delighted to announce that its average point score of well over 36 points per pupil is almost a two-point leap on last year’s. The school’s IB scores have seen steady improvement in the five years it has been implemented. Headmaster Dr Peter McLaughlin said ‘I am very delighted with these results as there are few schools, especially boys’ boarding schools, that have been able to show this average point score leap. The school achieved 100% pass at the diploma level. Many schools in India choose to submit candidates for the certificate course instead. Almost 65% of the boys achieved a 35 points average or better. The world average based upon the current 2012 data is 29.5 – 29.8 points and South Asia achieving just over 30 points per student.’ Dr McLaughlin also spoke of the superb university offers that the boys have received in the UK, US, Canada and Hong Kong. ‘The Russell Group dominates the UK offers with the Ivy Leagues and top-class Liberal Arts and Sciences strongly prevalent in the US. Huge congratulations to all the boys involved and to the staff and to the parents who have supported their sons and the school’s efforts to enable the boys to maximize their academic potential.’

The Doon School matches its IB HMC UK counterparts

The school is delighted to announce that it has, according to 2012 and 2013 data, produced almost the same average point score as its Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) counterparts. The current point score average for the UK HMC group of schools is 36.5.

The Doon School is in overseas membership of HMC and only one of 4 schools in India to be in this membership. The UK private sector average point score is 35.1 and the state sector in the UK averages 31.6 points per pupil.

Globally, the private sector in the UK is the highest performing group of IB schools. The Doon School is now firmly in that group. In 2013, it has matched large co-educational boarding schools in the UK.They also have girls whose successful presence is felt in terms of number and quality of results. In the UK, there is no single sex boys’ full boarding school offering the IB.


How does the points system work?

Each of the six subjects is graded out of 7. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge are combined to give up to 3 core points. The total diploma score is therefore a maximum 45 points

Is the IB accepted by universities?

The IB is accepted by universities in the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada as well as Australia and across the world. There are some universities who have scholarships for IB candidates!

Does the IB include coursework?

Yes, around 20% for each subject and then 3 core points awarded for Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay coursework.

Do Indian universities accept the IB?

They do but not the predicted grades. This means that boys will have to apply with their point score and will need to check when the deadlines for applications are due.