Frequently Asked Questions

Deccan International School

What are the timings to meet our management or visit our school’s Office?

09:30 – 10:30 (Mon-Sat with prior appointment)

09:30 – 10:30 (Mon-Sat with prior appointment)      

School Co-ordinator
14:00 – 15:00 (Mon-Fri with prior appointment)

Office Timings
08:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 15:00 (Mon-Fri)
09:00 – 12:00 (Sat)      

What are the school timings for students at DIS?

Timings for Pre-Primary School                      07:50 – 11:30 (Mon-Fri)        

Timings for Grade 1 onwards                             07:50 – 15:15 (Mon-Fri)

What is the break-up of a school day at DIS?

Our Timetable is as follows:

TIMINGS                                                                                  PERIODS

07:50                                                                                          FIRST BELL

08:00                                                                                          ASSEMBLY

08:15 – 08:25                                                                        MEDITATION

08:25 – 08:30                                                                        CLASS TEACHER

08:30 – 09:10                                                                        1ST PERIOD

09:10 – 09:50                                                                        2ND PERIOD

09:50 – 10:00                                                                        SHORT BREAK

10:00 – 10:40                                                                        3RD PERIOD

10:40 – 11:20                                                                        4TH PERIOD

11:20 – 12:00                                                                        5TH PERIOD

12:00 – 12:30                                                                        LUNCH BREAK

12:30 – 01:10                                                                        6TH PERIOD

01:10 – 01:50                                                                        7TH PERIOD

01:50 – 02:30                                                                        8TH PERIOD

02:30 – 03:10                                                                        9TH PERIOD

03:10 – 03:15                                                                         DISPERSAL

03:15                                                                                          TEACHERS OUT

Does DIS have a School Bus service?

Yes. Deccan International School manages its transport with high quality vehicles that ply from different parts of the city. Every vehicle has a Bus Assistant as well as detailed contact information (phone/mobile) of parents of the students traveling that route.

School Bus Policy & Guidelines

  • Children should be ready and waiting at their stop 5 minutes before pick up time.
  • Any changes in pick up/drop off venue should be cleared with the office (in writing). The office will then inform the bus driver of the change.
  • The buses cannot provide door-to-door service, as this increases the time spent commuting to and from school.
  • Check if the bus is running late (for the return trip). Often there is a traffic jam for as long as 15 minutes. As it will not be possible to inform every parent, they can call and get the information from the bus driver.
  • Bus timings/routes may periodically change in order to reduce travel time or to accommodate new students.
  • Keeping in mind the safety of our students, every bus has a first aid box and has been fitted with a speed-governor.
  • Students are expected to maintain proper decorum on the bus.

What are the rules for students using the School Bus?

The following are the Bus Rules -

  1. Remain seated.
  2. Keep noise levels low.
  3. Do not be rude to people on the road or with the assistants and driver.
  4. Do not eat on the bus.

What is the age of entry into Nursery?

The child should have completed 2 years and 10 months as on 1st June to be eligible for admission into Nursery.

What are the different levels in the Pre-primary section of DIS?

Nursery – age 2 years 10 months

Lower KG - age 3 years 10 months

Upper KG - age 4 years 10 months


How are students at DIS assessed on their progress? Do all classes write tests/exams?

  • Students of Nursery, LKG, UKG and Std. 1 – Std. IV do not write exams. Ongoing assessments occur in an informal manner throughout the year in the form of various quizzes.
  • Students of Std. V – Std. IX / IG write 3 Unit Tests and 2 Exams (1st Term Exam and the Annual Exam).
  • Students of Std. X onwards (ICSE/IGCSE/AS & A Levels) write 4 Exams before they sit for the Board Exams- (1st Term Exam, 2nd Term Exam and 2 Pre-Board Exams).

What are the electives offered for ICSE?

Computer Applications
Environmental Applications
Commercial Applications
Economic Applications
Physical Education

When can my child join the IGCSE stream at DIS?

IGCSE at DIS starts from Grade 8. At the end of Grade 7 students are given a choice to select either ICSE or IGCSE.

My child has studied in CBSE/ICSE all along, can he adapt to IGCSE?

Yes. He/she will be able to cope with the changes as all boards are more or less the same with minor differences.

How many subjects does a student study in IGCSE?

A student at DIS takes 8 subjects for the IGCSE examination.

Is it compulsory to study a language other than English in IGCSE?

Although it is not compulsory, we still advise the student to study a second language.

When does a student take the IGCSE Examination?

The IGCSE examination is taken at the end of 2 years of study in the month of March.

When does the IGCSE Examination take place in India?

The exams in India are held in the month of March. The results are declared in May. The usual examination cycle of May and October also occur.

What is the next step after the A Level?

All Indian Universities accept ‘A’ Level qualifications.  Please check the following document for details about specific universities.

Can students of AS / A Level seek admission into various courses for further studies?

Admission into Indian higher education institutions (universities and colleges) is open to those who have passed a Senior Secondary School Examination after twelve years (10+2 of the Indian system) of schooling. The Examinations include the CBSE, ISC (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, CISCE) and The Higher/Senior Secondary School Examinations conducted by the State Boards for Secondary Education in India. Foreign and international examinations that are deemed equivalent are also accepted. These include O Levels, IGCSE and A Levels from University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Board.

What are the entry/admission requirements for various professional and non-professional courses after Senior School?

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, has been identified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, to recommend on the equivalence of foreign qualifications. AIU recognizes five (5) passes at the Ordinary Level examination (O Level) or the International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE), with Grades A*, A, B or C, with a minimum of two passes at the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination, as  being equivalent to the Senior Certificate (10+2) Examination.

The grades achieved are recorded on the certificate issued by CIE. In addition, on the Statement of Results, you can find the uniform percentage mark out of 100 for each syllabus. Grades and percentage marks are also provided by the school on a transcript.

Professional Courses:

Applicants to professional degrees need to be 17 years of age on 31st December of the year of entrance examination/admission. For entry to professional courses, students must sit for the Common Entrance Tests (CET) for the appropriate course. Admission to Indian Universities and Colleges is based on a merit list, usually compiled by the aggregation of the marks from the Year 12 examinations and the mark from the Common Entrance Tests (CET). CETs are held at both national and state level depending on the course applied for (apart from Tamil Nadu which does not have CETs).

To be eligible to sit for the CET, students will need 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in A Level in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with a minimum of 50%. English at AS or A Level may also be required.

Medicine and Dental Science
To be eligible to sit for the CET, students will need 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in A Level in Physics, Chemistry and Biology with a minimum of 50%. English at AS or A Level may also be required. The Medical Council of India, following guidance from CBSE, has accepted AS English taken in Year 12 as equivalent to the Indian Year 12 examination.

To be eligible to sit for the CET, students will need 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in two A Levels including Mathematics with a minimum of 50%.

 Non-Professional Courses:

Minimum entry requirements for Liberal Studies (Sciences, Commerce, Arts) are 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in two A Levels.

Minimum entry requirements are 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in two or three A Levels which must include the following plus English at AS or A Level:

Mathematics Group
Pass in A Level in Physics and Mathematics

Biology Group
Pass in A Level in Chemistry and Biology

Computer Sciences
Pass in A Level in Physics and Mathematics

Minimum entry requirements are 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in two A Levels including Chemistry and Mathematics and AS Level in Physics or Biology.

Minimum entry requirements are 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher including Mathematics plus passes in two A Levels of which one must be in a relevant subject.

Minimum entry requirements are 5 IGCSE/O Levels with Grade C or higher plus passes in two A Levels in any subjects (with the exception of Economics which requires a pass in A Level Mathematics).

NB Indian universities reserve the right to give equivalence to foreign qualification. Some universities may require three passes at A Level for admission to bachelor degrees in liberal studies (non-professional subjects) also. However, most universities follow the advice of the Association of Indian Universities and make a reference to the Association if there is any doubt about equivalence. Please also note that schools/students should check regarding local requirements for languages and other subjects.

Does any other University accept IGCSE and AS & A Levels

The following is extracted from the notification provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development website – As per the AIU (Association of Indian Universities). 5(five) passes at IGCSE in Grade A, B and C and minimum 2 (two) passes at A level examination of the British examining bodies is equivalent to +2 stage qualification which is the minimum eligibility requirement for admission to Bachelor degree programme at Indian Universities.

What are the After-School Programs at DIS?

DIS offers its students After-School Programs in Music, Art, Sports and French.

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