The IGCSE and the AS/A level qualifications are internationally recognized and accepted all over the world. In India, the Association of Indian Universities accepts the A level examinations as equivalent to the CBSE class XII examination. The University of Madras accepts 5 passes at IGCSE level in grade A, B and C with 2 or 3 ‘A’ level passes as equivalent to +2 stage qualification of an Indian board. The application-based orientation of the CIE examinations prepares a student for high performance in competitive exams for college entrance.  As the University of Madras says “The University welcomes applications from students with these qualifications”.