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ISCE also called the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination is a school examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, through English medium. CISCE is a private board headquartered in New Delhi. There are total 2,341 schools which are affiliated to CISCE board where ICSE held.

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ISCE total requires ten year of a student from Class 1 to 10. The board has various regulations and standard through which a student can develop their skills to do better in future. The board is well renowned for its difficulty and vastness of syllabus.

Generally, the beginning of the academic year in Schools affiliated to the Council shall be from the middle of March and the first week of June each year. in the case of candidates who are being entered for the first time, is restricted to candidates with a minimum of 75% attendance of the working days during each year of the two year course at schools affiliated to the board.

Primary Classes (Class 1 to 5)

CICSE has not made detailed syllabus for the Class 1 to 5. The schools affiliated can select their own textbook which are suitable for students but as per the modules released by the board for primary classes.

In Preschool, the curriculum promote children’s learning through enriched play experiences. The subjects are 

In Class 1 and 2, English has been treated as the first language. Hindi and Mathematics is also there. Environmental Studies (E and VS) is presented that follow thematic approach.

In Class 3 to 5, other than English, Hindi and Mathematics, Science and Social Science has also been included in the syllabus that addresses concepts from various themes. Computer Studies has also been adopted with a focus on use of technology in Education. Arts Education will be also promoted in children that follows a theme-based approach. 

Upper Primary Classes (Class 6 to 8)

CICSE has also not made detailed syllabus for the Class 6 to 8. The schools affiliated can select their own textbook which are suitable for students but as per the modules released by the board for upper primary classes. English, Hindi and Mathematics is included in the syllabus. Social Science has been divided into three parts History, Civics and Geography and Science has been also divided into Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Computer Studies curriculum focuses on acquisition of knowledge and skills in ICT so as to enable students to use common software applications and technology to access and utilize information. Arts Education will help in the development of creative expression and expression through visual art forms.

Secondary Classes (Class 9 and 10)

CICSE has prepared a set of books from which students can prepare for the exams in Class 9 and 10. For promotion from Class 9 to 10, a candidate is required to have obtained at least 33% marks in five subjects (severally) including English on the cumulative average and a minimum attendance of 75% of the working days. 

ICSE Grading Pattern (Class 9 and 10)

There will be total 7 subjects in which four will compulsory and other three depend on choice. The board has divided subjects into three groups. Group 1 is compulsory but you can select any 2 subjects from group 2 and any 1 subject from group 3.

Group I

Subject Name Percentage Marks External Exam Percentage Marks - Internal Exam
English 80% 20%
A Second Language 80% 20%
History, Civics and Geography 80% 20%
Environmental Education 80% 20%

Group II

Subject Name Percentage Marks External Exam Percentage Marks - Internal Exam
Mathematics 80% 20%
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) 80% 20%
Economics 80% 20%
Commercial Studies 80% 20%
Technical Drawing 80% 20%
A Modern Foreign Language 80% 20%
A Classical Language 80% 20%
Computer Science 80% 20%
Environmental Science 80% 20%
Agricultural Science 80% 20%

Group III

Subject Name Percentage Marks External Exam Percentage Marks - Internal Exam
Computer Applications 50% 50%
Economic Applications 50% 50%
Commercial Applications 50% 50%
Art 50% 50%
Performing Arts 50% 50%
Home Science 50% 50%
Cookery 50% 50%
Fashion Designing 50% 50%
Physical Education 50% 50%
Yoga 50% 50%
Technical Drawing Applications 50% 50%
Environmental Applications 50% 50%
A Modern Foreign Language 50% 50%

• Candidates may offer one/two of the languages listed below:

Ao Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Kashmiri, Lepcha, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Mizo, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Tenydie, Urdu or any other official Indian language approved by the Council provided the school has the required infrastructure and experienced teachers.


One of the Foreign Languages listed below provided the school has the required infrastructure and experienced teachers/ resource persons. French, German, Spanish or any other foreign language approved by the Council. 

• The duration of both theory and practical examinations would be three hours each.

• History, Civics and Geography (Thailand) may be offered mainly by the candidates of Thai nationality

• It is expected that candidates will normally offer both Science and Mathematics from Group II.

• The following subject combinations are not permitted for the ICSE Examination:
- Sanskrit as a Second Language (Group I) and Sanskrit as a Classical Language (Group II).
- Economics (Group II) and Economic Applications (Group III).
- Commercial Studies (Group II) and Commercial Applications (Group III).
- Environmental Science (Group II) and Environmental Applications (Group III).
- History, Civics and Geography and History, Civics and Geography (Thailand).
- Under Modern Foreign Language:

▪ Candidates opting for a Modern Foreign Language as a Second Language in Group I, may not opt for the same language under Modern Foreign Languages in Group II and Group III.
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