About ICSE

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education popularly known as ICSE as mentioned in the ICSE official website is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) which is a private board of school education in India for Class 10. The CISCE board is headquartered in New Delhi, which is considered as one of the popular boards of education in India who conducts the ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 board examinations every year.

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed to provide an exam in a course of general education, according to the New Education Policy 1986, through English medium. The ICSE Board focuses on a student’s overall growth, so it provides a balanced curriculum to all its learners. Students can also find all the information related to ICSE Board in their ICSE official website.

Board Details

CISCE aims to serve its learners through quality education and empowering them to contribute towards humanity, pluralistic society, by creating an exciting learning experience. The contact details of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is given below.

Name of Board Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
Established 1958
Medium of Instruction English
Address (Head Office) Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)

P 35-36, Sector VI

Pushp Vihar, Saket

New Delhi – 110017

Telephone Number (011) 29564831/33/37
E-Mail [email protected]
Official Website cisce.org
Fax Number (011) 29564735

ICSE Syllabus

The ICSE syllabus is well-structured, comprehensive and aims to build analytical skills and practical knowledge to its students. ICSE Board is known for its vast syllabus and students must give importance to all the subjects. The board focuses on a detailed study of each and every subject which helps students to have the flexibility of selecting specific subjects in higher classes.

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education also considers the internal assessments to be very important for a student’s development. The practical exam results are aggregated with the student’s overall score.

Students who are studying under the ICSE Board should be completely familiar with the exam syllabus to prepare effectively for their examination. Click the link given below to get the complete details about ICSE Syllabus.

ICSE Practical Syllabus

The practical syllabus of ICSE will help students to get an idea about the types of experiments they need to perform for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in their respective school lab. The experiments mentioned in the syllabus are framed in accordance with the theory part so that students can understand the importance of it. Before performing the experiment students should have a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts. Click the link given below to download the latest ICSE practical syllabus.

ICSE Affiliations

Guidelines for affiliations:

  1. The School must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state government for affiliation of the school to the council.
  2. The school should be run by a registered society, trust or company registered under Section 25 (1)(a) of the Companies Act, 1956 and one of the principal purposes of the society, trust or company must be educational.
  3. Each school must have a properly constituted governing body and managing committee.
  4. The society, trust or company must be financially stable.
  5. The medium of instruction in the school must be English and the scheme of studies must be in accordance with the scheme laid down by the council for secondary and higher secondary stages.
  6. The staff must be qualified and trained in accordance with the qualifications prescribed by the council.
  7. There should be a compulsory provident fund scheme.
  8. The school infrastructure should be adequate for accommodating the numbers and gender of pupils attending the school.
  9. The playing fields and/or other facilities for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities must be adequate.
  10. 10. The equipment should be adequate to enable all subjects to be taught efficiently and must include apparatus for practical work.
  11. The number of working days and hours should conform to those prescribed by the council from time to time.
  12. The Certificate of Land is a mandatory document to be submitted electronically in a prescribed format for provisional affiliation.

ICSE Curriculum Details

The detailed curriculum of the board from class 1 to class 10 is provided below.

  • Class 1 to 5

The ICSE Board focuses more on refining the skills of students. All the schools under the CISCE have the freedom to select their own textbooks for class 1 to 5. The board has guidelines for every subject which the schools must follow to make the syllabus relevant to the students studying under ICSE board.

  • Class 6 to 10

No prescribed syllabus but only guidelines are provided for students of class 6, 7 and 8. For class 9 and 10, a well-structured syllabus is provided by the council. The council also provides a list of books from which the schools can choose for their students. There is no textbook set by the council.

Moreover, from 2021, new subjects will be included in the curriculum. Group I history, civics and geography (Thailand) will be offered to aspirants of Thai nationality compulsorily while others can also opt for the same. The students will have a choice to study either history civics and geography or history civics and geography (Thailand).

ICSE Class 10 Board Exam

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exam for Class 10 students.

  • ICSE Class 10 Board Exam

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) has been designed to provide an exam in a course of general education according to the New Education policy 1986. The ICSE Class 10 Board exam is conducted for Class 10 students. There are 7 subjects in the examination, out of which 4 are compulsory subjects, and 3 have a choice of subjects. All school-level ICSE Board exams are conducted by the ICSE Board for subjects like English, History, Commercial Studies, Science, Environmental Science, etc.

ICSE Compartmental Exams

ICSE Board exam will start from 27th February 2020 till March 30th 2020. After the exams are over the results will be declared after few months. Once the results are declared the Board will release the time-table for ICSE compartmental exam for 2020.

From this year ICSE Board started conducting compartmental exams for Class 10 students only in one subject. ICSE compartmental examinations are conducted from July 15 to 17, 2019. Candidates who fail to secure pass certificates will be permitted to appear for the compartmental examination in one subject in which they have not secured the pass mark. However, the candidates should have secured the pass mark in English (compulsory) and three other subjects in the ICSE 2019 examination. The entries of all the candidates will be submitted online to the Council by the Head of the concerned school and the results of the compartmental exams will be declared on August 2019.

ICSE Practical Exams

Practical exams are also an important part of the syllabus like theory paper. Practical help students to clear all the concepts and doubts related to the topic. Along with the theory part scoring well in practical exams is also necessary so that you can score well in that subject. Practical work promotes experimental learning. ICSE conducts practical exams for subjects such as Art, Physics, Indian Music, Home Science, Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Computer Science and Fashion Designing.

ICSE Study Materials

Students who are studying under ICSE Board must prepare hard for their examination. Visit ICSE Study Materials to get the latest question papers, previous year papers and sample papers of ICSE Board exam. These study materials will help you to prepare effectively for your upcoming board exam.

ICSE Sample Papers

ICSE Sample Papers will help students to build a strong foundation for solving the problem in their board exams. These ICSE Sample Papers are prepared as per the latest ICSE syllabus and considered as the important study material while preparing for their board exam. The ICSE Board classwise sample papers are provided in the table below.

ICSE Previous Year Question Papers

ICSE Previous Year Question Papers are particularly based on the current and updated curriculum by ICSE Board. By referring more and more ICSE Previous Years Question Papers, students become perfect in the question paper pattern for a particular class and subject, learn about the possibility of repeating questions and also it helps in reducing the student’s nervousness during answering their question paper in ICSE Board exam.

ICSE Important Questions

ICSE Important Questions give you an idea of the portions you should not miss and hence solving them will help you in covering the types of important question or important topics from the ICSE syllabus that are likely to appear for the ICSE Board examination. So, solving these important questions is an unavoidable task for the students. The classwise ICSE Important Questions are mentioned below.

ICSE Textbook Solutions

ICSE board does not prescribe any specific textbook to the student. Most students of ICSE board study through various reference books.

Concise Selina Solutions

The book by the Selina publishers are the most sought out books by ICSE students. This book contains several questions from each chapter with varying difficulty levels. Here we have provided the Selina Solutions for Class 8, 9 and 10. Students can access the chapterwise ICSE Textbook Solutions from the table below.

ML Aggarwal Solutions

The books published by ML Aggarwal is one of the best reference books of Mathematics, designed for the students studying in ICSE board. These ML Aggarwal Solutions contains detailed answers for the questions present n the book

ICSE Books

The ICSE syllabus includes some of the most important topics that form the basic foundations. So, it is very important to be well-equipped with all the ICSE Books and have a proper understanding of the concepts. Students can download ICSE books in PDF format which helps them while preparing for the ICSE Board exam.

ICSE Exam Pattern

The ICSE exam pattern for all the compulsory subjects provided below so that students can overview of the exact question paper pattern, weightage of marks for each section and number of questions in each section. By knowing the exam pattern they get to know the important topics which need to be focused more. Students should go through the exam pattern before they start preparing for the ICSE Class 10 Board exam.

ICSE Exam Pattern English I  (2 hours)
There will be 4 broad questions. A composition of 450 to 500 words, second is a letter, third is an unseen passage and related questions and fourth would be a question to test your grammar. In essay and letter section you are given a choice. Choose only those topics which you know about.
ICSE Exam Pattern English – II Exam Pattern (2 HOURS)
Section – A (2 questions )
Section – B (2 questions )
Section – C (2 questions ) contains an essay type question
ICSE Exam Pattern For Maths (2 ½ hours)
Section – A ( 4 questions of 10 marks each = 40 marks)
Section – B ( 7 questions out of which 4 are to be solved for obtaining 40 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For Hindi (3 hours)- First section deals with Hindi Language.
It has 3 major parts – i)Essay of around 250 words ii)Letter  iii) Unseen passage
Second section deals with Hindi Literature in which you are supposed to answer any 4 questions from the two books you have read from.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Physics ( 1.5 hrs)
Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Chemistry (1.5 hrs)
Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Biology (1.5 hrs)
Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks
ICSE Exam Pattern For History and Civics (2 hrs)
Section – A  First part deals with small answer type ques from civics part(10 marks)
Second part deals with small answer type ques from history part (20 marks)
Section – B    First part has 3 long answer type questions from civics out of which any 2 are to be solved (20 marks)
Second part has 5 long answer type questions from history out of which any 3 are to be solved (30 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For Geography (2 hrs)
First part has 2 questions –  i) Map of India(10 marks) ii)Survey map and its interpretation(20 marks)
Second part has 9 questions out of which 5 are to be solved (50 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For. E.V.S (2 hrs)
First part has 4 compulsory questions and second part has 5 long answer type questions out of which any 4 are to be solved.

ICSE Grading Pattern

The ICSE Board marking scheme is given below. Group 1 is compulsory but students can select any 2 subjects from group 2 and any 1 subject from group 3.

GROUP I: (Compulsory) Percentage External Examination Marks Internal Assessment
English 80% 20%
A Second Language (one/two) 80% 20%
History, Civics and Geography 80% 20%
GROUP II: (Any two/three of the following subjects)
Mathematics 80% 20%
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) 80% 20%
Economics 80% 20%
Commercial Studies 80% 20%
A Modern Foreign Language 80% 20%
A Classical Language 80% 20%
Environmental Science 80% 20%
GROUP III: (Any one of the following subjects)
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%

How to Prepare for ICSE

The preparation tips mentioned below will guide students on how to schedule their study plan effectively. It will give them some idea on how to begin their preparation according to the subject. Students are advised to go through these tips before they start their ICSE Board exam preparation so that they can work on it smoothly.

ICSE Latest Updates

ICSE’s latest updates help students to be updated with the recent changes and notifications released by the ICSE Board.  Knowing the updates will help students to know all the changes initiated by the board and how it will benefit them. Given below the table of all the notifications issued by the ICSE board related to syllabus, compartmental exams, ICSE Board exam etc. The latest updates are taken from the ICSE official website so that students are updated with the latest changes implemented by the Board.

ICSE Videos on Important Topics

To make learning easier and fun through interactive videos. Here we have provided the links of few videos. Go through them and enjoy learning.

Periodic Table

Understanding Carbon

Stay tuned with BYJU’S to get the latest news and notification on ICSE Exam along with syllabus, marking scheme, sample papers, previous year question papers and more.

Frequently Asked Questions on ICSE

What is the abbreviation of ICSE?

ICSE abbreviation is Indian Certificate of Secondary Education.

If a candidate has passed in all subjects in the ICSE examination, can he/she reappear in one or two subjects to improve grades?

Yes, a candidate may reappear in one or more subjects subsequent to obtaining a Pass Certificate in the ICSE examination. A Supplementary Pass Certificate will be awarded thereafter to a candidate on successful performance in subject/s in which the reappearance has been undertaken.

Can a private candidate or a candidate from another Board/s take the ICSE (Class-X) Examination directly?

Private candidates are not permitted to appear for the examination, nor can candidates from other Board/s take the ICSE (Class-X) Examination directly. The ICSE (Class-X) Examination is a two-year course of Classes IX and X. Candidates desirous of taking the ICSE Examination are required to register in Class IX as regular school candidates from affiliated schools and are required to enter for six subjects along with Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW). It is also necessary that the candidates have a minimum of 75% attendance in both Classes IX and X.

I had appeared for the ICSE Examination and wish to apply for a recheck in a few subjects. To whom do I have to approach for the recheck and the subsequent result?

A recheck application must be made online by the school/candidate. A fee of Rs. 1000/- is charged for each subject recheck request. After processing, the Council will intimate the school/candidate about the result of the recheck request. The parents or candidates may also get in touch with the Head of the concerned school for the result of the same.

What is the procedure that must be followed to make a correction in the name/parent’s name or the DOB in my ICSE/ISC certificates?

You are requested to first contact the school and then forward the following documents to the Council (through the school):-
a) Duly attested copy of the amended School Admission Form.
b) Duly attested copy of the Birth Certificate.
c) Original Affidavit (signed by a First Class Magistrate)- English version.
d) Original Statement of Marks and Pass Certificate
e) Online payment of Correction fees through the School.
f) Cutting of a Newspaper announcement regarding the change/correction (English version)
g) Covering letter from the school, clearly mentioning the required correction.

What is the age limit for appearing for the ICSE (Class-X) Examination?

As such there is no age limit for appearing for the ICSE Examination. However, schools, while admitting the candidates are requested to follow the norms as set by the State Education Department of the concerned State Government.

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