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Early Beginings

In 1952, an All India Certificate Examinations Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister for Education. The main purpose of the Conference was to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. This set the agenda for the establishment of the Council.

In October 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate's Examination in India and, to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its examination to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3rd November, 1958.

In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting "public" examinations.

Examination

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducts three examinations, namely, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE –Class X); The Indian School Certificate (ISC - ClassXII) and the Certificate in Vocational Education (CVE - Year 12). The subject choices and syllabuses prescribed for these examinations are varied and aimed at nurturing the unique gifts of individual pupils

In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting "public" examinations.

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Important Facts & Information

ICSE EXAMINATION

  • The number of schools that presented candidates in India & Abroad for the ICSE Examination is 2,341
  • The total number of candidates who appeared for the ICSE Examination is 2,07,902
  • Number of candidates who passed for the ICSE Examination are 2,06,525
  • Number of candidates unsuccessful for the ICSE Examination are 1,377

  • Number of Girls who appeared for the ICSE Examination is 95,234
  • Number of Girls passed in ICSE is 94,937
  • Number of Girls unsuccessful in ICSE is 297

  • Number of Boys who appeared for the ICSE Examination is 1,12,668
  • Number of Boys passed in ICSE is 1,11,588
  • Number of Boys unsuccessful in ICSE is 1,080

ISC Examination

  • The number of schools that presented candidates in India & Abroad for the ISC Examination is 1,125.
  • The total number of candidates who appeared for the ISC Examination is 88,409.
  • Number of candidates who passed for the ISC Examination are 85,611.
  • Number of candidates unsuccessful for the ISC Examination are 2,798.

  • Number of Girls who appeared for the ISC Examination is 40,980.
  • Number of Girls passed in ISC is 40,170.
  • Number of Girls unsuccessful in ISC is 810.

  • Number of Boys who appeared for the ISC Examination is 47,429.
  • Number of Boys passed in ISC is 45,441.
  • Number of Boys unsuccessful in ISC is 1,988.

ICSE Examination Pattern & Marketing Scheme

IMPORTANT NOTE: The responsibility for the correct selection of subjects by candidates to meet the requirements of University /other Examination Board will be that of the Head of the School.

Subjects of Examination

Part I: Compulsory

Candidates for the examination are required to have completed satisfactorily, courses in

  1. (a)  A third language from at least Class V to Class VIII (Internal Examination).
  2. (b)  Art (Internal Assessment).
  3. (c)  Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service (Internal Assessment).
  4. (d)  Education in Moral and Spiritual Values.

NOTE ON THE THIRD LANGUAGE

The third language to be studied should be determined as under: Subject to the State requirements, the Schools are free to introduce suitable Third Languages, Indian or Foreign, for study from Class V to VIII provided the School has suitably qualified staff and necessary teaching aids that may be needed especially for the teaching of foreign languages as a Third Language. However, students taking a particular Third Language, Indian or Foreign, cannot offer that Language as a Second Language.

Part II: Subjects of Examination & Marking Scheme

Subject of Examination Percentage Marks
External Examination Internal Examination
GROUP I:(Compulsory)
English 80% 20%
A Second Language (one/two) 80% 20%
History, Civics and Geography OR History, Civics and Geography (Thailand)* 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%
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%
Mass Media & Communication 50% 50%
Hospitality Management 50% 50%
Beauty and Wellness: Skin & Beauty 50% 50%
Beauty and Wellness: Hair Styling 50% 50%

ICSE Board Exam Syllabus

It is important for students to know the board exam syllabus, it is an important study resource. Before the academic session starts, students should have an overview of what they are going to study in their session. By this, students can also keep a track of the contents they have covered and the ones that are left. You can access your syllabus here