What is ICSE?
How to prepare for ICSE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (abbreviated as CISCE) is a national level,
private Board of School education in India.
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online and know more about it in detail.
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 –
Class XII) and the Certificate in Vocational Education (CVE - Year 12).
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed to provide an examination in a course
of general education, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy, 1986, in
English. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.
The Indian School Certificate Examination is an examination, in English, designed in accordance with
the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, after a two-year course of studies beyond the
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination.
The Certificate of Vocational Education Examination (CVE - 12) has been created as an examination
in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through
the Joint Council of Vocational Education (JCVE) established under the National Policy of Education,
1986. This examination can be taken by candidates after a two year course of studies beyond the Indian
Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination, in English.
There will be 4 broad questions. First is 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.
First section deals with Hindi Language. It has 3 major parts:
The First part has 2 questions:
The Second part has 9 questions out of which 5 are to be solved (50 marks). (Each question
deals with a single chapter or has a combination of maximum 2 chapters).
The first section has short answer type questions worth 40 marks and the second
section deals with program writing (worth 60 marks).
The first part has 4 compulsory questions and second part has 5 long answer
type questions out of which any 4 are to be solved.
You can find sample
question papers for your reference.
The marking scheme of ICSE is given below. Group 1 is compulsory but you can select any 2 subjects
from group 2 and any 1 subject from group 3.
The grading system for ISC is far more uniform for all subjects as compared to ICSE
Focus and hard work are the key to cracking the exams and olympiads. However, all subjects require
some special and specific tips. Take a look at some of these below
Overall, you can find some very helpful
tips right here that will help you prepare for your board examinations!
ICSE Board only specifies the syllabus to be covered during the academic year. It does not recommend
any particular publication as a standard textbook for any subject except for languages. The recommendation
of the textbooks to be referred differs from school to school. However, the most common publications
used in various schools are:
Solving sample papers is equally important as solving previous years' papers. Not only does it give
you an idea of the question pattern but also prepares you for questions which have never been asked
in the actual examinations. You can read all about the importance of solving sample papers over here!
You must consult your teachers, seniors, and friends for advice before you decide which sample paper
Previous years' papers are important to practice because they help you simulate the real exam. Make
sure that you practice more and more so that you can memorise all the formulae and solve problems
easily on the day of the exam.
The process of preparing for an entrance exam requires a rigorous amount of practice,
concept-building, problem solving and error rectification. This complete cycle is so delicate that
there is absolutely no room for wrong decisions and choices. The textbooks are best known for their
simplicity and putting out concepts as they are without diving deep into more complex theories.
Solutions to all the textbooks prescribed by the board are available over the internet.
Just be careful about referring to only the right ones.
Q1: Where are offices of ICSE located?
Ans: There are a total of 4 regional offices of ICSE and all of their details
are listed below: