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CISCE Board: Everything You Need To Know

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations – CISCE board – is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. 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. It is an all-India, but not a government sponsored board (unlike the CBSE and NIOS). It is based in New Delhi.

DETAILS OF CISCE BOARD – Facts at your fingertips

Name of Board Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Website www.cisce.org
Name of the Authority The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.
Head Office NEW DELHI
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations,
Pragati House, 3rd Floor, 47-48, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110 019.
Year of Establishment 1958
Jurisdiction All over India
History of the Examination Boards ·         The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) was established in 1958 by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (now separated).

·         The purpose of the Council was to make sure that examinations are conducted – to the needs of the country.

·         The Council holds ultimate control of these examinations.

·         They provide courses with examinations at –Std. X and XII in English medium.

·         The Council is engaged in continued development of curriculum frameworks and assessment systems, to ensure that the syllabus is as relevant as possible, and directed towards learning outcomes.

Mission statement & Main objectives ·         The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is committed to serving the nation’s children through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society, promoting introspective living by creating exciting opportunities, with a commitment to excellence.

·         The Council is engaged in continued development of curriculum frameworks and assessments systems to ensure that the syllabus is as relevant as possible and directed towards learning outcomes.

Medium of Instruction English

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 subject choices and syllabuses prescribed for these examinations are varied and aimed at nurturing the unique gifts of individual pupils.

THE ICSE (CLASS X)

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, through the medium of English. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.

This K-10 public board examination for students in India is for students who have just completed Class X (equivalent to the first two years of the 4 year High School program). Seven subjects are to be taken by the candidates, of which four are compulsory and three have a choice of subjects.

THE ISC (CLASS XII)

The Indian School Certificate Examination is an examination, through the medium of 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.

This K-12 public board examination is for those completing Class XII (equivalent to the end of the 4 year High School program). Candidates must have [English language | English] as one of their subjects, and then may choose either three, four or five more subjects to give exams for.

THE C.V.E (YEAR 12)

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, through the medium of English. The C.V.E. course is intended to prepare candidates for specific vocations. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for these examinations.

The CISCE board does not accept private candidates, and they must come only through the (English medium) schools affiliated to the CISCE. The medium of examination is English, except the Indian language paper. At the end of examination, marks out of 100 are provided in each subject and a separate pass certificate is given containing the equivalent grades (like almost all other Indian educational boards). Note that apart from the CBSE and CISCE, all states in India also have their own state boards for High School education.

All students are offered and have to study:

COMPULSORY
SUBJECTS
GROUP II
(ANY ONE Combination)
GROUP III
(ANY ONE)
English Mathematics / Science Art
Hindi / Kannada / French
(Only Foreign Candidates)
Physical Education
History / Civics / Geography  Mathematics / Computer Science

CISCE Board Curriculum Details

Std. I – V

  • The CISCE sets guidelines for each subject and year group for schools to adopt and make the curriculum relevant to the children in their school.
  • The emphasis is not so much on learning facts, but on acquiring and refining skills.
  • Schools are free to select their own text books.

Standards VI to X

  • No set syllabus is provided – only guidelines, continues until Std. VIII. For Std. IX and X, students are taught a detailed syllabus, which is prescribed by the Council.
  • There are no set textbooks, but the Council provides a list of recommended text books, which schools can choose from.
  • All students must be enrolled in schools – no private candidates are allowed.
  • All students will study 1-English, 2-Second Language, 3-Social Studies, 4-Maths 5- Science, 6-They will then choose to further ‘Vocational’ subjects, and complete a project on a theme of their choice, selected from a possible 13 themes.

Standards XI to XII

  • Students select either to study Arts, Science or Commerce.
  • There are no set textbooks, but the Council provides a list of recommended text books, which schools can choose from.
  • A detailed syllabus is provided to enable teachers to plan an effective curriculum.
  • The CISCE Board Exam is at the end of Std. XII.

National Competitions

The Council conducts the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate and the Albert Barrow Memorial All-India Inter-School Creative Writing competitions. It believes in underpinning the critical importance of creativity and the ability to articulate one’s thoughts in writing and speech in school education.

International Accolades

On a commendable note, the National Admissions and Accreditation agency in the United Kingdom – UCAS (Universities and College Admission Services) has recognized the ISC at par with the Higher School qualification of the Universities in Scotland (United Kingdom). It marked the western education-inspired course quality being maintained by CISCE in their examinations, a sole-feat in Indian education boards.

Often, these exams (especially the ISC) are ranked if-not-higher-than-equal to the British GCSE examinations, especially observed when these students apply for Foreign universities in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Singapore, etc. They don’t seem to have any problems regarding comprehension, comparability and competitiveness of ISC scores.

ICSE & ISC Results 2017

This year, the exams were delayed after the Election Commission of India declared elections in five assemblies: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. The results for ICSE or Class 10 and ISC or Class 12 board examination will not be announced anytime soon and may take another 10 days for the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations to declare them as the evaluation of answer sheets is yet to be completed.

The ongoing reports about the result declaration have certainly added up to the eagerness, excitement and anxiety of students. The Board has urged students and parents to check for official update at cisce.org.

We will update our readers with the result declaration time and date on the same page.

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