What is the ICSE and the different exams

Posted on the February 24, 2021 8:21 PM

 What is the ICSE and the different exams


ICSE is the abbreviation for “Indian certificate of secondary education” which is an indian examination board. Indian is made up of two main examination boards namely; the CBSE (central board of secondary education) and the ICSE. The ICSE  is responsible for the exams ICSE and ISC (indian school certification). Today, we are going to discuss the ICSE examination board and the different exams it offers.

What is ICSE?

ICSE is a non-governmental private education board in India providing exams for children inline with the new education policy that was created in 1986. Icse board handles the Icse and Isc exams taken in class 10 and class 12 respectively strictly in English language. ICSE exams are only written by children in Icse schools and can not be written by private students. In contrast to Cbse, Icse has a lengthy syllabus and is currently used by few schools due to its new syllabus pattern and some people say it is more relevant for management careers.

According to the ICSE exam curriculum, students are obliged to write the following subjects; english, history, civics, geography and indian languages. 

Students also choose any two subjects from the following; maths, science, commercial studies, technical drawing, economics, a modern foreign language, a classical modern language.

Furthermore, students also choose any one from the following subjects; computer applications, economic applications, commercial applications, home science, art, performing arts, cookery, fashion designing, physical education, yoga, technical drawing application.

The grading system for Icse exam ranges from 1-9 where;

  • 1, 2  : very good
  • 3,4,5 : credit
  • 6,7 : pass
  • 8,9 : Fail

In the ISC exam, students write english language as an obligatory subject and other 3 - 5 selective subjects. The grading system of ISC is not fixed but varies from one year to the other. For example, the passing marks was 35% in 2020 but was 40% before then.

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