What is the full form of ICSE?

The full form of ICSE is Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, which is the certificate that is awarded to students who are studying in schools that are affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination(CISCE) after passing their class 10th Examinations.

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ICSE Examinations are class 10th board examinations conducted by CISCE in compliance with the “New Education Policy” of 1986.

Who can appear for ICSE Examinations?

Under the current policies of CISCE, only class 10th students who are attending a full-time course at any of the CISCE affiliated schools can appear for ICSE Examinations. Home-schooled students aren’t allowed to appear for ICSE Examinations under normal circumstances.

Students from any caste, creed, religion, economic background, sect, gender, tribe or race can appear for these examinations.

A student appearing for ICSE Exams must meet the minimum attendance criteria of 75% during the school year.

Where to find ICSE Schools?

ICSE schools are located all over India and a few other countries like UAE, etc. The official CICSE website has a school locator to help find an ICSE School with ease. A majority of the best ICSE schools can be found in Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata. 

Advantages of ICSE

  1. The syllabus of ICSE covers each subject with a good amount of depth so that all the concepts are clear and properly understood by the students.
  2. ICSE offers a lot of options when it comes to choosing which subjects a student want to study.
  3. It emphasis fluency in English which results in ICSE students being more articulate in English than others.
  4. ICSE also emphasizes on students becoming active problem-solvers with a good amount of practical skills rather than just being a good academics.
  5. Most high-education institutes all over the world accept ICSE as an official educational qualification.

How is ICSE different from CBSE?

  • CBSE stands for Central Board for Secondary Education, which is an educational body controlled by the Government of India while ICSE is governed by CISCE, which is a private organisation.
  • ICSE  is older than CBSE.
  • The number of schools affiliated to CBSE in India is many times more than the number of schools affiliated to ICSE.
  • ICSE has a much more detailed and comprehensive syllabus than CBSE.
  • English is considered to be of much more importance in ICSE than CBSE.

Structure of ICSE

Subjects in ICSE are divided into three groups

Group 1:-

All the subjects in group 1 are compulsory.

These subjects are-

  • English 
  • History, Civics and Geography
  • Any Indian Language of the student’s choice

20% of the total marks are given for internal assessment by the school for the subjects in group 1.

Group 2:-

Students are free to choose any two subjects from the following list.

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Agriculture Science
  • Computer Science
  • Commercial Studies
  • Technical Drawing
  • Economics
  • Any Modern Foreign Language
  • Any Classical Language.

20% of the total marks are given for internal assessment by the school for the subjects in group 2.

Group 3:-

Students are free to choose any two subjects from the following list.

  • Computer Applications
  • Economic Applications
  • Commercial Applications
  • Home Science
  • Art, Performing Arts
  • Cookery
  • Fashion Designing
  • Physical Education
  • Yoga
  • Technical Drawing Applications.

50% of the total marks are given for internal assessment by the school for the subjects in this group.

Where to check ICSE Results?

ICSE results can be checked by visiting this website and filling in the required details.

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