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ICSE Board Exam

ICSE: Indian Certificate of Secondary Education

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India for class 10th. It is designed to fulfill the recommendation of New Education policy 1986. After that the demand for ICSE affiliated schools is increasing. The mode of examination in ICSE is English. Only the regular students from the affiliated colleges of ICSE are allowed to appear in this examination. Private students are not allowed for this examination.

Subjects in ICSE

The subjects offered by ICSE can be divided into three groups:

Group 1: Compulsory subjects

English, History, Civics and Geography, and Indian Language.

Group 2: Can select any two subjects from the following subjects

Mathematics, Science, Environmental Science, Agriculture Science, Computer Science, Commercial Studies, Technical Drawing, Economics, A Modern Foreign Language, A Classical Language.

Group 3: Can select 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 Applications.

There is 20% weightage for internal assessment in group 1 and group 2 and 50% weightage in group 3.

Benefits of ICSE Board:

  • It focuses on the child's overall growth.
  • Its syllabus is vast giving equal importance to all subjects.
  • It offers the flexibility of selecting specific subjects.
  • It gives emphasis on the detailed study of each subject with an edge over English.
  • It is accepted by most of the schools and colleges across the world.
  • The ICSE syllabus is well-structured and compressive. It aims to impart analytical skills, problem-solving skills and practical knowledge to the students.

Board Details

Name of Board

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)



Medium of Instruction


Address (Head Office)

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)

P 35-36, Sector VI

Pushp Vihar, Saket

New Delhi – 110017

Telephone Number

(011) 29564831/33/37



Official Website


Fax Number

(011) 29564735

ICSE Affiliations

Guidelines for affiliations:

  • The school must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state government for affiliation of the school to the council.
  • The school should be run by a registered society, trust or company registered under Section 25 (1)(a) of the Companies Act, 1956 and one of the principal purposes of the society, trust or company must be educational.
  • Each school must have a duly constituted governing body and managing committee.
  • The society, trust or company must be financially stable.
  • The medium of instruction in the school must be English, and the scheme of studies must be in accordance with the scheme laid down by the council for secondary and higher secondary stages.
  • The staff must be qualified and trained in accordance with the qualifications prescribed by the council.
  • There should be a compulsory provident fund scheme.
  • The school infrastructure should be adequate for accommodating the numbers and gender of pupils attending the school.
  • The playing fields and/or other facilities for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities must be adequate.
  • The equipment should be adequate to enable all subjects to be taught efficiently and must include apparatus for practical work.
  • The number of working days and hours should conform to those prescribed by the council from time to time.
  • The Certificate of Land is a mandatory document to be submitted electronically in a prescribed format for provisional affiliation.



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