- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination is an examination conducted by the
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinationsfor class 10, i.e., grade 10. It has been designed to provide an examination in a course of general education, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986 (India), through the medium of English. The examination allows secure suitable representation of Governments responsible for schools (which are affiliated to it) in their States/Territories. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.
In all subjects other than
Scienceand Computers, students must submit compulsory coursework assignments. In groups I and II they count for 20% of the student's performance in the subject; in group III the assignments count for 50%. In Science and Computers, students are tested on their labwork.
In subjects where there is more than one paper, the mark in the subject is calculated by taking the average of all papers in the subject.
Candidates appearing for the examination have to study seven subjects, with anywhere from 1 to 3 papers in each subject. The subjects allowed are:
Group I:All subjects in this group are compulsory.
*English - 1 Literature paper + 1 Language paper.
History, Civicsand Geography- 1 combined History and Civics paper + 1 Geography paper.
*A second language - 1 combined Literature and Language paper.
Group II:Though the students have a choice, it is generally assumed that they will take Mathematics and Science. Students wishing to take up other subjects must be apprised of the implications. They must study two subjects from this list:
Mathematics- 1 paper
Science- 1 Physicspaper + 1 Chemistrypaper + 1 Biologypaper (with lab classes in all three)
Economics- 1 paper
*Commercial Studies - 1 paper
*Technical Drawing - 1 paper
*A Modern Foreign Language - 1 paper
*A Classical Language - 1 paper
*Computer Science - 1 paper (with work on a computer)
*Environmental Science - 1 paper
*Agricultural Science - 1 paper (with relevant field work)
Group III:Any one of the following:
*Computer Applications - 1 paper (with work on a computer)
*Economic Applications - 1 paper
*Commercial Applications - 1 paper
Art- 2 papers out of a total of 4 (with sculpting etc. to be taught in school)
Performing Arts- 1 paper (with practical work in school)
*Home Science - 1 paper
*Cookery - 1 paper
*Fashion Designing - 1 paper (with relevant practical work)
*Physical Education - 1 paper (with practical work)
Yoga- 1 paper (with practical work)
*Technical Drawing Applications - 1 paper
*Environmental Applications - 1 paper
*A Modern Foreign Language - 1 paper
The choice of subjects offered in Groups II and III depends on the school.
The certificate has international equivalence and is accepted by most international Universities.
Indian School Certificate(ISC), India
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE), India
Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), India
* [http://www.cisce.org CISCE Homepage]
* [http://www.syvum.com/exam/icse ICSE Class X : Solved Exam Papers Study Guide]
* [http://www.winentrance.com/Schools/ICSE/ Directory of ICSE Schools in Indian States]
* [http://www.eicse.com The best place for ICSE preparation.]
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