Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
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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, a private board of school education in India. 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.[1]

The examination allows secure suitable representation of governments responsible for schools (which are affiliated to it) in their states or territories.[2] Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.[3]


In subjects where there are more than one paper (e.g., Science), the marks obtained in the subject are calculated by taking the average of all the papers in the subject. Candidates appearing for the examination have to study six subjects, with one to three papers in each subject. This makes for a total of eight to eleven papers, depending on the subjects. ICSE results are taken from best five of six subjects out of which English marks is compulsory.[4][5]

FOR classes IX, X

For classes XI, XII

Students are allowed to choose any five out of the following with the sixth one, English being compulsory. Subjects are offered in an array of combinations, based on the stream of education, and school picked.


In 2013, a 20-year-old Indian student studying in the US, Debarghya Das, claimed in his personal blog to have downloaded the ICSE scores for over 100,000 students by scraping the board's website. His analysis of the data showed interesting patterns in the marking system, suggesting that the marks were rounded off with no student getting over 33 marks out of a possible 100. The reason for this was reportedly attributed to moderation; a practice also followed by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), it involved tweaking candidates' marks to account for paper variances. [6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "CISCE". Retrieved 2018.
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  3. ^ "CISCE". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Counting 7 subjects is discriminatory, says ICSE Board". HT Correspondent. Hindustan Times. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "ICSE pupils can again draw best-5 score from six subjects". The Times of India. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Indian student in Cornell University hacks into ICSE, ISC database". Times Of India. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "He didn't hack, he scraped ICSE results and look what he found". NDTV Gadgets. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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