Monday, October 1, 2012

CISCE - Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

CISCE stands Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. It is a non-government board that imparts education at the school level. It conducts exams for the SSC (called the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Exam) and the HSC (known as the Indian School Certificate Exam).

The CISCE was set up in 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education. A proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the Local Examination Syndicate of the University of Cambridge in India.

The Ethos of the Council

  • Trust and fair play
  • Minimum monitoring
  • Allow schools to evolve own niche - progressive institution
  • Needs of the children - renew their objectives
  • Freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices - The Schools must continuously evolve - 'You won't skid if you stay in a rut'
  • Diversity and plurality - the basic strength for evolution of idea.
  • Schools to motivate pupil towards the cultivation of:
  • Excellence - The Indian experience
  • Values - Spiritual and cultural - to be the bed rock of the educational experience
  • Schools to have 'Indian Ethos' and strong roots in the national psyche. Be sensitive to national aspiration.
  • Be sensitive to national aspiration.
  • The Work

The COUNCIL was established in 1958 by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate to ensure that itsexaminations become adapted to the educational needs of the country and assign the ultimate control of the same on the COUNCILThe COUNCIL was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 19 December, 1967. The objects of the Council is educational, and includes the promotion of science, literature, the fine arts and the diffusion of useful knowledge by conducting school examination through the medium of English. The Council exists solely for educational purposes and not for purposes of profit. 

CISCE Examination Types

The CISCE is a non-government board that conducts school level examinations in India. Two main types of exams conducted by the CISCE are:

  •  ICSE: The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination is an examination conducted by the CISCE for Class 10. It has been designed to provide a course in general education, as per the recommendations in the New Education Policy (1986) through the medium of English. A candidate may appear for the exam if his institute is affiliated to the CISCE. The CISCE does not allow private candidates to sit for the ICSE exam.

    Candidates must study all the subjects in group I, select any 2 subjects from group II and any one subject from group III. To know the marking scheme and the subjects under these groups. In all subjects other than Science and Computers, candidates must submit compulsory coursework assignments. In Science and Computers, 20% of the marks are for the laboratory work.

    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 sevensubjects, with anywhere from 1 to 3 papers in each subject. This makes for a total of 8-12 papers, depending on the subjects.
  • 2) ISC: The Indian School Certificate (ISC) is an examination conducted by the CISCE for Class 12. The Examination 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. Candidates, therefore, have to attempt the subjects of English and Environmental Education, and, must also attempt three, four or five other subjects that may be chosen by them from a wide range ofsubjects. A candidate may appear for the exam if his institute is affiliated to the CISCE. The CISCE does not allow private candidates to sit for the ISC exam. Indian School Certificate is treated as equivalent to Senior Examination of the University of Scotland. This means that students will no longer be required to obtain ‘A’ level qualifications or complete bridging courses, while seeking entry to Universities in the UKand other overseas Universities in the Commonwealth.

CISCE ICSE Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of ICSE (CISCE Class 10) is given below:

Group 1 is Compulsory for all
Students may select any 2 subjects from group 2 and any 1 subject from group 3.

Group 1:
S. No. Subject NamePercentage  Marks - External Exam Percentage  Marks- Internal Exam
1 English 80% 20%

A Second Language 80% 20%
3 History, Civicsand Geography 80% 20%
4 Environmental Education  80%  20%

Group 2:
 S. No Subject Name Percentage Marks - External ExamPercentage  Marks- Internal Exam
 1 Mathematics80%20%

Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)80%20%
 3 Economics80%20%
 4 Commercial Studies80%20%
 5 Technical Drawing80%20%
 6 A Modern Foreign Language80%20%
 7 A Classical Language80%20%
Computer Science
Environmental Science
 10 Agricultural Science80%20%

Group 3:

  S. No Subject Name Percentage  Marks- External Exam Percentage  Marks- Internal Exam
 1 ComputerApplications 50% 50%
 2 Economic Applications 50% 50%
 3  Commercial Applications 50% 50%
 4 Art 50% 50%
 5 Performing Arts 50% 50%
 6 Home Science 50% 50%
 7 Cookery 50% 50%
 8 Fashion Designing 50% 50%
 9 Physical Education  50% 50%
10 Yoga 50% 50%
11 Technical DrawingApplications 50% 50%
12 Environmental Applications 50% 50%
13 A Modern Foreign Language  50% 50%


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