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ICSE Board Exams: Datesheet, Syllabus, Marking Scheme and Books

Updated On - July 23rd 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

The Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations is a private board in India. It was founded as a replacement for the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination. In 1973, this council got its recognition in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, and was declared as a body for conducting public examinations.

The council is committed to serve the country’s children by providing them with high quality education services and delegate them to contribute towards a humane, just and liberal society. The Council is creating exciting learning opportunities to promote introspective living.

The University is responsible for conducting Class XII and Class X examinations.

  • There are around 1,080 schools affiliated with the Indian School Certificate Examinations (class XII).
  • There are around 2,247 schools affiliated with the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education( class X).

Highlights of Board Exam 2020

ICSE 2020

Board NameIndian Certificate of Secondary Education
Number of Schools Affiliated2,247
Pass Percentage ICSE 201996.52%
Subjects Offered ICSE 201949
Number of Candidates appeared in 20191,96,271

ISC 2020

Board NameIndian School Certificate Examination
Number of Schools Affiliated1,080
Pass Percentage ISC 201996.52%
Subjects Offered ISC 201949
Number of Candidates appeared in 201986,713
  • Under ICSE each candidate must choose at least 6 subjects in class X.
  • He/she must score more than 33% in 5 subjects except English to pass the examination.
  • No grace marks will be awarded to students, failing in any subject.
  • The council does not entertain any request for revaluation of answer key after declaration of the result.

Date Sheet of Class XII 2020 (Tentative)

February 04, 2020Tuesday9.00 A.M.Art Paper 3 (Drawing or Painting of a Living Person)3 hrs.
February 05, 2020Wednesday9.00 A.M.Physics - Paper 2 (Practical)3 hrs.
February 06, 2020Thursday9.00 A.M.Indian Music - Hindustani Paper 2 (Practical) Indian Music - Carnatic Paper 2 (Practical) Western Music - Paper 2 (Practical) Home Science - Paper 2 (Practical) - Planning Session20 minutes for each candidate 20 minutes for each candidate 28 minutes for each candidate 1 hr.
February 07, 2020Friday9.00 A.M.Chemistry - Paper 2 (Practical)3 hrs.
February 08, 2020Saturday9.00 A.M.Biotechnology - Paper 2 (Practical)3 hrs.
February 11, 2020Tuesday9.00 A.M.Biology - Paper 2 (Practical)3 hrs.
February 12, 2020Wednesday9.00 A.M.Home Science - Paper 2 (Practical) - Examination Session3 hrs.
February 13, 2020Thursday9.00 A.M.Computer Science - Paper 2 (Practical) Planning Session Examination Session3 hrs.
February 14, 2020Friday9.00 A.M.Fashion Designing - Paper 2 (Practical)3 hrs.
February 15, 2020Saturday2.00 P.M.Economics3 hrs.
February 17, 2020Sunday9.00 A.M.Art Paper 2 (Drawing & Painting from Nature)3 hrs.
February 18, 2020Tuesday2.00 P.M.Computer Science - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
February 20, 2020Thursday2.00 P.M.Accounts3 hrs.
February 21, 2020Friday2.00 P.M.English - Paper 1 (English Language)3 hrs.
February 22, 2020Saturday2.00 P.M.Physical Education - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
February 24, 2020Monday9.00 A.M.Art Paper 1 (Drawing or Painting from Still Life)3 hrs.
February 25, 2020Tuesday2.00 P.M.English - Paper 2 (Literature in English)3 hrs.
February 26, 2020Wednesday2.00 P.M.Indian Music - Hindustani - Paper 1 (Theory) Indian Music - Carnatic - Paper 1 (Theory) Western Music - Paper 1 (Theory) Fashion Designing - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs. 3 hrs. 3 hrs. 3 hrs.
February 27, 2020Thursday2.00 P.M.Indian Languages / Modern Foreign Languages/ Classical Languages3 hrs.
February 28, 2020Friday9.00 A.M.Art Paper 4 (Original Imaginative Composition in Colour)3 hrs.
February 29, 2020Saturday2.00 P.M.Chemistry - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
March 02, 2020Monday9.00 A.M.Art Paper 5 (Crafts ‘A’)3 hrs.
March 05, 2020Thursday2.00 P.M.Mathematics3 hrs.
March 06, 2020Friday2.00 P.M.Elective English3 hrs.
March 07, 2020Saturday2.00 P.M.Business Studies3 hrs.
March 09, 2020Monday2.00 P.M.Psychology3 hrs.
March 10, 2020Tuesday2.00 P.M.Physics - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
March 11, 2020Wednesday2.00 P.M.Environmental Science - Paper 1(Theory)3 hrs.
March 12, 2020Thursday2.00 P.M.Sociology3 hrs.
March 13, 2020Friday2.00 P.M.Biology - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
March 14, 2020Saturday2.00 P.M.History3 hrs.
March 18, 2020Wednesday2.00 P.M.Commerce Electricity and Electronics3 hrs. 3 hrs.
March 19, 2020Thursday2.00 P.M.Political Science Biotechnology - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs. 3 hrs.
March 20, 2020Friday2.00 P.M.Geography - Paper 1 (Theory)3 hrs.
March 25, 2020Wednesday2.00 P.M.Home Science - Paper 1 (Theory) Geometrical & Mechanical Drawing Geometrical & Building Drawing3 hrs. 3 hrs. 3 hrs.

Date Sheet of Class X 2020 (Tentative)

February 21, 2020Friday11:00 A.M.English Language English Paper 12 hours
February 22, 2020Saturday9:00 A.M.Art Paper 1 (Still Life)3 hours
February 24,2020Monday11:00 A.M.Literature in English ENGLISH Paper 22 hours
February 25, 2020Tuesday11:00 A.M.Hindi3 hours
February 26, 2020Wednesday11:00 A.M.Environmental Science (Group II Elective)2 hours
February 28, 2020Friday11:00 A.M.History & Civics - H.C.G. Paper 12 hours
February 29, 2020Saturday09:00 A.M.Art Paper 2 (Nature Drawing/ Painting)3 hours
March 3, 2020Tuesday09:00 A.M.Physics- Science Paper 12 hours
March 6, 2020Friday11:00 A.M.Mathematics2.5 hours
March 7, 2020,Saturday9: 00 A.M.Art Paper 3 (Original Composition)3 hours
March 9, 2020Monday

11.00 A.M.

Geography - H.C.G. Paper 22 hrs
March 11, 2020Wednesday11.00 A.M.Second Languages: Ao-Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Lepcha, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Urdu Modern Foreign Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Modern Armenian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Tibetan3 hrs
March 12, 2020Thursday11.00  A.M.French / Sanskrit (Group II Elective)2 hrs
March 13, 2020Friday11.00 A.M.Economics (Group II Elective)2 hrs
March 14, 2020Saturday11.00 A.M.Art Paper 4 (Applied Art)3 hrs
March 16, 2020Monday11.00 A.M.(Group III-Elective) Carnatic Music, Commercial Applications, Computer Applications, Cookery, Drama, Economic Applications, Environmental Applications, Fashion Designing, French, German, Hindustani Music, Home Science, Indian Dance,Physical Education, Western Music, Yoga Technical Drawing Applications2 hrs
March 17, 2020Tuesday11.00 A.M.Commercial Studies (Group II Elective)2 hrs
March 20, 2020Friday11.00 A.M.Chemistry - SCIENCE Paper 22 hrs
March 23, 2020Monday11.00 A.M.Biology - SCIENCE Paper 32 hrs

Examination Fees for Class X and XII

Regular/ Failed/ Supplementary candidates1,500
Overseas candidates5,000

Exam Day Guidelines

  • Be seated in the examination room 5 minutes before the fixed time.
  • An additional duration of 15 minutes will be given for reading the question paper.
  • Carefully read all the instructions given on the question paper.
  • It is advisable to answer only those number of questions that are mentioned in the question paper.
  • Do not write/scribble on the LICR sheet. Only put your signature at the space provided.
  • All the details are to be filled with Blue/Black ball-point pen only.
  • Write on both sides of the answer booklet and draw margins.
  • The use of any electronic device,hand,desk or any other types of calculating machines is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not copy the whole question, just mention the question number clearly on your answer booklet.
  • Clearly write your Unique ID , Index number, subject and other details on the inner page of LICR sheet. These details should also be mentioned on the front sheet of each continuation booklet used, and on graph paper, loose map etc, if used.

ICSE and ISC Result 2020

ICSE and ISC results will be declared tentatively in May, 2020. Candidates can check result @

  • 1,04,966 boys and 88,447 passed in ICSE 2019
  • 4,45,97 boys and 3,91,00 girls passed in ISC 2019
  • The pass percentage was 98.57% in ICSE and 96.52% in ISC.

Given below is the regional pass percentage in both ISC and ICSE Board of 2019:

RegionISC Pass PercentageICSE Pass Percentage

Board Exam 2019 Toppers

ICSE Toppers

Juhi Rupesh Kajaria of Mumbai and Manhar Bansal of Muktsar, topped the ICSE Board in 2019. Both the students scored 99.60%, followed by 9 students who secured second rank with 99.40%.

RankStudent’s NameCityPercentage
1Juhi Rupesh KajariaJuhu, Mumbai99.60%
1Manhar BansalMuktsar99.60%
2Anwesa ChattopadhyayKolkata99.40%
2Forum Saurabh SanjanwalaJuhu, Mumbai99.40%
2Anushree ChaudharyKandivli, Mumbai99.40%
2Ananya AgarwalLucknow99.40%
2Avi sarafKolkata99.40%
2Yash Jitendra BhansaliThane99.40%
2Anushka Sachin AgnihotriMumbai99.40%
2Radhika GuptaMahanagar, Lucknow99.40%
2Nimitha Jose EdasseryAngamaly99.40%
3Upayan DeKolkata99.20%
3Drushti Lalit AttardeNashik99.20%
3Sounak BoseBandel99.20%

ISC 2019 Toppers

Dewang Kumar Agrawal of Kolkata and Vibha Swaminathan of Bengaluru topped the ISC Board with perfect 100% in 2019. 16 students ranked second with 99.75%.

RankStudent’s NameCityPercentage
1Dewang Kumar AgrawalKolkata100%
1Vibha SwaminathanBengaluru100%
2Mihika Amol SamantMumbai99.75%
2Nandita PrakashKanpur99.75%
2Nehal SharmaLucknow99.75%
2Fiona EdwinThiruvananthapuram99.75%
2Debdut Mondal24, Parganas99.75%
2Dimitri MallikKolkata99.75%
2Nirjhar DasKolkata99.75%
2Khushi DagaKolkata99.75%
2Shaivi GoyalDigwadih99.75%
2Shrishti VaidyaJamshedpur99.75%
2Srinwanti DebguptaGurugram99.75%
2Shruti JhambGurugram99.75%
2Ashita RoongtaKanpur99.75%
2Vedanshi TiwariLucknow99.75%

Compartmental Exam 2020

The CISCE conducted compartment exams for the first time in 2019. This was a huge step as now students who failed in subjects could give compartment exam and improve their marksheet, instead of repeating an entire academic year.

EventsDates (Tentative)
Registration starts fromJune 24, 2020
Last day of RegistrationJune 30, 2020
Exam datesJuly15- July 17, 2020
ResultAugust 5, 2020

Eligibility for Compartment Exam

  • It is mandatory to clear English subject for both ISC and ICSE students.
  • ICSE students need to clear 3 subjects in addition to English to give compartment exam.
  • ISC students need to clear 2 subjects, only then they can appear for compartment exam.

ICSE Syllabus

Force, Work, Power and EnergyLightSound
Electricity and MagnetismHeatModern Physics
Periodic Properties and variations of Properties – Physical and ChemicalChemical BondingStudy of Acids, Bases and Salts
Analytical Chemistry – Use of Ammonium Hydroxide and Sodium HydroxideMole Concept and StoichiometryElectrolysis
MetallurgyStudy of CompoundsAmmonia
Commercial MathematicsAlgebraGeometry
Basic BiologyPlant PhysiologyHuman Anatomy and Physiology
Physical Health and HygienePollution
Paper NameTopicsTotal Marks
English LanguageStory writing, Fill in the blanks, Composition Writing, E-Mail or Letter Writing, Read and Answer section, Meaning of the words, Make sentences, Rewrite sentences80 marks
Literature in English
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Prose
80 marks

Second Language – Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Kokborok, Lepcha, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Mizo, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Urdu.

SectionTopicsTotal Marks
A – Language
  • I – Composition
  • II – Letter
  • III – Comprehension
  • IV – Grammar
  • Translation and/ or Dialogue Writing
40 marks
B – Prescribed Texts
  • Character/ Thematic Analysis
  • Socio-Economic, Cultural, Historical Relevance/ Background
  • Summary/ Paraphrase
40 marks
The Union LegislatureThe Union ExecutiveThe Judiciary
The Indian National Movement ( 1857- 1917)Mass Phase of the National Movement (1915 – 1947)The Contemporary World
Interpretation of Topographical MapsMap of IndiaLocation, Extent, and Physical Features
ClimateSoil ResourcesNatural Vegetation
Water ResourcesMineral and Energy ResourcesAgriculture
Manufacturing IndustriesTransportWaste Management

ISC Syllabus

Electric Charges And FieldsElectromagnetic InductionDual Nature Of Radiation And Matter
Electrostatic Potential And CapacitanceAlternating CurrentAtoms And Nucleus
Current ElectricityElectromagnetic WavesSemiconductor Electronics Materials Devices
Moving Charges And MagnetismRay Optics And Optical InstrumentsCommunication Systems
Magnetism And MatterWave Optics
The Solid StateThe P Block ElementsOrganic Chemistry Of O Compounds B
SolutionsThe D And F Block ElementsAldehydes Ketones And Carboxylic Acids
ElectrochemistryCoordination CompoundsAmines
Chemical KineticsHaloalkanes And HaloarenesBiomolecules And Polymers
Surface ChemistryAlcohols Phenols And EthersEveryday Life
General Principles Of Isolation Of ElementsOrganic Chemistry Of O Compounds A
Relations And FunctionsContinuity And DifferentiabilityDifferential Equations
Inverse Trigonometric FunctionsApplication Of DerivativesVector Algebra
MatricesIndefinite IntegrationThree Dimensional Geometry
DeterminantsDefinite IntegrationLinear Programming
Limits And ContinuityApplication Of IntegralsProbability
Reproduction In OrganismsEvolutionOrganisms And Populations
Sexual Reproduction In Flowering PlantsHuman Health And DiseaseEcosystem
Human ReproductionStrategies For Enhancement In Food ProductionBiodiversity And Conservation
Reproductive HealthMicrobes In Human WelfareEnvironmental Issues
Principles Of Inheritance And VariationBiotechnology And Its Applications
Molecular Basis Of InheritanceBiotechnology: Principles & Processes
Political Science
Forms Of GovernmentConstitutionFranchise And Representation
The LegislatureThe ExecutiveThe Judiciary
Indian ConstitutionFundamental RightsLocal Self Government
Challenges To Democracy In India

Towards Independence And PartitionEstablishment Of Indian DemocracyChallenges To Indian Democracy
Changing Face Of Indian DemocracyIndia’s Foreign PolicyWomen Rights
World War IiDe-colonisationCold War 1945-91
Protest MovementsMiddle East: Israeli-palestine Conflict(1916-93)


Physical EnvironmentPopulation And Human SettlementsResources Of India And Their Utilisation
Infrastructural ResourcesIndustriesRegional Economic Development
Map Work
Social InstitutionsReligion And SocietyPolitical Organisation
Economic OrganisationTribal IndiaSocial Stratification
Social Change And Development
Intelligence And AbilityPersonalityLifespan Development
Stress And Its ManagementPsychological Disorders And PsychotherapySocial Thought And Behaviour
AttitudesApplications Of Psychology
Micro Economic TheoryMoney and BankingPublic Finance
Theory of Income and EmploymentBalance of Payment and Exchange RateNational Income
Business EnvironmentFinancing
Business Studies
StaffOffice Communication
Partnership AccountsJoint Stock Company AccountsFinancial Statement Analysis
Cash Flow Statement (Only for Non-Financing Companies)Ratio AnalysisAccounting Application of Electronic SpreadSheet
Database Management System (DBMS)
To Kill A MockingbirdThe Hungry TideA Doll’s House
Death of a SalesmanNineteenth and Twentieth Century
D.H. LawrenceDiscord in Childhood, Piano, Snake, Bavarian Gentians, The Ship of Death
Edward ThomasOctober, March, As the Team’s Head Brass, Beauty, The Signpost
Seamus HeaneyDigging, Follower, At a Potato Digging, Casualty, Punishment
Ted HughesThe Thought Fox, Pike, Crow Tyrannosaurus, Ravens, The Stag
Philip LarkinChurch Going, Dockery and Son, The Building, The Whitsun Weddings, Wild Oats
W.H. AudenRefugee Blues, The Shield of Achilles, The Unknown Citizen, Musee des Beaux Arts, As I Walked out One Evening

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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