About ICSE

ICSE is an abbreviation for Indian Certificate of Secondary Education. This is an exam that is done by the Board for the Indian Studies Certificate Examinations for the 10th standard. The topics were divided into two parts. Part I includes courses such as art, socially useful productive work, physical education, education in moral and spiritual values, and a third language of at least class V to class VIII. Candidates must have taken these courses.
Part II is composed of two groups. Group I contains compulsory subjects such as English, a second language, history, civic education and geography. A candidate may choose from two subjects: mathematics, science, economics, business studies, technical drawing, modern foreign language, classical language, computer science, environmental science and agricultural sciences. Group III contains the list of topics such as computer applications, economic application and commercial application, from which the student can choose one of the topics. In group I and group II, the weighting of the external and internal evaluation is 80:20. In group III, equal weighting is given to both.

ICSE Board Exam Details

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ICSE Exam Pattern

The ICSE exam pattern for all the compulsory subjects provided below so that students can overview of the exact question paper pattern, weightage of marks for each section and number of questions in each section. By knowing the exam pattern, they get to know the important topics which need to be focused more. Students should go through the exam pattern before they start preparing for the ICSE Class 10 Board exam.

ICSE Exam Pattern English I (2 hours)
There will be 4 broad questions. A composition of 450 to 500 words, second is a letter, third is an unseen passage and related questions and fourth would be a question to test students’ grammar. In essay and letter section, students are given a choice. They should choose only those topics which they know thoroughly.
ICSE Exam Pattern English – II Exam Pattern (2 Hours)
Section – A (2 questions )
Section – B (2 questions )
Section – C (2 questions ) contains an essay type question
ICSE Exam Pattern For Maths (2 ½ hours)
Section – A ( 4 questions of 10 marks each = 40 marks)
Section – B ( 7 questions out of which 4 are to be solved for obtaining 40 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For Hindi (3 hours) - First section deals with the Hindi Language.
It has 3 major parts – i)Essay of around 250 words ii)Letter iii) Unseen passage
Second section deals with Hindi Literature in which students are supposed to answer any 4 questions from the two books they have read from.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Physics ( 1.5 hrs)
Section – A – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Chemistry (1.5 hrs)
Section – A – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.
ICSE Exam Pattern For Biology (1.5 hrs)
Section – A – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks
Section – B – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks
ICSE Exam Pattern For History and Civics (2 hrs)
Section – A First part deals with small answer type questions from civics part (10 marks)
The second part deals with small answer type questions from history part (20 marks)
Section – B First part has 3 long answer type questions from civics out of which any 2 are to be solved (20 marks)
The second part has 5 long answer type questions from history out of which any 3 are to be solved (30 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For Geography (2 hrs)
First part has 2 questions – i) Map of India(10 marks) ii)Survey map and its interpretation(20 marks)
The second part has 9 questions out of which 5 are to be solved (50 marks)
ICSE Exam Pattern For. E.V.S (2 hrs)
The first part has 4 compulsory questions and the second part has 5 long answer type questions out of which any 4 are to be solved.

ICSE Grading Pattern

The ICSE grading system and pattern is given below. Group 1 is compulsory, but students can select any 2 subjects from group 2 and any 1 subject from group 3.

GROUP I: (Compulsory) Percentage External Examination Marks Internal Assessment
English 80% 20%
A Second Language (one/two) 80% 20%
History, Civics and Geography 80% 20%
GROUP II: (Any two/three of the following subjects)
Mathematics 80% 20%
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) 80% 20%
Economics 80% 20%
Commercial Studies 80% 20%
A Modern Foreign Language 80% 20%
A Classical Language 80% 20%
Environmental Science 80% 20%
GROUP III: (Any one of the following subjects)
Computer Applications 50% 50%
Economic Applications 50% 50%
Commercial Applications 50% 50%
Art 50% 50%
Performing Arts 50% 50%
Home Science 50% 50%
Cookery 50% 50%
Fashion Designing 50% 50%
Physical Education 50% 50%
Yoga 50% 50%
Technical Drawing Applications 50% 50%
Environmental Applications 50% 50%
A Modern Foreign Language 50% 50%

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