Overview of CISCE Board

  • The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. It conducts two examinations in India: the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC). 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 University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate’s Examinations in India. It is an all-India, but not a government sponsored board. It is based in New Delhi.
  • The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination is a KG to Class 10 public board examination for students in India who have just completed Class X (equivalent to the first two years of the four year High School programme). Seven subjects are to be taken by the candidates, of which four are compulsory and three have a choice of subjects.
  • Similarly, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Examination is a KG to Class 12 public board examination for those completing Class XII (equivalent to the end of the four year High School programme). Candidates must have [English language | English] as one of their subjects, and then may choose either three, four or five more subjects to give exams for.


The CISCE curriculum aims to enable children to

  • Become successful learners who enjoy learning;
  • Successfully apply core concepts learnt from various subjects;
  • Understand texts of different subjects so as to communicate knowledge and ideas in ways specific to the subject;
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal; communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts;
  • Use technology to access and provide information and to communicate with others;
  • Understand cross-curricular linkages- connect learning across subject areas;
  • Become confident individuals who are able to live, safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
  • Become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society;
  • Understand and apply knowledge to real life experiences;
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards others;
  • Function successfully in the local and world community;
  • Respect diversity (in terms of religion, gender, regions, etc and differences of opinions and beliefs);
  • Exhibit sensitivity towards environmental issues;
  • Learn to manage and utilize resources judiciously.