The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. It is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India for class 10th. It is designed to fulfill the recommendation of New Education policy 1986. After that the demand for ICSE affiliated schools is increasing. The mode of examination in ICSE is English. Only the regular students from the affiliated colleges of ICSE are allowed to appear in this examination. Private students are not allowed for this examination.
Subjects in ICSE
The subjects offered by ICSE can be divided into three groups:
Group 1: Compulsory subjects
English, History, Civics and Geography, and Indian Language.
Group 2: Can select any two subjects from the following subjects
Mathematics, Science, Environmental Science, Agriculture Science, Computer Science, Commercial Studies, Technical Drawing, Economics, A Modern Foreign Language, A Classical Language.
Group 3: Can select any one from the following subjects
Computer Applications, Economic Applications, Commercial Applications, Home Science, Art, Performing Arts, Cookery, Fashion Designing, Physical Education, Yoga, Technical Drawing Applications.
There is 20% weightage for internal assessment in group 1 and group 2 and 50% weightage in group 3.
Benefits of ICSE Board:
- It focuses on the child’s overall growth.
- Its syllabus is vast giving equal importance to all subjects.
- It offers the flexibility of selecting specific subjects.
- It gives emphasis on the detailed study of each subject with an edge over English.
- It is accepted by most of the schools and colleges across the world.
- The ICSE syllabus is well-structured and compressive. It aims to impart analytical skills, problem-solving skills and practical knowledge to the students.
Difference between CBSE and ICSE
|1)||CBSE is older than ICSE so more schools follow its syllabus pattern.
It is more popular than ICSE.
|ICSE is comparatively new so fever schools follow its syllabus pattern.
It is less popular than CBSE.
|2)||The syllabus of CBSE is small and compact.||The syllabus of ICSE is very vast and lengthy.|
|3)||The CBSE board is a more relevant for medical and engineering examinations. Its main focus is on mathematics and science.||The ICSE has a more balanced syllabus and works for children? overall growth. It is more relevant for management careers.|
|4)||CBSE has more scholarships and talent search examinations.||ICSE is newer so it has fever scholarships and talent search examinations.|