The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, commonly known as the ICSE board, has been designed as a course of general education for Grades 3-10. The ICSE schools in India require all students to opt for six subjects and SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work). The ICSE Board Examination is a public board examination for students who have completed class 10, followed by ISC Examination for those completing class 12, both administered by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi. Along with a holistic Indian curriculum, GSIS also offers a high-quality international curriculum. Learn more about our academic programmes.

Part One – Compulsory

Internal Examination or Internal Assessment

The candidates for this examination should have satisfactorily completed courses in:

  • A Third Language (from Class V to Class VIII)
  • Art
  • Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service
  • Physical Education
  • Education in Moral and Spiritual Values

Note on the Second Language

  • Candidates of Indian nationality must offer an Indian Language approved by the Council
  • Candidates of other nationalities must offer either Hindi or French
  • The School has the provision to teach Hindi and Tamil as the Second Language
  • All the languages listed above, except French, are offered as the Third Language

Pass Certificate will be awarded to candidates who obtain pass standards in five subjects which must include the subject English.

A pass in the Second Language is compulsory to present the candidate for the Plus Two ISC Examination. A Pass Certificate and a Statement of Marks will be issued to all successful candidates.

Note on the Third Language

  • The candidates who take up Hindi as a Second Language for the External Examination will have to take an Indian Language as the Third Language, approved by the Council.
  • The candidates who offer an Indian Language, other than Hindi, as the Second Language for the External Examination, will have to offer Hindi or any other Indian Language as the Third Language.

The Scheme of ICSE External Examination

The compulsory papers will be English, a Second Language, History, Civics and Geography.

The Subjects under Group II and III are optional and the candidate has the option to choose two subjects from Group II and one from Group III. Any combination is acceptable.

Pass certificates will be awarded to those candidates who have obtained pass standards in six subjects. There will be project work in all the subjects chosen and it has a weightage of 20% for all the subjects i.e. English, Second Language, History, Civics & Geography, Mathematics, the Sciences and Economics.

The details are furnished below:

Part Two : Subjects for the Examination at the end of Grade X

Group I (Compulsory)
 S.No Subject  External Examination  Internal Assessment
1 English 80% 20%
2 Second Language 80% 20%
3 History, Civics and Geography 80% 20%


Group II (Any TWO of the following)
 S.No Subject  External Examination  Internal Assessment
1 Mathematics 80% 20%
2 Science (Physics,Chemistry, Biology) 80% 20%
3 Economics 80% 20%
Science and Mathematics have to be opted together
Group III (Any ONE of the following)
 S.No Subject  External Examination  Internal Assessment
1 Computer Applications 50% 50%
2 Art 50% 50%

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