What is the full form of ICSE ?

Full Forms

ICSE Board Full Form

ICSE full form is the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education. 

1.ICSE is the abbreviation used for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education. 

2.ICSE board is formed to offer an examination of general schooling, with the commendations of the 1986 Education Policy  and through English medium. 

full form of ICSE

About ICSE Board

ICSE board syllabus is bit higher than CBSE and other state boards upto class 10 students will read almost 10 to 15 percent more chapter as compared to other board. 

Subjects in ICSE

The subjects offered by ICSE is divided into three parts. Part I, II and III. Given below are the subjects of Class 9 and 10 according to the groups. 

Group 1 (Compulsory subjects)


Second Language

History/Civics & Geography

Science Application

Group 2 (Any 2/3 subjects)

Commercial Studies


Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)


Environmental Science

A Modern Foreign Language

A Classical Language

Group 3 (Any 1 subject)

Computer applications

Carnatic Music

Instrumental music

Physical Education

Economic applications

Commercial Applications

Mass media and communication

Modern foreign language

Environmental Applications


Performing Arts

Technical drawing





Hindustan Music

ICSE Board Class 10 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of all the subjects from all the three groups are mentioned below.

GROUP I: (Compulsory)     Percentage External  Examination             Percentage Internal Examination

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%

Difference between CBSE and ICSE

The boards are well known board having great academic excellence. CBSE is older one where as ICSE is newer. As far as syllabus is concern ICSE board is bit higher syllabus as compared to CBSE, students will have more chapters in ICSE board as compared to CBSE. The major advantage of CBSE board is most of the competitive entrance exam the syllabus is taken form CBSE board and recommended books are NCERT

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