CISCE to change syllabus from 2018

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to revise and change the syllabus from the year 2018 onward for both Indian Certificate for School Education (ICSE) [classes 9 & 10] and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) [classes 11 & 12.]

Another important change is in the pattern of the ISC question papers that will be set according to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) pattern from the year 2018. "Sample question papers for classes 11 & 12 (effective from 2018) for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics have been created on the lines of the CBSE" said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive & secretary, CISCE.

The decision was taken at 58th annual general meet of the Association of Schools for Indian School Certificate (ASISC) that took place in Bhubaneswar from 18 - 20 November, 2015. The change was found necessary in the Science subjects as experts felt that the syllabi needs to be realigned to enable more students to clear the competitive examinations (most of which are conducted by the CBSE.) And since the IIT-JEE (advanced) is also expected to change from 2017 onwards, a  revamp in the ISC science syllabus was required.

The changes include:

  • ISC questions papers to be more like CBSE.
  • The unite of class 11 & 12 rearranged that and is now more similar to the CBSE syllabus.
  • The syllabus now indicates unit-wise weightage of marks to prioritize the content and significance of the units.
  • The break-up of the theory and practical sections for subjects like computer science, fashion designing, physical education, Indian music (Hindustani), Indian music (carnatic) and western music (ISC level) have been changed from 50:50 to 70:30 in a bid to allow these subjects to be considered as electives. (This change will be effective from 2016.)
  • In ICSE, the history and civics, geography, mathematics and physics syllabi tweaked to make them more relevant, flexible and meaningful.


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