ICSE Class 9 Physics Syllabus


ICSE syllabus for class 9 physics (i.e. Science paper 1) is given here to help the class 9 students in their preparation. The syllabus given here is detailed and is completely in accordance with the latest CISCE guidelines. Students need to check this syllabus thoroughly and prepare for their ICSE class 9 exam accordingly.

This ICSE syllabus of class 9 introduces various important topics that are extremely important for later grades. Students are suggested to be thorough with all the concepts in the class 9 science paper 1 (physics) syllabus to have a strong foundation of the physics concepts.

The latest syllabus for class 9 ICSE physics is given here in the below-given table.

ICSE Class 9 Physics Syllabus

(Science Paper 1)

Sl. No.

Chapter Name



Measurements and Experimentation

  • Estimation of size, mass and time
  • International System of Units
  • Measurements using common instruments
  • Tabular & Graphical presentation of data


Motion in one dimension

  • Distance, speed, velocity, acceleration
  • Rest and motion
  • Equations and derivations of uniformly accelerated motion


Laws of Motion

  • Newton’s First Law of Motion and related concepts of inertia, mass & force
  • Newton’s Second Law of Motion and introduction to momentum
  • Newton’s Third Law of Motion
  • Gravitation



  • Pressure change with depth, atmospheric pressure and transmission of pressure in liquids
  • Discussion about Pressure, thrusts and their units
  • Buoyancy, Archimedes’ Principle, floatation and principle of floatation
  • Density, density relations, relative density and its determination (for solids),
  • Qualitative applications of hydrometer



  • Concepts of heat and temperature
  • Qualitative Discussion of Expansions (of solids, liquids and gases), its uses and consequence and anomalous expansion of water.
  • Thermometers
  • Transfer of Conduction (conduction, convection & radiation, thermal insulation, vacuum flask and ventilation
  • Energy flow & its importance
  • Discussion on conservation of resources and on renewable resources



  • Reflection of light, regular & irregular reflection of light
  • Discussion on images formed by plane mirror, pair of parallel and perpendicular plane mirrors and simple periscope
  • Spherical mirrors & their characteristics of images, use of concave and convex mirrors along with important terms (focus, focal length, pole, principal axis, center and radius of curvature)



  • Discussion on Sound Waves and its nature, importance of a medium for sound propagation, propagation and speed of sound in different media and its comparison with the speed of light
  • Hearing Range and Ultrasounds & its applications


Electricity and Magnetism

  • Basic discussion on static electricity, electric charge and charging by friction
  • Charging by friction, detection of charge (pith ball and electroscope), orbital model of atom, sparking and lightning conductors.
  • Simple electric circuits (using an electric cell and a bulb), potential difference
  • Conductors & insulators, open & closed circuits, direction of current and resistance in series & parallel
  • Basic introduction to Magnetism, magnetic field, neutral points in magnetic field, bar magnets & its properties, lines of magnetic field & its properties, induction & attraction and magnetic compass

The syllabus topics in class 9 aims to provide some basic knowledge and understanding of the important physics terms, principles, concepts, definitions and laws. The topics here is also aimed to develop practical, instrumental, deductive, problem-solving and observation skills of the candidates.

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Practise This Question

Assume the force of gravity to be constant for short heights above the surface of the Earth. A body is dropped from rest at a height h. If we ignore air resistance, what will its kinetic energy be just before it hits the ground?