Indian School Certificate ( ISC )

About ISC

The Indian School Certificate popularly known as ISC is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations for Class 12. The subjects of examination include English as a compulsory subject and a list of elective subjects. The list of electives contains subjects like Geography, Sociology, History, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Home Science, etc.

ISC Board is known to lay a lot of importance for literature and language, which helps to pursue a good career in the field of management, communication, marketing, accounting, etc. The curriculum is designed to improve oral and writing skills, along with in-depth learning of various concepts, which focuses on the overall development of students.

Board Details

CISCE aims to serve its learners through quality education and empowering them to contribute towards humanity, pluralistic society, by creating an exciting learning experience. The contact details of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is given below.

Name of Board Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
Established 1958
Medium of Instruction English
Address (Head Office) Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)P 35-36, Sector VI

Pushp Vihar, Saket

New Delhi – 110017

Telephone Number (011) 29564831/33/37
Official Website
Fax Number (011) 29564735

ISC Board Syllabus

The Indian School Certificate following the ISC syllabus has international value. The ISC Board is the most systematic and disciplined board in the country, even in the case of conducting exams and declaring the results. The difficulty level of the subjects is equally distributed so that students won’t feel pressurized as they move to higher classes. The syllabus has been reformed in order to match the level of CBSE or other competitive exams like JEE.

ISC Board Compulsory and Elective Subjects

For ISC Class 11 and 12 students, English is a compulsory subject for all the three preferred streams: Science, Commerce and Arts. The elective subjects of all the streams are mentioned below and students need to choose their subject of interest from the below-mentioned list.

English (Compulsory Subject)
Elective Subject
Indian Languages
Modern Foreign Languages Chinese, French, German, Tibetan, Spanish
Classical Languages Arabic, Sanskrit, Persian
Elective English
Political Science
Business Studies
Home Science
Fashion Designing
Electricity and Electronics
Engineering Science
Computer Science
Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing
Geometrical and Building Drawing
Music (a) Indian Music – Hindustani, (b) Indian Music – Carnatic, (c) Western Music
Physical Education
Environmental Science

ISC Board Sample Papers

ISC Sample Papers help students to understand the exam structure and also evaluate their own knowledge in the subjects. It builds a strong foundation for solving problems in the board exams. The ISC Sample papers will help them to find where they are weak and where they are strong and accordingly sort their efforts to clear the ISC Board exam. It also provides an opportunity to have an in-depth knowledge of the topics to be studied. The subjectwise sample papers of Class 11 and 12 is mentioned in the table below:

ISC Class 11th Sample Paper

ISC Class 12th Sample Paper

ISC Board Important Question

ISC Board Important Questions for Class 11 and ISC Class 12 is a very significant study material for students preparing for their ISC Board exams. Going through the important questions will help you save time as it will be sorted out chapterwise. The important questions cover almost all the important topics and concepts that are most likely to appear for the exam. These questions are prepared as per the ISC Board syllabus and it helps in quick revision before the exam. The list of important questions is provided in the table below:

ISC Class 11th Important Question

ISC Class 12th Important Question

ISC Board Previous Year Question Papers

ISC Previous year question papers help students to prepare effectively for the upcoming ISC Board exam. By solving the previous year question papers students will get an idea about the exam pattern, weightage of marks, important questions from each topic, etc. It also helps students to analyze their performance and time management. It gives confidence to students while attempting the final question paper. The ISC previous year question paper is mentioned in the table below.

ISC Class 12th Previous Year Question Papers

ISC Board Books

Books are one of the most important components for exam preparation. Many students find difficulties to follow the right book and fail to understand the concepts properly. The ISC books for class 11 and 12 given in the table below are designed according to the ISC syllabus so that students don’t face any kind of problems while preparing for the ISC Board exam. The books are filled with interesting examples and numerous questions and problems so that students can understand the concepts in a better way.

ISC Board Notifications

We at BYJU’S along with the necessary study materials cover the latest notifications released by the ISC Board.  It will help the students to be updated with the recent changes so that they can prepare themselves accordingly. Given below the table of all the notifications issued by the ISC Board related to syllabus, making scheme, etc.

Revised ISC Time Table 2020 for Class 12

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has released the revised class 12 time table for the remaining papers. As per the ISC Class 12 revised exam schedule, the exam will start on 1st July 2020 with Biology Paper I (Theory) and will end with Art 5 Crafts paper on 14th July 2020. The Time Table includes information such as exam day, dates, time, subject and exam duration. The revised date sheet pdf also contains the instructions for the students to be followed during the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ISC board pass every student? What are the passing marks in each subject in ISC?

Students rarely fail in ISC examination because of easy papers, internal markings and lenient checking which leads the students to easily pass the examination. But, some students are unable to cross the pass mark due to some reason. The passing marks in each subject in ISC Board is 35% which was earlier 40%.

Is the ISC board tougher compared to the other boards?

When it comes to syllabus there is not much difference between ISC and other boards. ISC Board English is considered tougher as compared to other boards and other core subjects are more or less similar. Scoring well in ISC Board is easier due to lenient checking. When it comes to weightage both ISC and CBSE are given equal weightage.

What are subject choices in ISC?

For ISC Board students English is a compulsory subject and 29 elective subjects out of which students need to opt for 3, 4 and 5 of them depending on their choice of stream and the options the college will provide.

How do you calculate the percentage of ISC if there are six subjects?

ISC Board selects the best four subjects out of the six subjects. There are 5 groups in which the marks of Literature and English are combined and calculated out of 100. Out of the rest 4 subjects, 3 subjects are selected in accordance with the highest mark obtained, basically best 3 out of 4.

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