Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
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|Formation||November 3, 1958|
|Type||Non Governmental Board of School Education|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
C I S C E Pragati House, 3rd Floor, 47-48, Nehru Place,New Delhi - 110019
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. It conducts two examinations in India: the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC). The CISCE was set up in 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate's Examinations in India. It is an all-India, but not a government sponsored board (unlike the CBSE and NIOS). It is based in New Delhi.
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination is a K-10 public board examination for students in India who have just completed Class X (equivalent to the first two years of the 4 year High School programme). Seven subjects are to be taken by the candidates, of which four are compulsory and three have a choice of subjects.
Similarly, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Examination is a K-12 public board examination for those completing Class XII (equivalent to the end of the 4 year High School programme). Candidates must have English as one of their subjects, and then may choose either three, four or five more subjects to take exams for.
The CISCE does not accept private candidates, and they must come only through the (English medium) schools affiliated to the CISCE. The medium of examination is English, except the Indian language paper. At the end of examination, marks out of 100 are provided in each subject and a separate pass certificate is given containing the equivalent grades (like almost all other Indian educational boards). Note that apart from the CBSE and CISCE, all states in India also have their own state boards for High School education.
In 1952, an All India Certificate Examination Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister for Education. The main purpose of the conference was to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge school Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. This set the agenda for the establishment of the Council.
In October 1956 at the meeting of the Inter–State Board for Anglo–Indian Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate’s Examination in India and, to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its examination to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3 November 1958.
In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting “public” examinations. In 2012, CISCE opened its new office at P 35-36, Sector VI Pushp Vihar, Saket New Delhi – 110017
- Trust and fair play.
- Minimum monitoring.
- Allowing schools to evolve own niche.
- Catering to the needs of the children.
- Giving freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices.
- Diversity and plurality - the basic strength for evolution of ideas.
- Schools to motivate pupils towards the cultivation of:
- Excellence - The Indian and Global experience.
- Values - Spiritual and cultural - to be the bed rock of the educational experience.
- Schools to have an 'Indian Ethos', strong roots in the national psyche and be sensitive to national aspirations.
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
- National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
- All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE)
- All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE)
- Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)
- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
- Indian School Certificate (ISC)
- Boards of Education in India