Indian School Certificate

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The Indian School Certificate (ISC) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations for Grade 12, i.e., year 12. A student usually attempts this examination after first completing the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education in Grade 10, although the completion of a recognized equivalent level of education is normally sufficient. The examination has been designed to provide an evaluation in the field of general education. The exam criteria are in accordance with the recommendations of the Indian New Education Policy of 1986, through the medium of English and also regulated by University of Cambridge.

Examinations are conducted for English, which is a compulsory subject, and three to five other subjects of the candidate's choosing, usually grouped in one of three streams: Humanities (typically: Psychology,Geography, History, Sociology, Economics), Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), and Commerce (Economics, Accounting, Commerce). Schools generally offer a limited subset of these subjects depending upon their logistical capabilities. Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) is also considered important, with students getting a grade for this on with their mark sheets.

The Indian School Certificate (Class XII) is recognised by UK universities and so applicants are no longer required to obtain ‘A’ level qualifications or complete bridging courses, while seeking entry to Universities in the UK and other overseas Universities in the Commonwealth. The Indian School Certificate qualification is the only qualification from India that has been granted this special recognition.

The Indian School Certificate (Class XI, until 1976) was treated as equivalent to Pre-University or Pre-Degree examinations in Indian universities for admission to University Graduate studies, except for professional courses in engineering and medicine. After 1976, Indian School Certificate (Class XII) is treated equivalent to Higher Secondary Certificate or Pre-University Certificate or Pre-Degree Certificate in Indian Universities for admission to all University Graduate Studies, including professional studies.

Although the majority of schools affiliated to the CISCE Board are in India, a number of schools in other countries with large Non-Resident Indian populations do offer the ICSE and ISC examinations including the Gems Modern Academy and DPS International Singapore.

CISCE is conducting the ISC Examination in India. The ISC examination is usually conducted in March and the results are declared in May.

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