Indian School Certificate
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|Type||Paper-based academic tests.|
|Developer / administrator||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations|
|Knowledge / skills tested||High-school level knowledge of 4, 5, or 6 academic subjects (English is compulsory).|
|Purpose||End-of-school (class 12) test for assessment of high school academic performance.|
|Duration||3 hours per subject (each subject on a different day).|
|Score / grade range||10-point|
|Score / grade validity||Life-long|
|Offered||Once annually (usually in March).|
|Countries / regions||Most test-takers in India. A few in other countries.|
|Annual no. of test takers||About 70,000 high school class 12 students every year.|
|Prerequisites / eligibility criteria||To be enrolled as a class 12 student in a high school affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.|
|Scores / grades used by||All organisations and individuals who use high school academic results for education, employment, or any other purpose.|
|Qualification rate||96.28% (in 2015)|
The Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinations are conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), for Grade 12 (i.e. 12th year of school). 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. Candidates usually choose one of three streams: arts and humanities, science, and commerce. Schools generally offer a limited subset of all available subjects, depending upon their logistical capabilities. Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) and practical tests are assessed internally by school teachers, while written tests are assessed externally by other examiners outside the school.
The Indian School Certificate is recognized by universities in the United Kingdom, so applicants are no longer required to obtain ‘A’ level qualifications or complete bridging courses, while seeking entry to universities in the UK and some other countries 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 (until 1976) was treated as equivalent to pre-university examinations in Indian universities for admission to university undergraduate studies, except for professional courses in engineering and medicine. After 1976, Indian School Certificate was treated equivalent to all higher secondary certificate examinations for admission to all university undergraduate studies, including professional studies.
The examination is usually conducted in March. Results are declared in May.
Subjects Offered in the ISC
Modern Foreign Languages
Elective English (850)
Political Science (852)
Business Studies (859)
Home Science (864)
Fashion Designing (865)
Electricity & Electronics (866)
Engineering Science (867)
Computer Science (868)
Geometrical & Mechanical Drawing (869)
Geometrical & Building Drawing (870)
|Indian Music (Hindustani)||872|
|Indian Music (Carnatic)||873|
Physical Education (875)
Environmental Science (877)
Possible subject combinations
The lists given below are only suggestive. Students may take different combinations of their own choosing.
Pre-law: English, History, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology.
Pre-medicine: English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
- Computer science, electrical engineering, and related: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electricity & Electronics, and Computer Science.
- Biotechnology and related: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Biotechnology.
- Mechanical engineering and related: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Geometrical & Mechanical Drawing.
Pre-architecture: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Geometrical & Building Drawing.
Pre-civil service: English, History, Economics, Political Science, and Geography.
Pre-accounting: English, Accounts, Mathematics, Economics, and Commerce.
Pre-business: English, Accounts, Mathematics, Economics, Commerce and Business Studies.
ISC examination first rankers
|Year||Student Name||Aggregate Score||School|
|2012||Rohan Sampath||99.5||Dubai Modern High School, Dubai, UAE|
|2013||Bhuvanya Vijay||99||St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun, India|
|2014||Ayush Banerjee||99.25||Loyola School, Jamshedpur, India|
|2015||Arkya Chatterjee||99.75||Vivekananda Mission School, Kolkata, India|
- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), India
- Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), India
- "CISCE official website". Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. Retrieved 7 June 2015.