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CISCE Board Revamps Syllabi

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Keeping abreast with the current competitive examination requirement and empowering their students ambitions, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) announced revamping of their syllabus, infrastructure and training methods at their 58th Annual General Meeting. CISCE board with an objective to centralise education has decided to frame Class XII question papers on the lines of CBSE pattern from 2018.

The CISCE reviews its prescribed syllabi periodically so as to ensure that they are at par with the syllabi of other boards and also to meet the requirements of various competitive examinations. The Council has recently reviewed its prescribed syllabi at the ISC (Classes XI and XII) and ICSE (Classes IX and X) levels.

At the ICSE level, syllabi for History & Civics, Geography, Mathematics and Physics have been reviewed for the year 2018 Examination. The objective of these reviews was to ensure that in addition to conforming to present day educational trends, the syllabus is also relevant, flexible and meaningful in content. The syllabi for the above subjects have been modified accordingly, so as to facilitate a progressive and phased upgradation of subject knowledge and understanding.

Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, ICSE said, “Specimen question papers for the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics have already been prepared on the CBSE pattern. The new pattern – possibly with an eye on competitive exams conducted by the CBSE – will be introduced from the 2018 ISC exam.”

The specimen question papers deal with questions on recall, understanding, application, analysis and evaluation.

In keeping with the requirements of many Universities for higher education after Class XII, the break-up of marks of the Theory and Practical components at the ISC level, for the subjects Computer Science, Fashion Designing, Physical Education, Indian Music (Hindustani), Indian Music (Carnatic) and Western Music has been revised. The existing mark breakup of 50 percent Theory and 50 percent Practical has now been changed to 70 percent Theory and 30 percent Practical, in order that these subjects be considered as elective subjects. This change will be effective from the ISC Year 2016 Examination onwards.

The Council has already been following the Common Core Curriculum for mathematics, science and commerce at the ISC level. The curriculum had been prescribed by the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), an apex body that has all school boards as its members.

Specimen question papers for these subjects have already been sent to schools and are also available on the Council website (

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