ICSE (Indian School Certificate Examinations) 2023 – 2024

ICSE Board

This article consists of the following data regarding ICSE board and its examination  :

  • 10th class syllabus details
  • Theory paper details
  • Practical paper details
  • Previous year question paper PDF
  • Textbook solutions and much more.

ICSE, also known as Indian Certificate of Secondary Education is a type of examination just like other examinations conducted by CISCE for class 10th each year. The same board also conducts the exams for class 12th under ISC. ICSE is one of the most popular boards in India which conducts examination and as a circular in schools which provides a very strict and learning curriculum.

This particular page contains all the details regarding ICSE such as Board exam details, how to prepare effectively, syllabus, compartment examinations, practical examinations, practical examination syllabus, study materials, sample papers, important questions, previous year papers, grading system, textbook solutions and everything we can provide in one article at one place.

ICSE is a very open and ready to accept type of board and therefore the syllabus is formed in such a way that every student learns how to change, develop and improve themselves. The basic details for reaching out to the board is given below.

ICSE Syllabus

The syllabus framed in ICSE pattern is generally considered a bit difficult than other boards, but at the same time it’s beneficial for the students in long term. The subjects offered here have a great variety and thus students have amazing opportunity to explore their interests by choosing what they actually like. It is true that the syllabus is vast and therefore teachers appointed too work really hard to complete it and revise at the same time.

The overall marks that we see on the marksheet is a combination of internal + external marks. The internal marks are given on many basis such as internal practical performance, notebook completion , overall behaviour in class and etc.

The syllabus for each class is given below to check, we suggest you to go through the syllabus carefully before starting the preparation for examinations.

  • ICSE Syllabus class 1
  • ICSE Syllabus class 2
  • ICSE Syllabus class 3
  • ICSE Syllabus class 4
  • ICSE Syllabus class 5
  • ICSE Syllabus class 6
  • ICSE Syllabus class 7
  • ICSE Syllabus class 8
  • ICSE Syllabus class 9
  • ICSE Syllabus class 10

ICSE Class 10th Practicals and it’s Syllabus

Practicals taken in ICSE board are exactly as we expect, difficult, and therefore a thorough knowledge of theory will help them perform their best in practicals. The practicals are carried out with the help of a syllabus given as per the classes such as 9th and 10th respectively. Practicals are carried out round the year and then finally exams are taken to asses the knowledge and analytical skills.

Below are the links for ICSE practical syllabus which students must read before the commencement of the practicals to stick to the exact syllabus and not study unimportant things.

  • ICSE Class 9th  Experiments
  • ICSE Class 10th  Experiments

ICSE Class 10th Practical Examination Details

Students need to focus on practicals as well as it helps them build an analytical mind and develop various skills which help in making great choices in future careers. ICSE conducts practicals in various subject mentioned below

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Indian music
  • Arts
  • Home science
  • Computer science
  • Fashion designing

We suggest each and every student to look for the exact syllabus before preparing!

  • ICSE Examination Pattern for Class 10th

Examination pattern provided here is an evaluated and latest pattern provided by ICSE board in order to help students understand the exact areas in which they can work more to get better grades. The exam pattern is given subject wise so we believe no student will be confused in that. Each subject is provided with number questions, marks carried by the sections and how the questions will be asked in some of the sections. We hope this might help our beloved readers to gain more knowledge and perform their best in examination.

ICSE Exam Pattern English I  (2 hours)

There will be 4 broad questions. A composition of 450 to 500 words, second is a letter, third is an unseen passage and related questions and fourth would be a question to test students’ grammar. In essay and letter section, students are given a choice. They should choose only those topics which they know thoroughly.

ICSE Exam Pattern English – II Exam Pattern (2 Hours)

Section – A (2 questions )

Section – B (2 questions )

Section – C (2 questions ) contains an essay type question

ICSE Exam Pattern For Maths (2 ½ hours)

Section – A ( 4 questions of 10 marks each = 40 marks)

Section – B ( 7 questions out of which 4 are to be solved for obtaining 40 marks)

ICSE Exam Pattern For Hindi (3 hours)- First section deals with the Hindi Language.

It has 3 major parts – i)Essay of around 250 words ii)Letter  iii) Unseen passage

Second section deals with Hindi Literature in which students are supposed to answer any 4 questions from the two books they have read from.

ICSE Exam Pattern For Physics ( 1.5 hrs)

Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks

Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.

ICSE Exam Pattern For Chemistry (1.5 hrs)

Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks

Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks.

ICSE Exam Pattern For Biology (1.5 hrs)

Section – A  – Short compulsory questions worth 40 marks

Section – B  – 6 questions out of which any 4 are to be solved worth 40 marks

ICSE Exam Pattern For History and Civics (2 hrs)

Section – A  First part deals with small answer type questions from civics part (10 marks)

The second part deals with small answer type questions from history part (20 marks)

Section – B    First part has 3 long answer type questions from civics out of which any 2 are to be solved (20 marks)

The second part has 5 long answer type questions from history out of which any 3 are to be solved (30 marks)

ICSE Exam Pattern For Geography (2 hrs)

First part has 2 questions –  i) Map of India(10 marks) ii)Survey map and its interpretation(20 marks)

The second part has 9 questions out of which 5 are to be solved (50 marks)

ICSE Exam Pattern For. E.V.S (2 hrs)

The first part has 4 compulsory questions and the second part has 5 long answer type questions out of which any 4 are to be solved.

ICSE Examination Grading Pattern

Grading is the distribution of marks between external and internal assessment of the student and therefore , student must be aware of it to bring out the best of their knowledge. The grading pattern for compulsory subjects is generally 80% external and 20% internal but as the variation starts, grading pattern also changes and thus we have summed up the pattern for ease of subject preparation!

GROUP I: (Compulsory)

Percentage External Examination Marks Internal Assessment
English 80%


A Second Language (one/two)

80% 20%
History, Civics and Geography 80%


GROUP II: (Any two/three of the following subjects)


80% 20%
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) 80%



80% 20%
Commercial Studies 80%


A Modern Foreign Language

80% 20%
A Classical Language 80%


Environmental Science



GROUP III: (Any one of the following subjects)

Computer Applications

50% 50%
Economic Applications 50%


Commercial Applications

50% 50%
Art 50%


Performing Arts

50% 50%
Home Science 50%



50% 50%
Fashion Designing 50%


Physical Education

50% 50%
Yoga 50%


Technical Drawing Applications

50% 50%
Environmental Applications 50%


A Modern Foreign Language

50% 50%

Re examination: It’s Criteria and Rules

Also called as compartmental exams, this exam is given by students who couldn’t score passing marks in one of the compulsory subjects to gain the certificate.


1) The student must have scored passing marks in English.

2) The student must have passed the other three subjects in ICSE examination to appear for the failed one.

All the application process is online and the release of dates of compartmental exams is also online, therefore students must keep checking the websites for updated information.

  • ICSE Study Materials

ICSE is one tough board to study under, and therefore we suggest all the student to go through the study materials provided here to make sure they’re not left behind in preparation. There are various materials provided here such as Sample papers, previous year question papers, Important question banks, textbook solutions of Selina Concise and ML Aggarwal and much more. Just go through each material and you will understand how it is very very important in the study of you courses.

List of study materials available here:

  • Specimen Sample papers
  • Previous year Question Papers
  • Important Questions Banks
  • Textbook solutions of Selina Concise and ML Aggarwal

Sample Papers

Once you’re done with the syllabus and gone through the lectures of teachers, the final hammer on preparation strategy is solving as much sample papers as you can to build the confidence on subject. Sample papers give you an idea about the actual question paper and so your preparation gets a definite direction and you don’t lose your path while studying a lot. We have listed the sample papers class wise and you can go through it to have more confident approach to the final paper.

  • ICSE sample paper for class 2nd
  • ICSE sample paper for class 3rd
  • ICSE sample paper for class 4th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 5th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 6th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 7th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 8th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 9th
  • ICSE sample paper for class 10th

Previous year Question Papers

These help with the parts of syllabus you actually need to study. We all know that there are certain topics from a chapter which are actually important in terms of board examination and therefore , learning the whole chapter feels like a burden. To decrease that burden, you can solve previous year question papers to make sure you’re focusing more on the topics that are frequent each year so that you don’t lose marks on the questions everyone knew and you didn’t. Make sure to go through each one so nothing is missed out!

  • Previous year question paper of English
  • Previous year question paper of Maths
  • Previous year question paper of Biology
  • Previous year question paper of Physics
  • Previous year question paper of Chemistry
  • Previous year question paper of Geography
  • Previous year question paper of History
  • Previous year question paper of Civics

Important Questions Bank

Once you learn the chapter and study each and every lecture by your respective teachers, we all want the important parts of the chapter which are supposed to be covered in order to get the best results in respective chapter and classes. We have summed up class wise important question banks in which each class will get subject wise important questions so that each student makes sure to read at least these. For students who have already prepared everything, important questions will give you an amazing revision just before the exam.

Make sure to read it once so no question seems foreign to you in the actual examination.

  • Important questions for class 6th
  • Important questions for class 7th
  • Important questions for class 8th
  • Important questions for class 9th
  • Important questions for class 10th

Textbook Solutions

ICSE does not provide any specific book for subjects and therefore students have to prepare their subjects through various reference books and one of the best reference books are Selina Concise and ML Aggarwal. But we all know, more the famous books, harder is the questions to solve. We have done that for you! Don’t worry! You just need to visit our website, go through the solved textbook part and you will get everything. The paper pattern is very much dependent on these references and therefore we suggest you to not leave the textbook solutions as a vast majority of questions come from these. It’s just matter of time management and sources. This website has the sources and you will have to manage the time to study at your best.

Tips to Prepare for the ICSE 10th board Examination:

1) Your teachers are the best sources of knowledge, make sure to read the notes given in class.

2) Read the books you can get which are related to the examination such as Selina Concise, ML Aggarwal etc to gain relevant knowledge.

3) Go through the important questions section first, then previous year question papers and then finally try to solve the sample papers on your own. If you follow the chronology, you will be able to solve sample papers very easily.

4) Be consistent. Make sure you cover some part of the studies daily. Consistency wins over talent each time.

5) Do not study or watch irrelevant things before examination, it will cloud your mind and you will not be able to focus much.

6) Paper presentation matters, and therefore make sure you write all the answers and not just read them while doing sample papers.

7) Draw as much diagrams as you can, underline important words, leave good amount of space between answers and try to present your sheet neat and clean.

8) Write strong and apt answers for questions. Do not write irrelevant things in the final paper.

9) Read the notes, books as much as possible. They will help you more than anything.

10) Last but not the least, make sure you give your 100%  in every paper .

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