CISCE also referred to as the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has changed the exam pattern for class 10th and class 12 ICSE and ISC exams. The council decided to take this initiative in an effort to make the exams more student and school friendly.
The council will introduce new subjects for class 10th and class 12th. For ICSE, the council has decided to launch Group 1 History, Geography (Thailand) and Civics which will be compulsory for candidates of Thai nationality whereas others can also opt for the same. Students will have to choose between either History, Civics and Geography/ History, Civics and Geography (Thailand Nationality students).
For ISC students, the council has decided to introduce Hospitality Management and Legal Studies. It has also decided to make several changes in the syllabus. Therefore the question papers of class 9th and class 10th will be in accordance with the curriculum of class 6th and class 8th.
The council will also make changes to the syllabus of English Literature. The paper is popularly known as English Paper II. Shakespearean plays, poetry and prose will be made compulsory for all the students at ICSE and ISC level. The training programmes will be made mandatory for the teachers at elementary ISC and ICSE levels.
Meanwhile, one of the most important initiatives taken by CISCE is the introduction of compartmental examination at both ICSE and ISC levels. From 2019, both class 10th and class 12th students who fail in the examinations will get another chance/ opportunity to clear the exams. However, candidates can appear for one compartmental exam a year only. The ICSE and ISC exams will take place in July every year and the results will be released in August.