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ICSE Class 10 Board Exam

ICSE Class 10Conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education or ICSE Class 10 exam offers general education based on the Education Policy of 1986 in English medium. The ICSE Class 10 Board Exam is likely to begin from 27th February, 2016.

The Class X board exam is conducted for school students who complete 10 years of school education (Class 1 to 10). Private students are not allowed to sit for the exam.

ICSE Class 10 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students can appear for Class 10 board exam only if they have 75% attendance at school in Class IX and Class X by February 15 of the academic year. The Chief Executive and Secretary may allow the students to sit for the exam in special cases, if they have at least 60% attendance record in Class IX and Class X.

  • There is no lower or upper age limit for students to take the exam.

ICSE Class 10 Syllabus

All students who appear for the exam have to appear for seven papers. The external and internal assessment components of these seven papers as indicated in ICSE 10th result is as follows:


Board Exam (assessed by external examiners)

Internal Examinations (assessed by school to promote candidates from Class IX to Class X)

Group 1 includes:

  • English

  • A Second Language

  • History, Civics and Geography

All these subjects are compulsory.



Group 2 includes:

  • Mathematics

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

  • Economics

  • Commercial Studies

  • Technical Drawing

  • A Modern Foreign Language

  • A Classical Language

  • Computer Science

  • Environmental Science

  • Agricultural Science

Students have to choose any two of these subjects.



Group 3 includes:

  • Computer Applications

  • Economic Applications

  • Commercial Applications

  • Art

  • Performing Arts

  • Home Science

  • Cookery

  • Fashion Designing

  • Physical Education

  • Yoga

  • Technical Drawing Applications

  • Environmental Applications  

  • A Modern Foreign Language

Students have to choose any one of these subjects.



Besides these, all ICSE students have to compulsorily attain the passing grades in ‘Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service’ to be awarded their board exam result certificate.

Second Language

  • Indian students can pursue choose their second language from one of the following - Ao Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Kashmiri, Lepcha, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Mizo, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Tenydie, Urdu or any other Indian language approved by the Council.

  • Candidates who have studied foreign language abroad for three years may pursue that language as the second language.

  • Candidates of other nationalities may choose French, German, Spanish or any other foreign language approved by the Council.

Students cannot pair:

  • Sanskrit as a second language in Group 1 and as a classical language in Group 3

  • Computer Science in Group 1 and Computer Applications in Group 3

  • Economics in Group 2 and Economic Applications in Group 3

  • Commercial Studies in Group 2 and Commercial Applications in Group 3

  • Environmental Science in Group 2 and Environmental Applications in Group 3

  • Technical Drawing in Group 2 and Technical Drawing Applications in Group 3

  • Same Modern Foreign Language in Group 1, Group 2 and/or Group 3

ICSE Class 10 Important Dates 2016





Mon, February 29, 2016

11.00 am

English Language - ENGLISH Paper 1

2 hrs.

Wed, March 2, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Literature in English - ENGLISH Paper 2

2 hrs.

Fri, March 4, 2016

11.00 a.m.

History & Civics - H.C.G. - Paper 1

2 hrs.

Sat, March 5, 2016

09.00 a.m.

Art Paper I (Still Life)

3 hrs.

Tue, March 8, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Environmental Science (Group II Elective)

2 hrs.

Wed, March 9, 2016

11.00 a.m.


3 hrs.

Fri, March 11, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Geography - H.C.G. - Paper 2

2 hrs.

Sat, March 12, 2016

09.00 a.m.

Art Paper II (Nature Drawing/ Painting)

3 hrs.

Mon, March 14, 2016

11.00 a.m.


21/2 hrs.

Wed, March 16, 2016

11.00 a.m

Physics - SCIENCE Paper 1

2 hrs.

Thu, March 17, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Commercial Studies (Group II Elective)

2 hrs.

Thu, March 17, 2016

11.00 a.m.

(Group II Elective) - French / Sanskrit

Fri, March 18, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Chemistry - SCIENCE Paper 2

2 hrs.

Sat, March 19, 2016

09.00 a.m.

Art Paper III (Original Composition)

3 hrs.

Mon, March 21, 2016

11.00 a.m

Biology - SCIENCE Paper 3

2 hrs.

Tue, March 22, 2016

11.00 a.m.

Second Languages:


ICSE Class 10 Books

Class 10 board exam is your first step to your dream career. Many medical and engineering aspirants start preparing for medical entrance exams and engineering entrance exams, right from Class IX.

At askIITians, we offer you foundation courses from Class VI onwards. These courses help you develop a strong conceptual understanding of Science fundamentals and a scientific approach to look at problems – right from the start. One of the unique features of such courses is that they are smoothly aligned with your school curriculum to help you ace your schools exams without over-burdening yourself.

askIITians books for ICSE Class 9 and Class 10 students are especially prepared for students preparing for competitive entrance exams and regional, national and international Science Olympiads.




Together with Physics for ICSE Students Class-X (Paperback)


Together with Chemistry Class X (Paperback)


Together with Biology Class X  (Paperback)


Together With Mathematics For ICSE Students (Class X Question-Answer) (English) 15th Edition (Paperback)

Social Science

  • Together with History & Civics Class-X (English) 11th Edition (Paperback)

  • Together with Geography Class-X (ICSE Based) (English) 01 Edition (Paperback)


  • Together with English Language for Class-IX-X (ICSE Based) (English) 12th Edition (Paperback)

  • Merchant of Venice (English) 1st Edition (Paperback)


Together with Hindi for Class-IX-X 7th Edition (Paperback)

Computer Science

Together with Computer Applications Class X (ICSE Based) (English) 11th Edition (Paperback)

Check some of the important prescribed books for ICSE Class 10

ICSE Class 10 Papers

Solve previous years’ question papers for the last ten years to get an idea of ICSE exam pattern. Many of the questions are repeated. Model papers based on past year papers are good for practice. Time yourself while solving these papers to enhance your speed and accuracy.

askIITians offers you previous years’ question papers, ICSE sample papers for Class 10, and ICSE guess papers Class 10 designed by academic experts for free. Detailed solutions of these papers are also available which give you a good idea of how to approach a particular type of question in the exam.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make a time table and try following the same on daily basis.

  • Create short notes while reading. Summary notes can help you revising the task in a better way.

  • Take break from your studies and do something that excites you the most. Do stretching exercises, go for a short walk or play with your friends.

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