Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE)


Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE) is a private non-government body and second major examination body for schools in India. In 1952, an All India Certificate Examinations Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the then Minister for Education. The main purpose of the Conference was to put up a replacement of the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. Later In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting “public” examinations.

Important Facts- –

  • Total number of schools affiliated by CICSE is approximately 1000
  • CICSE schools are operational in multiple countries like India, UAE, Singapore and Indonesia etc.
  • CICSE conducts three exams ICSE (Indian Certificate Secondary Education) exam for class 10, ISCE (Indian School Certificate Exam) for class 12 and CVE (Certificate for Vocational Education) exam for class 12
  • The board conducts the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate and The Albert Barrow Memorial All-India Inter-School Creative Writing competitions
  • CICSE academic content is vast and comprehensive keeping up with the modern learning trends and courses
  • The board offers learning facility of 23 Indian and 12 foreign languages
  • The board provides more than 60 subject courses for ICSE students and more than 50 subject courses for ISC students
  • Overall pass percentage of students is quite high in this board; more than 96% pass percentage was achieved by the board



  • Wide curriculum covers huge amount of courses and helps in overall growth of students
  • Practical knowledge is main focus of this board and to develop analytical skills in students
  • Students could choose from a wide variety of subjects as per their interest and liking
  • CICSE puts equal focus on languages, science and arts for overall academic growth of students
  • This board is specifically helpful for the students who want to study abroad and want to give IELTS after 12th
  • CICSE focuses majorly on individual creativity by organizing creative writing competitions



  • Students may find the syllabus a bit cumbersome
  • Students might find it a bit difficult to fit in other boards in case of transfers
  • School fees are on higher side
  • In case a student doesn’t qualify an entrance examination after 12th standard, he/she may find difficulty in getting undergraduate admissions in state colleges. Due to low availability of reserved seats in these colleges for CICSC students.

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