CISCE to revamp ISC Science syllabus on CBSE pattern

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be revamping ISC Science syllabus and design along the lines of CBSE. The overhaul of syllabus aims at curbing migration of students to CBSE after class 10.

According to available statistics, in 2015-2016 academic session, for every 300 students, who cleared the ISC exams, 100 chose CBSE schools for their class 12 board exams whereas in 2014, about 1,49,087 students appeared for ISC exam but 7,7018 students opted out of the board the same year. For the academic year 2016, only 72,069 candidates took the ISC exam.


After several deliberations, CISCE contemplates to introduce following changes in the syllabus:

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations said, "In order to convince students and parents that the syllabus of ISC and CBSE class 12 is the same, we have realigned our Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology syllabus with that of the CBSE. We were compelled to bring about this change. It comes into effect this new academic session and the ISC exam of 2018 will be conducted in according to this changed syllabus. The question pattern too would follow the CBSE."

CISCE to revamp ISC Science syllabus

  • The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has directed teachers to refer the NCERT text books in class, while teaching the recommended books for ISC
  • Instructions are also given to publishers to reduce size of the textbooks to get rid off the feeling that study time invested on ISC should be more than CBSE
  • The board is also preparing special study material for students which helps to crack NEET and JEE (Main)
  • There will be no changes in the syllabus of commerce and humanities streams and will continue with the same syllabus
  • The CISCE board is redesigning the syllabus for the first time. The changes will be done right from primary to class 8, which will be effective from 2017
  • All the schools affiliated to board will follow the new syllabus

Misconception prevails among parents and students that the CBSE syllabus prepares students better for entrance exams resulted in withdrawal of students from ISC syllabus.

Nabarun Dey, spokesperson of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate said that all-India entrance exam is conducted by the CBSE following its curriculum has compelled students and parents to shift to CBSE. He also said that a proposal will be sent to HRD ministry to consider holding all India entrance exam by an independent body.

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