Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations

Celebrating over50years of providing excellence in education

About The Council

The Council has been so constituted as to secure suitable representation of: Government of India, State Governments/Union Territories in which there are Schools affiliated to the Council, the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education, the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools, the Indian Public Schools’ Conference, the Association of Schools for the ISC Examination and members co-opted by the Executive Committee of the Council.



01. Early Beginnings

In 1952, an All India Certificate Examinations Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister for Education. The main purpose of the Conference was to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. This set the agenda for the establishment of the Council.

In October 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate's Examination in India and, to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its examination to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3rd November, 1958.

In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting "public" examinations.



02. The Council's Mission

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is committed to serving the nation's children, through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society, promoting introspective living, by creating exciting learning opportunities, with a commitment to excellence.



03. The Ethos of the Council

  • Trust and fair play.
  • Minimum monitoring.
  • Allowing schools to evolve own niche.
  • Catering to the needs of the children.
  • Giving freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices.
  • Diversity and plurality - the basic strength for evolution of ideas.
  • Schools to motivate pupils towards the cultivation of:
    • Excellence - The Indian and Global experience.
    • Values - Spiritual and cultural - to be the bed rock of the educational experience.
  • Schools to have an 'Indian Ethos', strong roots in the national psyche and be sensitive to national aspirations.

As a leader in the provision of world-wide educational endeavours, the Council's vast experience and wisdom is called upon in many forums such as the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), State Education Departments, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the Ministry for Human Resource Development and the Planning Commission, affirming the intrinsic integrity and credibility of the Council and the system it espouses.



04. EXAMINATIONS

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducts three examinations, namely, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE –Class X); The Indian School Certificate (ISC - ClassXII) and the Certificate in Vocational Education (CVE - Year 12). The subject choices and syllabuses prescribed for these examinations are varied and aimed at nurturing the unique gifts of individual pupils

  • THE ICSE (CLASS X)

    The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed to provide an examination in a course of general education, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, through the medium of English. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.

    [For more details see Regulations and Syllabuses booklet.]

  • THE ISC (CLASS XII)

    The Indian School Certificate Examination is an examination, through the medium of English, designed in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, after a two-year course of studies beyond the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination.

    [For more details see Regulations and Syllabuses booklet.]

  • THE C.V.E (YEAR 12)

    The Certificate of Vocational Education Examination (CVE - 12) has been created as an examination, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through the Joint Council of Vocational Education (JCVE) established under the National Policy of Education 1986. This examination can be taken by candidates after a two year course of studies beyond the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination, through the medium of English.

    [For more details see Regulations and Syllabuses booklet.]


    The C.V.E. course is intended to prepare candidates for specific vocations. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for these examinations.

05. NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

The Council conducts, the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate and the Albert Barrow Memorial All-India Inter-School Creative Writing competitions, thereby underpinning the critical importance of creativity and the ability to articulate one's thoughts in writing and speech in school education.



06. AWARDS

  • (A) THE DEROZIO AWARDS

    Instituted by: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
    FOR EDUCATION AND HUMAN ENRICHMENT
    For Principals / Teachers

    Henry L.V. Derozio (1809 - 1830), arguably the first Indian poet, freedom fighter and social reformer, was fondly referred to as the "National Bard of Modern India." He taught English at Hindu College (later Presidency College), Calcutta, and set up a youth movement to promote nationalism and enlightened living. Through his writing he fired the imagination of a generation of 'Derozians', young people of conviction who were prepared to make any sacrifice for the cause of 'freedom'. 'The Harp of India', 'To India my Native Land' and 'Fakir of Jungheera' are among his best known writings.

    The 'Derozio Awards' have been instituted to celebrate and commemorate the life of this great revolutionary, so that his life may inspire a new generation of people to emulate his life and work, in the service of the nation.

    The Derozio Awards for exemplary service to school education and human enrichment have been instituted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, to honour and motivate people to serve the nation in a manner that clearly defines leadership in an identified sphere.

    The Awards seek to:

    • identify people who make a difference in their sphere of work;
    • promote a sense of achievement, recognition and support for a cause;
    • recognize the work of people for the greater good of humanity;
    • establish a role for people to contribute to the nation;
    • enable professional people to reach out;
    • generate concern for the social, physical or cultural ecology of the nation;
    • enhance global goodwill and understanding.

    Categories of Awards:

    The Awards will be given annually in any two of the following categories covering:
    • Service in the sphere of school education promoting quality teaching practices;
    • Service in the sphere of educational administration and management; and
    • Service to education through goodwill, human understanding and enrichment.

    Note :

    • (a) The jury at its discretion will decide each year in which two categories the awards will be made.
    • (b) At least one of the two awards will be given to a teacher/Principal associated with a School affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.

    Each award will consist of the following:

    • An Engraved Gold Medal – 24 gms (22 carats)
    • A Citation Plaque Engraved in Silver
    • A Certificate / Scroll
    • An amount of Rs. 1 Lakh in the form of an account payee cheque.

    The Jury shall consist of the following:

    • The Chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, shall be ex-officio Chairman of the jury.
    • An eminent public servant or ex-judge of the Supreme Court.
    • Two eminent educationists who have established record(s) of service in school education.
    • A person of eminence, who has served in the armed forces.
    • The Chief Executive of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations shall be the ex- officio Secretary to the Jury.

    The Process

    The procedure for application is flexible. Nomination forms are designed to provide basic information. Additional documentation would be called for from short listed nominees.

    Validity of Nominations
    Nominations received will be considered only for the year in which the application is made.

    Procedure

    • The Jury shall meet once a year to consider the nominations and make its selections.
    • The Jury shall establish procedures for selecting the awardees.
    • The decision of the Jury will be final and binding.
    • The Jury may make recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Council to promote the Awards.
    • The Secretary to the Jury shall convene the meeting.

    Please forward completed application forms and other related documents to:

    The Secretary
    Jury for "The Derozio Awards For Education and Human Enrichment"
    C/o Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
    Plot No. 35 – 36, Sector VI
    Pushp Vihar, Saket, New Delhi-110 017

    IMPORTANT
    The last date for receipt of nominations /applications for The Derozio Awards for 2013 has been extended to 31st August 2013.

    NOMINATION & APPLICATION FORM:
    Download of nomination & application forms:

    Derozio Nomination Form

    Derozio Application form

  • (B) National Awards

    SCHEME OF NATIONAL AWARDS TO TEACHERS FROM SCHOOLS AFFILIATED TO COUNCIL FOR THE INDIAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS - NEW DELHI
    AWARDS FOR TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS

    Every year the Government of India gives public recognition to meritorious services of outstanding teachers through the scheme of National Awards. From the year 2000 the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has allotted five such awards to teachers of schools affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.

    The Government of India has also allotted one "special" award for teachers promoting Integrated Inclusive Education in schools.

    Each Award carries with it a Certificate of Merit, a cash payment of Rs.25000 and a silver medal.

    Teachers/Principals of schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and members of the Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools, the Association of Schools for the ISC Examinations and the Indian Public Schools Conference are eligible for this award. Normally retired Teachers/Principals are not eligible for this Award but those teachers who have served for at least four months in the year to which the National Award relates, may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions. For the purpose of these Awards the age of superannuation shall be deemed to be sixty years.

    Teachers with at least fifteen years regular teaching experience and Headmasters/Principals with twenty years of regular teaching experience who are also involved in active teaching shall be considered for these awards.



    National Award for Teachers - Criteria for Nomination/Selection

    • General reputation of the teacher.
    • Commitment to his/her vocation beyond the call of duty.
    • Academic acumen and upgrading through participation in orientation programs/refresher courses/workshops, etc.
    • Active participation in life and activities of the society at large.
    • High degree of social awareness with special reference to the needs of children.
    • Creativity and innovation in teaching practices. Teachers with at least fifteen years regular teaching experience.
    • Headmasters/Principals with at least twenty years of regular teaching experience.
    • Teachers with disabilities working in regular schools or special teachers or trained general teachers who have done outstanding work for Integrated Inclusive Education in schools may be considered for the "Special" award.

    National Award for Teachers - Procedure for Selection

    • No teacher/Principal may directly apply for this Award. The name of the Teacher shall be recommended by the Principal through the Chairman of the Managing Committee, while that of the Principal shall be recommended by the Chairman through a resolution of the Managing Committee on the prescribed proforma.
    • At the initial stage these recommendations shall be made to the Regional Committees through the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.
    • The Regional level Committees shall scrutinize these names and make suitable recommendations to the Central Award Committee.
    • The Chief Executive and Secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations shall place these recommendations before the Central Award Committee which shall make suitable recommendations to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
  • (C) ICT AWARD

    The Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development implemented National Awards for teachers for "Using ICT for Innovations in Education". The Award proposes to felicitate those teachers who have enhanced student learning by effectively and innovatively integrating technology supported learning into the school curriculum and subject teaching, and thereby promoted inquiry-based cooperative-collaboration learning using ICT among their students. The Department for Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has allotted one such award to teachers of school affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.

07. TRAINING

The Council carries out training on a gamut of educational concerns, geared towards improving or affirming teaching practices in the classroom, new syllabi thrusts or managerial skills in education. Requests for training may be made to the Council's office.



08. SPECIAL MENTION

UCAS noting on the ISC Examination:

The National Admissions and Accreditation agency in the United Kingdom - UCAS (Universities and College Admission Services) has recognized the ISC at par with the Higher School qualification of the University of Scotland.



Internet:

The Council's website provided the results of the ICSE and ISC March 1999, examinations. A first by any board in India. The provision showcased the Council as a pacesetting organization world-wide.