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Widely known as ICSE, The Indian Certificate Of Secondary Education is the examination overseen and supervised by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), a private board of education for class 10 in India. The ICSE board is English medium and the curriculum is according to the New Education Policy of 1986. ICSE board is well structured, comprehensive and aims at building analytical skills and practical knowledge of its students
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Q.1: Which board is better in India ICSE or CBSE?


Both ICSE and CBSE boards are important and well-recognised boards in India that cater to education and overall development of children. However, there are some differences in terms of syllabus, curriculum, teaching methodology, marking scheme, and other factors. You should remember that it depends on the perspective from which you are looking for. Let’s see how CBSE board is different from ICSE board and which one is better from which perspective:


It is a general consensus that the ICSE syllabus is thorough and a bit more difficult than the syllabus of CBSE. But you should keep in mind that the ICSE syllabus is centered on arts, literature, and science, whereas the CBSE syllabus focuses on science and mathematics. CBSE board prepares students for entrance exams like IITs, whereas the ICSE syllabus makes sure that there is an overall development of students.

Teaching methodology:

ICSE board believes in the all-round performance and assessment of students. This is reflected in the fact that 20% of the marks allotted in ICSE board are from an internal assessment. CBSE board believes in giving a strong foundation, so if you are planning to prepare for competitive exams, CBSE board will be a better choice. In simple terms, we can say that CBSE board is more organized on flow whereas ICSE board focuses on details.


ICSE board focuses on internal assessments to make an overall score. Also, it lays more emphasis on lab work and practical knowledge. Contrary to that, CBSE board puts less emphasis on internal assessment and lab work. What you write in exams will decide your overall score.


If you need to transfer places frequently, then CBSE board is perfect for you. With CBSE schools all over India, it becomes easy to switch schools. ICSE board is not that prevalent so it can be a little difficult when you need to transfer from one school to another.

So, there is not a clear answer to which is better - CBSE or ICSE board. It depends on many things which are mentioned above. Now you can analyze which one is better for your education.


Q.2: How difficult is it to get 90 %in ICSE?

Scoring 90% marks in ICSE board may seem like an unachievable task. However, it is not that difficult. There are some sure-shot tricks and tips that will definitely get you there.

  • Start the preparation right from the beginning of the year.
  • Give more focus on English as it will be a compulsory subject in your best of 5.
  • Practice the last 10 years’ question papers.
  • Revise all units regularly, don’t leave that for the last moment.
  • Present your answer in a lucid and detailed manner.
  • The regular and smart study is the key, also don’t get stressed out.


Q.3: Can I use a gel pen in ICSE?

Gel pens are not allowed during exams in ICSE board. You can use good quality blue or black ball pen to write your answers. Use pencils for drawings and graphs.


Q.4: Which is the best question bank for ICSE Class 10?

Oswaal ICSE Question Bank series is one of the best ICSE class 10 Question banks available in the market. Some of the salient features of Oswaal ICSE class 10 question bank are:

  • Previous years solved papers
  • Handwritten toppers’ answers included
  • Invaluable tips for writing ICSE board answers
  • Difficult/confusing topics and concepts explained
  • Suggestions for better preparation


Q.5: Does the ICSE board repeat questions?

Yes, sometimes questions are repeated in ICSE board. But, even if some questions are repeated, they account for only 10-15 marks. You have to go through the previous 10 years question papers to get an idea of what types of questions are asked in ICSE board exams. Do remember though, each year new 3-4 questions are asked to check the smartness level of students.


Q.6: Which publication is best for ICSE?

ICSE board is a little different from CBSE board. You have to have an in-depth knowledge of the subject in order to score excellent in ICSE board. Oswaal publication is one of the most trusted and reputed publication houses when it comes to ICSE books and ICSE question banks. Some of the things that set apart Oswaal books from others are:

  • All concepts explained in depth and with proper illustrations
  • Questions at the end of chapters are thought-provoking and increases the thinking ability
  • Easily available in the market
  • Competitive pricing


Q.7: Can one fail in ICSE?

It is difficult for anyone to fail in ICSE board because of its lower passing percentage and emphasis on internal assessment. However, remember that there is still a probability of failure if you do not study and submit your projects on time.


Q.8: Does ICSE give grace marks?

Till 2016, ICSE board used to give grace marks, but for the last 4 years, no grace marks are allotted to students. Sometimes, depending on the examiners’ state of mind or because of mass moderation, you may get 2 or 3 grace marks. But that’s a rare thing. You have to study hard and prepare with confidence to get good marks in ICSE board.


Q.9: How can I get full marks in the ICSE project?

There are some tips for you which will be very useful if you want to get full marks in the ICSE project:

  • Write your project in an interesting and appealing manner.
  • Don’t forget to write contents, acknowledgement, introduction, conclusion, and bibliography before and after every project.
  • Use blue or black ball pens only to write headings.
  • Avoid using red or green pens in your complete project.
  • Draw neat and clean diagrams and shade the borders with black pen.
  • Make sure your project is free from spelling mistakes and other trivial errors.


Q.10: Is it compulsory to pass in all subjects in ICSE?

Yes, you will have to clear all subjects to be eligible for promotion to the next class. Till 2019, it was compulsory to pass all subjects in ICSE, failing in any one of which resulted in a whole year of study once again. However, a new rule is implemented in ICSE board, according to which you can appear for a compartmental examination for one subject without repeating the whole academic year.


Though there is a condition that the student must have cleared the English subject to be able to sit for compartmental exams.  


Q.11: What is the distinction percentage in ICSE?

The distinction percentage in ICSE board is 75%. If you score above that, you will get a distinction/honors award.


Q.12: Which is the best timetable to study for the class 10 ICSE?

Although there is no specific timetable that suits everyone, the best timetable to study for the class 10 ICSE is:

5 AM: Get up early in the morning and finish your daily chores. After that, pick up a subject in which you are not very confident. As the morning time is best to grasp concepts, you should study subjects in which you are weak.

8 AM: Have your breakfast. Eat healthy and nutritious meals only. You will feel sleepy if you eat junk or oily foods.

9 AM: Do a quick revision of what you studied in the morning. After that, pick a subject that is highly scoring like Mathematics or Science.

11:30: Again do a quick revision of what you have studied so far. Remember, revision is the key to scoring high marks.

12:30: Have your lunch. Once again, go for healthy food options only. Eating oily or fast foods can make you sleepy and break your flow.

13:00: You can take a nap of 30 minutes or 1 hour. This will revitalize your brain and grasp all the things that you have studied so far.

14:00: Now that you feel fresh and energetic once again, attempt to solve Physics problems. As you are ready to put maximum energy into your studies, you can easily and thoroughly understand Physics problems.

16:00: Take a tea/coffee break and relax for some time.

16:30: Since at this moment, you have already used your energy, pick up a subject in which you are highly confident. Even if you don’t give 100% at this time, you will be good to go. Just brush up the concepts and revise everything that you studied.

18:30: Go outside. Have an evening walk or play some outdoor games. This will make you more focused.

19:30: This is the perfect time to solve ICSE class 10 sample papers. Practice writing answers as you would in the board exams. This will make you confident and also you will get an idea of time management.

20:30: Have your dinner.

21:00: Go to sleep. Remember that a good amount of sleep is very essential. Don’t compromise on your sleep. Sleep deprivation can also make you sick which is the last thing that you would want during board exam preparation.


Q.13: Are the NCERT books helpful for the ICSE board?

Yes, NCERT books are helpful for the ICSE board. However, remember that you should study from board prescribed books first then go for NCERT books. If you have difficulty in understanding any concept, you can take the help of ICSE class 10 reference books and ICSE sample papers from Oswaal publication.


Q.14: What are the reference books that I must follow for ICSE class X?

If you are looking for ICSE class 10 reference books, these books will help you get more marks in board exams:

Oswaal ICSE Pullout Worksheets: Oswaal publication has ICSE Pullout Worksheets following a strict ICSE curriculum on all the subjects including Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, History & Civics, Computer Applications, Economics, and Environmental Science. These worksheets are designed to provide comprehensive practice material for every chapter.

Oswaal ICSE class 10 sample papers: These papers are designed to give students an idea of the pattern and the types of questions that are asked in ICSE board exams. Solving these papers will give you immense confidence and also make you aware of the time management.

Oswaal ICSE class 10 question banks: Question banks contain previous years’ questions and answers with a thorough explanation.

One of the best ways to know about the pattern of ICSE board exams is through ICSE reference books and ICSE questions banks.




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