About the Council-

The Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations has come a long waysince its establishment. In its present form, the Council is responsible forconstantly innovating and adapting education to empower young learners byfueling their imagination and analytical skills.

Back in year 1952, Maulana Abul Kalam chaired an All India CertificateExaminations Conference. The Conference was called upon to contemplatefeasible ways to replace the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examinationby an All India Examination. This Conference proved the first step towards theestablishment of the Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations.

4 years later, in year 1956, a meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-IndianEducation was called upon. The members came out with a proposal to set up anIndian Council that will administer the University of Cambridge, and LocalExaminations Syndicate's Examinations in India. It was also decided that theCouncil would also advice the Syndicate to constantly adapt its examination to thechanging needs of the learners. In 1967, the Council held its inaugural meeting inNovember, 1958

A Bird’s Eye-View of ICSE:

Board Council for Indian School Certificate of Examinations
Abbreviation ICSE
Establishment Year  
Contact No. (011) 29564831/33/37
E-mail id council@cisce.org
Address Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
P35-36, Sector VIPushp Vihar,
SaketNew Delhi – 110017
Headquarter New Delhi
Fax Number (011) 29564735
State New Delhi
Official Website www.cisce.org

Functions of ICSE

1. To serve nation’s children through high quality educational endeavours.

2. To empower the children to contribute towards a humane, just andpluralistic society.

3. To promote introspective living by creating exciting learning opportunities,with a commitment to excellence.

4. It has a special academic wing, which regularly revises the syllabus and prepares text books accordingly.

5. To conduct exams and declare results.

6. To prescribe the syllabus, curriculum, courses of studies and text books forschool education.

7.To focus on bringing qualitative improvement in school education.

Examinations, Syllabus, Exam-dates

The Council for Indian School Certificate of Examinations conducts threeexaminations namely, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE –ClassX), The Indian School Certificate (ISC - Class XII) and the Certificate inVocational Education (CVE - Year 12).


The Council for Indian School Certificate of Examinations is created toprovide an examination in a course of general education according to therecommendations of the New Education Policy 1986


The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (class XII) is designed according to recommendations of New Education Policy 1986 which is given after a two-year course of studies (class X) examination or its equivalent examination.


The Certificate of Vocational Education Examination (CVE-12) has been createdas an examination according to recommendations of Ministry of Human resourceDevelopment through the Joint Council of Vocational Education under the NationalPolicy of Education 1986. This examination can be taken after passing class X

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