The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), a non-governmental board of school education in India (10th and 12th). It was designed to provide an examination in terms of general education through the medium of English. Besides, ICSE has taken a lot of structures and formats from the NCERT.
ICSE does not allow any student who has not studied in an ICSE affiliated school to appear for its exams. Though CBSE is recognized by the government of India, ICSE is not. Although the certificates are globally valid, CISCE is also recognized by many foreign education systems, which is equal to senior examination or high school.
The syllabus of ICSE is large and comprehensive, the students are required memorise a lot. Many experts feel that CBSE is comparatively easier than ICSE. Syllabus of CBSE and ICSE, have slight variation in terms of course content. CBSE gives more importance to science and maths with a lot of attention given to knowledge application. CISCE (ICSE) takes a balanced view on language, arts and science.
Internal assessments are given more importance where practical tests are aggregated with the overall scores. More weightage is given to lab work and practices. Since, ICSE lays emphasis on language, it greatly students pursuing a career in English Literature. Because, ICSE includes the detailed study of subjects and an edge over English literature and language and is more flexible in nature. Both the boards are recognized by colleges/universities in India. However, the CBSE or any other board doesn’t provide students’ academic benefits or options. ICSE board provides a lot of combinations to offer to students- environmental science and even interior design. In terms of teaching, the focus of ICSE has increased on learning through experience and experiments. Apart from this, many experts feel, ICSE is the toughest board examination for 10th and 12th standard students.