The ISC aconym of the Indian School Certificate examinations.These examinations are conducted by the CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) for 12th Grade i.e. 12th year of the schooling.It is a type of paper based examination.
A student usually attempts the ISC examination after completing the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education in Grade 10, although after the completion of a recognized equivalent level of education is normally sufficient for ISC examination .
This examination has been designed to provide an evaluation in field of general education. The examination criteria are in accordance with the recommendations of the Indian New Education Policy of 1986, through the medium of English and it is also regulated by University of Cambridge.
Candidates usually choose one of three streams in which he/she has completed higher secondary schooling i.e. arts and humanities, commerce and science. Depending upon logistical capabilities, Schools generally offer a limited subset of all available subjects.
School teachers assessed internally the Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) and practical tests are for ISC examination.While written tests are assessed externally by other examiners outside from the school.
Universities in the United Kingdom recognized the Indian School Certificate, so the applicants have no need to obtain ‘A’ level qualifications or complete bridging courses, while seeking for admission to universities in the UK and some other countries in the Commonwealth. The Indian School Certificate qualification is the only qualification in India that has been granted this special recognition.
Until 1976,the Indian School Certificate was treated as equivalent to pre-university examinations in Indian universities for admission to universities for undergraduate studies, except for professional courses in engineering and medicine.
After 1976, Indian School Certificate was treated equivalent to all higher secondary certificate examinations for admission to all university undergraduate studies, including all professional studies.
Although in India the majority of schools affiliated to the CISCE , a large number of schools in other countries with large Non-Resident Indian populations also offer the ICSE and ISC examinations.
The examination is usually conducted in March. Results are declared in May.The ISC exam duration is 3 hours for each subject and each subject exam was held on different day. It is held after End-of-school (class 12) test for assessment of high school academic performance.Its Score / grade range is 10-point and its Score / grade validity is Life-long.