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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty, especially when it comes to education. With classes moving online in initial phases to being conducted in physical classes again, the transition has taken a toll on students’ education. Taking all such facts into consideration, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has reduced the syllabus for ICSE and ISC students for the academic session 2021-22.

CISCE, one of the prominent education boards operating in India, has also reduced the curriculum for classes 10th and 12th – the two most crucial standards as far as the Indian education system is concerned.

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ICSE Curriculum 2021-22 Changes

In addition to reducing the curriculum for classes 10th and 12th, CISCE has also introduced a new testing method to assess the students who are still coping with the frequent transitions in the education system.

The education has decided to break the 2021-22 session into semesters: Term 1 and Term 2. 50% of the syllabus will be covered in each session so that students don’t miss out on any important topic as they struggle with online-offline classes.

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The move is similar to CBSE, which already assesses students by conducting two exams twice a year to ease the burden of the massive syllabus from the fragile shoulders of students.

CISCE said that the syllabus for the 2021-22 session was reduced in consultation with subject matter experts. The reduction in the syllabus won’t impact the education standard that the education board has maintained.

What did CISCE say about ICSE Curriculum 2021-22 Changes?

In its official statement, CISCE said, “In view of the continuing pandemic situation in the country and the disruption in educational activities brought about due to extended lockdowns, and the various alternate modes of syllabus transaction that need to be adopted, due to closure of schools, the CISCE had carried out an extensive exercise of Syllabus review.”

Syllabi for various subjects at the ICSE and ISC levels specifically for Classes 10 and 12, for the examination year 2022 were examined by subject experts to identify portions which may be reduced, without compromising on the quality of content,” the education board added in its statement.

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Class 10th: ICSE Curriculum 2021-22 Changes

CISCE has reduced the ICSE syllabus for almost all the subjects for 10th class students. These subjects include History and Civics, English, Indian Languages, Geography, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economic Applications, Economics, Commercial Studies, Computer Applications, Commercial Applications, Environmental Applications, Home Science, Physical Education, and Yoga, among others.

Here are the direct links to download subject wise class 10th ICSE syllabus/Curriculum: 

ICSE Class 10th Semester-Wise Syllabus 2021-22

ICSE has broken up the class 10th in two different semesters. Students will receive a maximum of 40 marks in each exam conducted in each semester. The rest 20 are allocated for the internal marking. So, the maximum number of marks students can receive for an individual subject in both semester exams is 80. 

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ICSE Class 10th Physics Semester 1 Syllabus 

(i) Force, Work, Power and Energy 

(ii) Light 

(iii) Sound

ICSE Class 10th Physics Semester 2 Syllabus

(i) Sound

(ii) Electricity and Magnetism

(iii) Heat 

(iv) Modern Physics.

ICSE Class 10th English Semester 1 Syllabus

Language: Comprehension and Grammar. 

Literature: Drama: The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s unabridged play by A.W. Verity), Act 3 (Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5); Poems – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou and The Patriot – Robert Browning; Short Stories –  The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen and The Blue Bead – Norah Burke. 

ICSE Class 10th English Semester 2 Syllabus

Language: Composition, Letter, Notice and Email 

Literature: Drama –  The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s unabridged play by A.W. Verity) Act 4 (Scenes 1 & 2) and Act 5; Poems – Abou Ben Adhem – Leigh  Hunt and Nine Gold Medals – David Roth; Short Stories – My Greatest Olympic Prize – Jesse Owens and All Summer in a Day – Ray Douglas Bradbury. 

ICSE Class 10th Chemistry Semester 1 Syllabus

(i) Periodic Properties and variations of Properties 

(ii) Chemical Bonding (iii) Acids, Bases and Salts 

(iv) Analytical Chemistry 

(v) Mole Concept and Stoichiometry 

(vi) Electrolysis

ICSE Class 10th Chemistry Semester 2 Syllabus

(i) Metallurgy 

(ii) Study of Compounds 

(iii) Organic Chemistry

ICSE Class 10th Biology Semester 1 Syllabus

(i) Basic Biology

(ii) Plant Physiology 

ICSE Class 10th Biology Semester 2 Syllabus

Human Anatomy and Physiology 

(i) Circulatory System 

(ii) Excretory System 

(iii) Nervous system 

(iv) Endocrine System. 

ICSE Class 10th Mathematics Semester 1 Syllabus

(i) Commercial Mathematics  

(ii) Algebra 

(iii) Geometry 

ICSE Class 10th Mathematics Semester 2 Syllabus

(i) Algebra  

(ii) Geometry

(iii) Mensuration 

(iv) Trigonometry

(v) Statistics 

(vi) Probability 

ICSE Class 10th Geography Semester 1 Syllabus

(i) Interpretation of Topographical Maps 

(ii) Physical features 

(iii) Climate 

(iv) Soil Resources 

(v) Natural Vegetation 

(vi) Water Resources

ICSE Class 10th Geography Semester 2 Syllabus

(i) Map of India 

(ii) Mineral and Energy Resources

(iii)  Agriculture 

(iv) Manufacturing Industries

(v)  Transport

(vi) Waste Management

ICSE Class 10th History & Civics Semester 1 Syllabus

History: The Indian National Movement (1857 – 1917) and Mass Phase of the National Movement (1915 – 1947)

Civics: The Union Legislature

ICSE Class 10th History & Civics Semester 2 Syllabus

History: The Contemporary World

Civics: The Union Executive and The Judiciary

Class 12th: ICSE Curriculum 2021-22 Changes

CISCE has also reduced the syllabus for the 2021-22 session for 12th class students by approximately 25%. The decision was made to make it easier for students to cope with the transition phase during one of the most critical schooling years. 

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Class 12th ICSE syllabus/Curriculum: Direct links to download 

ICSE Class 12th Latest Curriculum: Subjects With No Syllabus Change

While CICSE has relaxed the syllabus for most of the subjects, the board has decided not to tweak the syllabus for select subjects. These subjects include Indian Languages, Classical Languages, Arts, Music (Indian & Western Music) and Engineering.  

ICSE Class 10th Semester-Wise Syllabus 2021-22

Like Class 10th exams, CICSE is going to conduct the exams for Class 12th in two different semesters as well. Here’s the semester wise syllabus for Class 12th students for the 2021-22 academic session: 

ICSE Class 12th English Language Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Comprehension
  • Grammar

ICSE Class 12th English Language Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Composition
  • Directed Writing
  • Proposal Writing

ICSE Class 12th English Literature Semester 1 Syllabus

  • The Tempest: William Shakespeare (Act III)
  • Echoes: A Collection of ISC Short Stories (To Build a Fire – Jack London, The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin)
  • Reverie: A Collection of ISC Poems (The Duckling Thrush – Thomas Hardy, Birches – Robert Frost, Crossing the Bar – Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

ICSE Class 12th English Literature Semester 2 Syllabus

  • The Tempest: William Shakespeare (Act IV & V)
  • Echoes: A Collection of ISC Short Stories (The Singing Lesson – Katherine Mansfield, The Sound Machine – Roald Dahl, B. Wordsworth – V.S Naipaul)
  • Reverie: A Collection of ISC Poems (Dover Beach – Matthew Arnold, We are the Music Makers – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy)

ICSE Class 12th Mathematics Semester 1 Syllabus

Section A

  • Relations and Functions 
  • Algebra 
  • Calculus (Continuity, Differentiability and Differentiation; Applications of Derivatives)

Section B

  • Vectors 
  • Three Dimensional Geometry (Lines)

Or Section C

  • Application of Calculus 

ICSE Class 12th Mathematics Semester 2 Syllabus

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Section A

  • Calculus (Integrals, Differential Equations)
  • Probability 

Section B

  • Three Dimensional Geometry (Planes)
  • Applications of Integrals 

Or Section C

  • Linear Regression 
  • Linear Programming 

ICSE Class 12th Computer Science Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Boolean Algebra 
  • Computer Hardware
  • Implementation of Algorithms to solve problems 
  • Programming in Java 
  • Objects 
  • Primitive Values, Wrapper classes, Types and casting 
  • Variables, Expressions 
  • Statements, Scope 
  • Methods 
  • Arrays, Strings (Arrays)

ICSE Class 12th Computer Science Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Arrays, Strings (Strings)
  • Recursion (Complete unit)
  • Inheritance, Interface and Polymorphism (Complete unit)
  • Data Structures (Complete unit)

ICSE Class 12th Physics Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Electrostatics 
  • Current Electricity 
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents 
  • Electromagnetic Waves

ICSE Class 12th Physics Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Optics 
  • Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter
  • Atoms and Nuclei 
  • Electronic Devices

ICSE Class 12th Chemistry Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry 
  • General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements 
  • p-Block Elements
  • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  • Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

ICSE Class 12th Chemistry Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Surface Chemistry 
  • d –and f- Block Elements
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
  • Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen
  • Biomolecules
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life

ICSE Class 12th Biology Semester 1 Syllabus

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  • Reproduction (Complete unit)
  • Genetics and Evolution (Complete unit)
  • Biology and Human Welfare (Microbes in Human Welfare)

ICSE Class 12th Biology Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Biology and Human Welfare (Human Health and Diseases, Strategies for enhancement in Food Production)
  • Biotechnology and its Applications (Complete unit)
  • Ecology and Environment  (Complete unit)

ICSE Class 12th History Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Towards Independence and Partition: the Last Phase (1935- 1947)
  • Establishment and development of Indian Democracy (1964- 1966)
  • Challenges to Indian Democracy  (1964- 1977)
  • Changing face of the Indian Democracy (1977- 1986)
  • India’s Foreign Policy
  • Movements for Women’s Rights 

ICSE Class 12th History Semester 2 Syllabus

  • World War II
  • De-colonisation – in Asia (China)
  • Cold War 1945-91 – origin, course, end and impact
  • Protest Movements
  • Middle East: Israeli-Palestine conflict (1916-1993)

ICSE Class 12th Geography Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Physical Environment (Complete unit)
  • Population and Human Settlements (Complete unit)
  • Resources of India and their Utilisation (Need for Environmental management vis-a-vis development; Land Resources: land use pattern in India – quality of cultivable land, size of land holdings; Water resources and types of irrigation)
  • Map Work (Related to the given topics)

ICSE Class 12th Geography Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Resources of India and their Utilisation (Agriculture: Types, development and problems; Fishing in India, Japan and Bangladesh; Sources of Energy)
  • Infrastructural Resources (Complete unit)
  • Industries (Complete unit)
  • Regional Economic Development (Complete unit)
  • Map Work (Related to the given topics)

ICSE Class 12th Psychology Semester 1 Syllabus

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  • Intelligence and Ability
  • Personality 
  • Lifespan Development

ICSE Class 12th Psychology Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Psychological Disorders and Psychotherapy
  • Social Thought and Social Behaviour 
  • Attitudes 
  • Applications of Psychology

ICSE Class 12th Political Science Semester 1 Syllabus/curriculum

  • Forms of Government
  • Constitution 
  • Franchise
  • The Legislature 
  • The Executive 

ICSE Class 12th Political Science Semester 2 Syllabus

  • The Judiciary 
  • Indian Constitution 
  • Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles
  • Local self-government 
  • Democracy in India – A perspective of the challenges faced 

ICSE Class 12th Economics Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Micro Economic Theory

ICSE Class 12th Economics Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Theory of Income and Employment
  • Money and Banking
  • Balance of Payment and Exchange Rate
  • Public Finance
  • National Income

ICSE Class 12th Commerce Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Business Environment  (Complete unit)
  • Financing  (Complete unit)
  • Management (Management: Meaning, objectives and characteristics of management; Nature of management – Science, Art and Profession; Importance of management; Principles of management: nature of principles, need for principles; Functions of management: (a) Planning)

ICSE Class 12th Commerce Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Management [Functions of management: (b) Organising, (c)Staffing, (d) Directing, (e)Controlling, (f) Coordination]
  • Marketing  (Complete unit)

ICSE Class 12th Accounts Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Section A: Partnership Accounts (Fundamentals of Partnership, Goodwill, Reconstitution of Partnership: Admission of a partner), Joint Stock Company Accounts (Issue of Shares, Final Accounts of Companies)
  • Section B: Ratio Analysis (Complete unit) 
  • Section C: Accounting Application of Electronic Spread Sheet  (Complete unit)

ICSE Class 12th Accounts Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Section A: Partnership Accounts (Reconstitution of Partnership: Retirement of a partner, Dissolution of a Partnership Firm), Joint Stock Company Accounts (Issue of Debentures, Redemption of Debentures)
  • Section B: Financial Statement Analysis (Complete unit), Cash Flow Statement (Complete unit)
  • Section C: Database Management System (Complete unit)

ICSE Class 12th Business Studies Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Human Resource Management 

ICSE Class 12th Business Studies Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Business Communication and Correspondence 
  • Business Size and Finance
  • Globalisation and recent trends in business
  • Business Regulators and Intermediaries

ICSE Class 12th Environmental Science Semester 1 Syllabus

  • Human Beings and Nature 
  • Population and Conservation Ecology 
  • Monitoring Pollution 
  • Third World Development 

ICSE Class 12th Environmental Science Semester 2 Syllabus

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 
  • International Relations and the Environment

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the minimum marks required to pass the ICSE Class 12th exam? 

Answer: Students will need to score a minimum of 40% in each subject to pass the ICSE Class 12 exam. They will also need to achieve an aggregate of 40% in the class 12th to pass the board exam. 

2. How to download ICSE 12th Curriculum 2021-22?

Answer: Students can download the ICSE 12th from the official CISCE website, which is cisce.org. They can also use the links mentioned above to download the latest ICSE syllabus for class 12th. 

3. How will ICSE conduct the class 12th exam? 

Answer: CISCE will conduct the ICSE class 12th exam in offline mode. As of now, the date of the exams is not out yet. 

4. Can candidates reappear for one or two subjects to improve grades even after passing the exam?

Answer: Yes, candidates can reappear in one or more subjects to obtain a pass certificate in the ICSE examination or improve their grades. 

5. How can I get the entry details corrected on my registration card?

Answer: Candidates can request the school principal to change the details on the registration card. The Principal can use the CISCE’s CAREERS Portal to make the required changes in the application. 

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