CISCE board revamps syllabus, pattern of question papers

BENGALURU: ICSE schools will go the CBSE way. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) board on Friday revamped its syllabus, infrastructure and training methods. The board took this decision in its 58th annual meeting with the objective to centralize education to frame class XII (ISC) question papers on the lines of CBSE pattern from 2018.

TOI was the first to report this last month . Accordingly, the specimen question papers for ISC exams 2018 in the following subjects physics, chemistry, biology, and maths have been prepared as per the pattern followed by CBSE, the specimen question papers deal with questions on recall, understanding, application, analysis and evaluation.

In class X (ICSE) level, syllabi for history, civics, geography, maths and physics have been reviewed for 2018 exams. This is to ensure that in addition to conforming to present day educational trends, the syllabus is also relevant, flexible, and meaningful in content.

Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of CISCE said specimen question papers have already been prepared on the CBSE pattern and the pattern is framed possibly with an eye on competitive exams conducted by the CBSE.

In keeping with the requirements of many Universities for higher education after Class XII, the break-up of marks of the theory and practical components at the ISC level, for the subjects – computer science, fashion designing, physical education, Indian music (Hindustani), carnatic and Western Music has been revised.

According to CISCE, the existing mark breakup of 50% theory and 50% practical has now been changed to70% theory and 30% practical, in order that these subjects be considered as elective subjects. This change will be effective from the ISC Year 2016 Examination onwards.

The specimen question papers for these subjects have already been sent to schools and are also available on the council website