Indian School Certificate (ISC)–Plus Two Course is a two-year Post-Secondary School Study through the medium of English leading to an examination conducted by the COUNCIL FOR INDIAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, NEW DELHI. The course is recognized as equivalent to the Two Year Pre-University or the Inter-Mediate College Course.
The CISCE board constantly upgrading/updating syllabus. Though it is Very high standard, the Pass percentage also is very good. The students may find the two years of higher secondary studies as sweat and toil, but it will be 4/5 years of leisure during their graduate courses.
The course is designed to enable the students to study in India and abroad and also write various competitive examinations for admissions into professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Architecture, Chartered Accountancy amongst others.
The syllabus is well framed to tackle competitive examinations and the highest ranks in JEE/IIT/CET/NEET are bagged by ISC students. The students are found to avail admissions to foreign Universities more (commonwealth countries) and easily adaptable there. Admission to ISC is open to students who have been awarded pass certificate in ICSE and CBSE.
GENERAL CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF STUDENTS FOR OUR ISC COURSE
Frequently asked questions
FAQ – SCIENCE STREAM
Here is a list of FAQs compiled for the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Maths.
Q. IS THE ISC SCIENCE SYLLABUS THE SAME AS CBSE?
A: Yes, ISC follows the unified syllabus offered by NCERT. However, at the ISC level, the subject presentation is more in-depth when compared to the other boards
Q. IS THERE A SECOND LANGUAGE APART FROM ENGLISH?
A: No. English is the only language that is taught so that they can concentrate on their core subjects.
Q. HOW MANY SUBJECTS SHOULD A STUDENT STUDY FOR ISC?
A: English+ Minimum four core subjects.
Q. WHERE CAN WE GET THE FULL DETAILS OF ISC RULES REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUS?
Q. IS IT DIFFICULT TO SCORE HIGH MARKS IN ISC WHEN COMPARED TO CBSE?
A: It is easy to score high marks in science subjects because the exam difficulty level is moderate.
ISC board is student-friendly and most of the students score centum in most or all of science subjects.
Q. IS THE PRACTICAL EXAM INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL?
A: The Practical exam is external.
The Board conducts the practical exam for Physics Chemistry and Biology for 15 marks and the project mark is also given by an external examiner.
They have no viva for the project.
Q. HOW IS THE AGGREGATE CALCULATED FOR THE ISC BOARD EXAMINATION?
A: English + best of three from the four core subjects.
E.g.: In the PCMB combination marks are taken from English + best three of PCMB.
Q: CAN A SUBJECT THAT IS DROPPED IN ISC BE PURSUED LATER IN GRADUATE COURSES?
Q. CAN A STUDENT OPT FOR COMMERCE/ HUMANITIES AFTER ISC SCIENCE?
A: YES. For the degree course, a student can opt for Commerce / Humanities after doing Science at the ISC level.
Q. DOES THE SCHOOL OFFER COACHING FOR ENTRANCE EXAMS?
A: NO. Only the syllabus pertaining to ISC is taught. However, the subjects are dealt with in great depth.
Q. CAN THE STUDENTS MANAGE COACHING CLASSES AND THE ISC COURSE?
A: There have been quite a few students who have taken up external entrance coaching along with the ISC course but still managed to get very good All India Ranking and state ranking. This requires good discipline from the students with regard to class performance in terms of attentiveness in class, timely submission of homework and diligence in tests conducted by the school.
Q. WILL JEE MAINS HELD IN JANUARY CLASH WITH SCHOOL EXAMS?
A: Care is taken by the department to see that the exam time table does not clash with the entrance exam dates.
Q. HOW IS THE QUESTION PAPER PATTERN FOR SCIENCE SUBJECTS?
A: The paper for Physics, Chemistry, Biology is divided as follows:
70 marks – Theory paper; 30 marks – Practical paper.
Practical – Out of 30 marks 15 (Project and record) 15 marks–practical exam conducted in the laboratory.
Students have lab classes in all the science subjects and they are well trained for Practical exams. External examiners are deputed by the council to monitor and assess the performance of the students during the practical exams.
Q. CAREER OPTIONS FOR SCIENCE SUBJECTS.
A: Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacy.
- Masters and Ph.D. in premier institutes.
- ISC offers per annum scholarship of RS.80000 for the top 1% of students who pursue a graduate course in pure science.
- Biotechnology, Food Technology, Astrophysics,
- R&D in pharma companies and MNCs. Applied Math,
- Mathematical modelling is some of the many fields that are wide open for science graduates.
- Science students can also pursue integrated courses in institutes like IISC IISER(Pune), ISI.
- Azim Premji University offers four year BSc. Bed course.
- ASHOKA University offers pure science courses too.
The two-year course of ISC BIOLOGY will enable the students to acquire knowledge and to develop an understanding of biological terms, concepts, facts, principles, and applications.
The course also helps the students to develop experimental skills required in Biology practical work, to create awareness about the problems of the environment and the manner in which these problems can be overcome.
It also enhances the student’s ability to appreciate biological phenomena in nature and contribution of Biology to human welfare
The students will be made to develop an interest in plants and animals in their perspective environments.
An awareness of the fundamentals of human biology, food, health, nutrition, and population control will also be created in the students
What is the pattern of the examination?
There will be two papers in the subject for Class XI & XII
Paper 1: Theory 3 hrs. – 70 marks
Paper 2: Practical 3hrs – 15 marks
Project work – 10 marks
Practical File – 5 marks
Career Options in Biology
- Research scientist / pure science- research
- Medicine. /doctor
- Nature conservation officer
- Forensic scientist
- Government agency roles. Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Bioinformatics Scientists
- Biomedical Engineers
- Genetic Counsellors
- Biological Science Teachers
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Q. WHAT IS THE QUESTION PAPER PATTERN FOR MATHEMATICS?
A: Theory – 80 marks. The division of these 80 marks is as follows:
Section A (compulsory) – 65 marks.
Section B or Section C (optional) – 5 marks.
Section B deals with vector & 3D – (for engineering courses and pure sciences courses.)
Section C is Commerce and Economics oriented.
Project – 20 marks that have been introduced in the current academic year. (2020-21)
Q. IS MATH THE SAME FOR COMMERCE AND SCIENCE STUDENTS?
Commerce students do not have Basic or Business Math. Commerce and Science students have to follow the same study material.
The syllabus is the same for both the streams (Commerce and Science).
Q. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TAKING MATH WITH COMMERCE?
A: Many options are open in the graduate courses:
Students can take up BSc with Computer Sc., Maths, Statistics, Economics, Statistics
Professional courses like C.A, ICWA, will seem easier for students with a math background.
Q. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
A: Career opportunities are unlimited for those who major in Mathematics. They may pursue graduate education, career paths in business, science, or technical fields or disciplines such as social services, education, and government.
Some of the occupations that mathematics majors enter include:
- Computer Programmer
- Engineering – all fields
- Investment Manager
- Government Research and Laboratories
- Theoretical Mathematician
- Numerical Analyst
- Market Researcher
- Systems Analyst
FAQ COMPUTER SCIENCE
Q. IF A STUDENT HAS NOT TAKEN COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ICSE (X STD), CAN THEY STILL CHOOSE THIS SUBJECT?
A: Yes, a student can choose this subject.
Q. WHAT IS THE SYLLABUS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE IN XI AND XII STD?
A: Syllabus covers Basic Java Programming to Advance level of Java programming like (Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures). This syllabus gives a deep level of Coding knowledge.
Q. CAN COMMERCE STUDENTS OPT FOR THIS SUBJECT? WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS IN PROFESSIONAL CAREERS?
A: Computer Science is offered mainly to Science group students. Choosing this subject helps them in their professional career like Computer Engineering, BCA, or MCA.
FAQ – COMMERCE STREAM
Q. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ACCOUNTS IN THE STREAM OF COMMERCE?
A: Accounts is considered as one of the important subjects for students in the Commerce stream. It is a compulsory and numerical-based subject. Accounts deals with financial information about a business entity.
Q. WHAT IS THE OVERVIEW OF ACCOUNTS SYLLABUS?
A: ACCOUNTS at the ISC level aims at providing an understanding of the principles of accounts and practice in recording transactions and interpreting individual as well as company accounts. It also aims at developing an understanding of the form and classification of financial statements as a means of communicating financial information. In Class XI topics covered are, Introduction to Accounting, Journal, Ledger and Trial Balance, Bank Reconciliation Statement, Depreciation, Bills of Exchange, Final Accounts and Concept of Trading, Profit and Loss account and Balance Sheet, Rectification of Errors, Accounts from incomplete records, Non -Trading Organisation, Introduction to the Use of Computers in Accounting.
In Class XII topics covered are Fundamentals of Partnership, Goodwill, Reconstitution of Partnership I. Admission, II. Retirement and death of a partner, III. Dissolution of a Partnership firm, Joint Stock Company Accounts A. Issue of Shares, B. Issue of Debentures, C. Redemption of Debentures D. Final Accounts of Companies
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING. Financial Statement Analysis, Cash Flow Statement, Ratio Analysis (OR) COMPUTERISED ACCOUNTING. Accounting Application of Electronic Spread Sheet, Database Management System (DBMS)
Q. WHAT IS THE MARKING SCHEME OF ACCOUNTS? CLASS XI
A: There will be two papers in the subject: Paper I – Theory: 3 hours ……80 marks Paper-II- Project Work………20 marks
Q. WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPTIONS OF ACCOUNTANCY AS A SUBJECT?
A: Students can consider B. Com (Bachelor of Commerce) or B.B.A after completing class XII board examinations. This 3 years’ undergraduate degree is like a fundamental foundation course. Post finishing it, one can pick from a wide range of Post-Graduation professional courses and specialize in many other areas.
Commerce as a stream is a gateway that leads the students towards various professional courses after completing Class XII. Chartered Accountancy (CA), Company Secretary (CS), Cost and Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Banking Sector, M.B.A,
Teaching Profession, etc., are few famous carrier options for commerce professionals.
Some others are:
- Chartered Certified Accountant
- Chartered Management Accountant
- Chartered Public Finance Accountant
- Company Secretary
- External Auditor
- Forensic Accountant
FAQ – COMMERCE
Q1. WHAT DOES ONE LEARN FROM COMMERCE AS A SUBJECT?
A: Learning commerce is very interesting and challenging. It familiarises students with some major functions of a country’s economy, such as trade, industry, business, finance, money, and banking.
The main areas of study in Commerce include:
- Structure and functioning of Business Organizations,
- Principles of Marketing,
- Principles of Management,
- Operations Management,
- Human Resource Management,
- Finance and banking,
- National and International Agencies Impacting Business
By the end of the program students will be proficient in the following areas:
- Observe and analyse the behaviour and tactics of firms.
- Familiarise students with corporate culture and prepares them for their professional life.
It helps students understand how business activities influence society and the economy.
Q. IS COMMERCE A THEORETICAL SUBJECT?
A: A study in commerce involves both theoretical and practical applications. The main courses in commerce streams are Accountancy, Business Studies, and Economics. Accountancy is purely a practical study.
Q. WHAT IS THE OUTLINE OF THE EXAM PATTERN OF COMMERCE AS A SUBJECT IN ISC?
A: ISC Commerce is divided as
- 80 marks-theory paper of three hours’ duration
- 20 marks -2 projects, (each project carries 10 marks).
Topics of projects are already listed in the ISC Syllabus. Out of the total 10 topics, students need to select any 2 topics both in Class XI and XII. Stepwise Instructions regarding it will be provided by the concerned teachers.
Q. DOES COMMERCE INVOLVE ANY MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS?
A: At the senior secondary level, commerce education demands only a general understanding of Mathematics. (Mathematics is an optional subject for Commerce students)
At higher levels of Commerce education, fairly good awareness of mathematical principles is required. The main areas of commerce at higher levels are dealt with Advanced Accountancy, Statistics, Operations Research, Research Methodology, Finance, and Economics.
Q. WHAT CAREER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS OF COMMERCE?
A: By choosing the domain of commerce, the student is exposed to vast and lucrative professional and non-professional career opportunities. Some of these are listed below:
- Charted Accountants (CA)
- Charted Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Charted Public Accountant (CPA)
- Associate of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Charted Management Accountants (CIMA)
- COST and Works Accountants of India
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Postgraduate Diploma in management
- Investment Banker
- Retail managers
- Venture Capitalist
- Financial Analysts
- Market Analysts
The courses that can be pursued are:
- Diploma Programs-Diploma in marketing, Diploma in Consumer behaviour, etc.
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.)
- Professional programs Like Corporate law, Hotel management, CS, CA, LLB, Aviation Management, Hospital Management, Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Business Research
- Bachelor of Control Research
- Bachelor of Financial Markets
- Bachelor in Supply Chain Management
- Bachelor in Banking & Insurance
- Venture Capitalist.
- Stock Broking
- Company Secretary
- Human Resource Management
FAQ’S ON BUSINESS STUDIES
Q. WHAT IS THE AREA OF STUDY COVERED UNDER THIS SUBJECT?
A: Business studies deal with the working of modern business enterprise. It helps to explore the characteristics of a business organization and how a firm will be impacted in different situations. It helps students to observe and analyse the behaviour and tactics of various enterprises.
Q. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OPTING FOR BUSINESS STUDIES TO MATH?
A: This subject equips students with business and administrative knowledge if they have entrepreneurship vision.
Q. IS THIS SUBJECT A PURE THEORY PAPER?
A: Yes, it is. But the students will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the business through the projects assigned to them.
Q. CAN THE COMMERCE STUDENTS TAKE UP CA WITHOUT MATH?
A: Mathematics is Not mandatory for CA- CPT but, students have to be familiar with basic maths as there is subject quantitative aptitude (Business mathematics and statistics)
Q. WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS COURSES OFFERED AFTER 12TH FOR COMMERCE STUDENTS WHO HAVE OPTED FOR BUSINESS STUDIES? (CAREER OPTIONS)
- In Banking and Insurance
- Information Technology
- Banking and Insurance
- In Retail Management
- In HR management
- In Finance
- In International Business
- In Foreign Trade
- In Business Analytics
3. BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)
4. BFT (Bachelor of Foreign Trade)
5. BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies)
This course will help students to develop intellectual and interpersonal skills that are required to do business. The BBS program duration is for 3 years. This course combines two core areas: Business and Finance
6. Company Secretary Registered Company Secretaries are hired by Multinational Companies (Mathematics is not a requirement)
7. Accountancy Programs
To build a career in the accountancy sectors such as Chartered Accountant and CMA (Certified Management Accountant). These programs also don’t have mathematics as a requirement
FAQ – HUMANITIES STREAM
Q. WHAT DO YOU STUDY IN ISC ECONOMICS?
In Class XI, students study:
- What Economics is about- its scope of the study, types of economies, problems faced by various economies and solutions to them
- A detailed study on the various aspects of the Indian Economy – the Indian Agriculture sector, Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization, Human Capital Formation, Sustainable Development, Economic Growth, and Development.
- Statistics – topics dealt here are the various methods of data collection, organization, and its presentation, measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) measure of dispersion, correlation, index numbers, and mathematical tools.
In Class XII:
The subjects are divided into microeconomics (various concepts studied using graphs), and macroeconomics (Public finance, National income, Money, Banking, and so on.)
Q. IS IT CHALLENGING TO DO ECONOMICS WITHOUT A GOOD MATH BASE?
A: Students who do well in math will find ISC Economics easy to comprehend and score well. Even if a child is weak in math, he/she can do well provided he/she is ready to study regularly and willing to work hard. It is essential to get a good hold on a thorough understanding of the various concepts in the syllabus.
Q. HOW IS THE TESTING FOR THE SUBJECT IN NDA / BOARD?
A: In class XI, students have two rounds of unit tests carrying 50 marks each, a term exam for 100 marks, and an annual exam conducted by the board, however the annual exam conducted by the board is waved off because of the COVID condition. The allocation of marks is 80 marks theory and 20 marks for project work. Two projects, each carrying 10 marks, should be done by the students under the guidance of the subject teacher.
In class XII, students have Weekly Tests, a Term Exam, a Preparatory Exam, and a Model Exam each for 100 marks and finally the board exam conducted by the board. Two projects [20 marks 10 +10] should be done by each student to be evaluated by the subject teacher and an external evaluator who would also conduct a viva for the same.
Q. WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMICS?
A: Public Policy and Government Agencies, Civil Services, Academic and Research, Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance and Banking, Accounting and Insurance, International Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, Think Tanks, Institutions (e.g., Educational Institutions, Hospitals, etc.) degree Programs in Economics Bachelor of Arts in Economics Bachelor of Science in Economics Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics Master of Arts in Financial Economics Master of Arts in Econometrics Master of Arts in Business Economics Master of Arts in Applied Economics Master of Science in Economics MBA
INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBJECT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology is the scientific discipline of the mind, brain, and behaviour.
In ISC Psychology the course will help a student to develop an understanding of human behaviour, the nature of individuals and of the members of social groups and this turn will guide them in comprehending the psychological terms and practices relating to the chapters on emotions, learning, attention, and perceptions, memory, methods in psychology, thinking, creativity, problem-solving.
Students will also be given to study abnormal psychology topics, psychological disorders, and the applications of psychology and fields along with theories and approaches.
q. WHY SHOULD ONE STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?
- Psychology is studied because some students may be interested in contributing to new knowledge to the discipline, such as answering questions about how the brain works.
- Psychology is studied because some students have the drive to provide services to individuals or groups based upon psychological science such as being a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologists, school counsellors or a consultant to improve organizational and workplace life.
q. WHAT IS THE EXAMINATION PATTERN FOR PSYCHOLOGY?
- Along with the theory of the subject, pupils will have a practical orientation for a better understanding and exposure in the field of psychology for Class XI.
- The question paper pattern consists of 70 marks for theory and 30 marks for practical examination.
Career Options in Psychology: (THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS)
- Clinical Psychologists
- Cognitive Psychologists
- Community Psychologists
- Counselling Psychologists- IN SCHOOLS, COUNSELLOR
- Developmental Psychologists
- Educational Psychologists
- Engineering Psychologists
- Environmental Psychologists
- Evolutionary Psychologists
- Experimental Psychologists
- Forensic Psychologists
- Health Psychologists
- Industrial / Organizational Psychologists
- Quantitative Measurement Psychologists
- Rehabilitation Psychologists
- School psychologists
- Social psychologists
- Sports psychologists and so on…
- This course helps to develop in candidates an understanding of various forces that constitutes social life and social problem.
- To provide candidates with the means whereby they can come to a better understanding of other cultures as well as of their own
Q. IS SOCIOLOGY A SUBJECT YOU CAN SCORE HIGH GRADES IN?
A: Yes. The ISC Board expects good lengthy answers in detail, which should be relevant and well explained.
Q. HOW CAN I APPLY SOCIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES IN MY REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES?
A: To a certain extent, we could apply it, and this can also vary from an individual point of view, and thus is very individualized.
Q. IS THIS SUBJECT LIKE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY?
A: This subject deals with people in different societies, the problems people face in society, customs, and rituals they follow. It has nothing to do with History and Geography.
Q. WHAT IS THE MARKING PATTERN FOR SOCIOLOGY?
A: This is purely a theory subject.
- The question paper pattern consists of 70 marks for theory (three hours)
- 30 marks for the project (2 projects)
Q. WHAT ARE THE CAREER PROSPECTS IF WE PURSUE SOCIOLOGY IN THE FUTURE?
A: CAREER OPTIONS FOR SOCIOLOGY MAJORS
- Human Resources (H.R.) Representative.
- Legal Expert – Lawyer
- Management Consultant
- Market Research Analyst
- Media Planner
- Policy Analyst
- Public Relations (P.R.)
- Social Services(MSW), Social worker
- Indian Administrative Services (IAS) ETC…