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ICSE Class 10 Exam 2022

About Exam

The Council for the Indian Secondary Certificate Examination (CISCE), a private board of school education in India, conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, or ICSE, for Class 10 students. The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Board was established by the Local Examinations Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. The CISCE board is headquartered in New Delhi. It is one of India's most well-known educational boards, holding the ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 board examinations every year. 

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India that is responsible for providing the syllabus, textbooks and exam pattern. The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed to provide an exam in the course of general education, according to the New Education Policy 1986, through English medium. All the ICSE associated schools follow the ICSE board pattern, ICSE exam pattern, prescribed books, and syllabus.

ICSE Class 10 Exam Summary 2022

For the academic session 2021-22, CISCE is holding the examinations in two stages. The entire examination is divided into two semesters, each covering 50% syllabus. The exam for the 1st semester was held from November 29 to December 16, 2021. The semester 2 exams started on April 25, 2022, and will conclude on May 23, 2022. It is advisory but not mandatory to have a Covid-19 double vaccination certificate to appear for the ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 exams.

As per the CISCE guidelines, the question paper for both semesters will have 80 marks. The total syllabus is reduced by about 30% because of the pandemic. The reduced syllabus and the pattern of examination have been released at cisce.org.

ICSE Class 10 Exam 2022: Subject Combination

A subject combination for 10th ICSE 2022 means the group of subjects that a student needs to take to write the 10th ICSE exam. The combination of subjects consists of compulsory and optional subjects.

Students may choose the following subject combinations:

  • Any two subjects from Group II (Science, Mathematics, Economics, Commercial Studies, etc.)
  • Any 1 subject from Group III (Home Science, Fashion Designing, Computer Applications, etc.).
  • Group I subjects like English, Second Language, Geography and History-Civics are compulsory.

The school may decide which elective subjects are to be offered in different combinations on the basis of the choice of elective subjects in the ICSE curriculum.

ICSE Class 10 Selection Process

The Class 10 ICSE Board Examination has been framed according to the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986. The Class 10 ICSE Examination is a board-level examination. It is equivalent to the Class X exam of any other board at a national or state level.

Private candidates are not allowed to appear for the examination directly. The same is true for candidates from other boards too. Only students who register themselves in Class 9 and regular student who passes through the entire duration of Class 9 and Class 10 as regular students with the required subject combination from ICSE affiliated schools and have taken Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW) are allowed to sit for the exam. Candidates with a minimum attendance of 75% in both Classes 9 and 10 are allowed to write the class 10th ICSE Exam.

Stages of ICSE Class 10 Exam 2022

ICSE 10th 2022 Exams will be held in two stages. The details of the stages in ICSE Class 10 exam are as follows:

Semester 1

November 29 to December 16, 2021 (Completed)

Semester 2

April 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022

ICSE Official Website Link


ICSE Class 10 Exam Latest Updates 2022


  • ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 Examinations started on April 25, 2022.
  • The ICSE Class 10 Semester 1 exam was conducted from November 29 to December 16, 2021.
  • On February 7, 2022, CISCE released the ICSE semester 1 exam result 2022.
  • According to the revised circular, each semester covers 50% of the ICSE syllabus in 2022.
  • According to the official notification, schools completed the entire syllabus before conducting any pre-board or mock tests.

ICSE Class 10 Exam Pattern 2022

Exam Pattern

ICSE Class 10 Exam Pattern 2022 - Scoring Pattern (+/- Marking)

Below we have provided the ICSE Class 10 exam pattern in detail:

The official exam pattern and the marking scheme for ICSE 10th 2022 highlight that the major subjects will have a weightage of 80% for external marks and 20% for internal marks for group I and group II subjects.

Likewise, there will be 50% for external marks and 50% for internal marks for group III subjects. The final marks for any subject will be the aggregate of both external and internal marks. Look at the following table.

Groups Subjects Under Different Groups Internal Marks (%) External Marks (%)


(i) History, Civics, Geography

(ii) English

(iii) Second Language (one/two)




(iii) Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

(iv) Mathematics

(v) Commercial Studies

(vi) Economics

(vii) Environmental Science

(viii) A Classical Language

(ix) A Modern Foreign Language




(i) Arts

(ii) Performing Arts

(iii) Computer Applications

(iv) Economic Applications

(v) Commercial Applications

(vi) Fashion Designing

(vii) Physical Education

(viii) Yoga

(ix) Cookery

(x) Home Science

(xi) A Modern Foreign Language

(xii)Technical Drawing Applications

(xiii) Environmental Applications



ICSE Class 10 Exam Pattern Details 2022 - Total Time

The time duration for ICSE Class 10 exam is 1½ hours.

Exam Calendar

The timetable for ICSE Class 10, Semester 2 has been released. ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 exams were conducted from April 25, 2022. Below we have provided the ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 date sheet for your reference:





April 25, 2022


11:00 am

English Language – English Paper I

1.5 Hours

April 26, 2022


11:00 am

Literature in English - English Paper 2

1.5 Hours

April 28, 2022


11:00 am

History & Civics - H.C.G. Paper 1 History & Civics - H.C.G. Paper 1 (Thailand)

1.5 Hours

April 29, 2022


11:00 am

Environmental Science (Group II Elective)

1.5 Hours

May 2, 2022


11:00 am


1.5 Hours

May 4, 2022


11:00 am

Geography - H.C.G. Paper 2 Geography - H.C.G. Paper 2 (Thailand) 

1.5 Hours

May 6, 2022


11:00 am


1.5 Hours

May 9, 2022


11:00 am

Physics – Science Paper 1

1.5 Hours

May 11, 2022


11:00 am

Second Languages: 

Ao-Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Lepcha, Mizo, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Urdu 

Modern Foreign Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Modern Armenian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Tibetan 

1.5 Hours

May 13, 2022


11:00 am

Chemistry – Science Paper 2

1.5 Hours

May 17, 2022


11:00 am

Biology – Science Paper 3

1.5 Hours

May 19, 2022


11:00 am

(Group III Elective) 

Carnatic Music, Commercial Applications, Computer Applications, Cookery, Drama, Economic Applications, Environmental Applications, Fashion Designing, French, German, Hindustani Music, Home Science, Hospitality Management, Indian Dance, Mass Media & Communications, Physical Education, Spanish, Western Music, Yoga 

Technical Drawing Applications 

1.5 Hours

May 20, 2022


11:00 am

Economics (Group II Elective) 

Sanskrit / French (Group II Elective)

1.5 Hours

May 23, 2022


11:00 am

Commercial Studies (Group II Elective)

1.5 Hours

ICSE Class 10 Exam Syllabus 2022

Exam Syllabus

There are many subjects in Class 10 ICSE (more than 32 subjects). A student has to compulsorily choose 4 subjects from group I, 2 subjects from group II and 1 subject from group III. Below we have provided the ICSE syllabus for major nine subjects which are popularly picked up by most of the students.

ICSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2022

Tabulated below is the ICSE Class 10 English syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
Paper 1 - English Language (Two hours) - 80 Marks
Five questions will be set, all of which will be compulsory
  • Candidates will be required to write a composition of about 300-350 words from a choice of subjects which will test their ability to: organise, describe, narrate, report, explain, persuade or argue, present ideas coherently with accuracy and precision, compare and contrast ideas and arrive at conclusions, present relevant arguments and use correct style and format.
  • The subjects will be varied and may be suggested by language or by other stimuli such as pictures. The subjects will be chosen so as to allow the candidates to draw on first-hand experience or to stimulate their imagination.
  • With one subject, a number of suggestions about the content of the composition will be given, but the use of the suggestions will be optional and a candidate will be free to treat the subject in any way that he/she chooses.
  • The organisation of subject matter, syntax, punctuation, the correctness of grammatical constructions and spelling will be expected to be appropriate to the mode of treatment required by the subject.
  • Candidates will have to write a letter from a choice of two subjects requiring either a formal or an informal mode of treatment. Suggestions regarding the content of the letter may be given.
  • The layout of the letter with address, introduction, conclusion, etc., will form part of the assessment. Special attention must be paid to the format of the letter with emphasis on vocabulary appropriate to the context.
Q-3 Candidates will be given a specific situation and will be required to:
(a) Write the text for a notice based on the given directions.
(b) Write an email on the same content as the notice.
  • An unseen prose passage of about 450 words will be given. Uncommon items of vocabulary, or structure will be avoided. One question will be set to test vocabulary. Candidates will be required to show an understanding of the words/phrases in the context in which they have been used.
  • A number of questions requiring short answers will also be asked in the passage. These questions will test the candidates' ability to comprehend the explicit content and organisation of the passage and to infer information, intention and attitude from it.
  • The last question will consist of a summary that will test the candidates' ability to distinguish main ideas from supporting details and to extract salient points to rewrite them in the form of a summary. Candidates will be given clear indications of what they are to summarise and of the length of the summary.
  • There will be a number of short answer questions to test the candidates' knowledge of functional grammar, structure and use of the language.
  • All the items in this question will be compulsory. They will consist of correct use of prepositions, verbs and transformation of sentences.
Paper 2 - Literature in English (Two hours) - 80 Marks
Candidates will be required to answer five questions from the prescribed textbooks, which include Drama, Prose (Short Stories) and Poetry.
Drama and Prose (Short Stories)
  • Questions set will be central to the text. Candidates will be required to show that they have understood the passage and are able to clearly give their interpretation of the questions set, which should be in their own words and relevant to the text.
  • Excerpts may be given from the drama and prose texts leading to questions on the specific book.
  • A poem, or passages from poems, will be given and questions will be set to test the candidates' responses to the poem.
  • The questions will focus on the content, understanding and the personal response of candidates to the poem as a whole.
Syllabus for Class 10
Literature in English (English Paper – 2)
1. The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's unabridged play by A.W. Verity) (Act III, Act IV and Act V only)
Treasure Trove - A collection of ICSE Poems and Short Stories (Evergreen Publications)
2. Poetry: Poems to be studied:
  • I know why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
  • The Patriot - Robert Browning
  • Abu Ben Adhem - Leigh Hunt
  • Nine Gold Medals - David Roth
3. Prose (short stories): Short stories to be studied.
  • The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Blue Bead-Norah Burke
  • My Greatest Olympic Prize- Jesse Owens
  • All Summer in a Day - Ray Douglas Bradbury
Internal Assessment
Paper 1 - English Language
1 Schools will prepare, conduct and record assessments of the Listening and Speaking Skills of candidates as follows:
Class X: Two assessments in the course of the year.
2 Pattern of Assessment
a) Listening Skills
A passage of about 300 words is read aloud by the examiner twice, the first time at a normal reading speed (about 110 words a minute) and the next time at a slower speed. Candidates may make brief notes during the readings. They then answer an objective type test based on the passage, on the paper provided.
The recommended number of candidates at a sitting is 30.
  b) Speaking Skills
Each candidate is required to make an oral presentation for about two minutes, which will be followed by a discussion on the subject with the examiners, for about three minutes.
Subjects for presentation may include narrating an experience, providing a description, giving directions on how to make or operate something, expressing an opinion, giving a report, relating an anecdote or commenting on a current event. A candidate may refer to brief notes in the course of the presentation but reading or excessive dependence on notes will be penalised.
It is recommended that candidates be given an hour for preparation of their subject for presentation and that they be given a choice of subject, on a common paper.
The assessment will be conducted jointly by the subject teacher and the external examiner who will each assess the candidate. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the School who could be from the faculty but not teaching the subject in the section/class. For example, a teacher of English in Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X).
Award of Marks (20 Marks)
  • Listening Skills: 10 marks
  • Speaking Skills: 10 marks
The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the School.
The Head of the School will be responsible for the online entry of marks on the Council’s CAREERS portal by the due date. Schools are required to maintain a record of all assessments conducted in Listening and Speaking Skills for candidates of Class X. These include copies of the assessment tests, topics for presentation and marks awarded. The record will be maintained for a period of 2 months after the ICSE (10) examinations of the candidates concerned.
Paper 2 - Literature in English
Schools will set, assess and record written assignments by the candidates as given below:

Class X: Two or three assignments of reasonable length (not exceeding 1500 words in total).
Suggested Assignments

Assignments should be based on the prescribed textbooks on the following lines:

(i) Character/thematic analysis;
(ii) Socio-economic, cultural, historical relevance / background;
(iii)Summary / paraphrase.
(iv) Appreciation of literary qualities.
(v) Identifying with a character. Putting oneself in the place of a character in given circumstances and explaining one’s actions.
(vi) Imagine alternative outcomes or endings in a literary piece and the effect on all concerned.

The assignments/projects are to be evaluated by the subject teacher and by an external examiner. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the school, who could be from the faculty but not teaching the subject in the section/class. For example, a teacher of English of Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X, English projects.)

The Internal Examiner and the External Examiner will assess the assignments independently.
Award of Marks (20 Marks)

Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks

External Examiner 10 marks

The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the school.

The Head of the school will be responsible for the online entry of marks on the Council’s CAREERS portal by the due date.

ICSE Class 10 History and Civics Syllabus 2022

Below we have tabulated the ICSE Class 10 History and Civics syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
Section A: Civics
1 The Union Legislature Meaning of the federal setup in India.

  • Lok Sabha - term, composition, qualifications for membership. Parliamentary procedures: a brief idea of sessions, quorum, question hour, adjournment and no-confidence motion. Speaker – election.
  • Rajya Sabha – composition, qualifications for membership, election, term, Presiding Officer. Powers and functions of Union Parliament – (legislative, financial and control over the executive). Exclusive powers of the two Houses.
2 The Union Executive
  • The President: Qualifications for election, the composition of Electoral College, the reason for indirect election, term of office, the procedure for impeachment. Powers (executive, legislative, discretionary and emergency).
  • The Vice-President: Qualifications for election and term of office.
  • Prime Minister and Council of Ministers: Appointment, formation of Council of Ministers and their tenure. Position and powers of the Prime Minister. Collective and individual responsibility of the members of the Cabinet. The distinction between the Council of Ministers and the Cabinet.
3. The Judiciary
  • The Supreme Court: Composition, qualifications of judges, and their appointment; Jurisdiction and functions: Original, Appellate, Advisory, Revisory, Judicial Review and Court of Record. Enforcement of Fundamental Rights and Writs.
  • The High Courts: Composition, qualifications of judges and their appointment.
  • Subordinate Courts: Distinction between Court of the District Judge and Sessions Court. Lok Adalats: meaning and advantages.
Section B: History
1. The Indian National Movement (1857 - 1917)
  • The First War of Independence, 1857 Only the causes (political, socio-religious, economic and military). [The events, however, need to be mentioned in order to maintain continuity and for a more comprehensive understanding.]
  • Factors leading to the growth of Nationalism – socio-religious reform movements (brief mention of the contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy and Jyotiba Phule) and role of the Press. Indian National Congress - Immediate objectives of the Indian National Congress - the first two sessions and their Presidents should be mentioned.
  • First Phase of the Indian National Movement (1885-1907) Objectives and methods of struggle of the Early Nationalists. Any two contributions of Dadabhai Naoroji, Surendranath Banerjee and Gopal Krishna Gokhale.
  • Second Phase of the Indian National Movement (1905-1916) Brief mention of the causes of the Partition of Bengal and its perspective by the Nationalists. Objectives and methods of struggle of the Radicals. Any two contributions of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal and Lala Lajpat Rai. The Muslim League and its objectives.
2. Mass Phase of the National Movement (1915- 1947)
  • Mahatma Gandhi - Non-Cooperation Movement: causes (Khilafat Movement, Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy), programme and suspension – Chauri Chaura incident and impact of the Movement; the Civil Disobedience Movement: causes (reaction to the Simon Commission, Declaration of Poorna Swaraj at the Lahore Session of 1929), Dandi March, programme and impact of the Movement, Gandhi-Irwin Pact and the Second Round Table Conference; the Quit India Movement: causes (failure of the Cripps Mission, Japanese threat), Quit India Resolution and the significance of the Movement.
  • Forward Bloc (objectives) and INA (objectives and contribution of Subhas Chandra Bose).
  • Independence and Partition of India – Mountbatten Plan (clauses and its acceptance) and the Indian Independence Act of 1947 (clauses only).
3. The Contemporary World
  • The First World War Causes (Nationalism and Imperialism, division of Europe and Sarajevo crisis) and Results (Treaty of Versailles).
  • Rise of Dictatorships Similarity between the ideologies of Fascism and Nazism.
  • The Second World War Causes (Dissatisfaction with the Treaty of Versailles, Rise of Fascism and Nazism, Japanese invasion of China, Failure of League of Nations and Hitler’s invasion of Poland).
  • United Nations: (i)The objectives of the U.N. The composition and any four functions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the International Court of Justice. (ii) Major agencies of the United Nations: UNICEF, WHO and UNESCO – any four functions only.
  • Non-Aligned Movement Brief meaning; objectives; Names of the architects of NAM. [Jawaharlal Nehru, President Nasser, Joseph Broze Tito].
Internal Assessment

Any one project/assignment related to the syllabus.

Suggested assignments are:

  • Compare the Parliamentary and Presidential forms of Government with reference to India and the U.S.A.
  • Conduct a mock Court and record the proceedings.
  • Present a life sketch and contributions of any one of the following Presidents of India –
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (or any other).
  • Present a book review of any one of the following works: Dadabai Naoroji’s ‘Poverty and un-British rule in India’, Gandhi’s ‘The Story of my Experiments with Truth’, Nehru’s ‘Discovery of India’, Bhagat Singh’s ‘Why I am an Atheist', Vijayalakshmi Pandit’s ‘The Scope of Happiness: A Personal Memoir’, Abdul Kalam’s ‘Wings of Fire’.
  • Discuss the relevance of any one of the following films to understand the history of 20th Century Europe: The Book Thief, Schindler’s List, Escape to Victory, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Life is Beautiful, The Sound of Music, Gandhi (Richard Attenborough), Sardar (Ketan Mehta), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - The Forgotten Hero (Shyam Benegal).
  • Highlight the work and achievements of any one Nobel Laureate - Malala Yousafzai or Kailash Satyarthi.
  • Make a PowerPoint presentation on India’s Independence and Partition.
  • Make a presentation on the influence of Gandhian principles on Martin Luther King / Nelson Mandela.
  • Prepare a report on the contributions of any one of the following agencies of the United Nations – UNESCO / WHO / UNICEF / ILO / UNDP / FAO.
  • Present a case study of any recent human rights violations and redressal mechanisms available to prevent such instances in the future.
The assignments/project work is to be evaluated by the subject teacher and by an External Examiner. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the School, who could be from the faculty, but not teaching the subject in the section/class. For example, a teacher of History of Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X, History projects.)

The Internal Examiner and the External Examiner will assess the assignments independently.

Award of Marks (20 Marks)
Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks
External Examiner 10 marks
The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the School.
The Head of the school will be responsible for the online entry of marks on the Council’s CAREERS portal by the due date.

ICSE Class 10 Geography Syllabus 2022

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
Part – I Map Work
1. Interpretation of Topographical Maps
  • Locating features with the help of a four-figure grid reference.
  • Definition of contour and contour interval. Identification of landforms marked by contours (steep slope and gentle slope), triangulated height, spot height and benchmark.
  • Interpretation of colour tints used on a topographical survey of India map.
  • Identification and definition of types of scale given on the map. Measuring direct distance and calculating area using the scale given therein.
  • Marking directions between different locations, using eight cardinal points.
  • Identify: Site of prominent villages and/or towns, types of occupation and means of communication with the help of the index given at the bottom of the sheet.
  • Identification of drainage patterns (Dendritic, Trellis, Radial, and Disappearing) and settlement patterns (Scattered and Compact). Identification of direction of flow, left bank and right bank of a river.
  • Identification of natural and man-made features.
  • Meaning of important terms- Relative height / depth, broken ground, surveyed tree, fireline, causeway, aqueduct and diggi.
2. Map of India
  • On an outline map of India, candidates will be required to locate, mark and name the following:
  • Mountains, Peaks and Plateaus: Himalayas, Aravali, Vindhyas, Satpura, Western and Eastern Ghats, Nilgiris, Mount Kanchenjunga. Deccan Plateau, Chota Nagpur Plateau.
  • Plains: Gangetic Plains and Coastal plains – (Konkan, Malabar, Coromandel)
  • Desert: Thar (The Great Indian Desert)
  • Rivers: Indus, Jhelum, Satluj, Ganga, Yamuna, Kosi, Chambal, Betwa, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Tapti, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, Tungabhadra.
  • Water Bodies: Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Khambhat, Andaman Sea, Chilka Lake.
  • Pass: Karakoram
  • Longitude: Standard Meridian (82° 30’E).
  • Direction of Winds: South West Monsoons (Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal Branches), North East Monsoons.
  • Distribution of Minerals: Oil - Mumbai High (Offshore Oil Field), Coal – Jharia.
  • Soil Distribution: Alluvial and Black Soil.
  • Cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Allahabad.
  • Population: Distribution of Population (Dense and sparse).
Part - II Geography of India
1. Location, Extent and Physical features
  • Position and Extent of India. (through Map only).
  • The physical features of India – mountains, plateaus, plains and rivers. (through Map only).
2. Climate
  • Distribution of Temperature, Rainfall, winds in Summer and Winter and factors affecting the climate of the area.
  • Monsoon and its mechanism. Seasons: March to May – Summer; June to September – Monsoon; October to November - Retreating Monsoon. December to February – Winter. Study of climatic data.
3. Soil Resources
  • Types of soil (alluvial, black, red and laterite) distribution, composition and characteristics such as colour, texture, minerals and crops associated.
  • Soil Erosion – meaning, agents (water and wind), types (sheet and gully erosion) causes.
  • Soil conservation - Meaning and methods (terrace farming, crop rotation, planting of shelterbelts and afforestation).
4. Natural Vegetation
  • Importance of forests.
  • Types of vegetation (tropical evergreen, tropical deciduous, tropical desert, littoral and mountain), distribution and correlation with their environment.
  • Forest conservation - meaning and methods (afforestation, reafforestation, social forestry, and farm forestry)
5. Water Resources
  • Sources (Surface water and groundwater).
  • Need for conservation and conservation practices (Rainwater harvesting and its importance).
  • Irrigation: Importance and methods (wells, canals, tanks, drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation - area, conditions and advantages).
6. Mineral and Energy Resources
  • Iron ore, Manganese, Copper – uses and their distribution.
  • Conventional Sources: Coal, Petroleum, Natural gas (distribution, advantages and disadvantages).
  • Hydel power (Bhakra Nangal Dam and Hirakud) – location and State benefitted.
  • Non-conventional Sources: Solar, wind, nuclear and biogas (location and advantages).
7. Agriculture
  • Indian Agriculture – importance, problems and reforms.
  • Agricultural seasons (rabi, kharif, zayad).
  • Climatic conditions, soil requirements, methods of cultivation, processing and distribution of the following crops:
    - Rice, wheat and pulses.
    - Sugarcane and oilseeds (groundnut and mustard). - Cotton and tea.
8. Manufacturing Industries
  • Importance and classification
  • Agro-based Industry - Sugar, Textile (Cotton).
  • Mineral-based Industry – Iron & Steel (Tata Steel, Rourkela), Petro Chemical and Electronics.
9. Transport
  • Importance and Modes – Roadways (National and State highways, Golden quadrilateral, NSEW corridor), Railways, Airways and Waterways –- Advantages and disadvantages.
10. Waste Management
  • Need for waste management.
  • Methods of safe disposal -segregation, dumping and composting.
  • Need and methods for reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
Internal Assessment Practical / Project Work
Candidates will be required to prepare a project report on any one topic. The topics for assignments may be selected from the list of suggested assignments given below. Candidates can also take up an assignment of their choice under any of the broad areas given below.
The suggested list of assignments:
  1. Local Geography:
    (a) Land use pattern in different regions of India– a comparative analysis.
    (b) The survey of a local market on the types of shops and services offered.
  2. Environment: Wildlife conservation efforts in India.
  3. Current Geographical Issues: Development of tourism in India.
  4. Transport in India: Development of Road, Rail, Water and Air routes.
  5. List different types of industries in your state and collect information about the types of raw materials used, modes of their procurement and disposal of wastes generated. Classify these industries as polluting or environment friendly and suggest possible ways of reducing pollution caused by these units.
  6. Need for industrialization in India, the latest trends and its impact on the economy of India.
  7. Visit a water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant or garbage dumping or vermicomposting sites in the locality and study their working
The assignments/project work is to be evaluated by the subject teacher and by an External Examiner. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the school, who could be from the faculty but not teaching the subject in the section/class. For example, a teacher of Geography of Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X, Geography projects.)

The Internal Examiner and the External Examiner will assess the assignments independently.

Award of Marks (20 Marks)

Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks External Examiner 10 marks

The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the school.

The Head of the school will be responsible for the online entry of marks on the Council’s CAREERS portal by the due date.

ICSE Class 10 Mathematics Syllabus 2022

Tabulated below is the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Mathematics syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 Commercial Mathematics Goods and Services Tax (GST)
2 Algebra Linear Inequations
    Quadratic Equations in one variable (a) Nature of roots
(b) Solving Quadratic equations
(c) Solving simple quadratic equation problems.
    Ratio and Proportion
    Factorisation of polynomials:
    Arithmetic Progression
    Coordinate Geometry
3 Geometry Similarity
4 Mensuration Area and volume of solids Three-dimensional solids
5 Trigonometry a) Using Identities to solve/prove simple algebraic trigonometric expressions
(b) Heights and distances: Solving 2-D problems involving angles of elevation and depression using trigonometric tables.
6 Statistics (a) Computation of:
  • Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, median class and modal class for continuous grouped data.
  • Mean by any method Direct
(b) Graphical Representation. Histograms and Less than Ogive.
7 Probability Random experiments,
Sample space,
Events, the definition of probability,
Simple problems on single events.

ICSE Class 10 Physics Syllabus 2022

Below we have tabulated the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Physics syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 Force, Work, Power and Energy Turning forces concept; the moment of a force; forces in equilibrium; centre of gravity
    Uniform circular motion
    Work, energy, power and their relation with force
    Different types of energy (e.g., chemical energy, Mechanical energy, heat energy, electrical energy, nuclear energy, sound energy, light energy)
    Machines as force multipliers; load, effort, mechanical advantage, velocity ratio and efficiency; pulley systems showing the utility of each type of machine
    Principle of Conservation of energy
2 Light Refraction of light through a glass block and a triangular prism - qualitative treatment of simple applications such as real and apparent depth of objects in water and apparent bending of sticks in water. Applications of refraction of light
    Total internal reflection: Critical angle; examples in triangular glass prisms; comparison with reflection from a plane mirror (qualitative only). Applications of total internal reflection
    Lenses (converging and diverging) including characteristics of the images formed (using ray diagrams only); magnifying glass; location of images using ray diagrams and thereby determining magnification
    Using a triangular prism to produce a visible spectrum from white light, the Electromagnetic spectrum
3 Sound Reflection of Sound Waves; echoes: their use; simple numerical problems on echoes
    Natural vibrations, Damped vibrations, Forced vibrations and Resonance - a special case of forced vibrations
    Loudness, pitch and quality of sound
4 Electricity and Magnetism Ohm’s Law; concepts of emf, potential difference, resistance; resistances in series and parallel, internal resistance.
    Electrical power and energy
    Household circuits – main circuit; switches; fuses; earthing; safety precautions; three-pin plugs; colour coding of wires
    Magnetic effect of a current (principles only, laws not required); electromagnetic induction (elementary)
5 Heat Calorimetry: meaning, specific heat capacity; the principle of the method of mixtures; Numerical Problems on specific heat capacity using heat loss and gain and the method of mixtures
    Latent heat; loss and gain of heat involving a change of state for fusion only
6 Modern Physics Radioactivity and changes in the nucleus; background radiation and safety precautions.

ICSE Class 10 Chemistry Syllabus 2022

Tabulated below is the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Chemistry syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 Periodic Properties and variations of Properties Periodic properties and their variations in groups and periods.
    Periodicity on the basis of atomic number for elements.
2 Chemical Bonding Electrovalent, covalent and coordinate bonding, structures of various compounds, Electron dot structure.
3 Study of Acids, Bases and Salts Simple definitions in terms of the molecules, their classification and characteristic properties
    Ions present in mineral acids, alkalis and salts and their solutions; use of common acid-base indicators and universal indicators, and pH paper to test for acidity and alkalinity.
4 Analytical Chemistry Action of Ammonium Hydroxide and Sodium Hydroxide on the solution of salts: colour of salt and its solution; formation and colour of hydroxide precipitated from salt solutions of Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn and Pb; special action of ammonium hydroxide on solutions of copper salt and sodium hydroxide on ammonium salts.
    Action of caustic alkalis (NaOH, KOH) on aluminium their oxides and hydroxides.
5 Mole Concept and Stoichiometry Vapour Density and its relation to relative molecular mass
6 Electrolysis Electrolytes and non-electrolytes
    Substances containing molecules only, ions only, both molecules and ions
    An elementary study of the migration of ions, with reference to the factors influencing selective discharge of ions (reference should be made to the activity series as indicating the tendency of metals, e.g. Na, Mg, Fe, Cu, to form ions).
    Applications of electrolysis
7 Metallurgy Occurrence of metals in nature
    Extraction of Aluminium
8 Study of Compounds Hydrogen Chloride
9 Organic Chemistry Introduction to Organic compounds
    Structure and Isomerism
    Homologous series – characteristics with examples
    Simple nomenclature
    Hydrocarbons: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes

ICSE Class 10 Biology Syllabus 2022

Below we have provided the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Biology syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 Basic Biology Cell Cycle and Cell Division
    Structure of chromosome
    Genetics: Mendel’s laws of inheritance
2 Plant Physiology Absorption by roots, imbibition, diffusion and osmosis; osmotic pressure, root pressure; turgidity and flaccidity; plasmolysis and deplasmolysis; the absorption of water and minerals; active and passive transport (in brief); The rise of water up to the xylem; Forces responsible for ascent of sap.
    Transpiration - process and significance. Ganong’s photometer and its limitations. The factors affecting the rate of transpiration. Experiments on transpiration. A brief idea of guttation and bleeding.
    Photosynthesis: the process and its importance to life in general; experiments to show the necessity of light, carbon dioxide, chlorophyll, formation of starch and release of oxygen.
3 Human Anatomy and Physiology Circulatory System: Blood and lymph, the structure and working of the heart, blood vessels, and circulation of blood (only names of the main blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, liver and kidney will be required). Lymphatic system.
    Excretory System: A brief introduction to the excretory organs; parts of the urinary system; structure and function of the kidneys; blood vessels associated with kidneys; structure and function of the nephron.
    Nervous system: Structure of Neuron; central, autonomous and peripheral nervous system (in brief); brain and spinal cord; reflex action and how it differs from voluntary action. Sense organs – Eye: Structure, functions, defects and corrective measures: Ear: Parts and functions of the ear.
    Endocrine System: General study of the following glands: Adrenal, Pancreas, Thyroid and Pituitary. Endocrine and Exocrine glands.

ICSE Class 10 Economics Syllabus 2022

Below we have provided the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Economics syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 The Productive Mechanism Factors of production: land, labour, capital and entrepreneur: their impact on the production structure in an economy.
2 Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and concept of Demand and Supply. Determinants of Demand and Supply.
3 Market Meaning and types
4 Banking in India Money
    Commercial banks: Meaning and functions
    Central Bank
    Public Finance
(a) Meaning of Public Finance
(b) Sources of Public Revenue
(c) Public Expenditure
(d) Public Debt
5 Inflation Inflation, Wholesale Price Index (WPI), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Food Basket
    Stages of Inflation
    Types of Inflation
6 Consumer Awareness Consumer Exploitation and Consumer awareness
    Consumer Rights and Duties
    Food adulteration
    Technical and Administrative Measures for Consumer Protection

ICSE Class 10 Computer Applications Syllabus 2022

Below we have tabulated the chapter-wise ICSE Class 10 Computer Applications syllabus:

Sl No. Chapter Name Important Topics
1 Revision of Class IX Syllabus (i) Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming concepts,
(ii) Elementary Concept of Objects and Classes,
(iii) Values and Data types,
(iv) Operators in Java,
(v) Input in Java,
(vi) Mathematical Library Methods,
(vii) Conditional constructs in Java, (viii) Iterative constructs in Java.
2 Class as the Basis of all Computation Objects and Classes
3 User-defined Methods Need of methods, syntax of methods, forms of methods, method definition, method calling, method overloading, declaration of methods.
4 Constructors Definition of Constructor, characteristics, types of constructors, use of constructors, constructor overloading
5 Library classes Introduction to wrapper classes, methods of wrapper class and their usage with respect to numeric and character data types. Autoboxing and Unboxing in wrapper classes.
6 Encapsulation Access modifiers and their scope and visibility
7 Arrays Definition of an array, types of arrays, declaration, initialization and accepting data of single dimensional array, accessing the elements of the single-dimensional array.
8 String handling String class, methods of the string class, implementation of string class methods, string array.

ICSE Class 10 Study Plan to Maximise Score

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Students can refer to the best ICSE Class 10 preparation tips to score good marks in the ICSE Class 10 exams. 

ICSE Class 10 Preparation Tips

We have provided some of the preparation tips that students can follow to ace their ICSE Class 10 exams: 

  • To get good marks in the ICSE Class 10 exams, you will need a proper study schedule. You can prepare a routine according to your strengths and weaknesses.
  • You should try practicing word problems as much as possible to enhance your problem-solving skills.
  • Always follow the schedule that enables you to study every day without overstressing yourself. Do not set unrealistic targets as it may demotivate you and hamper your productivity.
  • Study every day so that you can finish the entire syllabus two months prior to the exams.
  • Make sure you revise all the concepts before the exams. The revision will help you retain and remember all the concepts effectively.
  • For the preparation for the ICSE Class 10 exams, solve previous years’ question papers to have good knowledge about the type of questions asked. Note down the time taken by you to solve the question paper. This will give you an idea about the plan and strategy.
  • You should also start practicing sample question papers to prepare effectively for ICSE Class 10 exams. ICSE releases the specimen or sample question papers every semester so that students can plan and study accordingly for their exams. Students are advised to solve these questions papers with utmost honesty to score good marks. Students can score good marks by solving ICSE Sample Papers for Class 10.

ICSE Class 10 Exam-taking Strategy

For most of the subjects, a total of 100 marks are allotted, out of which, 20 marks are for internal assessment, and 80 marks are for semester-wise board examinations. Below we have provided some of the tips that students can follow during their exams: 

  • Students should try completing and revising the whole syllabus before the exams to avoid the last-minute hassle.
  • Students should be calm and composed while giving the exams. 
  • Students should try having a positive approach towards the exams by answering as many questions as possible with confidence.
  • Pay close attention to the question numbers and ensure that they are written down correctly in the answer papers.
  • Before you start answering the exam, ensure you have read all of the instructions.
  • Listen to all the instructions given by the invigilator.
  • Do not leave any questions unanswered. For the questions to which you do not know the answer, write the questions and the probable steps.
  • Before submitting your answer papers, make sure that the question numbers, name, roll number, dates, etc., are correctly filled.

ICSE Class 10 Detailed Study Plan

It is important to develop a daily study schedule to prepare effectively for ICSE Class 10 exams. It helps the students to complete their syllabus on time. Furthermore, with the help of an effective study plan, students can ensure that they have enough time to revise all the concepts that are important for the exams. Below we have provided ICSE Class 10 study plan for your reference:

  • Study Systematically and in a Planned Manner: Students must make a proper routine or study schedule looking at his/her existing preparation level, strength and weakness in different subjects etc.
  • Study the Entire Syllabus: While getting ready for the ICSE Class 10 exam, most of the students put more emphasis on some selected subjects such as Mathematics and Science. They have a tendency to put less importance on other subjects. This may result in scoring fewer marks in some subjects. So, it is advised to put equal effort into all the subjects.
  • Correct Revision: Revision of the topics/chapters, which were covered by the school earlier in the year need to be revised. Along with these, topics that are covered more recently also need to be remembered. Students need to make the revision plan in a balanced way so that every part of the syllabus is at their fingertips.
  • Solve Sample Paper and/or Previous Year Question Paper: Collect the previous year's question papers and sample papers from the official website of ICSE Board and Embibe, and practice them. This helps in many ways such as understanding the question type, the difficulty level of the question and the time taken to answer the whole paper. 
  • Follow the Textbooks recommended by ICSE Board: If you have additional time to practice, then refer to the selective portions of NCERT textbooks too. Students can also read the recommended or reference books suggested by the ICSE board to score maximum marks in the exams.

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ICSE Class 10 Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Analysis

ICSE Class 10 Previous Years’ Toppers List

The ICSE class 10 toppers 2021 is not yet released by the board as the board exam was not conducted due to covid circumstances.

The ICSE class 10 toppers 2020 was not released by the board as the board exam was not conducted due to covid circumstances.

ICSE Class 10 Toppers List 2019

Students who topped the ICSE Class 10 2019 exam are as follows:

Name of the student Merit position or rank Percentage
Juhi Rupesh Kajaria 1 99.6
Manhar Bansal 1 99.6
Anwesha Chattopadhyay 2 99.4
Saurabh Sanjanwala 2 99.4
Anushree Chaudhary 2 99.4
Ananya Agarwal 2 99.4
Avi Saraf 2 99.4
Yash Jitendra Bansali 2 99.4
Raj Gosh 2 99.4
Anushka Sachin Agnihotri 2 99.4
Radhika Gupta 2 99.4
Nimitha Jose Edassery 2 99.4
Upayande 3  
Drushti Lalit Attarade 3  
Sounak Bose 3  

ICSE Class 10 Toppers List 2018

Below we have provided the ICSE Class 10 list of toppers for 2018:

Name of the student Merit position or rank Percentage
Swayam Das 1 99.4%
Jasmine Kaur Chahal 2 99.2%
Antra Kapoor 2 99.2%
Anokhi Amit Mehta 2 99.2%
Nidhi Nilesh Dhanani 3 99%
Vedika Manish Manek 3 99%
Sarantha Danielle Correa 3 99%
Abheya Arora 3 99%
Vishruti Parag Shah 3 99%
Swarup Padhi 3 99%
Neel Mulay 3 99%
Priya Kumari 3 99%
Vasvi Gupta 3 99%
Spriha Pandey 3 99%
Sarthak Mittal 3 99%
Anuraag Ghosh 3 99%

ICSE Class 10 Exam 2022 Important Dates

About Exam



ICSE Class 10 Admit Card 2022

ICSE admit card 2022 is provided to all eligible candidates by the respective school authorities. It contains all the necessary details such as the name, exam centre, address, and subject code. Candidates must collect admit cards from their respective institutions before the commencement of ICSE 10th Board Exam. The admit card for the Semester 2 exam has been released. 

ICSE Class 10 Results 2022

The Council of Indian Certificate School Examinations (CISCE) declared ICSE Class 10 result 2022 Semester 1 on February 7, 2022. The Semester 2 results are likely to be declared in June 2022. ICSE 10th Result will be announced online through the official website. Students can check the ICSE Class 10 2022 result by entering their course code, UID and captcha code in the ICSE 10th Result window.

ICSE Class 10 Grading System

The minimum passing marks in ICSE Class 10, 2021 are 33% in each subject. Students who secure the highest marks will be declared ICSE toppers.

Also, the marks scored by a candidate in the exam are given grades 1 to 9. Here, 1 is the highest grade and 9 is the lowest grade. The grades are marked on the certificates. Look at the table below to interpret the different grades:

Grade Standard

1, 2

Very good

3, 4, 5


6, 7




Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service is abbreviated as SUPW and COMMUNITY SERVICE and the standard grade is indicated by letters A, B, C, D and E. Grade A is the highest and Grade E the lowest. On the certificate, only grades A, B, C and D are indicated. A candidate achieving E is not indicated on the certificate. The different grades are given below:

Grade Standard


Very good









FAQs on ICSE Class 10 Exam 2022

Freaquently Asked Questions

Some of the frequently asked questions for ICSE Class 10 exams are provided below:

Q.1: Can a student appear for ICSE/ISC board education through distance mode?
Ans: No, CISCE does not permit students to write the ICSE/ISC exam by distance mode.

Q.2: Let us say a student has passed ICSE in all the subjects. Yet he/she wants to reappear in one or two subjects for improvement of grades. Is this allowed?
Ans: Yes, it is allowed. After the reexamination, a supplementary Pass Certificate is issued by the board to the student.

Q.3: Is the 10th ICSE 2022 exam online or offline through pen and paper?
Ans: The ICSE 10th Board Exam for Semester 1 was conducted in offline (pen-and-paper) mode. The  Semester 2 exam is also being conducted in offline mode.

Q.4: In how many stages will the 10th ICSE 2022 exam be conducted?
Ans: 10th ICSE exam 2022 will be conducted in two stages: Semester-1 (completed in Nov/Dec 2021) and Semester-2 from April 25, 2022, to May 23, 2022.

Q.5: When will the ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 exams be conducted?
Ans. The ICSE Class 10 Semester 2 exams started on April 25, 2022, and will end on May 23, 2022.

Q.6: What are the subjects in the ICSE Class 10?
The subjects included in the ICSE Class 10 are as follows:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)
  • Economics
  • Commercial Studies
  • Modern Foreign Language- Group II
  • Classical Language
  • Environmental Science

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