The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Formation1958; 64 years ago (1958)
TypeNon-Governmental Board of School Education
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Official language
Key people
G. Immanuel
Gerry Arathoon
(Chief Executive and Secretary)
Affiliations2,639 schools (2021)[citation needed]

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)[1] is a privately held national-level[2][3] board of school education in India that conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination for Class X and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) for Class XII.[4] It was established in 1958.[5] Over 2,300 schools in India and abroad are affiliated to the CISCE.[2] It is also recognised as a 'Non-Governmental Board of School Education'. [6]

This Indian Council was set up on the grounds that a board was required to administer the examinations being conducted in India by the University of Cambridge and to optimally tailor them according to the nation's need. The future education policies were prepared under the aegis of the Cambridge University.

The National Admissions and Accreditation agency of the UK, UCAS (Universities and College Admission Services) recognizes ISCE at par with the Higher School qualification of University of Scotland. ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) is known for its comprehensive syllabus and primarily focus on English language and variety of subjects that it offers involving language, arts, commerce and science. ICSE is being taught in English Language only as a result ICSE student gain great command over English language and Literature from kinder garden which helps the students to acquire the art of writing compactly in English, which makes it easy for the ICSE passed out student to score well in competitive as well as language exams like IELTS, TOEFL etc. ICSE has always been regarded as one of the best educational board in the world in terms of their rigorous syllabus, tough marking scheme for examinations, progressive evaluation and promotion criteria. In India mist of the Top schools are affiliated to ICSE board like Sherwood College-Nanital, Doon School-Dehradun, Mayo Girl’s College-Ajmer, La Martiniere College-Lucknow and many More.

Derozio Award

The Derozio Award is an annual prize awarded to the top Indian educationists by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.[7][8] It was instituted in 1999 in memory of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, a poet and educator from West Bengal. It is the highest award conferred by the council for contributions in the field of education.[9]

ICSE Examination

2022 Statistics[10]
Criteria Data
Number of schools 2,635
Total number of candidates 2,31,063
Passed 2,31,004
Unsuccessful 59
Number of Girls 1,05,385
Passed 1,05,369
Unsuccessful 16
Number of Boys 1,25,678
Passed 1,25,635
Unsuccessful 43

ISC Examination

2022 Statistics[10]

Criteria Data
Number of schools 1,228
Total number of candidates 96,940
Passed 96,340
Unsuccessful 600
Number of Girls 45,798
Passed 45,579
Unsuccessful 219
Number of Boys 51,142
Passed 50,761
Unsuccessful 381


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  3. ^ Poldas, Bhaskar; Jain, Angela (September 2012). Students' Awareness of Climate Change and Awareness Raising Strategies for Junior Colleges in the Emerging Megacity of Hyderabad. BoD – Books on Demand. p. 5. ISBN 978-3-86741-826-3.
  4. ^ Dutt, Sandeep (2007). Guide to Good Schools of India: The Top Residential Schools in India. English Book Depot. p. 170. ISBN 978-81-87531-18-0.
  5. ^ Mishra, R.C. Theory Of Education Administration. APH Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 9788131301074. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Recognized Educational Boards List – Council of Boards of School Education in India | COBSE". Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Six educationists receive Derozio award | Dehradun News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ Staff Reporter (10 January 2014). "Four educationists receive Derozio award" – via
  9. ^ "Workshop helps deconstruct competitive tests for students".
  10. ^ a b "CISCE Exam".