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<red> August 23th, 2022 <red>

5 Important Things Every ICSE Teacher and Student Should Know Now

Over the past few months, CISCE has issued a lot of changes in the paper pattern, examination modes and official date sheet. Following the postponement of ICSE and ISC Board exams on 19 October 2021, the board released proper guidelines for the same, along with the final date sheet in a notice on October 22nd, 2021.

Notice issued by CISCE on 22 October 2021 with final guidelines about ICSE and ISC Semester 1 Board Exams

Since these changes have been random and consecutive, it is obvious for the students and teachers to be confused. So, we compiled all these major changes and have presented them in one place.

We recommend reading till the end to get useful practice material Semester 1 Board Exams designed according to all these changes.

1. Date Sheet

  • ICSE Board exams are beginning from November 29th (English Language - English Paper 1) to December 15th, 2021 (Biology - Science Paper 3).
  • Previously, reading time was considered to be included in the 60/ 90 minute duration of the papers but now a mandatory 10-minute Reading Time is allotted separately.
  • Many subjects have less than expected gap during the exams. So, students are advised to practice more and more Sample Papers with the help of these valuable Sample Paper Books.

2. Mode of Examination

  • According to CISCE, a number of emails received from students, parents, and Heads of Schools were showing concerns regarding online examinations.
  • So, they have now confirmed that the mode of Semester 1 Board examination will be OFFLINE only with OMR Sheets. All the students are required to report to their schools for the Semester 1 Board exams.
  • Now, practice of Sample papers along with OMR sheets becomes all the more important, for which we recommend our ICSE Semester 1 Sample Paper Books.

Practice OMR Sheet from Educart ICSE Semester 1 Sample Paper Book

3. Changes in Paper Pattern

  • Over the past few months, ICSE has introduced major changes in the paper pattern.
  • The Specimen Papers of English Language (English Paper 1) and History & Civics (H.C.G. Paper 1) were also re-uploaded on the CISCE website with no official notification.

In the ORIGINAL English Language Semester 1 Specimen Paper, all MCQs carrying 0.5 mark, 1 mark, 2 marks and 5 marks each were changed to 1 mark MCQs in the UPDATED Specimen Paper uploaded later. Earlier, there were 38 MCQs to answer in total with 3 options to choose from but int the updated Specimen Paper, questions were increased to 40 with options each.

Drastic changes in ICSE English Language Specimen Papers released for Semester 1 on August 26th, 2021

The Original History & Civics Semester 1 Specimen Paper included a total 32 questions with 1 mark and 2 mark MCQs. On the other hand, the UPDATED Specimen Paper contained a total pof 40 MCQs of 1 mark each (all compulsory).

Drastic changes in ICSE History & Civics Specimen Papers released for Semester 1 on August 26th, 2021

Teachers and students must be aware of these changes and can refer to our latest pattern sample paper books that have included content according to the latest guidelines. These books happen to be the #1 seller in ICSE category all over India for precisely the reason that no other publisher has managed to provide such updated and good quality maximum sample papers on the new pattern.

4. Time Management

  • With varying time duration for different subjects (1 hour to 1.5 hours), students must learn to save their time while attempting the paper.
  • Moreover, the use of OMR sheets is confirmed now, which makes it even more important for the students to adopt a time management strategy for attempting the paper.
  • For this, they can take help of precise time management charts (available in our books) that are prepared in accordance with the updated Specimen Papers.

Example Time Management Chart for ICSE Chemistry - Science Paper 2 according to the Semester 1 Specimen Paper

5. Sample Paper-focused Practice

  • As mentioned before, there is no time left to practice chapter-wise MCQs from Question Bank books or bulky reference books.
  • Instead, the students must now only focus on Sample Paper practice that will help improve their speed and knowledge of concepts as well as provide them with a chance to self evaluate their progress/ preparation.
  • So for the complete and FINAL PRACTICE, they should get these Sample Paper Books.

Educart Best Selling ICSE Class 10 Semester 1 Sample Paper Books Bundle Rated #1 as seen on Amazon


Even though there have been so many changes in the ICSE Syllabus and exam pattern, we are confident to say that further change in paper pattern or datesheet is now expected. The dates are out, pre-boards will start post Diwali and it’s finally time for all students to buckle up and get their final practice going for the 29th November starting Boards. The clarity given in this article should in overall help you study with 100% updated information.

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