CISCE: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) which was established in 1958 is a national level, private, Board of School education in India that conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Indian School Certificate examinations for Class X and Class XII respectively.

History of CISCE

In 1952, an All India Certificate Examinations Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister for Education with the main objective to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge School Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. 

The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3rd November, 1958. In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting "public" examinations.

CISCE Affiliation

  • The School must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the State Government for affiliation of the school to the Council. Schools may request the concerned authority in the Department of Education to mention in the NOC that the Government has no objection for grant of affiliation to the school from Pre-School to Class X or Pre-School to Class XII, as the case may be.

  • The school should be run by a Registered Society/ Trust/Company registered under Section 25 (1)(a) of the Companies Act, 1956 and one of the principal purposes of the Society/ Trust/Company must be Educational.

  • Each school must have a properly constituted Governing Body and Managing Committee.

  • The Society/ Trust/Company should have financial stability.

  • The medium of instruction in the school must be English and the scheme of studies must be in accordance with the scheme laid down by the Council for Secondary and Higher Secondary stages. Special importance must be given to English (including oral and aural English) for which a high standard is required to be maintained.

  • The staff must be qualified and trained in accordance with the qualifications prescribed by the Council. They must be paid salaries at rates, including allowances, not lower than those prevailing in State Government Schools.

  • There should be a Compulsory Provident Fund Scheme.

  • The school infrastructure should be adequate for accommodating the numbers and gender of pupils attending the school.

  • The playing fields and/or other facilities for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities must be adequate. Special attention must be paid to physical education, art and music, though it may not be the intention to offer such subjects for the examination.

  • The equipment should be adequate to enable all subjects to be taught efficiently and must include apparatus for practical work. Where Science, Home Science or Technical subjects are offered for the examination, the premises and the apparatus and equipment must be approved by the Council. The school should have a well equipped library for its pupils and staff.

  • The number of working days and hours should conform to those prescribed by the Council from time to time.

  • The Certificate of Land is a mandatory document to be submitted electronically in a prescribed format for Provisional Affiliation. The format of the Certificate of Land can be downloaded from here, and is required to be completed and signed by the District Magistrate/Tehsildar/Sub Registrar or any other registering authority.

Examinations Conducted by CISCE

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducts three examinations, namely, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education for Class X popularly known as ICSE and Class 12 known as ISC. Variety of options are available for students to choose from.


The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education of Class X has been designed to provide an examination in a course of general education and ensures holistic development of the students. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination.


The Indian School Certificate Examination is an examination, through the medium of English, after a two-year course of studies beyond the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination.


The Certificate of Vocational Education Examination (CVE - 12) has been created as an examination, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through the Joint Council of Vocational Education (JCVE) established under the National Policy of Education 1986. This examination can be taken by candidates after a two year course of studies beyond the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination, through the medium of English.

Awards Offered by CISCE

Derozio Awards

The Derozio Awards is given to principals and teachers for exemplary service to school education and human enrichment to those who have nurtured and motivated young talent.

National Award for Teachers
Every year the Government of India gives public recognition to meritorious services of outstanding teachers through the scheme of National Awards. From the year 2000 the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has allotted five such awards to teachers of schools affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.


The Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development implemented National Awards for teachers for "Using ICT for Innovations in Education". The Award proposes to felicitate those teachers who have enhanced student learning by effectively and innovatively integrating technology in daily curriculum.

Contact Details

Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Pragati House, 3rd Floor, 47-48, Nehru Place, 
New Delhi – 110019

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