ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020 - Students appearing in ICSE class 10th exam can check ICSE class 10th exam pattern 2020 on its official website cisce.org. Students should go through the entire ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020 to know the marking scheme and topics which are to be asked in the ICSE 10th Exam. In the ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020, the marking scheme for some subjects will be 80% for external marks and 20% for internal marks. Whereas the marking scheme for others will be 50% for external marks and 50% for internal marks. The final marks for any subject will be the aggregate of both external and internal marks. The CISCE board follows the latest exam pattern to prepare the ICSE 10th question paper, hence students are advised to go through it. Read the complete article to know more about the ICSE 10th exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus.Latest: ICSE 10th time table released. Check exam dates and timing here.
The exam will be held in offline mode and there will be a total of seven subjects in which students have to appear. According to ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020, these subjects are divided into three groups-
Group I comprise of 4 compulsory subjects
Group II will have 2 optional subjects
Group III will have 1 optional subject.
Subjects under different groups
Group I (80% marks external exam + 20% marks internal exam)
History, Civics, Geography
Second Language (one/two)
Group II (80% marks external exam + 20% marks internal exam)
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
A Classical Language
A Modern Foreign Language
Group III (50% marks external exam + 50 % marks internal exam)
Technical Drawing Applications
Students should go through the complete ICSE 10th syllabus to have a better understanding about the subjects and topics to be asked in the exam. Complete ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020 and a list of subjects for all the three groups are given below.
As per the latest ICSE 10th exam pattern, 2020, group I includes all the compulsory subjects namely English, History, Civics, Geography, and a second language number. The question paper consists of 80 marks and the duration of the exam will be 2 hours. The details of each subject are as follows:
This subject will have two papers– language and literature skills.Paper I - Language skills - It includes composition, letter, unseen passage, and grammar questionsPaper II - literature includes drama, prose, poetry from prescribed textbooks
80 marks for each paper
Long and short answer type questions will be asked from the prescribed textbook
Short answer type questions, questions based on the world map, long answer questions including sketches, diagrams, charts, and graphs
The question paper will be divided into two sections A and B.
Section A includes language skills- Composition, Letter, Comprehension, and Grammar
Section B includes questions from prescribed textbooks
80 Marks (40 Marks for section A and 40 marks for section B)
There are 7 subjects in group II out which students have to choose any two subjects. According to the ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020, the question paper will be of 80 marks and exam duration varies from 3 hours, 2.5 hours and 2 hours for different subjects.
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions of 40 marks
Section B: 40 marks for 4 questions out of 6 questions
2 hours for each paper
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions of 40 marksSection B: 40 marks for 4 questions out of 6 questions
Section B: 40 marks for 4 questions out of 7 questions
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions of 40 marks,Section B: Choice of 4 questions which require detailed answers of 40 marks
Questions on elementary Sanskrit grammar, unprepared translation from English into Sanskrit consisting of short prose sentences and unprepared translation from Sanskrit into English
Modern Foreign Language
5 questions based on Unseen comprehension, translation into English language, grammar, letter and composition
As mentioned in the ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020, in group III, students have to choose 1 subject only. The duration of the exam will be either 2 hours or 3 hours, depending upon your choice of subject.
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions
Section B: detailed answer type questions (this section will have choice)
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions of 40 marks,
Section B: detailed answer type questions of 60 marks (this section will have choice)
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions,Section B: detailed answer type questions (this section will have choice)
Section A: Compulsory short answer type questions,Section B: detailed answer type questions (this section will have choice- 4 questions need to be answered)
4 papers out of which a candidate needs to opt for two, based on drawing/painting from still life, drawing/ painting from nature, Applied Art, Original Imaginative Composition in Color
100 marks for each paper
Section A: Vocal Music
Section B: Instrumental Music
Section C: tabla
Section B: detailed answer type questions (this section will have choice- 4 questions need to be answered)
Section A: 3 out of 5 questions, Section B: 2 out of 3 questions
Section A: questions based on health, hygiene and first aid
Section B: question-based on rules, skills, methods of fitness training of any two team games- Cricket, football, Handball, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, softball.
Section A: 40 marks compulsory questions
Section B, C, D: 20 marks each with the choice to attempt two questions
In the ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020, it is mentioned that there are a few combinations of subjects, which students are not allowed to opt for. Given below are those combinations:
Environmental Science in Group II and Environmental Applications in Group III.
Economics in Group II and Economic Applications in Group III.
Commercial Studies in Group II and Commercial Applications in Group III.
Sanskrit as a second language in group I and Sanskrit as a classical language in group II.
Modern Foreign Language must be a different language for all the groups.
Here are some points which students should keep in mind while registering for the ICSE 10th exam 2020.
Students have to choose their optional subjects during the registration of class IX only. It is not allowed to change the subjects further in class X.
Apart from the 2 optional subjects, students can also choose one additional subject from group II.
Students have permission to opt for one additional secondary language if they have already chosen Hindi as one of the second languages.
Exam preparation tips
Before starting the preparation, read the complete syllabus and ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020 thoroughly.
Complete the syllabus at least one or two months before the commencement of the examination.
Check ICSE 10th time table 2020 and make a plan you study schedule accordingly.
By following the latest ICSE 10th exam pattern 2020 and practising more with previous year papers and sample papers, students will have better ICSE 10th results 2020.
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Scoring merely 100 marks is not a victory. If you have proper knowledge (Practical+Theoretical knowledge) of the subject then you can easily achieve as many marks as you want, not only in computer subject but in other subjects also. Earlier getting lower marks does not mean that you will always get lower marks. It is totally based upon your determination and hard work.
Computer is very practical subject which cannot be learnt theoretically so you have to focus on practical knowledge of that subject. For example, if you have to understand HTML coding then it is not possible to learn all the codes simultaneously, so what you can do is you have to learn the basics of HTML like how to start the coding, different points to be used, etc. then start doing that coding in your computer which makes you more comfortable with understanding the practical knowledge of HTML. Now, you can use that coding for different purposes which makes you much aware of that field. Similarly you can try this process with other topics also because if you are studying computer subject without making contact with a computer then it is not fruitful for you.
So if you face difficulty in theoretical learning then you can go for practical learning. Please keep in mind that bearing the pain is not an ultimate solution to any problem so there is no need to take tension in exams.
A relaxed mind can catch things easily and accurately as compared to the fatigue mind. So be cool, calm, relaxed and confident whatever you do.
Good Luck !!
Ashutosh, the ICSE and ISC time table for Board examination 2020 has been released on 11 December on their official website. You can visit their website
, go to the notice board and can download the date sheet from the link provided. Exams for class 10th start from 27th February 2020 with English Language and end on 30th March 2020 with Biology.
First of all Its nice to hear that you are focusing on getting highest marks in your board exams. The base foundation of getting excellent marks in exams is the thought of achieving it. If you think of it then you could achieve it. As you have prepared the base the next thing to do is planning and making a strategy.
1. Start your routine by waking up early and doing meditation. This practice is for keeping you brain healthy and active while doing the hard work ahead.
2. Take syllabus and start making a study plan for every subject that have mix of chapters. For Ex- If you want to study Maths then take 3-4 chapters at once in which one will be easy, second be a little hard and remaining should be harder. This is because the first chapter will give you momentum, the second on will prepare you brain to function and remaining chapters will get carry on through this momentum. Do this for every subjects.
3. You don't have to do any harsh practice. Just do it smartly without counting of any hours you are studying. The more the merrier. You have to do it as better as you can. Just remember every topic and point is important. You don't have the luxury of slacking in between any chapters.
4. Studying is not a thing that can be done without interests. You have to love studying and desiring of learning more to create a bigger vessel inside yourself. This bigger vessel will help you to collect more and more with time.
5. Don't compromise on anything. Either it is study or health, you have to take care of both to keep you active mentally and physically.
6. If you want any shortcut or tricks then don't depend on other materials. Make it yourself. If you are able to do that then you will remember it for a longer period. You will also start enjoying it which the best part of studying with interest.
7. Lastly, Make a goal. Work for your goal and give it all to achieve that goal. Goals are one of the reasons that make a person successful in his/her path.
Wish you good luck for future.
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