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Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.) [25]
Write a composition (350 – 400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Me and my big mouth!
(b) Write about a time when you were late for an important function.
What lesson on punctuality did you learn?
(c) Every home should adopt a pet animal. Express your views either for or
against this statement.
(d) Write an original short story which illustrates the truth of the statement,
One lie leads to another.
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(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account
of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of
the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a
clear connection between the picture and your composition.
Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select one of the following: [10]
(a) Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper telling him/her what you
think about global warming, its effects and what people should do to
prevent it from getting worse.
(b) A friend of yours has been out of station for a month and there was an
important event/function held in the school while he/she was away. Write
him/her a letter describing of the event/function, and your role in it, and
why your friend was missed.
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Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
My husband Pele and I were staying in a holiday house overlooking the beautiful,
lush rainforests of Indonesia. The glass walls framed a fine view across the Bagon
Valley to what had been the summer palace of President Suharto.
The first morning we strolled hand in hand up a winding pathway, heading to the
main building for breakfast. But once we arrived at the dinning room, I realized 5
we’d forgotten our money, so I volunteered to run back to the house. Making my
way down the path, I turned the last corner only to find a giant bird, similar to an
emu, standing outside our front door.
“Hey baby, what are you doing?” I cooed, moving slowly so as not to frighten it.
Having a deep, abiding fascination with all creatures great and small, I wanted a 10
closer look. This was my first mistake.
As I came within a few meters, he took a big breath and let out a nasty hiss, stopping
me in my tracks.
“That’s not very friendly,” I said, clueless. He hissed again and I promptly made the
second mistake of turning and running, instead of backing away slowly. As I 15
rounded the corner I heard his razor-sharp claws scrabbling on the cobblestones.
His steps sounded like a drum as they hit the ground, quickly coming too close for
comfort. I suddenly changed direction and headed into the trees. Dodged in and out
of the foliage. I hoped my tactic would fool him. A crash behind me indicated no 20
such luck.
Jumping over a small bush, I found myself out in the open and not far from the dining
room. Picking up speed, I bolted over the plants and rockeries surrounding the
perimeter and dashed through the gate. When I turned to close it, the bird was
nowhere to be seen. 25
I didn’t realize it and at the time, but I had just come face to face with a cassowary, a
bird also found in Australia’s north Queensland rainforests. Cassowarys weigh 55
kilos or more, stand about 180 centimeters tall and have saber-like toenails that can
open a human from chin to groin like a zipper and kill humans.
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“What’s wrong?” Pele asked as I stumbled back into the dinning room. 30
“A big bird chased me all the way from the house,” I replied.
“What?” he asked incredulously. “You’re scared of a bird?”
“It’s as big as me and very mean,” I said in a rather sulky voice.
“Oh, all right,” he laughed. “I’ll come with you.”
Much to Pele’s amusement, I stayed behind him on the path and held onto the back 35
of his shirt as we approached the corner of the house.
“See! There it is. Look at the size of the thing!”
Pele chuckled at the hysteria in my voice. “It’s all right,” he soothed.
Calmly and confidently he walked toward the cassowary.
“Shoo! Go on, get out,” he said. 40
He made actions with his arms as if it were a pigeon on a window ledge. The
response of the cassowary was the same as before: a big hiss and a step forward.
“Hmm,” said Pele and stopped, not so sure of himself. He tried again. “Go on.”
The cassowary then ran a few paces at us, hissing aggressively, so we quickly
retreated around a corner of the house. Pele picked up a rock the size of his hand and 45
threw it hard, hitting the bird squarely in the chest. It didn’t budge.
“What are we going to do?” I pleaded. This time, Pele picked up a cane chair.
“Stay behind and I’ll keep him back. When we get to the door, open it.”
Again I held on to the back of his shirt and we started towards the door. This greatly
displeased the already annoyed cassowary. Charging at us he ripped at the chair with 50
those lethal claws. Pele stopped to steady the chair – and possibly his resolve.
Pele threw the chair at the bird and slammed the door shut.
Ducking the flying cane, the bird ran straight at the glass wall, only to bounce off.
But it didn’t slow down at all. Pecking and scratching at the glass, it continued the
assault with a sickening ferocity. 55
It was another 15 minutes before the bird weakened and slowed its attack. Thirty
minutes later, we quietly opened the door and crept back to the main building.
(a) Give the meanings of the following words as used in the passage.
One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.
(i) strolled (line 4)
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(ii) fascination (line 10)
(iii) foliage (line 20) [3]
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i) What was Pele’s wife’s first mistake when she saw the bird? [2]
(ii) How did the bird react to the lady’s third mistake? [2]
(iii) What did she do after this reaction of the bird? [2]
(iv) Describe the Cassowary. [2]
(v) Why did Pele find the situation amusing at first? Why did he
change his attitude? [2]
(vi) Use the word ‘framed’ (line 2) in a sentence of your own such that
it has a meaning different from that used in the passage. [2]
(c) With close reference to the last paragraph of the extract and in not more
than 60 words describe how the couple got into their room when they were
(d) Give a title to the passage and give a reason to justify your choice. [2]
Question 4
(a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the
correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but
write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank
(0) discussed.
The other day we (0) ______(discuss) the attitudes of people in our
country. Why (1) _____ (be) most of them rude and aggressive? Pritam
asked. Sanjana (2) ______(say) that it (3) _____(be) because there
(4) ________(be) too many people and one had to fight for everything.
Nirode (5)______(insist) that it (6) ______(be) the climate. We
(7) _______(be) as efficient and polite as Europeans if only our weather
(8) _______ (be) better. [4]
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(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
(i) Her parents live ________ New Delhi.
(ii) Joe’s parents are sick ________ his behaviour.
(iii) Colonel Gurmeet congratulated the soldiers _______ their victory.
(iv) The planet was seen ________ the telescope.
(v) The news of his promotion came ________the next day.
(vi) He is not afraid _______ the consequences.
(vii) He rushed ______ the class as he was late.
(viii) The school is famous _______its sports achievements. [4]
(c) Joint the following sentences to make one complete sentence without
using and, but or so.
(i) Sonia asked a riddle. I was unable to solve it.
(ii) John helped Thomas. Thomas will always be grateful.
(iii) Rajan is a great Cricketer. He is also popular.
(iv) Adnan sang a wonderful song. It became a hit.
(d) Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after
each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the
meaning of each sentence.
(i) We had not even walked one kilometre when they stopped us.
(Begin: Hardly …………………)
(ii) The memory is so vivid that I will never forget it.
(Use ‘too’ in place of ‘so’)
(iii) That need not happen.
(Rewrite: using does.)
(iv) Food and sleep were all we cared about.
(Begin: All …………………….)
(v) We sat there face to face with our accuser.
(Begin: There ………………………….)
(vi) Herbert consulted his parents before accepting the job offer.
(Begin: Herbert did not ………..)
(vii) Put your tools away, the children may fall over them
(Use: lest………………………)
(viii) It was the last time he saw his wife.
(Begin: Never……………………)


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ICSE Time Table 2018 

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE) – Class 10

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) which is a private board of school education in India for Class 10. Headquartered in New Delhi, CISCE is one of the popular boards of education in India and conducts the Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations every year.

ICSE has been formulated to provide an examination in a course of general education according to the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986. The medium of the education in ICSE is through the English language. ICSE mandates the candidates to appear for six subjects and Socially Useful Productive Work thereby ensuring a general education without any diversification of studies. The board conducts all schools-level examinations for subjects like English, History, Civics & Geography, Mathematics, Science, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Agricultural Science, Commercial Studies, Technical Drawing, A Modern Foreign Language, A Classical Language, and Indian Language. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for the ICSE examination.

The ICSE board is conducting the ICSE 2018 examination from 26th February to 28th March 2018. The duration of the exam will be two or three hours depending on the subject. In this section of the article, we’re providing very useful information about the ICSE  Time Table 2018. All the students who are going to appear in the ICSE 2018 examination can check the ICSE Time Table 2018 here.

So read on!

Let’s get started with the steps involved in checking the ICSE Time Table 2018. Here is everything to know about the ICSE Time Table 2018

Steps to check the ICSE Time Table 2018 – 

Class 10

  • Navigate to the Official Website.
  • Click on the ‘ICSE Time Table 2018’ tab.
  • The ICSE 2018 date sheet will appear in PDF format on your computer screen.
  • Download the timetable.
  • Take a printout of the timetable for future reference.

How to Download the ICSE Class 10 Admit Card

Generally, the admit cards for ICSE examinations are made available one month before the examination. Candidates can check the step-by-step procedure to download the ICSE 2018 Admit Card in this section.

Steps to download the ICSE 2018 Class 10 Admit Card

  • Navigate to the official website of ICSE.
  • Look for the Admit Card notification.
  • You will be asked to provide your details such as the Date of Birth and the Roll Number allotted by the school.
  • Your Admit Card will appear on the computer screen after providing the relevant information.
  • Take printouts of the Admit Card for future reference as it contains important information about your examination centre and other details.

Please note that candidates are not allowed to enter the examination hall without a valid ICSE Admit Card.

ICSE Time Table 2018

The ICSE exam time table bears important details like the exam dates, the timings of the exam, and the subject code relevant to the subject name. We’ve put together the ICSE Time Table 2018 for the board examination so that you can start preparing for the exams. The table given below contains the subject-wise dates for the ICSE 2018 examination.

Subject NameDate of the Examination
English Paper 126th February 2018
Mathematics27th February 2018
Commercial Studies (Group II Elective)28th February 2018
English Paper 25th March 2018
History & Civics- HCG Paper 17th March 2018
Second Languages, Modern Foreign Languages9th March 2018
Art Paper 110th March 2018
Geography-HCG Paper 212th March 2018
Hindi14th March 2018
Physics- Science Paper 116th March 2018
Art Paper 217th March 2018
Chemistry- Science Paper 219th March 2018
Economics (Group II Elective)21st March 2018
Group III Elective23rd March 2018
Art Paper 324th March 2018
Biology-Science Paper 326th March 2018
Art Paper 4, French/ German (Group II Elective)27th March 2018
Environmental Science (Group II Elective)28th March 2018

Indian School Certification Examination (ISC) – Class 12

The Indian School Certificate Examination (ISC) is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) which is a private board of school education in India for Class 12. ISC is formulated according to the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986 to offer a two-year course of studies beyond the ICSE Class 10 examination or its equivalent. The medium of instruction in ISC Class 12 education is the English language.

ISC dictates that all candidates must appear for English (compulsory) with three, four or five elective subjects. The candidates must have been evaluated internally by the school and secured a passing grade in Socially Useful Productive Work and Community Service (compulsory subject). As with ICSE, private candidates are not allowed to appear for the ISC examination.

CISCE will soon declare the dates for the ISC 2018 examination through its official notification for the students of all the three streams viz. Science, Commerce, and Arts. The ISC examination is likely to be conducted in the month of March-April 2018 and in this section, we’re bringing for you the tentative dates for the ISC 2018 Class 12 examination.

Let’s get started with the steps involved in checking the ISC Time Table 2018.

Steps to check the ISC Class 12 Time Table 2018

  • Navigate to the Official Website.
  • Click on the ‘ISC Time Table 2018’ tab.
  • The ISC 2018 date sheet will appear in PDF format on your computer screen.
  • Download the timetable.
  • Take a printout of the timetable for future reference.

ISC Time-table 2018

The table given below contains the subject-wise tentative dates for the ISC 2018 Class 12 examination.

Subject NameDate of the Examination
Physics Paper 2 (Practical)7th February 2018
Computer Science Paper 2 (Practical)8th February 2018
Chemistry Paper 2 (Practical)9th February 2018
Home Science, Indian Music, Western Music Paper 2 (Practical)10th February 2018
Physical Education Paper 1 (theory)12th February 2018
Biology Paper 2 (practical)13th February 2018
Accounts paper 1 (theory)15th February 2018
Home Science Paper 2 (Practical)17th February 2018
Physics Paper 1 (theory)20th February 2018
Sociology21st February 2018
Biotechnology, Fashion Designing Paper 2 (Practical)22nd February 2018
Computer Science Paper 1 (theory)23rd February 2018
Indian Music, Western Music, Home Science Paper 1 (theory)24th February 2018
Mathematics26th February 2018
Art Paper 227th February 2018
English paper 228th February 2018
Chemistry Paper 1 (theory)5th March 2018
Political Science6th March 2018
English paper 17th March 2018
Fashion Designing Paper 1 (theory)8th March 2018
Geography Paper 1 (theory)9th March 2018
Art Paper 1, Geometrical and Building Drawing, Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing10th March 2018
Commerce, Electricity & Electronics12th March 2018
Art Paper 413th March 2018
Biotechnology Paper 1(theory), Elective English14th March 2018
Environmental Science Paper 1 (theory)15th March 2018
Indian Languages, modern foreign languages, classical languages16th March 2018
Art Paper 317th March 2018
Economics19th March 2018
Art Paper 520th March 2018
Biology Paper 1 (theory)21st March 2018
History26th March 2018
Business Studies28th March 2018
Psychology2nd April 2018

Please note that the above dates are official dates which are declared by CISCE.

Highlights of the ICSE/ISC Examination 2017

For your benefit, we’ve put together some highlights of the ICSE/ISC examination 2017. These highlights will give you a broader perspective about the wide reach of the ICSE and ISC examinations.

  • A total of 2106 schools presented candidates in India & Abroad for the ICSE Examination 2017.
  • A total of 988 schools presented candidates in India & Abroad for the ISC Examination 2017.
  • The ICSE 2017 Examination was conducted in 57 written subjects of which 22 were Indian languages and 9 were foreign languages.
  • The ISC 2017 Examination was conducted in 50 written subjects, out of which 16 were Indian languages, 5 were foreign languages, and 3 were classical languages.
  • Around 1,75,299 candidates appeared for the ICSE Examination 2017.
  • Around 73,633 candidates appeared for the ISC Examination 2017.
  • Total 96,770 boys appeared for the ICSE 2017examination.
  • Total 39,703 boys took the ISC 2017 examination.
  • A total number of 94,957 boys qualified the ICSE 2017examination.
  • A total number of 37,872 boys passed the ISC 2017 examination.
  • A total number of 78,529 girls appeared for the ICSE 2017 examination.
  • A total number of 33,930 girls took the ISC 2017 examination.
  • The total number of girls qualifying the ICSE 2017 examination was 77,765.
  • The total number of girls that passed the ISC 2017 examination was 33,161.
  • The pass percentage for the ICSE 2017 examination was 98.58%.
  • The pass percentage for the ISC 2017 examination was 96.56%.
  • The pass percentages obtained in the major subjects in the ICSE 2017 examination were: English82%; Bengali 99.80%; Hindi 99.93%; History, Civics & Geography 98.84%; Mathematics 95.63%; Science 98.66%; Commercial Studies 97.87%; Economics 94.09%; Physical Education 99.97%; Computer Applications 99.99%; Economic Applications 99.97%; and Commercial Applications 99.96%.
  • The pass percentages obtained in the major subjects in the ISC 2017 examination were: English 99.50%; Bengali 99.84%; Hindi 99.51%; Economics 90.15%; Commerce 95.52%; Accounts 92.30%; Mathematics 90.67%; Physics 96.69%; Chemistry 98.51%; Biology 98.14%; and Computer Science 99.64%.
  • For ICSE in India, the Southern region has the best pass percentage i.e. 99.64% followed by the Western region (99.64%), Eastern region (98.22%) & Northern region (97.85%). Abroad, ICSE has achieved 100%.
  • For ISC in India, the Southern Region has the best pass percentage i.e. 98.97%, followed by Western Region (97.99%), Northern Region (96.01%) and Eastern Region (96.31%). Abroad, ISC has achieved pass percentage of 100%.

Source of Data: The CISCE website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Given below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions to help erase doubts among the students regarding the ICSE and ISC examinations.

FAQs Related to ICSE (Class 10)

Q1: What is the procedure that must be followed to make a correction in the name/parent’s name or the DOB in a candidate’s ICSE/ISC certificates?

Answer: The candidate should first contact the school and then forward the following documents to the Council (through the school):

  1. A duly attested copy of the amended School Admission Form.
  2. A duly attested copy of the candidate’s Birth Certificate.
  3. The original Affidavit (signed by a First Class Magistrate) – English version.
  4. The original Statement of the candidate’s Marks and Pass Certificate.
  5. Online payment of Correction fees through the School.
  6. A Newspaper cutting of the announcement regarding the change/correction (English version).
  7. A covering letter from the school, clearly mentioning the required correction.
    The candidate may also please refer to the latest edition of the ICSE Regulations and Syllabuses booklet, page 11, section 6(ii) a, b & c for the same.

Q2: Can a student passing his/her Class IX from one city can take admission in Class X in an ICSE school in another city?

Answer: Yes, it is possible but subject to certain conditions as laid down by the Council. The Principal of the admitting school should apply online seeking prior approval of the Transfer Admission with the details and the relevant documents of the case, so that the Council may advise accordingly. Please note that the Council does not correspond directly with candidates, parents or guardians in any matter, whatsoever it may be.

Q3: If a candidate wants to apply for a re-check in a few subjects, whom should he approach for the re-check and the subsequent result?

Answer: A re-check application must be made online by the school/candidate. A fee of Rs. 1000/- is charged for each subject re-check request. After processing, the Council will intimate the school/candidate about the result of the re-check request. The parents or candidates may also get in touch with the Head of the concerned school for the result of the same.

FAQs Related to ISC (Class 12)

Q1: If a candidate, currently studying in Class XII has six subjects (English and five electives, one of which is Mathematics) and wants to drop one (Mathematics), is it permissible? If yes, what is the procedure?

Answer: Such candidates should approach the Head of their School about their request. The Head of the School will then inform the Council that the candidate wishes to drop a subject and the reason for doing so. For the ISC Examination, the candidates have to opt for a minimum of four subjects, of which English is compulsory. Please note that the students are however advised to study a minimum of five subjects (English plus four subjects).

Q2: If a candidate has appeared for the ISC 2017 examination, and till date has not received the Pass Certificate. What should he/she do?

Answer: Such candidates must first contact the School from where they had appeared for the ISC examination and collect their Pass Certificate. Please note that if the school has lost/misplaced the Pass Certificate, the Council cannot issue a Duplicate Pass Certificate. The candidates may request the Council for a Certifying Statement of Examination Result. The application for this is to be made online.

To sum up, the ICSE board offers a variety of benefits to students like a more comprehensive syllabus with equal importance to all fields. The ICSE certification finds more recognition around the world especially among the foreign schools and Universities as compared to the Central Board.

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