ICSE Class 9 and Class 10 Subjects of Examination

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination ensures a general education and all candidates are required to enter for six or more subjects and Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW). Private candidates are not permitted to appear for the examination.

The subjects for the examination at the end of Class X are divided into three groups. Group I is compulsory.

Group I: Compulsory

  1. English
  2. Second Language (Indian Language or Modern Foreign Language)
  3. History, Civics and Geography

Group II

Any two of the following subjects

  1. Mathematics
  2. Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  3. Economics
  4. Commercial Studies
  5. Modern Foreign Language
  6. Classical Language
  7. Environmental Science

Group III

Any one of the following subjects

  1. Computer Applications
  2. Economic Applications
  3. Commercial Applications
  4. Art
  5. Performing Arts
  6. Home Science
  7. Cookery
  8. Fashion Designing
  9. Physical Education
  10. Yoga
  11. Technical Drawing Applications
  12. Environmental Applications
  13. A Modern Foreign Language
  14. Mass Media and Communication
  15. Hospitality Management

It is expected that candidates will normally offer both Science and Mathematics from Group II.

The following subject combinations are not permitted for the ICSE Examination:

  • Sanskrit as a Second Language (Group I) and Sanskrit as a Classical Language (Group II).
  • Economics (Group II) and Economic Applications (Group III).
  • Commercial Studies (Group II) and Commercial Applications (Group III).
  • Environmental Science (Group II) and Environmental Applications (Group III).

Second Language

You may select one or two of the languages listed below:

Ao Naga, Assamese, Bengali, Dzongkha, Garo, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Kashmiri, Kokborok, Lepcha, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Mizo, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Tenydie, Urdu or any other official Indian language approved by the Council provided the school has the required infrastructure and experienced teachers.


One of the Foreign Languages listed below provided the school has the required infrastructure and experienced teachers.

French, German, Spanish or any other foreign language approved by the Council.