The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination(ICSE, Class 10) and Indian School Certificate Exam (ISC, Class 12) annual examinations datesheet has been announced on the official website.
The ISC exams will begin on February 7 and end on April 2 while the ICSE exams will begin on February 26 and end on March 28.
However it is said that there are chances that the ISC 2018 exam dates can be changed if the chief election commission declares date of assembly elections that are due for certain states, CISCE has said in a release.
In ICSE (Class 10) student will now need to score 33% to pass instead of the current 35%. A Class 12 (ISC) student will need 35% to pass instead of 40%.
The move has been made for “close uniformity with other boards”, the CISCE said in a circular.
“The objective of this is to bring about close uniformity with other boards in the country,” Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, said in the circular.
"Among the many recommendations made by the Inter Board Working Group (IBWG), it was suggested that all the boards in the country should have the same pass mark criteria. In view of this the council has decided to change its pass mark criteria,” Arathoon said.
"This has been done to bring parity between students of various boards," Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate secretary Nabarun De said.
The circular also advised the schools to implement the pass marks criteria in their internal examinations as well from the academic year 2018-19 onwards. For class 9 and 10, it is 33% and for class 11 and 12, the pass marks will be 35%.
The first paper in the ISC exams on February 7 is physics paper 2 (practical). The computer science paper 2 (practical) is on February 8. The last paper, psychology, is on April 2.
The ICSE starts on February 26 with English paper 1, followed by mathematics on February 27. The last paper, environmental science (group II, elective) is on Wednesday, March 28.