CISCE Class 10, 12 – Syllabus Reduced, Quality to Remain Uncompromised; Syllabi Links Here

New Delhi, 5 June 2021 – With the continuous disruption in educational activities due to extended lockdowns in the country, CISCE (Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations) has decided to reduce the Class 10 and 12 syllabi for the board examinations in the academic year 2022. The board has decided to bring changes in the syllabi of English and Indian Languages for both ICSE and ISC 2022 exams.

This is a significant move by CISCE, especially since the board’s curriculum is known to traditionally focus on languages. Reduction in the CISCE curriculum of other subjects is also expected to follow. 

Reduced CISCE Syllabus for Classes 10, 12

Other subjects to be affected – Besides the syllabi of English and Indian Languages, CISCE has revealed that the deduction will also affect other subjects too. 

Subject experts to be consulted – The Council has emphasized carrying out syllabus reduction in various subjects only after consultation with subject experts while ensuring that the quality of education won’t be compromised at any cost.

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No compromise on the quality of content – Gerry Arathoon, the Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE and the spokesperson representing all the schools affiliated to ISC and ICSE board released a statement, “CISCE has initiated the process of syllabus review for various subjects at the ICSE and ISC levels specifically for Classes 10 and 12, for the Examination Year 2022, to identify portions of the syllabus which may be reduced, without compromising on the quality of content.”

Students can access the revised syllabus for the 2022 exams on the official website of CISCE – and check the ‘Regulations and Syllabuses’ link under ICSE and ISC tab.

Details of Reduced CISCE Syllabus for Classes 10, 12

As a COVID-19 precautionary measure, all the schools in India have been shut since March last year. However, classes have been functional and are being held online. Besides the loss of instructional hours during the past year, teaching-learning processes have also been impacted during this pandemic.

Although the ICSE and ISC exams had been cancelled this year, completing the diverse syllabus of Class 10 and 12 online for the upcoming academic year has surfaced as a challenge to both teachers and students. Hence, this decision of syllabus reduction is being considered apt by all stakeholders. 

Details of Reduced CISCE Syllabus for Classes 10, 12

Details of Reduced CISCE Syllabus for Classes 10, 12

The portions of syllabus where the reductions have been implemented are:


In the reduced syllabus for Class 10 English Paper 2 (Literature), students have to study:

1. Merchant of Venice – Only Act III, IV, and V

2. Four poems 

  • I know why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • The Patriot – Robert Browning 
  • Abu Ben Adhem – Leigh Hunt
  • Nine Gold Medals – David Roth

3. Four Short Stories

  • The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Blue Bead – Norah Burke
  • My Greatest Olympic Prize – Jesse Owens
  • All Summer in a Day – Ray Douglas Bradbury


In the Class 12 syllabus, English Paper 2 (Literature), students have to study:

1. The Tempest – Only Act III, IV, and V 

2. Five short stories 

  • To Build a Fire – Jack London
  • The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin
  • The Singing Lesson – Katherine Mansfield
  • The Sound Machine – Roald Dahl
  • B. Wordsworth – V.S. Naipaul

3. Five poems

  • The Darkling Thrush- Thomas Hardy
  • Birches– Robert Frost
  • Crossing the Bar – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Dover Beach – Matthew Arnold
  • We are the Music Makers – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy

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