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CISCE rings a bell?

Amrit introduced me to a wonderful community about ISCE/ISC in Facebook. And it made my day!

I’m from ICSE board and like every single student who has been there, I’m proud of it! The community lists some terrific things under ‘You know you are from ICSE/ISC when…’. Most of the things listed there made me go wow! It was all very familiar and after going through it, I just have to make a list here.

  • In 9th/10th, you observed 1 minute silence in school assembly after Act III Scene I of Julius Caesar.
  • You migrated to other boards after 10th and were horribly distressed after glancing at their English textbooks.
  • You can proudly claim to have more knowledge of Shakespeare and Elizabethan English than the fellows who took a a course on the Bard in college.
  • You can brag about knowing places like Dantiwada, courtesy certain Geographical topo sheets.
  • You boast of having done some Socially Useful & Productive Work, even if you utilized that period playing Basketball.
  • When people around you were trying to grab the basics of C, you went around telling them about your expertise in C++.
  • You could never imagine teachers communicating in languages other than English.
  • You have a habit of talking to non-teaching staff too in English.
  • Your pre-boards score of 80% – 85% guaranteed a 90% or higher score in boards.
  • You actually prayed to Xavier Pinto and Francis Fanthome before the boards (I had to copy this point, rest are original).
  • Your can instantly bond with a person who says (s)he is from ICSE and together look down on other boards.

I had other superb points, but most of them were listed in the community. Anyone wishes to add something in the comments section?


  1. April 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    You learn a lot of western poetry and literature. Even the hindi syllabus covers legendary stories like Madhulika and poems by Kabir.
    But the best part is you can score easily in the boards

  2. April 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    CGBSE ( Chattisgarh Board of Secondary Education)

    There can’t be anything better šŸ˜‰

  3. shruti
    April 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    CBSE rocks ok… You learn things other than just English Literature..and you dont turn into a snob

  4. April 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    enter college, the first words that came from my lips: ‘ICSE…anyone??’
    Was shocked to know that i was the only girl from ICSE in that class of 75 students.
    It was hell of an experience trying to get used to their lingo.. A month later, i get company, my solace, but english classes were always an advantage..thnz to the brand name šŸ™‚

  5. Phani
    April 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm


    Can never forget Figments of Imagination ,
    Images of Life . And of course The Merchant of Venice.

  6. April 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    can i say it now mamme or should i wait for few more positive comments …

  7. Debanjan
    April 30, 2009 at 12:35 am

    ICSE rocks \m/ … Just for the record … I have spoken to some people from Norway, US, France and UK … and no-where do you get to do computer programming as a part of your school curriculum … thats an index of really how much ICSE rocks … teaching students JAVA/C++ … leave apart Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest, and all those English debates and dramatics competitions within the school-sections …
    and thanks Mamme for introducing me to the community …

  8. SiM
    April 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    on the negative side: you feel horribly disappointed when you look at the ICSE maths syllabus.

    on the positive side: you inevitably do better than ‘others’ in Science/Astronomy Olympiad.

    p.s.: Act III scene 1 – lolz.. so thoughtful of you šŸ™‚

  9. neelangana
    April 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    whoa…this touched a chord!! šŸ™‚

    my points:

    1. praying “our father in heaven” after every lunch break.

    2. taking 2hrs examinations..and who of course the one-and-half hour science papers.

    3. teacher’s directions to answer the entire question paper in board irrespective of choice questions

    4. getting an advanced 15min to read the question paper

    5. addressing principle and other fellow teachers as sister instead of ma’am (well i guess this is my convent hangover)

    can go on and on…the list is endless..
    but i specially like the 4th and 5th point…not came across any such thing in other school boards or even university exams in college… wish other boards also adopt these things..

  10. Soumya
    April 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVED literature…wings of poesy, Julius Caeser, and i forgot what the prose book was called, but that was awesome too.. šŸ˜€
    I hated English after school..all the other subjects too for that matter šŸ˜›

    • Francis Fernandes
      May 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      it was a Miscellany of Short Stories

  11. Amrit
    May 1, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I got a pre-board of 79% which converted to 96.33% in the Boards, though this was always due to my second language where no-one got more than 50% in their exams!!

    Was always interested in finding out whether the scenario was similar in other states too..

    And how can you forget the 20% weight-age of the various projects, all of which were completed on the basis of something which he have termed over the last few years at IIT as “night-out” šŸ˜€

  12. shruti
    May 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hey some points seem to echo more about convent schools that education boards

  13. neelangana
    May 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    hey..btw…we never had a 1min silence in school assembly for Mr.Caesar… we organised it in our class

  14. Hyndavii
    August 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    ICSE truly rocks man .I mean it……..helps u 2 develop ur self.i feel it’s very cooooooooool!

  15. ICSEgal
    February 26, 2010 at 11:00 am

    proud of icse, proud of my school :))
    Both hav given me a broader perspective of life….and imagination…..

  16. February 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I’m a part of that community too.
    I.C.S.E. is the best board in the country. Period

  17. Anna
    April 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I m giving 2011 ICSE!ICSE HELL ROCKS!!! But now we hv “AULI” ntead of JC n thr r many changes!BUT I M PROUD OF IT![hey….but no 1 dies in AULi,its a romantic comedy,do u think i will hv a 1 min silence in school assembly too?]

  18. Danish Hasan
    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hello! I would like to inform you people about the site i recently came accross. It has a full collection of sample papers , specimen papers and study material for ISC/ICSE students free of costs : http://www.iscexamnotes.blogspot.com . Happy Surfing!!

  19. December 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Hi, can anyone please let me know the name of the books that were prescribed for English Literature for ISC exam 2008, specially the books dedicated towards poetry … Thanks a whole lot. !!

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