ICSE (Class X)
Subject: Second Language-Indian
- To appreciate the language as an effective means of communication.
- To acquire knowledge of the elements of the language.
- To develop an interest in the language.
- To understand the language when spoken at normal conversational speed.
- To understand the basic structural patterns of the language, vocabulary
CLASSES IX AND X
Papers will be set in the following languages:
Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Khasi, Lepcha, Marathi,
Malayalam, Mizo, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Tangkhul, Telugu, Urdu or any
other language of an Indian community approved by the Council.
There will be one paper of three hours duration carrying 80 marks and
Internal Assessment of 20 marks.
The paper will be divided into two sections, Section A and Section B.
Section A: Language
Section B: Prescribed Texts 40 marks
Candidates will be required to attempt all questions from Section A. They are
to attempt four questions from Section B, which must include one question from
each of the two prescribed textbooks and two other questions.
SECTION A: LANGUAGE - 40 Marks
This section will consist of four questions, all of which will be compulsory.
Composition: Candidates will be required to write one
composition, in the language, which may include short explanations,
directions, descriptions or narratives. There will be a choice of subjects,
which will be varied and may be suggested by language or other stimuli such
as pictures and objects. ..... 15 Marks
Letter: Candidates will be required to write a letter from a
choice of two subjects. Suggestions may be given. The layout of the letter with
address, introduction, conclusion, etc., will form part of the assessment. … 7
Comprehension: An unseen passage of about 250 words will be
given in the language. Questions on the passage will be set for answers in the
language, designed to test the candidates' understanding of the content of the
passage. … 10 Marks
Grammar: This will consist of tests in the use of language
vocabulary, syntax and idioms, synthesis in sentence construction, formation of
sentences in the language correctly embodying given words or forms. The question
will not require any knowledge of grammatical terms. …8 Marks
SECTION B: PRESCRIBED TEXTS - 40 Marks
The question paper will consist of structured and short answer questions.
Candidates will be required to answer four questions, choosing at least one
question from each of the two prescribed textbooks. All questions will be set in
the language and candidates will be required to answer in the language. The
questions set will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of the
subject matter of the prescribed books.
Note: For list of Prescribed Textbooks, see
Appendix - I.
The Class X – ICSE examination paper will be set on the entire syllabus
prescribed for the subject. The Class IX internal examination is to be conducted
on the portion of this syllabus that is covered during the academic year. The
Council has not prescribed bifurcation of the syllabus prescribed for this