This article is written to  provide the topic wise syllabus for CISCE 12th Arts 2018. The link for the official website of ICSE is The syllabus is given Topic wise here. for the subjects like English, History etc.

Council For The Indian School Certificate Examination twelfth Arts Standard Syllabus 2018

ICSE CISCE 12th Arts Stream Syllabus 2018 Unit wise Download PDF
ICSE CISCE 12th Arts Stream Syllabus 2018 Unit wise Download PDF

CISCE better known as Council For The Indian School Certificate. The exam date of ICSE is near & the students must be makng the study plans according to the exams. We are here to provide you all the details of the subjects that are examined in the 12th arts 2018

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ICSE Intermediate English Unit wise Syllabus 2018

There will be two papers as follows:

  • Paper 1: English Language (3 hours) – 100 marks
  • Paper 2:- Literature in English (3 hours) – 100 marks
  • Paper 1: English Language (3 hours)
  • Question One: A composition on one of a number of
    subjects. …30 Marks
  • Question Two: Directed writing (article writing, book review, film review, review of theatre/ concert / cultural programme/ television show, speech writing, report writing, personal profile, statement of purpose
    and testimonial) based on suggested points…20 Marks
  • Question Three: Short -answer questions to test grammar, structure and usage.  …20 Marks
  • Question Four: Comprehension. …30 Marks
  • It is recommended that in Paper 1 about 50 minutes  should be spent on Question one, 40 minutes on Question two, 30 minutes on Question three and one hour on Question four.

Question One

  1. Candidates will be required to select one composition topic from a choice of six. The choice will normally
    include narrative, descriptive, reflective, argumentative, discussion topics and short story.
  2. The required length of the composition is  450 – 500 words.
  3. The main criteria by which the compositions will be marked are as follows:

(a) The quality of the language employed, the range and appropriateness of vocabulary and sentence structure, syntax, the correctness of grammatical constructions, punctuation and spelling.

(b) The degree to which candidates have been successful in organising the content of the composition as a whole and in individual paragraphs.

Question Two

  1. The piece of directed writing will be based on the information and ideas provided. The required length will be about 300 words.
  2. The range of subjects may include article writing, book review, film review, review of theatre/ concert / cultural programme/ television show, speech writing, report writing, personal profile, statement of purpose and testimonial.
  3. Skills such as selecting, amplifying, describing, presenting reasoned arguments, re-arranging and re-stating may be involved. The candidates’ ability in the above skills, including format will be taken into account as well as their ability to handle language appropriately in the context of the given situation.
  4. It is emphasized that only one question will be set in the examination paper and that this will be compulsory.

Question Three

All the items in this question are compulsory, and their number and type / pattern may vary from year to year. They will consist of short -answer, open completion items or any other type, which will test the candidates’ knowledge of the essentials of functional English grammar and structure. Only two or three types will be included in any one examination.

Question Four

A passage of about 500 words will be provided. Questions based on the passage will be as follows:

  1. Questions that test the candidates’ knowledge of vocabulary and ability to understand the content of and infer information and meanings from the text.
  2. A question that elicits the main ideas of all or part f the passage. This question will consist of two
  • In the first part, the candidate will be required to list the main points as directed, in point form.  Sentences/phrases/clauses will be accepted, as long as the meaning is conveyed. In this part, marks will be awarded for content.
  • In the second part of the question, the candidate will be required to frame these points in a summary (keeping to a word limit) , in a coherent manner. In this part, marks will be awarded for expression and the candidate’s
    ability to summarise the points clearly in complete sentences. Marks will be deducted for linguistic errors

Paper 2: Literature in English (Prescribed Texts) (3 hours)

One textual question (compulsory) on the Shakespeare play/alternative prescribed play together with four other questions on at least three texts, which may include the Shakespeare play/alternative  play.

Question 1 compulsory…. 20 Marks, four other questions, each carrying 20 Marks

The textual question, which will be set on the Shakespeare play/alternative play, will contain three short passages and candidates will be required to answer questions set on two of the passages. These Questions may require candidates to explain words and phrases, to rewrite passages in modern English, or to relate an extract to the work as a whole.

The rest of the questions on the Shakespeare play/alternative play and on the other prescribed texts will require essay -type answers and will be set on the episodes, the plot or plots, themes or ideas, characters, relationship and other prominent literary qualities of the texts prescribed

ICSE Intermediate History Unit wise Syllabus 2018

  • Part I (20 marks) will consist of compulsory short answer questions testing fundamental factual knowledge and understanding of the entire syllabus.
  • Part II (60 marks) will be divided into two sections, Section A and Section B, each consisting of five questions. Each question shall carry 12 marks.

Candidates will be required to attempt two questions from each Section and one question from either Section A or Section B. A total of five questions will be attempted from Part II.

 Name of the Unit  Topics
 Towards Independence and Partition: the Last Phase (1935-1947).  (i) Important political developments: growth of socialist ideas, trade union activities, Kisan Sabha movement; growth of communalism (Hindu & Muslim). These developments in the late 1930s and 1940s are to be done briefly. (ii) Working of provincial autonomy: Congress and other ministries. The main features of Provincial Autonomy should be explained. A critical account of the election of 1937 and the working of the Congress ministries must be given. A summary of main developments under non-Congress ministries should be included. (iii) National Movement during the Second World War: The outbreak of World War II and the resignation of the Congress ministries, Lahore Session of the Muslim League in 1940 and the deadlock up to the August Offer (1940). Failure of the Cripps Mission; Quit India resolution; arrest of Congress leaders; violent public reaction; Government repression of revolt of 1942.
 Establishment and development of Indian democracy (1947 – 1966).  (i) The refugee problem, the transfer of assets and the river waters dispute.

(ii) Origin of the Kashmir problem. The role of Sardar Patel in the reorganisation and integration of princely states with special reference to Junagarh and Hyderabad.

(iii) The foundation of Indian Democracy: significance of the first general election based on universal adult suffrage (1952): role of political parties, problems of preparation and their solutions, process, result and impact of the elections.

(iv) The linguistic reorganisation of states: movement for linguistic reorganisation with particular reference to Andhra, Bombay and Punjab; redrawing of the map of India on the basis of linguistic identity.

 Challenges to Indian democracy (1964 – 1977)  (i) The role of the Syndicate:

(a) In the appointment of Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1964 and Indira Gandhi in 1966 as prime minister.

(b) Importance of the election of 1967: the factionalism in the Congress (Syndicate vs. Indira Gandhi) leading to its split in 1969. Emergence of Opposition political parties and their main leaders.

(ii) Naxal Movement: causes of its rise; Historic Eight Documents (main points) as the origin of its ideological basis (1967), main leaders (Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal); areas where they operated (West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh) and the struggle carried out by peasants and students.; government measures against it; reasons for its decline in the 1970’s and its impact.

(iii) JP Movement (1974-75): Origin: Jai Prakash Narayan’s disputes with Mrs. Gandhi; main features of its course; leadership; measures to suppress it. Assessment of its significance and impact (positive and negative features).

 Changing face of the Indian democracy (1977 – 1986)  (i) The Janata Government (1977 – 1979). Restoration of democracy: formation of party and government, its programme and implementation; reasons for its downfall.

(ii) Return of Congress to power (1979 – 1986). Centre-State relations to be studied with reference to:

(i) Punjab: separatist demands and the Centre’s response. (ii) Demands in the North-East:

(a) Assam’s agitation against foreigners and the Centre’s response (1947-85); main events to be done in detail.

(b) Nagaland’s demand for autonomy and its resolution (1947-80); main events to be done briefly. (c) Mizoram Movement (1959-1986) to be touched upon.

 India’s Foreign Policy  (i) Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Reasons for following a non-aligned policy in the context of the Cold War to be discussed. Aims – Panchsheel. Establishment and growth – Bandung and Belgrade conferences; Cold War and NAM in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s (brief outlines of India’s stance during significant Cold War events): the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the invasion of Hungary, the Arab Israeli conflicts (1956-1979) and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

(ii) Pakistan (1948-49, 1965, 1971) Indo-Pak wars: causes, course and consequences of each to be done separately.

(iii) Sino-Indian War Background: Initial relations with the Peoples’ Republic of China; disputes over

(a) Tibet issue: Chinese takeover and asylum of the Dalai Lama in India

(b) Border issues. Sino-Indian War (1962): immediate causes and consequences.

  Movements for Women’s Rights  A brief outline of the significance of the Towards Equality Report (1974) with regard to women’s issues. Developments in the anti-dowry movement and struggle against domestic violence in the 1970s and 1980s.
 World War II  (i) Factors leading to the War: aggressive foreign policies of Germany, Italy and Japan. Should be discussed in some detail, showing how these aggressive policies made war more likely and worldwide in scope. Reasons for Japan’s alliances with Italy and Germany should be briefly explained, leading to the attack on Pearl Harbour.

(ii) Anglo-French appeasement policies. Appeasement: why Britain and France chose to follow this policy and how it was carried out.

(ii) Course of the War: Europe, Africa and Far East. American entry and contribution. Main theatres of the War during 1939-1945 should be done separately in chronological order; the main battles should be done in some detail: El Alamein, Stalingrad, Midway, the Normandy landings and the policy of “island hopping” in the Pacific. The US contribution should be done separately for Europe and the Pacific.

(iii) Reasons for the defeat of the Axis Powers. Each of the reasons for the defeat of the Axis should be explained. 8

 De-colonisation – in Asia (China) and Africa (Ghana & Kenya)   China: civil war and the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949; Mao Tse Tung; agrarian and industrial policy; political and economic developments; contribution of Mao.

(iii) Ghana: democracy, dictatorship and military government (1957-69).

(iv) Kenya: conflict and independence (1947 – 1969).

 Cold War 1945-91– origin, course, end and impact:  (i) Origins of the Cold War: End of wartime unity; Yalta and Potsdam Conferences; Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan; Molotov Plan, COMECON and Cominform. The rift widens – Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe (1945-1948) including the communist coup in Czechoslovakia.

(ii) The Cold War expands: Berlin Blockade; NATO; division of Germany; “thaw” in the Cold War (1953-59) – how partial was it? Warsaw Pact; the Vietnam War (1954-75); crisis in east-west relations (1960-62); detente (1970s).

(iii) Breakup of the USSR & changes in Eastern Europe – USSR, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia.

 Protest Movements  (i) Racial problems and civil rights in USA in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s: Racial discrimination, change in the government’s attitude, campaign for equal rights (Dr. Martin Luther King’s role).

(ii) Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa (1948-1994): main features of Apartheid, opposition to Apartheid (Dr Nelson Mandela’s role), transition to black majority rule and the end of Apartheid.

(iii) Second Wave Feminist Movement in USA (early 1960s – early 1980’s): reasons for its origin (the impact of the Presidential Commission, Betty Friedan’s book and the Civil Rights Movement; Equal Pay Act of 1963 – its implications for American women, successive measures taken by Johnson (Civil Rights Act of 1964), role of National Organisation for Women (NOW) and its campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Socio-cultural impact of the Movement to be mentioned briefly.

 Middle East: Israeli-Palestine conflict (19161993).  (i) Post War conflict in Palestine after World War I, till the formation of the state of Israel. Aims of Arab nationalism and Zionism. Impact of World War I: the conflicting promises made by the British to the Arabs and the Jews: Husain-MacMahon correspondence, the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration. All these need to be understood clearly. A general outline of events in the British Mandate of Palestine from 1919 to the Arab Revolt of the late 1930s (the increased immigration of Jews and the resultant conflict). The impact of World War II and the intensification of the conflict against Britain’s decision to withdraw – the UNO’s plan. Creation of Israel and the War of Liberation (a chronological account should suffice here).

(ii) The Arab-Israeli Wars from 1948 to Camp David Accord (1979). The following conflicts should be studied – First Arab- Israeli Conflict (1948-1949), the Suez Crisis (1956), the Six Day War (1967), the Yom Kippur War (1973), Sadat and the Camp David Accord (1979). For each of these events, the causes and results should be studied in detail. Events to be covered briefly. The origin and formation of the PLO.

(iii) Oslo Peace Accords (1993). Intifada and the change in attitude of Israel and the PLO leading to the Oslo Peace Accords: assessment of the main features: why it failed to bring peace.

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