Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School certificate (ISC) are exams conducted by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations for standards 10th and 12th respectively. Before 1986, it was affiliated to the French Board Examination, a fact that gives it great credibility among foreign schools and universities.
ICSE and ISC exams are known for their extensive and voluminous syllabus. Although, the course lays equal importance on all foundation subjects including humanities, it is extremely difficult on the part of the student to dedicate equal time and have an in-depth understanding of each subject. This becomes a major problem if they aspire to pursue a career in engineering or medicine. The engineering and medical entrances require a comprehensive understanding of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology concepts along with extensive emphasis on problem-solving.