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ICSE Programme

ICSE Programme

The ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) Programme is offered by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. At DAIS, the ICSE syllabus is delivered to lead the students in a progressive and phased manner, enabling them to be well-prepared and future-ready. Application of knowledge and the development of analytical skills form an integral part of the programme that aims to develop students as responsible citizens who make positive contributions to the society.

The ICSE students benefit from developing a deep knowledge of the core subjects along with critical thinking and communication skills. They acquire the foundation and the skills to transition seamlessly into any national pre-university programme or the IB Diploma Programme. They participate in Dance, Drama, Fine Arts, Western Music and Indian Music, Yoga, Model United Nations (MUN), Round Square, Robotics, and other activities. The robust co-curricular programme of the School offers them opportunities to develop into well-rounded individuals who organise and participate in inter-house cultural and sports events, thus developing leadership skills and team spirit.

They have rich and meaningful interactions with international students during their participation in several exchange programmes, thus imbibing the attributes of global citizenship. Community Service is an integral part of learning, with students actively involved in various service projects. School trips and excursions enable children to expand their understanding of the world from academic and cultural perspectives. Class VIII serves as a preparatory year for the ICSE Programme in Classes IX and X. Students study English as the First Language, French or Hindi as the Second Language, Marathi as Third Language, and Mathematics, History, Civics and Geography, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), and Computer Studies as core subjects.
For more details about the ICSE Programme, visit: www.cisce.org

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations was established by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in 1958, with a view to adapting the latter’s curriculum and examination systems to cater to the educational needs of the local context.

The Council’s Mission

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations is committed to serving the nation’s children through high quality educational endeavours, empowering them to contribute towards a humane, just and pluralistic society, promoting introspective living, by creating exciting learning opportunities, with a commitment to excellence.

The Ethos of the Council

  • Trust and fair play.
  • Minimum monitoring.
  • Allowing schools to evolve own niche.
  • Catering to the needs of the children.
  • Giving freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices.
  • Diversity and plurality - the basic strength for evolution of ideas.
  • Schools to motivate pupils towards the cultivation of:
    • Excellence - The Indian and Global experience.
    • Values - Spiritual and cultural - to be the bed rock of the educational experience.
  • Schools to have an 'Indian Ethos', strong roots in the national psyche and be sensitive to national aspirations.

The Curriculum for the ICSE Programme at Dhirubhai Ambani International School

The ICSE is a comprehensive course of study available to students at Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Classes IX and X. The ICSE Class VIII serves as a preparatory year designed to meaningfully progress to the courses of study in ICSE Classes IX and X.

Subjects in ICSE Class VIII
English Second Language – Hindi / French Third Language - Marathi
Mathematics History, Civics and Geography Science
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
Computer Studies
Students are also offered lessons in Indian Music, Indian Dance, Western Music, Yoga, and Art & Drama.

At Dhirubhai Ambani International School, the following subjects are offered for external examination at the end of Class X:

Group I
Group II
Group III
(Any one of the
following subjects)
English Mathematics Computer Applications
Second Language – Hindi / French Science
(Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
History, Civics and Geography *Environmental Science Physical Education
Technical Drawing Applications

*Environmental Science offered in class X till academic year 2023-2024


As part of the ICSE programme, students are also required to undertake ‘Socially Useful Productive Work’ (SUPW).


All students will study Marathi as third language.


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