ISC 12th Syllabus 2020 for Science – Check ISC 12th Physics, Chemistry & Biology syllabus

ISC 12th Syllabus 2020 for Science – Check ISC 12th Physics, Chemistry & Biology syllabus

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New Delhi, Updated on Jan 21, 2020 16:46 IST

ISC 12th Syllabus 2020 mentions all the important chapters and topics which students need to cover for better preparation of the exam. Check the ISC syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology here.

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has released the ISC 12th syllabus 2020 for Science subjects. Students preparing to appear for the exam must go through the ISC 12th Physics syllabus, Chemistry, and Biology syllabus to know the chapters and topics to be covered. One must thoroughly go through these topics so as to be ready to answer any question asked in the exam. The article below lists separately the topics included in ISC 12th Syllabus 2020 for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and more.

The ISC 12th course curriculum and the course content has been derived as per the recommendations are given by the New Education Policy (NEP) (1986). The board examination is conducted only in `English medium and it covers the domain of general education. Only certain schools that are affiliated to this board are permitted to take this examination. The private candidates are strictly not permitted to give this exam.

ISC Class 12 Syllabus for Science: Theory


There are two papers in the subject: 70 marks for theory and 30 marks for practical, project work and practical file.

Syllabus for ISC Physics 2020:

  • Electrostatics: Electric Charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential, Potential Energy and Capacitance
  • Current Electricity
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism: Moving Charges and Magnetism; Magnetism and Matter
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents: Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Currents
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Chapter on Optics: Ray Optics as well as Optical Instruments; The second part on Wave Optics
  • Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter
  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Electronic Devices: Semiconductor Electronics; Semiconductor Diode; Elementary idea of Analog and Digital Signals
  • Communication Systems


There are two papers in the subject: 70 marks for theory and 30 marks for practical, project work and practical file.

Syllabus for ISC Chemistry 2020:

  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Electrochemistry: Electrochemical cells; Galvanic cells; Measurement of Potentials; Electrochemical Series
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Chapter on the Processes of Isolation of elements and General Principles
  • P-Block Elements: Group-15-18 Elements
  • d and f block elements
  • Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
  • Ketones and Carboxylic Acids Aldehydes and Aldehydes
  • Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen Aliphatic Amines
  • Biomolecules Carbohydrates
  • Polymers
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life


There are two papers in the subject: 70 marks for theory and 30 marks for practical, project work and practical file.

Syllabus for ISC Biology 2020:

  • Reproduction
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Biology and Human Welfare
  • Biotechnology and its applications
  • Ecology and Environment


There will be two papers: English Language and English Literature

ISC English Syllabus 2020:

  • Question 1: Composition
  • Question 2: Directed Writing and Proposal Writing
  • Question 3: Short answer Questions testing grammar
  • Question 4: Comprehension
  • English Literature: There will be 5 questions based on the texts.


The syllabus is composed of three sections where section A is compulsory and an option exists between Section B and Section C.

ISC Mathematics syllabus 2020:

Section A:

  • Sets and Functions: Types of Relations; Inverse Trigonometric Functions
  • Algebra: Matrices; Determinants
  • Calculus: Continuity, Differentiability, and Differentiation; Application of Derivatives; Integrals; Differential Equations;
  • Probability

Section B:

  • Vectors
  • Three-dimensional geometry
  • Application of Integrals

Section C:

  • Application of Calculus
  • Linear Regression
  • Linear Programming

Computer Science

There are two papers in the subject: 70 marks for theory and 30 marks for practical, project work and practical file.

The theory paper consists of two parts - Part I consists of compulsory short questions; Part II consists of three sections with three questions each, where students have to answer two from each section.

Syllabus of ISC Computer Science 2020:

  • Boolean Algebra
  • Computer Hardware
  • Implementation of Algorithms to solve problems
  • Programming in JAVA
  • Objects
  • Primitive Values; Wrapper Classes; Types and Casting
  • Variables and Expressions
  • Statements and Scope
  • Methods
  • Arrays and Strings
  • Recursion
  • Inheritance, Interfaces, and Polymorphism
  • Data Structures
  • Complexity and Big O notation


ISC 12th Syllabus for Science: Practical


Experiments for laboratory work and practical examinations are based on two groups: Experiments based on ray optics and experiments based on current electricity


  • Candidates will be required to complete the following experiments:
  • Titrations
  • Studying the rate of reactions
  • To identify the Compounds as well as the Functional Groups built on observations
  • Characteristic Tests of carbohydrates and proteins
  • Experiments on pH change by using Universal indicator or pH paper
  • Electrochemistry
  • Qualitative Analyses


  • Taxonomy
  • Simple biochemical and physiological experiments
  • Slide Preparation
  • Spotting

Computer Science

This paper will be of three hours duration and will be evaluated by the Visiting Examiner appointed locally and approved by the Council. The paper shall consist of three programming problems out of which the candidate has to attempt only one.  The practical consists of two parts: Planning session and Examination session. A maximum of 90 mins is permitted for the planning session while a maximum of 90 mins is permitted for the Examination session.

Tips for ISC 12th Exam 2020 Preparation and Important points:

Plan a schedule and follow it: One of the most important parts of the class 10 preparation is drawing a schedule. You should ask your teachers the time you should dedicate to each and every topic and then accordingly create a study plan which you should follow religiously without fail. You need to make sure that you finish the syllabus at least a couple of months before you appear for the exams.

Write and practice: You should always plan to write and practice whatever you have studied instead of mugging up the content. This would ensure that you remember all the concepts not only during the exam but also after the exams.

Study to learn: You should always make a habit to study the material to gain knowledge and understand the content instead of studying just to give exams.

Do not take stress: You should make sure that you do not take stress at any point in time. Stress is the number one cause of students not being able to perform well in exams even after preparing very hard for the exam. Always try to remain calm, be it during the exam or a day before the exam or a month before the exam.

Meditation and Deep breathing: In order to stay calm, one should learn several exercises, both mental and physical like meditation.

Tips for Physics:  Try and make a list of formulae, derivations, and experiments and revise the same again and again for the exams. Once you are done with those, try solving questions from previous year papers and sample papers.

Tips for Mathematics: Practice the steps while solving problems as most of the times students tend to forget the steps. Revise the steps and also the various rules that you need to follow while solving.

Tips for Chemistry: Try solving previous papers at least once a week. This would give you an idea of what kind of questions could come in the exam. Make a list of all the formulae and try to solve numerical problems as much as possible.

Tips for Biology: Diagrams are the most important part of this subject and you should practice diagrams thoroughly. Understand the processes and various mechanisms as a story instead of mugging it all up.

Past Papers: Solving past papers are one of the most crucial components of preparations. Make sure to solve at least 5–7 previous year question papers for each subject before giving the exam.

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