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ICSE Class 10 Board Exam 2020 : History & Civics Paper Analysis

The Council of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE) conducted the History/Civics examination of ICSE Class 10 on 11th March 2020. The question paper was of 80 marks and was divided into two sections and sub-sections.


In Civics, questions were mainly asked from the chapters ‘The Union Legislature, Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers and ‘The Supreme Court’. Most of the questions were of the easy to medium level in this section.

In History, the questions were easy and most of the questions were asked from the chapters ‘The First War of Independence, Mahatma Gandhi and the National Movement, The First World War, The Second World War and United Nations and its Agencies.

Below is the chapter-wise distribution of questions with weightage.

Chapter-wise number of questions with weightage

Subject Chapter No. of Questions Marks (options included)
History The First War of Indian Independence 1 (with sub-parts) 10
First Phase of the Indian National Movement 2 4
Second Phase of the Indian National Movement 1 2
Gandhi and the National Movement 3 7
Quit India Movement 2 7
Forward Bloc 1 2
Independence and Partition of India 1 (with sub-parts) 10
The First World War 3 6
Rise of Dictatorships 1 2
The Second World War 1 3
The United Nations and its Major Agencies  3 13
Non-Alignment Movement 1 4
Civics The Union Parliament 5 14
The President and the Vice President 2 12
Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers 2 2
The Supreme Court 2 11
The High Courts and the Subordinate Courts 1 1


Let us now look at the unit-wise breakup of the History section of the question paper.



The pie-chart below shows the unit-wise breakup of the Civics section of the question paper.


Overall, we can say that the paper was easy. Students who had solved past year papers would be extremely happy as about 70–80% of questions which featured in the History/Civics exam paper were asked in the previous years’ papers. So, we expect that students who had solved past year papers and had prepared well, will score 85% or more in the subject.

Watch this video for a detailed analysis of the ICSE Class 10 History and Civics paper 2020 by a TopperLearning academic expert.



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