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ICSE Class 10 English Paper 1 Board Exam 2024 Post Paper Analysis - 21st February

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Board (ICSE board) has commenced the class 10 board examinations from today, 21st February 2024. Today, the students appeared for their first examination, i.e., English Paper-I (English Language), which is a compulsory subject. The examination will be conducted in approximately 2341 schools registered under the ICSE board in India and abroad. More than 2 lakh students will be appearing for the ICSE class 10 board exam.

The students were excited to appear for their first exam. Each student was confident about their preparation, and according to the students, the exam paper was of moderate difficulty and was a bit lengthy, but the students managed within the allotted time. Let us analyse the ICSE class 10 English Paper-I in detail.

Question Paper Structure

The ICSE class 10 English-I is conducted in two parts: the theory paper of, two hours, which includes questions of 80 marks, and the internal assessment of 20 marks. Here, we will break down the former paper conducted on 21st February 2024.

The English Paper-I 2023-2024 followed the standard ICSE board pattern, including different English grammar assessments. Let us have a look at the paper structure.

The exam paper was entirely in line with the specimen paper released by CISCE. As per the ICSE board pattern, the question paper consisted of 5 questions:

Question 1 was on essay writing for 20 marks. Students can choose between five different essay types and topics, including a picture composition. The students were required to write an essay of 300 - 350 words.

Question 2 was on letter writing for 10 marks. Students got a choice between two different letter writing topics and types.

In Question 3, students were asked to write a notice on a given topic for 5 marks and an email on a given topic for 5 marks

Question 4 was on comprehension passage for 20 marks. This question included an unseen passage and questions based on the passage. There were different types of questions asked, like word meanings, questions, and precis writing in not more than 50 words, which was for 8 marks.

Question 5 included grammar exercises based on different grammar concepts, such as tenses, prepositions, joining sentences, and transformation of sentences. This question is for 20 marks and includes both Subjective and MCQ-based questions. Each sub-question has different marks weightage and includes more subparts.

Next, we would decode the ICSE Class 10 English-I with all its elements and the marks distributed on each topic.

Question Paper Analysis

Based on the reviews gained from the students and subject experts, here is a tabulated analysis of the ICSE class 10 English Paper-I



Overall Paper Analysis

Overall difficulty level

Easy to moderate

Was the paper lengthy?

A bit lengthy

Overall expected good score


Difficulty level of Question 1


Expected good score in Question 1


Difficulty level of Question 2


Expected good score in Question 2


Difficulty level of Question 3


Expected good score in Question 3


Difficulty level of Question 4


Expected good score in Question 4


Difficulty level of Question 5


Expected good score in Question 5


Distribution of Marks

The ICSE Class 10 English Paper I has a standard pattern of distribution of marks.

Question Number

Maximum Marks

Question 1: Essay writing

20 marks

Question 2: Letter writing

10 marks

Question 3

10 marks

                 Notice writing

5 marks

                 Email writing

5 marks

Question 4: Comprehension passage

20 marks

                 Word meaning

3 marks

                 Question Answer

9 marks

                 Precis writing

8 marks

Question 5: Grammar exercises

20 marks


4 marks


4 marks

                Joining of sentences without conjunctions

4 marks

                Transformation of sentences

8 marks

Student Feedback

  • The difficulty level of the paper was easy to moderate.
  • The paper was lengthy but doable in the given time.
  • Grammar exercises were easy to solve.
  • The comprehension passage was tricky.
  • The language was direct and easy to understand.
  • The essay composition topics were relatable and thus interesting to write.

Expert Feedback

  • The questions were lengthy but easy to attempt.
  • The essay and letter-writing topics were interesting and easy for the students.
  • Most of the questions were from the prescribed textbooks.
  • Students who would have practised well and studied the syllabus thoroughly would easily score good marks.


As the ICSE board class 10 examinations have commenced today, the first examination of English paper-I has been easy to moderate for the students. Each question had its own weight and the paper was well-balanced, with easy topics and grammar exercises to lengthy and bit-trick comprehension passages. English paper-I hold a significant weightage in the final percentage for the ICSE class 10 board. Students who understand the syllabus well and have practised exercises well can easily score 60+ marks in this examination.

English Paper-I was the commencement of the class 10 board examinations and good performance has boosted the students' confidence for their upcoming examinations. 

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