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ICSE Class 10 English Paper 2 Board Exam 2024 Post Paper Analysis - 23rd February

The ICSE class 10 board examinations started on 21 February 2024. The first exam conducted by the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Board (ICSE board) was English Paper I on 21st February. Today, the students appeared for the second examination, i.e., English Paper II (English Literature), which is a compulsory subject. The examination was from 11 am to 1 pm at various schools registered under the ICSE board in India and other countries. More than 2 lakh students appeared for the ICSE class 10 board examinations.

The last paper, English Paper I (English Language), was easy to moderate, and students were confident they would perform well in English Paper II. After the successful completion of the Paper II exam, students stated that the exam was of moderate difficulty but was a little lengthy. Here below is the ICSE class 10 English Paper-II analysis in detail.

Question Paper Structure

The ICSE class 10 English Paper II (English Literature) consists of questions from the ICSE board-prescribed drama, prose and poetry textbooks. The ICSE class 10 English Paper II is conducted in two parts: the theory paper of two hours, including questions of 80 marks, and the internal assessment of 20 marks. 

Here is an analysis of the theory paper, which was conducted today, 23rd February 2024. The exam paper was completely in line with the specimen paper released by CISCE. As per the ICSE board pattern, the question paper consisted of 4 sections:

Section A consisted of MCQ-based questions from the drama, prose and poetry textbooks. This section is compulsory for 16 marks. Students had to attempt all the questions. Students just had to write the correct answers without any explanation.

Section B is composed of questions from the prescribed drama textbook for the ICSE board 2023-2024 academic year. The section had two questions, which included an extract and questions based on the given extract. Each extract was for 16 marks. Students had to attempt one extract and the questions related to it.

Section C included extract-based questions from the prescribed prose textbook for the 2023-2024 academic year. There were two extracts, and students needed to attempt one question. Each extract was worth 16 marks

Question D included extract-based questions from the poetry textbook prescribed for the academic year 2023-2024. This section included two extracts from the poems in the syllabus and questions based on them. The students needed to attempt any one of the two extracts. Each extract-based question is for 16 marks

Students had to attempt a total of 5 questions, which included the complete Section A (a compulsory section consisting of one question). Next, students had to attempt one question from Sections B, C and D. Students also had to attempt one more question from any of the three extra-based questions sections based on the drama, prose and poetry.

Let us decode the ICSE Class 10 English-II question paper with all its elements and the marks distributed on each topic.

Question Paper Analysis

Based on the reviews given by the students and subject experts, we have created a tabulated analysis of the ICSE class 10 English Paper II. 



Overall Paper Analysis

Overall difficulty level


Was the paper lengthy?


Overall expected good score


Difficulty level of Section A


Expected good score in Section A


Difficulty level of Section B


Expected good score in Section B


Difficulty level of Section C


Expected good score in Section C


Difficulty level of Section D

Moderate to Difficult

Expected good score in Section D


Distribution of Marks 

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

Section and Question Number

Maximum Marks

Section A: MCQ-based questions

16 marks

Section B: Drama (Attempt any one or more)

32 marks

Question 2

16 marks

Question 3

16 marks

Section C: Prose (Attempt any one or more)

32 marks

Question 4

16 marks

Question 5

16 marks

Section D: Poetry (Attempt any one or more)

32 marks

Question 6

16 marks

Question 7

16 marks

                      Total: 5 questions

Maximum marks: 80 marks

Student Feedback

  • The difficulty level of the paper was moderate.
  • The question paper had tricky questions in section A.
  • The 4-mark questions were a bit tricky and lengthy.
  • The poetry section was a bit more difficult than the prose and drama sections.
  • Section A was difficult, but sections B, C and D were moderately challenging.

Expert Feedback

  • The question paper was a bit lengthy but had a mixture of all kinds of questions.
  • The questions might be a little tricky, but they were easy and needed a little thinking.
  • Section A was a little bit difficult for the students.
  • The paper was completely based on the syllabus. Any student who has studied the textbooks thoroughly can get good marks.


The ICSE board class 10 examinations for the session 2023-2024 started on 21st February 2024. Today was the second examination, English Paper II. According to the students, the paper was of moderate difficulty. Each section had its own difficulty level, and the paper was well-constructed. After English paper I, English paper II is also a compulsory subject in ICSE board class 10. Therefore, it has a good weightage in the total percentage. Students with thorough preparation of each textbook Students who have a good understanding of the syllabus and have read the drama, poems and stories in the syllabus thoroughly can easily score 60+ marks in this examination.

English Paper I and II together make up the score for English in your ICSE class 10 board results. Performing well in these two examinations gives a push to the students to perform better in other exams and score a good final percentage.

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