ICSE semester 1 exam for second language and modern foreign language was conducted today for a duration of one and a half hours, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. It was held offline through the pen-and-paper format and students were supposed to mark the answers in the provided question-cum-answer booklet. The question paper was based on the syllabus as prescribed by the board and was entirely according to the assessment plan of CISCE.
From both the Second Languages and Modern Foreign Languages sections, students had to opt one language paper for their assessments.
Amongst the Second Languages, which include Assamese, Bengali, Garo, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Lepcha, Mizo, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, AO-Naga, Dzongkha, Urdu, and Tangkhul, the question paper was bifurcated into two sections: A and B.
Section A consisted of questions totaling 20 marks; two compulsory questions of 10 marks each. Question 1 was based on the unseen passage and question 2 was from the Grammar section.
Section B was for a total of 20 marks as well. It consisted of four questions out of which only two were to be answered. The questions in this section were based on the Literature, as prescribed in the syllabus. There are four books recommended by the board for each subject, out of which two were to be selected for exam preparations. Students are supposed to answer the questions from the book they had selected. It must be noted that each question will carry 10 marks.
On the other hand, the question paper for the Modern Foreign Language followed the different patterns for different languages. The languages in this list include – French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Tibetan, Armenian, and Thai. The syllabus for each one of them was released by CISCE.
Several educators who extensively cover the secondary and modern language papers have provided answer keys on various online platforms. Since the exam had the MCQ-based pattern, the authenticity of the answer keys and paper solutions provided by these educators can be trusted. Objective questions do not leave any room for any inadvertent errors to spill in.
Students can go through these solutions to cross-check their answers by visiting the following links:
As the answer keys provided by various channels are not official, students are advised to visit all the mentioned sites to determine if all the solutions are congruent to each other. It is uncertain whether the board, CISCE, will be providing any official answer keys to these papers soon. In case an official marking scheme is released, it shall be notified by the board on its official website, cisce.org.