ICSE Physics Class 10 syllabus
ICSE Physics Class 10 syllabus

The ICSE exam is a critical examination known for its thorough and detailed syllabus. It changes every year, which makes it challenging for the students. The Examination board has released the latest ICSE Class 10 Physics Syllabus on its official website. It is for the academic year 2021-22. The council has removed many contents from its Physics syllabus due to the pandemic so that students do not feel unnecessary pressure. The details of the reduced syllabus are discussed below.

Class 10 ICSE Syllabus for Physics has been reduced once again. Every year, the board releases the syllabus and provides a clear idea about what they should study. This year, the board is also releasing a concise syllabus for all students studying Class 10 under the I.C.S.E board in India. The examination will be held in April next year. You must be well aware of the things that are most likely to be asked on your ICSE 2021 exams during this next round of examinations from this point onwards during this 2019-2021 academic session until April 2020, when your exam takes place. You enter high school getting ready to take on an even bigger load of assignments and revision sheets than you ever thought possible!

Theory Syllabus of ICSE Physics Class 10

Each of the two sections in the ICSE Class 10 Physics exam contains 40 marks and 80 marks. The duration of the exam is 2 hours. Section I consists of questions that will require short answers, while Section II has four free-response problems out of which students can choose 2 to attempt.

Section I will have compulsory questions of 40 marks, while Section II will have six questions in which you will have to do four questions compulsorily.

1.   Force, Work Energy & Power

Contact & non-contact force

Turning forces concept

Uniform circular motion

Machines as force multipliers

Work, energy, power

Different types of energy

Energy sources and principle of conservation of energy

2.   Light

Refraction phenomenon of light

Total internal reflection


Using a triangular prism

3.   Sound

Reflection of sound waves

Forces, natural vibrations, resonance

Loudness, pitch & quality of sound

4.   Electricity & Magnetism

Ohm’s law

Electrical power and energy

Household circuits

Magnetic effect of a current

5.   Heat

Specific heat capacities

Latent heat

Greenhouse effect

Global warming

6.   Modern physics

Thermionic emission


Background radiation


The physics theory portion consists of the main chapters, including light, electricity, power, heat, and sound. You can check the syllabus above.

Practical Syllabus of ICSE Physics Class 10

To fully comprehend our ICSE physics experiments for class 10, we feel that it is essential that students prepare for an examination by practicing these experiments in the classroom with their classmates. An excellent way to explore your curiosity and strengthen your understanding of topics covered in a high school science course like Physics is to run many trials yourself!

The practical part will focus on the topic of the practical component of the syllabus. It will majorly consist of the light and electricity chapter practical questions as these two chapters are dealt with in great detail in class 10. The practicals can be carried out in the class and at home by following the instructions given. The practical part will be done in two parts. The first part will contain the discharge of a capacitor, and the other part will contain the construction of an electric circuit. Thus the practical part will include the knowledge of light and electricity and the creation of electric circuits.

The practical component will be 20 marks where the external evaluator gives ten marks, and the internal examiner can give ten marks. The portion for the practical is also the same as the theory chapters provided in the above section.


It will majorly consist of the light and electricity chapter practical questions as these two chapters are dealt with in great detail in class 10. The students will be able to make a detailed study of the chapters and the problems which can be solved as per the chapter concepts.

FAQs of ICSE Physics Class 10

1.    How will this change in the syllabus affect the students of ICSE?

The trend in the board has been to be more practical. The ICSE board in their syllabus also tries to be practical. So basically, this change is just going to reflect the demand of the students. It will be interesting to see the changes the board will make.

2.   What should the students do to cover the syllabus requirements of class 10 when the syllabus has been reduced by half?

There are a lot of ways to cover the syllabus while following the new curriculum of class 10. The key is to use the concepts that have been introduced in class 9. You can take the CBSE book and read the new chapters carefully. You can also check the internet for detailed solutions to the new class 10 Maths NCERT question.

3.   Is the ICSE board planning to create an entrance exam for higher secondary students?

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) has no plan of creating an entrance exam for higher secondary courses. ICSE will conduct public examinations at the end of the academic year. As of now, there is no plan to bring such a system that will consider the admission requirements for higher secondary courses.

4.   What are the advantages of increasing the weightage of practicals in which the students are made to leave the classroom and conduct a few experiments?

Practicals are an essential part of any learning. Physics is a subject that needs the students to understand the phenomenon rather than memorizing it, and hence practicals play a crucial role in achieving this goal.

5.   What are the practical marks for the physics exam?

The total practical weightage is 20 marks.