ICSE 2013 Class IX and X Syllabus – Second Indian Language Sanskrit

There will be one paper of three hours duration carrying 80 marks and Internal Assessment of 20 marks.

The paper will be divided into two sections, Section A and Section B.

Section A: Language 40 marks
Section B: Prescribed Texts 40 marks

Candidates will be required to attempt all questions from Section A. They are to answer four questions from Section B, which must include one question from each of the two prescribed textbooks and two other questions.


Four questions will be set, all of which will be compulsory.

1. Composition: Candidates will be required to write, in the language, one short composition which may include short explanations, directions, descriptions or narratives. There will be a choice of subjects which will be varied and may be suggested by language or other stimuli such as pictures or objects.

2. Letter: Candidates will be required to write a letter from a choice of two subjects. Suggestions may be given. The layout of the letter with address, introduction, conclusion, etc., will form part of the assessment.

3. Comprehension: An unseen passage will be given in Sanskrit. Questions in the language will be set for answers in the language, designed to test the candidates’ understanding of the content of the passage.

4. Grammar: In addition to the grammar topics listed below, questions will also be set from the grammar topics covered in the prescribed text books. These will include tests in vocabulary, syntax and idiom, synthesis in sentence construction, formation of sentences in the language correctly embodying given words or forms.


The question paper will consist of structured and short answer questions. Candidates will be required to answer four questions, choosing at least one question from each of the two prescribed textbooks. All questions will be set in the language and candidates will be required to answer in the language. The questions set will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of the subject matter of the prescribed books.

Note: For list of Prescribed Textbooks, see
Appendix – I.


The teacher shall set and mark specific work assigned to candidates over the two years.


The assignments/project work are to be evaluated by the subject teacher and by an External Examiner. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the school, who could be from the faculty, but not teaching the subject in the section/class. For example, a teacher of Sanskrit of Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X, Sanskrit projects.) The Internal Examiner and the External Examiner will assess the assignments independently.

Award of marks (20 Marks)

Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks
External Examiner 10 marks

The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the school.

The Head of the school will be responsible for the entry of marks on the mark sheets provided by the Council.

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