The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be preparing final question papers for "core subjects" of classes IX and XI from the next academic session.
The annual examination papers till now were framed by the respective schools for both the classes.
Nabarun Dey, the general secretary of the Bengal Chapter of Association of Heads of ICSE Schools, confirmed that all ICSE-affiliated schools in the state have received the CISCE circular yesterday.
Asked about the core subjects, Dey said it was not specified in the circular. The CISCE will probably take a call on the "core subjects" in the coming days, he said.
"The idea is to cover a sizeable portion of the syllabus in the ninth and eleventh standards so that the students are not burdened before the board exams," Dey explained.
The circular has been posted on the council's official website, CISCE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon said.