ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus

Introduction: ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE) is a private, non-governmental Board of school education in India. It conducts two examinations: (ICSE) the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, and (ISC) the Indian School Certificate. 

ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus helps develop an understanding of terms, concepts, and principles used in studying the discipline of Home Science. Home Science was created to help citizens understand and develop:  

  • Thoughts, inquiry, insight and understanding of issues involved in running a home, providing adequate nutrition, meal planning, care of textiles and clothing, budgeting and family care.
  • To teach an appreciation of aesthetic balance, economy, and efficiency regarding home.
  • To enhance an understanding of the changes during children’s growth and development.
  • To provide teenagers with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage themselves.
  • To understand children under challenging circumstances, problems of the elderly and individuals with special needs.

ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus: Semester 1 & 2

The latest and updated ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus for the year 2023 – 2024, semesters 1 & 2, are available on the Extramarks website.

For ensuring good results in the Examinations, the ISC Class 12 Home Science students must make sure they have a good study plan that can help them study effectively and efficiently. The first thing students require is to have the latest and updated Syllabus. Hence, Extramarks has brought to the students of ISC Class 12 Home Science the complete Syllabus of the subject for both semesters.

The Home Science Syllabus Class 12 is divided into two Semesters. As represented in the table below:

Semester 1

(Marks: 35)

Semester 2

(Marks: 35)

Unit No. Name of the Unit Unit No. Name of the Unit
1. Food Preparation 5. Human Development
2. Meal Planning for the Family 6. Traditional Textiles
3. Resource Management 7. Communication and Extension
4. Consumer Education

Introduction to ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus 

The Syllabus is like a road map that guides students throughout their Class 12 journey and helps formulate a strategy to do the same. The Syllabus provides a complete idea regarding the subject, such as the total number of chapters, how the chapters are divided between the semesters, the sub-topics covered under the chapters etc.

A brief explanation of the ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus:

Food Preparation:

  • Techniques and methods used for cooking.
  • Microwave
  • Technologies that are harmless to the environment, such as solar cooking, biogas and air fryers.

Meal Planning for the Family:

  • Objectives of Planning the meal. Nutritional adequacy and food groups.
  • Factors affecting food choices: Age, gender, occupation, personal likes and dislikes, tradition, seasonal availability, economic considerations, religious beliefs and family size.
  • Meal planning for all age groups. Nutritional needs of preschool children, school-age children and adolescents. To prepare meal plans for all age groups based on their dietary demands and (Recommended Dietary Allowance) RDA.

Resource Management:

Safety at home:

  • Fire, food poisoning, choking, childproofing the home, and exceptional safety measures are taken for the elderly.
  • To Maintain hygiene in the kitchen and disposal of household waste (organic and inorganic). 
  • Food adulteration, as stated in PFA (The Prevention of Food Adulteration), when is food considered adulterated(impure) ), and what is its quality? Health hazards due to impurity.

Consumer Protection:

  • Awareness regarding standard marks for consumer protection.
  • Role of advertisements and their impact. Problems faced by consumers, the importance of consumer education, rights & responsibilities of a user, and benefits of consumer education.
  • Generating awareness about standard marks for consumer protection.

Human Development:

  • Physical development during teenage.
  • Cognitive development and language.
  • Social and emotional development.
  • Socio-cultural influences on adolescents – teenagers are influenced by social relationships in the family, neighbourhood, community, country and the world.
  • The family and socialisation – parenting patterns, parental control techniques.
  • Problems of Teenagers: Work pressure, substance abuse(addiction to alcohol/drugs).

Traditional Textiles:


  • Embroidered textiles: Chikankari, Phulkari, etc.
  • Woven materials: Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, Kani shawls origin,etc. 
  • Dyed: Bandhini, Ikat heritage etc. 
  • Printed and Painted. 

Communication and Extension:

  • Some National Programmes for Community Development.
  • Scope and salient features of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus: Study Material

Subject experts at Extramarks provide students with an extra edge and help them gain confidence before appearing for their Examination.

ISC Class 12 Home Science Syllabus: Examination Pattern

There will be two papers on the subject:

  • Paper-I: Theory (70 marks)
  • Paper-II: Practical (30 marks)

Planning Session: 1 hour  

Examination Session: 3 hours 

Project Work: 7 marks 

Practical File: 3 marks

Paper-I: Theory (70 marks) will be divided into two parts with one paper of 3 hours duration.

  • Part I (20 marks Compulsory) shall consist of short answer questions covering the entire Syllabus. 
  • Part II (50 marks) will consist of 8 questions that require elaborate answers..

Candidates will have to answer five out of eight questions.

Paper-II: Practicals (30 marks) Students must complete the practicals (any three) listed below and maintain a record book for the same. 

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Resource Management 
  • Textiles and Clothing 
  • Human Development
  • Communication & Extension

ISC Home Science Class 12 Syllabus

There are two papers in the subject: Paper I is Theory of 3 hours and 70 Marks. Paper II is Practical of 20 Marks. There is one paper of 3 hours duration divided into 2 parts.

Part I (20 marks) (Compulsory) consists of short answer questions covering the entire syllabus. Part II (50 marks) consists of eight questions, which require detailed answers. You required to answer five out of eight questions.

1. Food Preparation

(i) Principles of cooking; Methods of cooking (dry and wet/moist methods of cooking) and reasons for cooking; advantages and disadvantages of various methods employed in cooking. Some technologies used in cooking.

(ii) Preliminary treatment of foods before cooking.

Common pre-cooking procedures such as: Cleaning/ washing, peeling, cutting, sieving, grinding, beating / whipping, soaking, mixing, kneading, grating.

(iii) Culinary terms.

Meaning and application of the following: garnish, season, blanch, marinate, braise, flambé, meringue, glaze, poach, puree, roux, pare, temper, prove, dredge.

(iv) Effects of cooking on food components.

Effect of cooking on Carbohydrates (starch, sugar, pectin, cellulose); Proteins; Oils and Fats; Minerals and Vitamins. Internal and external changes in food components. Do’s and don’ts in cooking to minimize loss of nutrients.

(v) Methods of increasing nutritive value of foods.

Sprouting/ germination, fermentation, parboiling, combination of foods, supplementation, substitution.

2. Meal Planning for the family

(i) Objectives of meal planning. Nutritional adequacy.

(ii) Factors affecting food selection.

(iii) Meal planning for various age groups.

(iv) Eating disorders; developing good food habits.

(v) Special diets.

3. Resource Management

(i) Savings and Investments.

(ii) Avenues and schemes for savings and investments offered by different financial institutions.

4. Consumer Education

(i) Consumer Protection

(ii) Consumer aids

(iii) Problems faced by consumers

5. Human Development

Growth and development during adolescence.

(i) Physical development

(ii) Cognitive development

(iii)Social and emotional development

(iv) Issues and concerns of adolescents

(v) Perspectives on Adulthood

6. Traditional Textiles

Traditional textiles: Classification – embroidered, woven, dyed, printed and painted.

(i) Embroidered textiles

Chikankari, Phulkari, Kashidakari, Kantha, Kasuti, Kutch-Kathaiwar – origin, thread, colour, fabric, stitches, motifs, products.

(ii) Woven textiles

Baluchari, Chanderi, Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, Jamdani, Kani shawls – origin, characteristics, care and storage: origin, yarn, colours, motifs, products.

(iii) Dyed textiles

Bandhini, Patola, Ikat – origin, fibre or fabric, colours, motifs, products.

(iv) Printed and painted textiles

Kalamkari, Madhubani, Bagh, Dabu (Sanganer-Baghru print) – origin, technique, fabric, colours, motifs, products.

7. Communication and Extension

(i) Water safety

Importance of potable drinking water for good health; simple methods of making water safe for drinking: boiling, filtering (traditional and modern technology), use of alum and chlorine.

(ii) Some National Programmes for Community Development

Scope and salient features of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How do I study effectively to score good marks in the ISC Class 12 Home Science?

To secure good marks in the ISC Class 12 Home Science, the first thing students have to do is find out which chapters they are not confident in and start with them. Plan and stick to a study timetable accordingly throughout the entire academic session and visit Extramarks for any help and guidance in the subject.

2. Should I learn all the ISC Class 12 Home Science chapters?

There are seven chapters covered in the ISC Class 12 Home Science subject, four chapters for semester one and three chapters for semester two. Above all, for scoring good marks in the exam, covering all these seven chapters is of utmost importance for the students because examinations are meant to cover all the topics in each chapter of the Syllabus. Hence, students must study and learn all the ISC Class 12 Home Science chapters to score good marks in the final Exam.