Hehe, you're right, it's a pain. We even have two prelimnary exams before the actual exam! And everyone around you is like, "BOARDS? Go home! Study! It's very important!" As for the twelfth boards, almost everyone gives them nowadays. Isn't a great deal. I had eleven papers in ICSE, combined into seven subjects for marking purposes; and managing everything was like... hell! What a nightmare! It always starts on March 1st here (Ron's b'day!). :D CBSE people keep criticising ICSE. My friend, who was in CBSE all her life, agrees that the english in our board is better, though :rolleyes: . We did the whole of Merchant of Venice as well as Julius Caesar. Another friend of mine, who is continuing ICSE, is doing Macbeth this year. I'm not too fond of that particular play, though.
GCSE's are a very long slog of disorganised exams that every sixteen year old has to suffer. You do roughly ten different subjects and are given at least two exams and one piece of coursework (a bit of a poshed-up homework assignment: usually an essay, or a dreaded logic puzzle for maths and a very dreaded experiment/practical for Sci). Exams are usually in May and June.