In 1952, an All India Certificate Examination Conference was
held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,
Minister for Education. The main purpose of the conference was
to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge school
Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. This set
the agenda for the establishment of the Council.
In October 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for
Anglo-Indian Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting
up of an Indian Council to administer the University of
Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate's Examination in India
and, to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its
examination to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting
of the Council was held on 3rd November, 1958.
In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under
the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education
Act 1973, as a body conducting "public" examinations.