CBSE introduces list of academic courses for Class XII students

CBSE – As part of its student-friendly initiatives, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has introduced the first-ever compendium of academic courses for the Class XII students.

Anita Karwal, Chairperson of CBSE said, “As a sequel to the ongoing initiatives, the Board has prepared a compendium of suggestive courses for students which would eventually help them get information about various choices, institutes and combinations available in higher education beforehand after Class X itself.”

Apparently, this is an earnest effort of the Board to facilitate students while scouting for right course choices leading to higher education later, said an official release. The publication includes various course options with different subject combinations. While all care has been taken to provide information, (although in brief), about the traditional, popular and new age courses, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive information considering that there are an estimated 900 varsities and in excess of 41,000 colleges in India providing higher education and teaching a plethora of subjects.

Stating about the purpose of this compendium, Karwal said, “The aim of this compendium is to generate enough curiosity in the students to explore further on the scope, possibilities, avenues for each of this course and to look for other options beyond these courses as well.”

The list of courses and that of institutes/Universities is only illustrative and in no way exhaustive, the Board has clarified. The aim is thus limited to creating awareness among the students. As most of these courses are also offered by several private institutions/universities, the students are expected to research further by visiting the official websites of UGC, AICTE, NAAC and individual institutes, noted the statement. The Board, in due course of time, will make efforts to update the content to the extent possible, added the statement. The information is available on the official website,


  • To define appropriate approaches of academic activities to provide stress-free, child centred and holistic education to all children without compromising on quality
  • To analyse and monitor the quality of academic activities by collecting the feedback from different stakeholders
  • To develop norms for implementation of various academic activities including quality issues; to control and coordinate the implementation of various academic and training programs of the Board
  • To organise academic activities and to supervise other agencies involved in the process
  • To adapt and innovate methods to achieve academic excellence in conformity with psychological, pedagogical and social principles
  • To encourage schools to document the progress of students in a teacher and student friendly way
  • To propose plans to achieve quality benchmarks in school education consistent with the National goals
  • To organise various capacity building and empowerment programmes to update the professional competency of teachers
  • To prescribe conditions of examinations and conduct public examination at the end of Class X and XII
  • To grant qualifying certificates to successful candidates of the affiliated schools
  • To fulfil the educational requirements of those students whose parents were employed in transferable jobs
  • To prescribe and update the course of instructions of examinations
  • To affiliate institutions for the purpose of examination and raise the academic standards of the country


  • Innovations in teaching-learning methodologies by devising students friendly and students centred paradigms
  • Reforms in examinations and evaluation practices
  • Skill learning by adding job-oriented and job-linked inputs
  • Regularly updating the pedagogical skills of the teachers and administrators by conducting in-service training programmes, workshops etcImage source: economic times

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