CBSE to try Python in Class XII Computer Science Paper

CBSE – As the Central Board of Secondary Education Class XII Computer Science Examination is likely to be held on March 28 this year, the Board has decided to experiment by giving the option to the students to attempt questions on either C++ or Phyton Language, as per IE report. Citing a recent notification from the Board, the report further said that the questions on Python are optional, especially, when only a few schools have the chapter on this language in the academic year 2017-19. Therefore, the students can either try attempting the questions either on Python or C++.

Again citing the same source, the report said that to enable the students offering Computer Science irrespective of the programming language to appear for the Class XII examination this year, the Board will administer the question papers in the subject on the basis of last year having sections such as Python and C++ and candidates will be directed to attempt any one section. The CBSE Class XII examination will be held from February 15 to Aril 3 this year in the morning session starting from 10.30 AM  to 1.30 PM. What is more, the answer book will be distributed at 10.00 AM and question papers given at 10.15 AM. The students will be able to check the date sheet from the official website,

The Board has also extended the passing criteria for Class X students. From this year, they need to get a minimum of 33% marks in theory and practical combined to declare pass in the subject, added the report.


Main objectives of CBSE are as follows:

  • To define appropriate approaches of academic activities to provide stress-free, child centred and holistic education to all children without compromising on quality
  • To analyze and monitor the quality of academic activities by collecting 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 programmes of the Board; to organize 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 organize 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

The prime focus of the Board is on:

  • Innovations in teaching-learning methodologies by devising students friendly and students centred paradigms
  • Reforms in examinations and evaluation practice
  • 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 etc

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