CBSE passing criteria relaxation for Class X students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has extended the scheme of a student requiring to score an aggregate 33% in theory-practical combined qualify the Class X Board Examinations for March 2019 examinations too, according to TOI report. Citing reliable sources, the report said that the Board is likely to make it a policy decision for Class X examinations so that all subsequent examinations will have the same passing criteria. It may be recalled that the Board had earlier this year announced that students do not have to pass the theory and practical examinations separately. As a special consideration only for the 2018 Board examination, students required to score an aggregate 33% in theory-practical combined to be declared victorious.

Anita Karwal, Chairman of CBSE, had in February this year announced that this was a one-time measure which was being taken because of the unique situation the Class X students hailed from. Karwal’s letter then stated, “The current batch of Class X (2018) is coming from a different assessment background while they were in Class IX (2017).” The examination committee of the Board resolved to take this one time measure in its last meeting. Citing the Board source, the report further said that the Board had firmed up to extend this scheme further and was also taking it as a policy decision so that this scheme was extended to all Class X examinations henceforth.

As early as in March this year, in what could be termed as a significant relief to students of Class X who were to write their board exams in March, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) had decided to relax the mandatory criteria of separate pass mark for them. In a circular issued to all CBSE-affiliated schools across the country, the Board had firmed up its mind to implement overall 33% pass mark criteria for this batch of students only — they don’t need to secure 33% separately in board examinations and internal assessments.

The circular read: “The examination committee of the board in its meeting held on February 16 after considering the circumstances and the facts that the current batch of class X: 2018 is coming from a different assessment background while they were in class IX (in 2017) resolved to approve the following for this batch of class-X appearing in 2018 examinations as a one-time measure.” The Class X examinations will be mandatory from this year after a gap of seven years. In 2009, the human resource development (HRD) ministry had said the class 10 exams would be made optional, which started in 2010-11. As per the relaxation, to pass, a student has to secure a total of 33% (internal assessment and theory marks combined). Earlier, the board had put in place a mandatory clause of obtaining 33% in the board exams and another 33% in internal assessment, an HT report said.

“The current batch, which is taking class 10 examination in 2018 with five main subjects (having 20 marks as internal assessment component as per scheme of studies), may be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in the subjects having a component of 20 marks internal assessment and board examination of 80 marks. They need to secure 33% (both taken together) in the subject to be able to pass that subject,” citing the circular, the report pointed out.  This norm is also applicable for additional subjects, which comprise internal assessment and theory examination.

However, as internal assessment for vocational subjects carries 50 marks, the rule of separate pass criteria will not be applicable here. In such a case, students will have to obtain 33% marks both in internal as well as in Board examinations to pass. The Class X and XII CBSE Board examinations began from March 5, ending April 4 and April 12, respectively. A total of 28.24 lakh students had registered for the exams — 16.38 lakh for Class X and 11.86 lakh for Class XII.

The Board has, for the first time, also allowed special concessions and facilities for students with special needs. For instance, students with disabilities can use a computer to write the examination as per their requirements and skills. However, such students will have to make arrangements for their laptops or computers. A relaxation in mandatory attendance has also been made for students with special needs, and they have been given the provision to have a reader to read out the questions in case they do not want the facility of the scribe.

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