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Oct 23, 2015 16:21 IST

    The CCE or Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation pattern of marks calculation was brought to the schools for the primary classes in the year 2004. The pattern was aimed at evaluating the students through a thorough, comprehensive and holistic approach. The focus of CCE is to identify the student’s talent and empower them to achieve greater results. Gradually, the CCE method was extended from class 6th to 8th and at present, it is applicable throughout the classes, i.e., until class 12th.

    The two aspects of student’s growth

    CCE largely focuses on overall assessment of the students. Therefore, the students are evaluated on two grounds, i.e., scholastic and co-scholastic.

    Scholastic Evaluation

    For the scholastic evaluation, the academic year is divided into two terms and throughout these terms, two major examinations are conducted. There are two kinds of assessments during these terms, viz. formative assessment (FA) and summative assessment (SA).

    In formative assessment, a teacher is supposed to monitor the student’s progress on a continuous basis. This includes several parameters, such as, home work, class tests, practical, assignments, class work, projects, visual tests, oral tests, conversations and quizzes. A teacher can take as many FAs throughout the year, as possible and the marks are included in the finals.

    In summative assessment, a teacher can evaluate a student in terminal assessment after the end of instructions. This is held after the end of every term, i.e., two times in a year. The two SAs have to be done by the schools for class 9th and 10th according to the CBSE instructions.

    The term-wise weightage of exams for class 1st-10th is as under:

    Term 1 (April- September)

    Term 2 (October- March)

    FA 1: 10%

    FA 3: 10%

    FA 2: 10%

    FA 4: 10%

    SA 1: 30%

    SA 2: 30%

    Total: 50%

    Total: 50%

    The Grading System

    The CCE pattern calls for the grading system. This means that instead of percentage, the schools shall allot a grade to the students. The 9-point grade for secondary classes, i.e., class 9th and 10th in this mechanism, the students are clubbed together in grades for a fixed percentage bracket.

    This is how grading is done:

    Marks Range


    Grade Points

    91 – 100



    81 – 90



    71 – 80



    61 – 70



    51 – 60



    41 – 50



    33 – 40



    21 – 32



    20 and below



    Co-Scholastic Evaluation

    The co-scholastic evaluation in the CCE system focuses largely on the behavioural aspects. It is based on “other parameters” than the academics. For example, life skills, physical education, scientific or creative skills and others are judged by the teachers.

    The teachers are supposed to assign the grades based on following areas:



    Life Skills

    Emotional Skills and Social Skills

    Attitudes and values

    Monitoring the pupil’s attitude towards school programmes, school mates, teachers and value system

    Skills (Any of these two can be assessed by the teachers)

    Scientific Skills, Literary and creative skills and Aesthetic and performing clubs and art, such as health & wellness or eco clubs.

    Health and physical education (Any of these two can be assessed by the teachers)

                  1. Sports
                  2. NCC/NSS
                  3. Scouting & Guiding
                  4. Swimming
                  5. Gymnastics
                  6. Yoga
                  7. First-Aid
                  8. Gardening/Shramdan


    By using these tools of assessment, CBSE’s CCE pattern has gained a lot of popularity. However, a lot of people also believe that the grading system of education in CBSE is actually de-grading the quality of education by grouping together students of different marks. CBSE has nevertheless tried to club the students with “similar calibre” in one marks range, which is a positive side of the CCE.

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