CBSE puts an end to the marks moderation policy from this year. The decision was taken at a high level meeting, as per the PTI report. After this decision, it is expected that cut-offs for admission to colleges of different universities (like Delhi University) may bring down if states also adopt the policy.
Under the moderation policy, examinees were awarded up to 15 per cent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult.
Earlier, CBSE officials requested Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to help develop a general agreement among all state boards on completely removing the marks moderation policy which is considered as the reason behind inflated scores in board exam results and one of the reasons behind high Cutoffs for admission to colleges.
However, CBSE will keep the practice of awarding grace marks and will continue to ensure that a student clears an exam if he or she needs a few marks to do so.
Over the years, CBSE students gained advantages of marks moderation leading to inflation of overall marks of the students and resulting into higher DU Cutoffs for college admissions. In 2016, the CBSE had awarded 16 extra marks to all the students for CBSE 12th Mathematics paper, after protests from students and parents regarding its difficulty level. In the same way, marks for other subject exams have also been standardized by the CBSE after receiving complaints about the difficulty level of questions in any subject.
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