For class 10 students who will write their board exams this year, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has decided to relax the mandatory separate pass criteria in the subjects having internal assessment component of 20 marks and 80 marks of Board examination.
The board on Tuesday issued a circular to notify about this one-time exemption. According to this circular, the board has decided to implement overall 33% marks pass criteria for class 10 board exams 2018 only. Thus, students need to secure overall 33% (both internal assessment and board examination taken together) in a subject to be able to pass that subject.
The circular states that, “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.”
Actually, initially the board had put in place the ‘mandatory separate pass criteria’ which required students to secure 33% in the board exams and another 33% in internal assessment. Now the implementation of one time exemption from the pass criteria is to bring an ease for the class 10 students who will be writing an exam having a format completely different format that followed in their previous class.
The class 10 exams have been made mandatory from this year onwards bringing an end to the CCE pattern that was followed since previous eight years. The current batch, which will take class 10 examinations in March, 2018, will be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in the subjects having component of 20 marks internal assessment and 80 marks of board examination. This norm is also applicable for additional subjects, which comprise internal assessment and theory exam.
The CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 board exams will begin from March 5, ending April 4 and April 12, respectively. A total of 28.24 lakh students have registered for the exams with 16.38 lakh for class 10 and 11.86 lakh for class 12.
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