Good News! CBSE relaxes board exam pass criteria


NEW DELHI, FEB 28: Attention all CBSE Class 10th students who are appearing in the Board Examinations starting March 5, 2018. There is some good news for you. CBSE has just released revised passing criteria for all the students who would be appearing for the CBSE Class X Board Examinations 2018.


The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday said a combined 33 per cent in internal assessment and Class X board tests would be enough to clear this year's exam starting next week, leaving teachers wondering about the logic behind the last-minute relaxation.


The board had earlier said students needed to score 33 per cent separately in both internal assessment, the school-based weightage that accounts for 20 per cent of the marks, and in the board exam.

A notification issued by CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal said students appearing for the Class X board exam that starts on March 6 "need to secure 33 per cent (both taken together) in the subject to be able to pass (in) that subject."

The provision, as per the circular extends to:

  • The current batch of class X which is writing the class X board examination with 5 main subjects (having 20 marks as internal assessment component as per the scheme of studies.
  • Current batch of students with 6 or 7 additional subjects which comprise of internal assessment of 20 marks
  • For students under the NSQF scheme, the rule about passing in the subjects will also apply for the 5 major subjects (2 languages and Science, Mathematics and Social Science). The provision of replacement of of the failed subjects, out of science, mathematics and social science by vocational subject passed by the candidate under NSQF would also apply. Please note, the rule/ exemption of overall 33% does not apply to those vocational subjects in this case where the internal assessment is 50%. For such subjects, the pass criteria would continue to require separate pass criteria for both internal and external papers.
  • Mandatory separate passing criteria would continue for subjects notified otherwise except for language subjects.
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