Pass norms in subjects with internal assessment eased

Students appearing in Class X CBSE Board examination this year will be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in the subjects having internal assessment component of 20 marks and 80 marks of Board examination. The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday notified this one-time exemption.
The current batch of Class X students will sit for the Board exam on March 5, which will be the first mandatory public exam after eight years.
The CBSE had introduced the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) scheme along with optional Board exam.
All others took the school-based exam.
The CCE system was revoked in 2017 by the Board and Class X Board examination was made mandatory.
According to the notification issued by CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal, the examination committee in its meeting recently decided to give the one-time exemption to the Class X students as they will be the first batch after the Board exam made a comeback. As per the “passing criteria” for the Class X students of the 2017-18 batch, “they need to secure overall 33% (both internal assessment and the Board exam marks taken together) in the subject to be able to pass”.
The same passing criteria will also apply in the additional subjects, provided they have internal assessment of 20 marks and Board examination of 80 marks.
This rule will also apply for students with subjects under National Skills Qualifications Framework scheme for the five major subjects — two languages, Science, Maths and Social Science. The provision of replacement of subjects extended to the NSQF students “for the failed subjects (out of the three subjects – Science, Maths and Social Science) by the vocational subject (passed by the candidate under NSQF) would continue to apply”.
However, for vocational subjects listed in Annexure I, which were notified on March 9, 2017, there will be no exemption from separate pass criteria as the internal assessment of these subjects comprise of 50 marks. TNN

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