28 Feb 2018
Relief for CBSE Class-10 students: 33% overall-marks sufficient to pass
Now, students will have to get 33% overall to pass, instead of 33% separately in the final written test and internal assessments.
This will apply to those who will appear the exam this March too.
This year, the final exam is mandatory after a gap of seven years.
This year, the Class-10 exams are mandatory after seven years
Till 2009, the Class 10 final exam was mandatory, but the HRD had made it optional in 2010-11.
During this time, students had to score 33% in both internal assessments, which take place throughout the year, as well as the written exam in March.
In most subjects, internals accounted for 20% of the total marks, while the written exam accounted for 80%.
This is how the new rule will apply
Now the board has eased conditions for students and made an overall 33% compulsory for passing.
"The current batch (with five main subjects) may be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in subjects having component of 20-mark internals and 80-mark board examination."
However, this won't apply to subjects where internals carry 50 marks. In these, students will have to score 33% separately.
But why the change?
The CBSE, in its meeting on February 16, decided the move "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)."
The Class 10 exam will begin from March 5 this time.
16.38L students have registered for it.