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Degree admission cut-offs may reduce this academic year

25 Apr 2017 | By Mansi Motwani
Education boards to no longer inflate students' marks

On Monday, 32 education boards including the Central Board for Security Education (CBSE) agreed to let go of "spiking" students' marks via "moderation".

This will result in a probable reduction of Class 12 students' marks, and consequently in the cut-offs for degree admissions.

The practice of granting grace marks to students staying on the pass-fail borderline will, however, continue.

In context: Education boards to no longer inflate students' marks

BackgroundWhat is the moderation practice about?

The moderation policy/practice awards students with up to 15% more marks, if question papers have been deemed to be difficult.

The Central Board of Secondary Education has been indulging in the moderation practice since 1992, with their own officials admitting that doing so isn't a genuine reflection of students' potential.

The extra marks granted by CBSE have a ceiling of 95%.

25 Apr 2017Degree admission cut-offs may reduce this academic year

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Details of Monday's meeting

The MeetingDetails of Monday's meeting

The meeting was chaired by Anil Swarup, a secretary in the HRD Ministry and was attended by education secretaries and chairpersons of different boards across the state.

The CBSE decided that grace marks awarded to students will be reflected on their marksheets.

The boards also decided that marks for extra-curricular activities (ECA) would be excluded from the students' final tally.