HYDERABAD: From 2017-18 academic year, board exams will be mandatory for class 10 students. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also remodeled the assessment pattern for class 10 students, which it informed in a circular sent on Tuesday to affiliated schools.
In 2011, CBSE had made board exam optional for class 10 students. Students had the choice of either giving the board exam conducted by CBSE (Scheme-I) or exam conducted by the school (Scheme-II) as part of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) pattern.
The syllabus for exam was just half of the curriculum and consisted of four formative and two summative assessment tests across the year. As per the new assessment pattern of CBSE, class 10 students will have to study the entire syllabus.
The mandatory board exam will carry 80 marks whereas 20 marks will be for internal assessment. To pass, a student will have to score minimum of 33% in each subject in the board exam as well as in internal assessment. Marks and grades will be allotted for each subject and nine-point grading system will be followed, which is similar to class 12.
For the internal assessment of 20 marks, 10 marks will be for periodic tests, five for notebook submission and five for subject enrichment activity. Apart from this class 10 students will have to take up an additional subject for 100 marks, which can be a language or subjects like NCC, painting, carnatic music, hindustani music and home science.
Students will have to take up ‘co-scholastic activity’ like yoga, sports, NCC or vocational activity and will be graded on five point scale but the marks in this subject will not be included in the marks card. CBSE advised the schools to follow similar pattern from class six to nine.