CBSE
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India.
Info About CBSE
  • Eligibility
    1st to 12th standard in CBSE Board
  • Schools Covered
    17,000
  • Exams Conducted
    Class 10, Class 12, JEE, NET
  • Scoring
    Grades and CGPA
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium

All you need to know about CBSE

Sections

What is CBSE?

Affiliations

  • Quality of Education

Examinations

Exam Pattern

  • Formative assessment
  • Summative Assessment

Grading Pattern

  • A brief insight to the CBSE grading system
  • Primary classes (5 point scale)
  • Secondary school onwards

How to prepare for CBSE

  • Preparation Tips for CBSE
  • Resources
  • Study Material
  • Sample Papers for CBSE
  • Previous Years’ Papers for CBSE

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is CBSE? Stroke 396

The Central Board of Secondary Education (abbreviated as CBSE ) is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India.

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all affiliated schools to follow the only NCERT curriculum
  • It is one of the most extensive school boards in the world
  • It covers more than 17,000 schools in India, as well as, a little over 200 in another 25 countries
  • Apart from major school examinations, the CBSE also conducts most of the major national level competitive exams in the country

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CBSE affiliates:
  • All Kendriya Vidyalayas
  • All Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
  • Private schools
  • Most of the schools approved by central government of India.

The total number of schools that are affiliated accounts to a total of 17,000.


Check out CBSE’s Affiliation Code for more details.

The board would provide affiliations to the government and government aided schools, autonomous organizations, which would be controlled by the government; private educational institutions, recognized by the state government; society religious institutions, etc. which are included in the bylaws of the board.

Quality of Education

  • The schools that are seeking permanent affiliation must follow the bylaws of the board in implementing CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) based education system till VIII standard; no provisions of home works till II standards; proper maintenance of internal assessments and academic records
  • The average result of the school for the last three years must not be less than the prescribed Board’s average in the X and XII examinations.

You can apply for provisional affiliation online and know more about it in detail.

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  • CBSE conducts the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year in the month of March
  • The results are announced by the end of May
  • The board earlier conducted the AIEEE examination for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture in colleges across India. However, the AIEEE exam was merged with the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in 2013. The common examination is now called JEE(Main).
  • CBSE also conducts AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) for admission to major medical colleges in India
  • In 2014, the conduct of the National Eligibility Test for grant of junior research fellowship and eligibility for assistant professor in institutions of higher learning was outsourced to CBSE
  • Apart from these tests, CBSE also conducts the central teachers eligibility test and the Class X optional proficiency test. With the addition of NET in 2014, the CBSE has become the largest exam conducting body in the world.

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  • As per the new pattern, you will be assessed in two areas: Scholastic and Co-scholastic
  • For assessment of the scholastic areas, the academic year is divided in two terms and two types of tests will be conducted to assess the academic subjects
    • Formative assessment

      In primary classes the formative tests will be in the form of – dictation, oral test, class test, home work, class work, assignments & projects, memory test, story telling, quiz , elocution or any other tool found suitable by the teacher.

    • 01. There will be one term-end exam for each term.
    • 02. Each evaluation will carry 10 marks apiece.

    Summative Assessment

    Under the end term summative assessment, you will be tested internally. The summative assessment will be in the form of a pen-paper test conducted by the schools themselves. It will be conducted at the end of each term twice in a year:

    1. There will be two evaluations each of the two terms.
    2. The first term-end exam will carry 20 marks weightage.
    3. The first term-end exam will carry 20 marks weightage.

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  • The assessment structure and examination for classes VI to VIII consists of two terms i.e. Term 1 and 2 as explained below
  • Term 1
    Subjects Language 1, Language 2, Language 3, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Any other subjects.
    Period Assessment (PA) (includes syllabus that’s covered till announcement of test dates) 10 marks
    Notebook submissions 5 marks
    Sub - enrichment 5 marks (at term end)
    Half yearly exam (includes syllabus that’s covered till announcement of exam dates) 80 marks
    Total marks 100 marks
    Term 2
    Sujects Language 1, Language 2, Language 3,Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Any other subjects.
    Period Assessment (PA) (includes syllabus that’s covered till announcement of test dates) 20 marks
    Notebook submissions 5 marks (at term end)
    Sub - enrichment 5 marks (at term end)
    Yearly exam (Class VII 20% of 1st term topics and 100% syllabus of term 2) 80 marks
    Total marks 100 marks

A brief insight to the CBSE grading system:

  • All the students will now be awarded grades, not marks.

  • The board now will not declare Compartment/Fail for any students securing low marks, it has been discontinued.

  • The result of candidates is now declared in two categories:
    Eligible for Qualifying Certificate (QUAL) Or
    Eligible for Improvement of Performance (EIOP)

  • Candidates will now get five chances to improve their performance without having to repeat a year

Primary classes (5 point scale)

Grade Remark Percentage
A* Outstanding 90% to 100%
A Excellent 75% to 89 %
B Very Good 56% to 74 %
C Good 35% to 55 %
D Scope for improvement Below 35 %

Secondary school onwards

The board now also adds Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the Statement of Subject wise Performance or Certificate of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation. The table given below will give you a fair idea how grading system works:

Marks Grade Grade Points
91-100 A1 10
81-90 A2 9
71-80 B1 8
61-70 B2 7
51-60 C1 6
41-50 C2 5
33-40 D 4
21-32 E1 0
20 and below E2 0

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Preparation Tips for CBSE

Focus and hard work is the key to cracking the exams and olympiads. However, all subjects require some special and specific tips. Take a look at some of these below:

  • English:  Focus on grammar and writing sections, as these are the sections where students tend to lose maximum marks. Practice writing sections and practice papers along with grammar questions such as editing and omission of paragraphs. These require intensive practice and demand students to be thorough
  • Mathematics:  Stick to concept building first. Be thorough with NCERT and only then move to R.S Aggarwal books for olympiad study. NCERT contains very conceptual questions and will help you build a strong base
  • Science:  These are the formative years and hence you should pay attention to chapters relating to physics and chemistry. Since biology is mostly theoretical at this stage, these don’t require much practice. However, physics and chemistry demand intensive study and you should make sure you understand all the concepts well and solve numericals if any.
  • Social Science:  Understanding the subject will give you less to swallow and you will retain more during the exams. Plus, you will be able to relate it to current events and pinpoint historical trends. Contrary to the common belief, don’t mug up social science. The concept matter will be much clearer to you once you try to understand how the government works, or what happened during the independence period in India
  • Hindi:  This subject is very scoring but demands heavy practice. Collect several practice papers and make sure you practice till you are thorough.

Study Material

There are standard NCERT books available online and in the stores.

You can find all the textbooks for all classes, online

Sample Papers for CBSE

Solving sample papers is as important as solving previous years' papers. Not only does it give you an idea of the question pattern but also prepares you for questions which have never been asked in the actual examinations. You can read all about the importance of solving sample papers here.


There are many CBSE sample papers for class 12 that are available online. You must consult your teachers, seniors, and friends for advice before you decide which sample paper to follow.

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Q1: Where are offices of CBSE located?

Ans: There are a total of 10 regional offices of CBSE and all of their details are listed below:

Address Region Contact
Regional Director (Delhi Region): P I Sabu Tel: 011-22248885 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, PS-1-2, Institutional Area, I.P.Extn. Patparganj, Delhi-110 092 NCT of Delhi and Foreign Schools Tel: 91-11-22239177-80, 22235948, 22235904 Fax: 91-11-22248990 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: D T S Rao Tel: 91-44-26162213-14, 26161100 Regional Office: Central board of Secondary Education New No-3, Old No. 1630 A, “J” Block, 16th Main Road, Anna Nagar West, Chennai-600040. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu Tel: 91-44-26162214 or 26162213 Fax: 91-44-26162212 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: Sanjib Das Tel: 0361-2229992-94, 85 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, Shilpo gram Road (Near Sankar dev Kalakshetra), Panjabari, Guwahati-781037 Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram. Tel and fax: 91-361-2229992, 2229995 Email: [email protected]
Regional Director: Kamal Pathak Tel: 0145-2627460, 2629928 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, Todarmal Marg, Ajmer-305001. Rajasthan,Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli Tel: 91-145-2627460 Fax: 91-145-2421543 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: R. J. Khanderao Tel: 0172-2585193 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, Sector- 5 , Panchkula – 134152. Haryana, U.T.of Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh. Tel: 91-172-2585193/ 2583547 Fax: 91-172-2585163 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: Piush Sharma Tel: 0532-2407970, 2407710 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, 35 B, Civil Station, M.G. Marg , Civil Lines, Allahabad-211001. Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Tel: 91-532-2407970-72 Fax: 91-532-2408977 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: S. P. Sharma Tele Fax: 0612-2295008 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, Ambika Complex, Behind State Bank Colony, Near Brahmsthan, Sheikhpura,Raza Bazar, Bailey Road Patna-800014. Bihar and Jharkhand. Tel: 91-612-2295048 Fax: 2295008, 2295080 Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: A. S. Verma Tel: 0674-2547312 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, 6th Floor, Alok Bharti Complex, Shaheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar – 751007, Odisha. West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. Computer Section: 91-674-2548412 Administration: 91-674-2548512 Examination: 91-674-2548612 Asstt. Secretary: 91-674-2548212 AB Cell: 91-674-548712 Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Regional Officer: Mahesh D. Dharmadhikari Tel: 0471 – 2534404, 406 Regional Office: Central Board of Secondary Education, Regional Office, Block – B, 2nd floor, LIC Divisional Office Campus, Pattom,Thiruvananthapuram – 695004. Kerala. Kerala( New Regional Office opened) Email: [email protected]
Regional Officer: Manoj Srivastava Regional Office Central Board of Secondary Education, Regional Office, 99, Rajendra Nagar, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand and Western Uttar Pradesh. (New Regional Office opened) Tel: 91-172-2585193/2583547 Fax:91-172-2585163 [email protected]