## Calculate your CBSE CGPA – Importance of CGPA Calculator CBSE

Encouraging a holistic development

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) brought about a reformative change in its grading and examination pattern in a bid to encourage students to engage in more cognitive and reasoning thinking. Echoing on the same ideology, the Board introduced a uniform grading system to test the skills and abilities of especially its pre-board students. The Board introduced this innovative grading system at Secondary School level for the ninth and tenth grade starting from the fresh academic year of 2009-10.

Through this new grading pattern, the performance of a student will be assessed using traditional numerical marking method which will then be converted into grades ranging from A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1 and E2 for scholastic A which is main subjects on the basis of mark ranges which are determined beforehand by the board. Thus, this has given rise to the practice of ‘Subject wise Performance’ wherein examination results shall be declared only in terms of points and grades. Any school across the country which is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education will have to introduce this grading scheme effective immediately in order to evaluate their pre-board students as per board rules under the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation.

CGPA or the Cumulative Grade Point Average is the cumulative sum total of the GPA obtained by the student. GPA is the student’s Grade Point Average. The average is calculated finding the division between the total of grade points earned by a student and the total amount of credit hours which is attempted.

The CGPA of a student is an average of grade points that are obtained by the student in all of his/her subjects excluding the optional sixth subject as per rules specified by CBSE.

According to CBSE, an indicative equivalence of Grade Point and Percentage of Marks can be assessed as follows:

• Subject wise indicative percentage of marks = 9.5 x GP of the Subject.
• Overall indicative percentage of marks = 9.5 x CGPA

## Why 9.5?

CBSE specifies that it compared and analyzed the result of the last five years before the year of implementation in order to derive the average or mean marks of board exam candidates who scored between 91 and 100. The derived average of candidates for the five years either stood at 95 marks or was close to 95. Now, according to the pre-decided range, the equivalent grade point for students obtaining between 91-100 marks is A1 which is considered as a full 10. The average mark which 95 is then divided by the perfect score of 10 to arrive at the resultant 9.5

## Explaining CCE

CCE or Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation consists of three important steps.

The first step deals with performance in academic subjects like Science, Math, and English where instead of marks, grades are given based on the performance all through the year. The academic year is divided into two sessions, in each session; there are Formative and Summative Assessments. The school has liberty in deciding the number of Formative assessments and their percentage by weight, but at the end of the evaluation, the students get a grade for each subject instead of marks.

The second step deals with Co-scholastic areas such as life Skills, Attitude, and Value. For each of the co-scholastic skills, teachers are again required to give a Grade and a descriptive indicator. Schools have the freedom to expand these; for example, life skills can include Thinking skills, Social Skills, and Emotional skills. Attitude can be judged towards teachers, peers, and environment. This part of the CCE aims to tell the students and parents that it is not just the education that is important for the holistic development of a child during the schooling years.

The third step also deals with Co-scholastic activities. The idea behind this part is to give simple grades based on activities performed/participated in during the year. This part is divided into two section a literary/Creative/Scientific/Aesthetic Skills, Performing Art, Clubs, Health and Physical Education. Teachers are expected to grades students on their involvement with these activities during the year. Students can select from a diverse range of interests like literary skills through debates and Declamations or even showcase their talents in more creative fields like art, craft, and drama. This way, this part again promotes the development of a child in areas other than academics while encouraging him/her to be a part of something bigger.

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