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Changes in CBSE class 10th Boards assessment structure

Class 10th Boards are perceived as one of the most crucial exams for students. The standard forms the basis of student’s career. Almost every year, changes are made in the examination pattern. Be it class X or class XII, the marking procedure can be modified at any point of time. The changes can either be the introduction of CCE pattern or the elimination of boards.

This year, CBSE has come up with a new scheme wherein the CCE pattern and the term system have been replaced by a single annual exam. The division of marks into various sections has now been declined only to two sections. One section consisting of 80 marks and the other consisting of 20 marks. The written board exam will hold the major portion while the minor part will be in the hands of the schools. The guidelines have been issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education on how to divide the internal marks among different extra-curricular activities. The new scheme will be brought into existence from the session 2017-18.

Not only for class X, but the same scheme has been applied to junior classes i.e. from Class 6 to 10 as well. The present dual scheme of examination for class X classified as Scheme-I and Scheme-II, will stand discontinued for the students appearing in class X from the session 2017-18 and onwards. For the students appearing in the session 2016-17, the existing scheme would apply. However, for the students appearing in the academic year 2017-18, the new scheme would apply.

Key Points

External Assessment

Following are the points to be noted with regards to CBSE Class 10th Boards from the Academic Year 2017-18 :

  • In the Board examination, the student has to secure 33% marks out of 80 in each subject. In internal assessment, the student has to secure 33% marks out of overall 20 marks in each subject.
  • For the two linguistic subjects, Science, Mathematics, Social Science, the Board will conduct Class 10th Boards for 80 marks in each subject covering 100% syllabus of the subject of Class X only. Marks and Grades both will be awarded for Individual subjects. 9-point grading will be same as followed by the Board in Class XII.

Internal Assessment

The division of Internal Assessment marks would be as follows-

  • 10 marks – Periodic Test, which will be restricted to three in an academic year. For the final submission of marks, the average of best two subjects would be considered.
  • 5 marks – Notebook Submission, which will cover regularity, assignment completion and neatness and upkeep of notebook.
  • 5 marks – Subject Enrichment Activity – which will cover speaking and listening skills, practical lab work for subjects like Science, maths lab practical, map work and project work for social science subjects.

Co-Scholastic Activities

For the holistic development of students, a bunch of co-scholastic activities will be included and marked in the syllabus as well. These activities will be graded on a 5-point scale (A-E).

The list of activities is as follows-

  • Work Education or Pre-Vocational Education – To enhance participation in social, economic and welfare activities.
  • Art Education – To develop the wholesome personality of students; students will have to select one or more forms of creative arts.
  • Health & Physical Education – To get students professionally trained in their area of interest.

To promote discipline among students, attendance, sincerity, behaviour and values will also be marked on a 5-point scale (A-E) by the teachers. The teachers will hence be liable to maintain a record of all the students for a period of three months from the date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of board.

No matter how many changes get introduced, all that you need is to concentrate on your studies from the very beginning and never lose sincerity. Just remember, there will be an eye over you from the beginning till the end. Seriousness and hard work is what the session demands from you.

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