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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), under the Union Government, is a Board of Education for the schools in India. It was formed on the 3rd of November, 1962. Headed by Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi in New Delhi, this council is run by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The objective of CBSE is to serve the educational institutions more effectively. CBSE has succeeded in making a common standard for all the students in our country.This article contains all the details related to CBSE sports.

Every year, the number of schools getting affiliated to the Board has been increasing. More than 5000 schools have taken CBSE as their Board of Education. This is probably the best board for the students whose parents have a transferable job. Not only does CBSE take care of the academic needs of lakhs of students, it also makes sure that the students actively participate in sports and cultural activities through CBSE Sports. This way, it ensures the overall development of the student.

CBSE sports: All you need to know

As the saying goes, ‘Health is Wealth’. You ought to be physically fit and mentally strong to succeed in life. The role of sports and games cannot be ignored while discussing the development of a human. Sports are necessary for maintaining proper health, physique and an unbending spirit. It makes a person physically strong and mentally alert. It makes one more disciplined, active and vibrant. Studies show that being involved in sports eases your tension and anxiety. One learns the true spirit of teamwork and coordination. A person involved in sports takes defeat graciously. Sports are also a sort of recreation. Generally, the more active one is in a sport, be it indoor or outdoor, the healthier one tends to be.

Importance in CBSE Curriculum

CBSE has taken this fact into consideration and has included sports as a part of its curriculum. The aim of CBSE sports:

  1. To make sure the students become all-rounders.
  2. To promote healthy living
  3. To develop leadership qualities and team management among the students
  4. To make students mentally strong and emotionally balanced
  5. To encourage sportsmanship
  6. To promote healthy competition among the schools

Sports that are Included in CBSE Sports

In the recent circular, the Central Board of Secondary Education has instructed all the schools to allot one period (approximately 45 minutes) to sports and games every day for all students from class-1 to the 10th class. Many schools do not have enough space for the students to participate in any of the outdoor games. Such schools have been encouraged to take up indoor sports like aerobics, chess, carrom, yoga etc. The CBSE has a continuous and comprehensive evaluation method in which it considers the performance of students in any of the two activities from following list (only for classes 6, 7 and 8).

  1. Sports/ Indigenous Sports
  2. NCC/NSS
  3. Swimming
  4. Gymnastics
  5. Scouting and Guiding
  6. Yoga
  7. First aid
  8. Gardening/ Shramdaan

The following are the sports included under CBSE sports.

Sports Description
Aerobics Performance time is two minutes with a grace period of +/- five seconds.
Archery Individual championship, mixed team championship and team championships are held.
Athletics 100M, 400M, 800M, relay, long jump, discus throw, javelin throw and shot put tournaments are held.
Badminton One team consisting of four players, boys and girls separately from a school is considered.
Basketball Twelve players in a team are required. Tournaments for boys and girls are held separately.
Boxing Maximum one player from each school in each category can participate.
Chess Girls and mixed teams are allowed to participate in the competitions.
Football Football is for boys and girls with a maximum of 18 players in each team.
Gymnastics Competitions are held separately for boys and girls
Handball Each team consists of 14 players including 2 goal keepers
Hockey Normal playing period is 70 minutes for one game.
Judo Only one player in each age group and each category from a school is allowed
Kabaddi Girls and boys play the game separately.
Kho Kho A team of maximum twelve players is required to participate.
Rope Skipping This championship is held at the National Level directly separately for boys and girls.
Skating One participant from each school can participate in an event. Competitions for boys and girls are held separately.
Shooting Every school can send maximum one team in each age category separately in girls & boys group.
Swimming Every school can enter only one swimmer in each of the events.
Table Tennis Each team consists of four players with each school sending one.
Taekwondo This competition is held only at Zone and National level. A player below 10 years is not allowed to participate.
Tennis The tournament shall consist of two single and one doubles event in both the sections (boys and girls). The decision of the referee is considered final
Volleyball The first & second position winning teams from every Cluster are qualified to participate in National level tournament.
Yoga The championship is held directly at National level. A team can consist of maximum five players in each category (04 Playing + 01 Extra).

Kabaddi and Boxing were included in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) inter-school sports competitions from the academic year 2017. These competitions are one of the largest events held in the country.

Criteria for Senior Secondary

If a student wishes to opt for Physical Education as an elective subject in 11th and 12th grades, he/she must pass the following eligibility criteria.

  1. The student must be medically fit to follow the course (both theory and practical).
  2. They need to undergo the prescribed physical fitness test. The minimum score they need to secure is 40%.
  3. They should have represented a school in Inter School Sports and Games Competitions in any of the above sports/games.

For the school to get the permission for offering Physical Education as elective, it needs to have the following.

  1. Must have adequate space. Must accommodate minimum one 200M track and fields for minimum three sports.
  2. It should have sufficient funds for purchasing the equipment, books etc. and for maintaining them.
  3. The instructor handling the course must have a Master Degree in Physical Education.
  4. The strength of the class should not exceed 40 students.

Exam Marking Scheme

The examination, for class 11th & 12th, consists of theory part and the practical part.

Exam Weightage
Theory 70 marks
Practical 30 marks

The theory exam consists of questions which require long, medium and short length answers. The practical exam consists of physical fitness test, skill, viva and the record book evaluation. Internal assessment is continuous and comprehensive.

CBSE Sports – Zone-wise Distribution

Every year, sports and games competitions are conducted by the CBSE. Only online entries are considered. The entries are accepted on the basis of first-come-first-serve basis. The winners and runner-ups are given medals along with the certificates. These competitions are held for students from 6th grade to 12th grade. The competitions are held region wise (In the particular cluster). After winning within the cluster, the candidate gets to participate with the ones from other clusters (Zone level). Then, the national level competitions are held and the winners are announced.

There are seven zones. These zones are further divided into clusters. There are twenty clusters in total.

  1. Far East Zone (FEZ): There are two clusters in the Far East Zone. It comprises of all the seven sisters, Sikkim, Odisha, West Bengal and Chattisgarh.
  2. East Zone (EZ): Three clusters belong to this zone. Bihar, Jharkhand and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.
  3. South Zone (SZ): South Zone has the highest number of clusters. Accommodating six of them, it includes all the south Indian states, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep.
  4. West Zone (WZ): This zone has three clusters which include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
  5. North Zone-1 (NZ-1): It has only one cluster. Uttarakhand and the Western parts of Uttar Pradesh belong to this zone.
  6. North Zone-2 (NZ-2): This zone has four clusters which include Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh.
  7. Central Zone (CZ): This includes only one cluster which includes Delhi.

Six other clusters belong to the Gulf region. These are for the students studying in the Indian schools which are affiliated to the CBSE in the Gulf. These include Bahrain, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

The organizing school

The organizing school and the sports competitions follow a specific set of rules as follows:

  • Every school that undertakes the responsibility of conducting a tournament on behalf of the CBSE is responsible for its organisation, supervision and conduct in every detail.
  • For this purpose, the Principal of the Host School nominates a competent body to be known as ‘Organizing Committee’. It is the responsibility of the Organizing School to provide lodging facilities to all the participating teams.
  • For this purpose, hostels/classrooms and other suitable and safe facilities having adequate and clean bathing rooms and toilets are utilised. The host school provides mattress & sheets for teams staying with it.
  • It also takes care of the food and water needed. The schools conducting the competitions cannot prepone/ postpone the tournaments.
  • The schools hosting National level competitions are permitted to participate directly at that level in that particular discipline and hence need not participate at the lower level of competition.
  • No team is permitted to play unless accompanied by a coach. In the case of Girls participants, one of the accompanying officials has to be a female. The athlete/player should be within the particular age group on 31 December of the year of competition.
  • A student, who has failed twice in a particular class, is not eligible to participate. The competitions are held from August to January throughout the country.

CBSE Sports: Register Your School

A school has to register itself before hosting the competitions. The affiliation number has to be entered along with the other requirements, after which all the details related to the school will be displayed along with the registered email ID. If the school has all the equipment required and the funds for conducting the competitions, it is given the permission to do so.

After conducting all the tournaments, the school has to upload the results on the official website of CBSE sports. This can be done by logging into the system using the username and password.

How to register a student?

  1. Go to the official website of CBSE sports.
  2. Click on ‘Register a student’.
  3. Login using username and password.
  4. Enter the details of the student.
  5. Click on submit and note the registration number.

The registration was open to the schools till the 30th of June, 2017 for organising the tournaments for the academic year 2017-18. The CBSE sports has a flag of its own.

How to check the results?

  1. Go to the official website.
  2. Enter the level of the tournament
  3. Select the cluster number/ zone.
  4. Select the sport and your school
  5. Submit the other necessary details. The results will be displayed.

CBSE Sports: Chacha Nehru Sports Awards

To encourage the participation of students in sports competitions, the CBSE had also introduced the Chacha Nehru Sports Awards. These awards are given to students who excel in any of the games/ sports. The objective of these awards is to identify, nurture and develop the skills of students in sports. There is financial support too. It comes in the form of a scholarship.

  • Every year, 50 scholarships are awarded. INR 500 every month is given to the students in class 9-12 who perform exceedingly well in the CBSE inter-school sports competitions.
  • The scholarship is valid until the completion of the 12th grade of the student.
  • The candidate has to pass in all the academic exams for the scholarship to continue. If the candidate fails to get admission to the next grade, his/her scholarship is terminated.
  • The awards are non-transferable.

The list of winners of this scholarship is put up on the CBSE website after the national level sports competitions end. The results are generally released in the last week of February or March.

CBSE takes all-round development of students very seriously. It knows how to take care of the overall development of a student and it has been doing it effectively for decades. It is one of the best educational boards in the country.

That’s all for now. Toppr wishes all the students a bright future!

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