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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make the board exam compulsory in its schools, doing away with a policy formed five years ago that offered a choice to students to opt for the board-conducted finals or let the institution assess their performance.

When it will be implemented?
Board exam will become mandatory again from 2018

Number of subjects as per new pattern
Languages : 1. English 2. Hindi
Subjects :     3. Science 4. Mathematics 5. Social Studies 6. Computer

Division of Marks
100 Marks (For Each Subject)
20 Marks (Internal School Based)
Unit Test
80 Marks (External Board Based)
100 % Syllabus

Unit-Test / Periodic Test (10 marks)
There will be three periodic written tests in the entire academic year.
Average of the best two will be taken.(Weightage 10 Marks)
The schools have the autonomy to make its own schedule.
Three tests may be held as: Pre mid-term Mid-Term Post Mid-Term.

Notebook Submission (5 marks)
Notebook submission as a part of internal assessment is aimed at enhancing seriousness of students towards preparing notes for the topics being taught in the classroom as well as assignments. This also addresses the critical aspect of regularity, punctuality, neatness and notebook upkeep.

Subject Enrichment Activities (5 marks)
These are subject specific application activities aimed at enrichment of the understanding and skill development. These activities are to be recorded internally by respective subject teachers.
For Languages: Activities conducted for subject enrichment in languages will aim at equipping the learner to develop effective speaking and listening skills.
For Mathematics: The listed laboratory activities and projects as given in the prescribed publication of CBSE/NCERT will be followed.
For Science: The listed practical works / activities will be carried out as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum.
For Social Science: Map and project work will be undertaken as prescribed by the CBSE in the curriculum.

Annual Examination, Board Based(80 marks)
Board will conduct Class-X Examination 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.

The Major change in marking scheme
Old Pattern
School Based [100 Marks]
Selected Chapters
25% Marks
New Pattern
Board Based [80+20 Marks]
Complete Syllabus
33% Marks in individually i.e. in internal and external examination

For example:
Scored marks in internal 20/20.
Scored marks in external 20/80.
[Minimum 27 Marks were needed]
Total marks = (20+20) / (20+80).
Total scored marks = 40/100 .
(Student failed to score 33% individually in both internal and external)

Co- Scholastic Activities
Schools will promote co-curricular activities for the holistic development of the student. These activities will be graded on a 5-point grading scale (A to E) and will have no descriptive indicators.
No up scaling of grades will be done.