Pass Criteria Changed for CBSE Class 10 Students: Alert!

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to declare the results of Class X exam on May 30. Earlier, the board reported that the results of Class 10 will be declared alongside Class XII results. However, as per the recent notification on 27th Feb 2018, the board had made a declaration about some changes in the passing criteria for students of Class 10 batch 2017-18.

In a meeting held in Delhi on February 16, 2018, the Examination Committee of the CBSE had made some changes after observing that the current batch (2017-18) is coming from a different assessment background. Students need to secure overall 33% (both taken together) in the subject to be able to pass that subject,” the circular notified.


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Here are lists of the decisions taken by the Examination Committee of the CBSE –

  • The candidates appearing for the class 10 exam for the year 2018 are likely to be exempted from the mandatory separate pass criteria in the subjects that include a component of 20 marks for internal assessment and 80 marks for the written examination.
  • The students need to secure 33 % marks overall in each academic discipline, i.e. internal assessment and written examination to qualify the exam.
  • The CBSE has exempted additional subjects from the mandatory separate pass criteria norms.
  • The board has extended the provision related to the replacement of subjects to National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) students.