This is ought to bring relief to the students who will be appearing for the examination this year. This norm is also applicable for the additional subjects which comprise of internal assessment and board exam.
On 30 January 2017, CBSE announced to restore class 10 board exam from the academic session 2017-2018, after seven years. It was then the Board had introduced the mandatory separate pass mark criteria where students had to secure minimum 33% each in board exam and internal exam to pass.
"The examination committee of the board in its meeting held on February 16 after considering the circumstances and the facts that the current batch of class X (2018) is coming from a different assessment background while they were in class IX (in 2017) resolved to approve the following for this batch as a one-time measure," reads the official notification.
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This year, CISCE board has also relaxed pass mark for ICSE and ISC exams. According to the new rule, for ICSE exam or Class 10 the pass mark will be 33% and it will be 35% for ISC exam or Class 12. CISCE has considered undertaking such changes going at par with other boards in the country. 'The objective of this is to bring about a close conformity with other Boards in the country,' CISCE said in a notification.
However for vocational subjects since the internal assessment carries 50 marks, the rule of separate pass criteria will not applicable. In such case, students shall have to obtain 33% marks both in internal as well as board exam to pass.
For the Board exams, admit cards have been issued by the schools. For schools where admit cards of students have been withheld due to poor performance in pre-board tests, CBSE has directed them to release it. The Board has strictly asked schools to refrain from charging fees for admit cards. Schools must issue admit card to candidates enlisted in finalized list of candidates (LOC) for class 10, 12 board exams this year.
On 26 February, DST- National Council for Science & Technology Communication, Vijnana Bharati and CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology collaboratively formed a virtual science portal for CBSE students.
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