Students now studying in Class IX will have to ‘compulsorily’ appear for Class X board exam and will be required to study the entire syllabus, with CBSE issuing a notification in this regard.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued the remodelled assessment structure for the board exams according to which students appearing for the Class X exam next year will have to study for the entire syllabus. They will be required to score 33% in both theory and internal assessment to pass.
In December last year, the CBSE announced its decision to make board exams mandatory, taking away the option of school-based exams.
“Consequent upon the decision, the dual scheme of examination for Class X shall stand discontinued for students from the academic year 2017-18,” said a circular issued by the board on Tuesday.
According to the new structure, the board exams will carry 80 marks and internal assessment 20 marks. In the current format, the weightage is 60:40.
Students will be tested for the complete syllabus in the theory papers. For internal assessment, schools will have to conduct three periodic written tests in each subject, instead of the four formative assessments, and the average of the best two tests would be taken for final marks submission.
In addition to the tests, five marks each will be designated to notebook submission and subject enrichment activities that could include tests like reading and listening, lab activities and practical work, and projects.
The board has included discipline as a grade subject and students will also be marked on attendance, sincerity, behaviour and values along with other co-scholastic subjects like work education, art and health and physical education.