All-Work–No-Play Agenda for CBsE Students (Download PDF)

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All work and no play could become the mantra from the next academic session for student of Classes VI to VIII at schools affiliated to the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) . CBSE is the India՚s largest school education board.


  • CBSE decade-old practice of giving weightage to co-scholastic activities while grading pupils from Classes VI to VIII.
  • A month ago, it had taken a similar decision for Classes IX and X.
  • This decision was taken after:
    • Spotting a lack of seriousness among the students about their studies and
    • Resulting poor performances in board examinations of students
  • This decision also comes at a time a study by a Delhi tech school.
  • It has suggested that a wider interest in better co-scholastic activities equip a student academically than a narrow focus on studies and exams.
  • Schools have been advised to continue with the co-scholastic activities for the children՚s all-round development.
  • Therefore, students and the schools will now gradually lose interest in these exercises.
  • Uniform examination system that all school affiliated by CBSE must follow for these three classes.
  • 18,688 school affiliated by CBSE.

How Children Graded from Class VI to VIII in CBsE Schools

  • Performance in co-scholastic activities such as dance, sports, art education and community service will no longer have any bearing on grades.
  • Only 2 exam per year every school.

Half Yearly Exam

  • Written test of 80 marks.
  • Covering syllabus for the first 6 months in each subject.
  • 20 marks of periodic assessment by class teacher on:
    • academic performance
    • Notebook submission
    • Subject enrichment activities

Yearly Exam

  • Ratio of 80 - 20

Class VI

  • Written test to take in the syllabus for second 6 months.
  • 10 % of the first 6 months covering Important topic.

Class VII

  • Syllabus for second half.
  • 20 % of syllabus for first 6 months.

Class VIII

  • Syllabus for second half.
  • 30 % of syllabus for first half.

About CBsE

  • CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools under the Union Government of India.
  • It has asked all schools affiliated to follow only NCERT curriculum.


  • If affiliates:
    • All Kendriya Vidyalayas
    • All Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
    • Private schools
    • Most of the schools approved by central government of India
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- Published/Last Modified on: March 27, 2017

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