Class X CBSE Board Exams Mandatory from 2018 (Download PDF)


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Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018 as CBSE’s governing body on “unanimously approved” a proposal in this regard, this decision was taken in the meeting of the CBSE governing body.

Central Board of Secondary Education

Central Board of Secondary Education

Central Board of Secondary Education

  • Those students may have to study an Indian language besides English and Hindi, till they pass high school.
  • Board aims to extend third language lessons till class X and the language will have to be India.

Key Details:

  • This decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.
  • Presently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination.
  • Prakash Javadekar (HRD Minister) has in the past favored making board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all State boards.
  • Approximately 14,000 private schools are affiliated to the CBSE in India.
  • Government body of CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD Ministry that the three-language formula under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught.
  • It should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII.
  • Students will have to get simple pass marks in the third language.
  • Weightage of Class X exam:

    • 80 % weightage of written exam
    • 20 % weightage of internal assessment
  • Schools affiliated to CBSE should follow a three-language formula whereby they teach Hindi, English and one language listed in schedule VIII of the constitution.
  • Those students willing to study a foreign language might study a fourth language like French and this will be treated as an elective subject in the programme.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 22, 2016

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