CBSE Class X Board Exams Optional !

CBSE has made X Boards Exams optional from academic year 2010-11

The announcement was made on 31st August, 2009. The government will be issuing guidelines soon in terms of actual road map for implementation.


Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal on 31st August, 2009 announced a new directive for CBSE X boards.

  • The Directive is for next academic year 2010-11.
  • CBSE X board exams have been made optional.
  • Focus on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)
  • The evaluation system will be changed from marks to grades.


Que. Class X Board Exams are optional. How does it work?

Ans. This has 2 implications:

  • CBSE X Board Exams are Mandatory for Schools which have classes only till Xth Standard.
  • Optional for Schools with classes till XII Standard.

Que. What will be the new Evaluation System?

Ans. A new system of evaluation has been put into place that lays emphasis on better understanding of concepts rather than one-time mugging during exams. This is being termed as CONTINOUS & COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION (CCE). Under Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), students will be evaluated throughout the year.

Now, there will be two terms in each year, not three. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) comprises of 2 assessments done over 2 terms - first and second.

Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment

Grading class work, homework, assignment and project work.

Based on the term-end exam.

2 evaluations each in the first and second term

The first term-end exam will carry 20 marks

Each evaluation will carry 10 marks

The second term end exam will carry 40 marks

Total of 40 marks from formative evaluation

Total of 60 marks from summative evaluation

Que. What is the new grading system and how does it work?

Ans. New Grading Scheme

Grades will be awarded to students on a 9-point grading system. Each grade will be given on the basis of formative and summative assessment and will correspond to a range of marks:

Click here and here to read the complete details issued by CBSE.

Happy Learning!

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