New CBSE norms: Board exams compulsory, 3 languages till Class X

The decision to implement the new regulation will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.

New CBSE norms: Board exams compulsory, 3 languages till Class X

CBSE Board's Governing Body on Tuesday "unanimously approved" a proposal to set Board exams for Class X to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018.

The Governing body, at a meeting, agreed that from the academic session 2017-18, compulsory Board exams should be introduced for all students of Class X, PTI reported citing its sources.

The decision to implement the new regulation will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented.


Currently, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the Board exam or a school-based examination.

In the past, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has  favoured making Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards.

The report said while there is a view that for the Class X Board exams, 80 percent weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20 percent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation.

In another key decision, the CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII, PTI reported.

According to an Indian Express report, over 18,000 schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will have to implement the three-language formula up to Class X, the Board’s Governing Body resolved on Tuesday. Currently, schools are meant to follow this up to Class VIII.

Under the National Education Policy, the three-language formula means students in Hindi-speaking states should learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English and, in non-Hindi-speaking states, they should learn Hindi along with the regional language and English, the report added.