The Central Board of Secondary Education has extended the passing criteria for the students of Class 10. After the extension, the students will now have to achieve a minimum of 33 per cent marks as a total in theory and practical in order to pass a particular subject.

CBSE chairman Anita Karwal told our reporters that the board has decided to ease the passing criteria for Class 10 students from 2019. He added that decision has been taken in order to give relaxation to students

“It has now been decided to extend the same passing criteria henceforth for the students of secondary classes i.e. candidates appearing for Class 10 examination 2019 onwards will have to secure 33 per cent (both taken together) in the subjects to be eligible to pass the subject,” mentioned the official release.  An announcement regarding this was also made earlier as per which, students need not pass in theory as well as practical exams separately.

“All candidates who had appeared in the exam as per the scheme of studies were exempted from separate pass criteria in internal assessment and board examination. The result was computed in each subject taking into account combined marks obtained in internal assessment and board exam and those who secured 33 per cent marks were declared pass in that subject,” read the official release. “In case of a candidate being absent in practical or internal assessment, the marks were treated as zero and result was computed accordingly.”

As per the recent reports, Class 10 and 12 examinations for the year 2019 will commence from February. And the board regarding this has released a list of vocational subjects that will be conducted during that period. The board also mentioned that the changes in the passing criteria have been made following the Delhi High Court order that directs Delhi University and CBSE to ensure the changes to be made from the commencing academic year.

Besides the 40 different vocational subjects, the new subjects for which the students will be examined from 2019 are Typography and Computer Applications (English), Web applications, Graphics, Office Communication, etc. These subjects have been chosen due to their wide practical component, and shorter theory papers.