Providing relief to a large number of class 10 students who will be appearing for board exams next week, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has decided to grant a one-time relaxation in passing marks. This new rule is only for current batch students, the pass mark criteria have been kept at overall 33 per cent. There will be no need for them to secure 33 per cent separately in board exams and internal assessments. The class 10 exams were made optional by the Union HRD Ministry from 2010-11 batch, however, from this year, it is mandatory for every student to appear for the class 10 exams.
The current batch of Class X students will sit for the Board exam on March 5, which will be the first mandatory public exam after eight years. The CBSE had introduced the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) scheme along with optional Board exam. All others took the school-based exam.

The CCE system was revoked in 2017 by the Board and Class X Board examination was made mandatory.
The same passing criteria will also apply in the additional subjects, provided they have internal assessment of 20 marks and Board examination of 80 marks.

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