The CBSE is now set to make class 10th board examination mandatory for every student. The students currently had the option of appearing in boards or school-based evaluation. From the next session onwards, the board examinations will be made compulsory without any choice to appear in school-based exams.
The decision will now have to be approved by the government before it is implemented. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has in the past favoured making Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards. The exams will give 80% weight to the score in exams and 20% weight to the school assessment. Students appearing for Class X board exams from next year will have to study six subjects instead of five with the CBSE remodelling its assessment scheme. CBSE has remodelled its assessment scheme for Class X Board examination for schools offering vocational subject as a compulsory subject under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).
Over 18,000 schools across the country are affiliated to the CBSE. As many as 1,098,891 candidates—638,865 boys and 460,026 girls—from 10,678 schools registered for the CBSE Class 12 examinations this year. There was a 2.82% increase in registration for the 2017 edition of the examinations, as compared to the previous year. Around 10,67,900 students — 6,21,259 boys and 4,46,641 girls — had taken it then.